About GHI Authors

Aidan Bickford

Aidan Bickford is a Software Engineer who joined the Golden Helix Team in the spring of 2014. Aidan works on product development, architecture, and integration. Aidan has a Masters in Computer Science from Montana State University. When not working, Aidan enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and French crime novels.
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Andreas Scherer, Ph.D.

Dr. Andreas Scherer is CEO of Golden Helix. The company has been delivering industry leading bioinformatics solutions for the advancement of life science research and translational medicine for over a decade. Its innovative technologies and analytic services empower scientists and healthcare professionals at all levels to derive meaning from the rapidly increasing volumes of genomic data produced from next-generation sequencing. With its solutions, hundreds of the world’s hospitals and testing labs are able to harness the full potential of genomics to identify the cause of disease, develop genomic diagnostics, and advance the quest for personalized medicine. Golden Helix products and services have been cited in thousands of peer-reviewed publications. Golden Helix is also on the Inc 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the US. He is also Managing Partner of Salto Partners, Inc, a management consulting firm headquartered in Nevada.  He has extensive experience successfully managing growth as well as orchestrating complex turnaround situations. His company, Salto Partners, advises on business strategy, financing, sales, and operations. Clients are operating in the high-tech and life sciences space. Dr. Scherer holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Hagen, Germany, and a Master of Computer Science from the University of Dortmund, Germany. He is author and co- author of over 20 international publications and has written books on project management, the Internet, and artificial intelligence. His latest book, “Be Fast Or Be Gone”, is a prizewinner in the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Awards competition, and has been named a finalist in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards! 
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Delaina Hawkins

Delaina Hawkins, Director of Marketing & Operations at Golden Helix, joined the team in June of 2017. She is passionate about elevating a company to effectively grow user engagement, build brand loyalty and ultimately drive sales and revenue. When she isn't in the office, she enjoys being outdoors with friends and family.
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Darby Kammeraad

Darby Kammeraad is a Senior Field Application Scientist at Golden Helix, joining the team in April of 2017. Darby graduated in 2016 with a master’s degree in Plant Sciences from Montana State University, where he also received his bachelor’s degree in Plant Biotechnology. Darby works on customer support and training. When not in the office, Darby is learning how to play guitar, hunting, fishing, snowboarding, traveling or working on a new recipe in the kitchen.
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Eli Sward, Ph.D.

Eli Sward, Ph.D is a Field Application Scientist Manager at Golden Helix, joining the team in May of 2018. Eli graduated from Montana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, and a doctorate’s in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases. Beyond providing customer support and training at Golden Helix, Eli enjoys many outdoor activities and spending quality time with family and friends.
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Gabe Rudy

Meet Gabe Rudy, GHI’s Vice President of Product and Engineering and team member since 2002. Gabe thrives in the dynamic and fast-changing field of bioinformatics and genetic analysis. Leading a killer team of Computer Scientists and Statisticians in building powerful products and providing world-class support, Gabe puts his passion into enabling Golden Helix’s customers to accelerate their research. When not reading or blogging, Gabe enjoys the outdoor Montana lifestyle. But most importantly, Gabe truly loves spending time with his sons, daughter, and wife. Follow Gabe on Twitter @gabeinformatics.
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Jake Petek

Jake Petek, Senior Front-End Software Engineer, joined the Golden Helix development team in 2018. Jake received his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Montana State University in December 2017. Jake works developing our VSClinical workflows and our clinical reporting systems. In his free time, Jake likes board games with friends, sci-fi novels, and yoga.
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James Grover

Julia Love

Julia Love is a Genomic Curator and Product Quality Scientist at Golden Helix, joining the team in June of 2019. Julia graduated from Kennesaw State University with a bachelor's degree in Biology, followed by earning a master's degree in Molecular Biology with a focus in Neuroscience from Boise State University. When Julia is not providing support and training to Golden Helix customers, Julia enjoys backpacking, canoeing, and spending time with friends and family.
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Sam Koepnick

Leta Eng

Leta Eng, Associate Director of Renewal Sales at Golden Helix, joined the team in October of 2018. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Montana State University and managed the laboratory animal program for many years. With a strong background in clinical and preclinical research, Leta is interested in all areas of discovery involving biomedical and agricultural advancement. As a Montana native, she enjoys the outdoors and has had a lifelong love of animals. She loves spending time with her family and friends.
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Nathan Fortier, Ph.D.

Nathan Fortier, Ph.D, Director of Research for Golden Helix, joined the development team in June of 2014. Nathan obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from Montana Tech University in May 2011, received a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Montana State University in May 2014, and received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Montana State University in May 2015. Nathan works on data curation, script development, and product code. When not working, Nathan enjoys hiking and playing music.
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Tisza Bell

Tisza Bell, PhD, is a Field Application Scientist and joined the team in March of 2021. Tisza completed her BA at Colgate University, MS at the University of Colorado, and PhD in Microbiology at Montana State University. Upon completing her PhD, she spent 3-years at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Division of Biosecurity and Public Health before returning to academia at the University of Montana. She worked on the front line of Covid-19 monitoring and has authored scientific articles on topics ranging from harmful algal blooms to giant viruses. When not digging into data or training customers, she’s outside biking single track, skiing powder lines, or tending her vegetable garden.
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