We are a team of passionate problem solvers with backgrounds in mathematics, computer science, engineering, biology, business and finance.
We share the common goal to help our customers learn from data and find breakthrough outcomes.
Alan Lehman, Ph.D.
Alan came to Ayasdi from Ingenuity Systems where he was an ontology engineer. After receiving a Ph.D. in genetics from UC Davis, where he studied transcriptional regulation, he picked up a love for large data sets, expensive road bikes and European dark chocolate.
Alexis Johnson, M.S.
Alexis received her Masters Degree in Astronomy from Boston University. She spent five years with the Boston University Five College Radio Astronomy Observatory (BU-FCRAO) Galactic Ring Survey studying turbulent structure in molecular clouds in the Milky Way Galaxy. She lives for the days the Boston Red Sox play in Oakland, and revels in her western wine country relocation.
Ajith Warrier, Ph.D.
Ajith joined Ayasdi as a Translational Engineer after completing his postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley, in the fields of neuroscience and bioinformatics. He will work for Volleyball.
Sachin Adlakha, Ph.D.
Sachin came to Ayasdi from Caltech where he was a postdoctoral scholar in the Center for Mathematics of Information. Prior to Caltech he finished his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He hopes to visit sites of various ancient civilizations in his lifetime.
Eithon Cadag, Ph.D.
Eithon holds a Ph.D. in biomedical informatics from University of Washington. Prior to Ayasdi, he worked in the government sector doing statistical analysis and software development for chemical and biological defense. He enjoys fishing in spare time.
Jessa Lee. M.S.
Jessa holds a B.S. in Physics and an M.S. Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. As a member of Ayasdi’s software engineering team Jessa develops and implements new product features. She previously worked at Pacific Biosciences, and is a beekeeper in her spare time.
Does It All
Karen whips the team and office into professional shape when she is not paddleboarding off Kauai's Hanalei beach or designing jewelry. Previously, Karen was Director of Messaging and Collaborative Services at PeopleSoft. She holds a degree in philosophy from UCSB.
Jennifer Kloke, Ph.D.
After receiving her Ph.D. in mathematics focusing on topological data analysis (TDA) from Stanford University, Jennifer became the second employee at Ayasdi. She now focuses on creating exciting new products that explore unstructured data. When not thinking about TDA, she is busy in her large vegetable garden.
Ariane comes to Ayasdi with 10 years of experience in marketing and consulting for technology start-ups. She now leads all aspects of demand generation at Ayasdi. Ariane holds a B.A. in Communications and an M.A. in Psychology. You can find her outdoors with her two kids, or traveling to foreign countries when she’s not working.
Muthu obtained a B.S. in Biomechanical Engineering with distinction from Stanford University, where he was a Mayfield Fellow, Award of Excellence recipient, and member of Tau Beta Pi, and is now pursuing his MD at Stanford School of Medicine. Muthu handles all sports analyses, which is convenient as he already spends much of his free time watching basketball.
Regie is a seasoned finance and accounting professional with experience in both startup and public companies. Regie is a CPA and previously worked for renewable energy, software and medical device companies. Regie likes to travel and rides his bike or goes for a run to decompress.
Damir Herman, Ph.D.
Damir received a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from CWRU and pursued his postdoc at NCBI to then plunge into the world of clinical trials and translational research as a Hem/Onc faculty member at Rockefeller Cancer Institute in Little Rock, AR. He also spent a year at Affymetix traveling around the world evangelizing personalized medicine. Outside of work, Damir is both a cabbie when hauling his three kids to various sports activities, and a coach when teaching them how to swim or play soccer.
Jim leads sales for the East. Jim has 25 years of experience building companies and working with high-growth startups. Early in his career, he worked for Steve Jobs at NeXT and Apple and most recently ran Eastern U.S. enterprise sales for Zuora, the SaaS online billing leader.
Bob is Ayasdi's first Sales Development Rep. After graduating from St. Mary's College of California with a B.A. in Communications, Bob worked as a recruiter for 121 Silicon Valley. He also was a 4-year intern for the Golden State Warriors and President of the St. Mary's Water Polo Club. In his free time, he enjoys mentoring college basketball players and supporting Stanford Football.
Rachael has more than 16 years of experience in executive administration. She comes to Ayasdi from the Comerica Bank where she supported a Sr. VP for over 8 years. She loves children, music, animals and being a part of contributing to finding a cure for cancer in any way she can.
Joshua Lewis, Ph.D.
As a postdoc at UC San Diego Josh built software and ran psychological studies to better understand how we interact with and reason about machine learning techniques. At Ayasdi he continues to work toward making data analysis more accessible. Outside the office Josh is a foodie, a gamer, and a dad.
After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Environmental Economics, TJ specialized in social media marketing. TJ has helped everyone from startups to publicly traded companies leverage social media within their marketing strategy. On the weekends TJ enjoys rock climbing, fly fishing, and wasting time in the park with his puppy.
Mike Gormley, M.S.
Mike is responsible for Ayasdi's growth in supporting the U.S. military and intelligence community. He has a 20+ year track record building business and teams for this space. He holds an M.S. in Technology Management and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Mike lives in Annapolis, MD spending time with his wife and 2 children on their favorite bay – the Chesapeake.
Abhishek Gupta, Ph.D.
Abhishek came to Ayasdi with over 9 years of technology experience in Large Scale Data Systems and Web Search at Google and Microsoft. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC Santa Barbara where he studied P2P systems at the Distributed Systems Lab. Apart from work, his interests include photography and driving, though not at the same time.
Anthony Bak, Ph.D.
Prior to coming to Ayasdi, Anthony was at Stanford University where he did a postdoc with Ayasdi co-founder Gunnar Carlsson working on new methods and applications of Topological Data Analysis. He did his Ph.D. work in algebraic geometry with applications to string theory at the University of Pennsylvania and along the way worked at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, Mount Holyoke college in Massachusetts and the American Institute of Mathematics in California. In his free time he wanders the back alleys of the Bay Area searching for the perfect xiaolongbao with wife and son.
Neal is responsible for Ayasdi's user documentation and customer support. He brings 18 years of experience as a technical communicator, having created documentation for companies ranging from start-ups to multinationals. At home, Neal spends time with his wife and two daughters, and tries to bring some order to his back yard.
Robert Tri, M.S.
With over twenty years in high-tech sales, Robert enjoys helping leading customers achieve key business results, such as increased revenues, lower costs, faster time to market, and higher employee productivity. He earned his BS in Computer Science from Columbia University and his MS in Finance from Golden Gate University. Robert lives in Palo Alto with his wife, two children, and three dogs; volunteers with Habitat for Humanity; and mentors Columbia University students in the school's entrepreneurship program.
Tanya Petrossian, Ph.D.
Tanya joins the Ayasdi team as head of Academic Affairs. She is a double graduate in Biochemistry from UCLA with fellowship training at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. After completing her postdoctoral studies in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Tanya helped revolutionize genomics for cytogenetics applications at Affymetrix. In her spare time, she likes to swim and practice latte art as an aspiring barista.
Pinar Altin Yilmaz, M.S.
Pinar followed the gold rush to California after getting her M.S degree from NJIT and worked at several small and large companies and finally found a home at Ayasdi. She is passionate about work that matters. She loves to explore the shoreline Bay Trail on her bike with her daughter.
Pinar Altin Yilmaz
Raj is the Director of Talent at Ayasdi. He has several years of experience building and recruiting high performance teams. If you are interested in any opening at Ayasdi, talk to Raj. On evenings and weekends, Raj can be found at the local racquetball courts or a nearby hiking trail.
Seth Howell, Ph.D.
Seth received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL). He spent the following 9 years in the government sector as an Operations Research Analyst prior to joining the Ayasdi team. Seth is complemented by his wife (a statistician) as they raise two active children.
Lawrence Spracklen, Ph.D.
Lawrence holds a Ph.D. in EE from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and a B.S. in Computational Physics from the University of York, England. Prior to joining Ayasdi, Lawrence worked at VMware, Nvidia, and Sun Microsystems, where he focused on performance analysis and computer architecture.
Sean comes to Ayasdi with sixteen years of experience in software sales and sales management, focusing on Financial Services and Telco clients in the North East. Sean lives in the NY metro area with his wife and three sons. When he's not working he enjoys exercising, golf, and photography.
Jon joined Ayasdi from Investor Growth Capital in 2013. Before IGC, Jon was an analyst in Deutsche Bank's Technology Investment Banking Group in San Francisco, and Credit Suisse's Technology Investment Banking Group in New York. Jon graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.B.A. in Finance. In his spare time Jon enjoys skiing, tennis, aviation, and diving.
Chirag Bhatt, M.S.
After completing his M.S. in Computer Science at Stanford University, Chirag spent 8 years working on distributed resource scheduling and improving the performance and scaling of the vSphere cloud platform at VMware. Outside of work, Chirag loves to travel, go on hikes with his dog, and play soccer and tennis.
Michael holds a Bachelors in Mathematics from Stanford where he studied under Ayasdi co-founder Gunnar Carlsson. He has a decade of experience in capital markets, researching and deploying quantitative investment systems. Michael resides in Palo Alto, and plays the clarinet.
Sanjna holds a degree in Psychology, with minors in Business and Creative Writing, from New York University. She has 3 years of interning experience in marketing at various tech companies in both New York and the Bay Area. In her spare time, Sanjna enjoys cooking, reading, and re-watching the Star Wars trilogy.
Will Ferguson, M.B.A.
Will holds degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry from New Mexico State University and an MBA from the University of Maryland. He has 13 years of experience working in the life science industry ranging from the bench to sales and business development. Will lives in Maryland with his wife, son and dog and enjoys travel, golf and taking the family to the ballpark.
Venu Tavisala, M.S.
Venu holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from Iowa State University. He has 14 years of experience spanning all aspects of software, including Engineering, Consulting, Sales and Support. Venu lives in Fremont, CA with his wife and son. In his free time you will see him around the Bay Area playing Cricket. Go Niners!
Danny Cochran, M.A.
Johan Grahnen, Ph.D.
Johan holds a Ph.D. in Computational Biology from the University of Wyoming. Before coming to Ayasdi, he was a post-doctoral researcher at Georgia Institute of Technology, where he worked in metabolomics and systems biology. When not in the office, he can be found clinging to the sheer rock faces of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Sai Nagesh Hatti
Nagesh is an Instrumentation Engineer who built a visual speech trainer in college. He has worn several hats over the last 15 years ranging from Consulting, Pre-sales, Alliances, OEM to Sales. Nagesh has traveled to 40 countries across six continents and is working on perfecting the Hyderabadi biryani.
Sai Nagesh Hatti
Cindy Sood, Ph.D.
Cindy received her Ph.D. in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics from the University of Maryland in partnership with the National Institutes of Health. She joined Ariadne Genomics where she was a product specialist on pathway analysis and text mining software. When not traveling to and fro, Cindy can be found in the Washington DC area either hiking, biking, rock climbing, or running.
Felix Li, LL.B.
Felix has 10+ years professional services and consulting experience, managing delivery of enterprise solutions in diverse verticals, including life sciences, manufacturing execution, pricing and enterprise network security. Felix loves just chilling with his wife or getting battered and bruised at the local Muay Thai gym.
Mohit comes to Ayasdi with 14 years of experience building secure, efficient and scalable systems. He holds a B.Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering. In his free time, Mohit enjoys fitness activities and spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Eli Salomon, M.B.A, M.A., J.D.
Eli holds an M.B.A in Finance from Wharton, an M.A. in Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. In his free time, Eli focuses on non-profit work as a board member of Handcrafting Justice, the Central Yiddish Cultural Organization (CYCO), and can also be found tweaking his ice cream recipes or working on the perfect cup of Aeropress coffee.
Huang Xia, M.S.
Huang came to Ayasdi from IBM with 6 years of experience in Data Warehouse and Big Data. He holds an M.S. in Computer Science from University of Southern California. As a Software Engineer at Ayasdi, Huang will continue to work with data. In his free time, Huang loves to play soccer and spend time with his wife and daughter.
Max studied Applied Mathematics-Biology at Brown University. He's worked on genetic engineering at NASA Ames Research Center, taught as a Teaching Fellow at Singularity University, and studied mathematical models of cancer mutations. He loves to read and talk about big ideas, and is currently trying to master standing on top of a surf board.
Kate Delimitros, M.B.A.
Kate came to Ayasdi from SAP where she worked with customers across industries to build the business case for enterprise transformation through technology. Prior to SAP, she spent several years in management consulting. Kate has an MBA from The Wharton School and a B.A. from Georgetown University. She enjoys reading, throwing dinner parties, and exploring San Francisco.
Jean-Ezra Yeung, M.P.H.
Jean-Ezra came to Ayasdi from healthcare consulting for the industry and health policy evaluation for the government. He received his M.P.H. in Health Policy & Management from Columbia University and B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from New York University. In his free time, he enjoys breakdancing and playing the piano.
Bryant holds a B.A. in Political Science and Anthropology from Wake Forest University. He comes to Ayasdi from Oracle after acquiring 2 years of sales experience in the BI and analytics space for both the private and public sector. When he is not working, Bryant is playing with his 1 year old Weimaraner, preparing his motorcycle for a track day at Sonoma Raceway, and working toward beginning an amateur racing career.
Ella Merjanova, M.B.A.
Ella joined Ayasdi from management consulting, where she served the health and technology industries on business innovation. She was previously an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. Ella has an M.B.A. in Health from The Wharton School and a B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Economics from Duke University. She's an avid yoga practitioner and enjoys cooking and climbing mountains.
A graduate of the University of Michigan and a San Francisco native, James joined Ayasdi after seven and a half years at SuccessFactors, where he built a successful sales development model & organization, seeing year over year growth. Outside the office, James has developed his personal passion for Northern California oenology and as a Sommelier, regularly ventures to the Sonoma and Napa Wine Countries.
Praveen Kannan, M.S.
Praveen brings to Ayasdi over 6 years of technology experience in Distributed Systems and Data warehousing from Zynga, VMware & Wipro. A Masters in Computer Science from Univ. of Minnesota, his area of expertise is Databases & Recommender systems. In his free time, you will see him cruising around in Bay area trying to capture nature's most beautiful creations.
Cindy graduated from UC San Diego where she studied Cognitive Science and contributed to creating machine learning software. After graduating, she built several web applications at various start-ups before finding Ayasdi. Outside of work, Cindy enjoys playing video games, and creating new applications and toys.
Mark Yuen, M.B.A.
Mark graduated with an Electrical Engineering degree from UCSD and went to UCLA for business school. His software company finance experience includes Wind River/ Intel, VMware and Pearson. Earlier in his career he also worked at Merrill Lynch and LSI Logic, and in his personal time he's an avid runner.
Shiqi Yang, M.S.
Shiqi comes to Ayasdi to build continuous integration infrastructure after spending the past 5 years building software infrastructure at Pixar Animation studios for their latest generation animation platform "presto". Currently living in San Francisco, he enjoys photographing (mostly landscape), hiking/backpacking, triathlon, yoga, indoor volleyball (libero), and world traveling.
Urmi has Bachelor's in Engineering (majoring in Information Technology) from India and has joined Ayasdi after 8 years of experience as a Quality Analyst . She has worked in Retail, Financial and Government Sectors. When not working she likes to read, travel and is trained in Indian classical dance.
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