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.
Jesse Paquette, M.S.
Jesse leads the development of new features and pipelines that enhance user experience, particularly in the life sciences domain. Prior to Ayasdi, Jesse was a computational biologist at UCSF. He maintains an impressive collection of scar tissue, perpetuated by weekly overdoses of pick-up soccer.
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.
Peter Pham, M.S.
Dragon slaying break;
Many lines must one man write;
To be true Master;
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.
David Kamm, M.S.
David holds a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University. He is currently an engineer at Ayasdi. In his free time, he enjoys rock climbing, swimming, and learning the art of haiku from Peter.
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.
After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Political Science and four years on the Men's Heavyweight Crew Team, Robert followed the lure of technology to Silicon Valley. He comes to Ayasdi from Eventbrite where he spent several years working in Sales. He is Ayasdi's second Sales Development Rep. When not in the office, you can find Robert on his bike exploring the paths of San Francisco or wrestling with his three dogs.
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.
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Thomas Lojko, M.B.A.
Tom joins Ayasdi after working at EMC by way of WysDM Software, preceded by several years at Micromuse. Tom obtained his B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University and his MBA from NYU. A life-long New Yorker, Tom enjoys spending time with his wife and son, and when not trying to be an amateur barista, he is out with his trusty Nikon.
David Morris, M.B.A.
David leads Product Marketing for Ayasdi and has more than 18 years of experience in strategy development and technology marketing experience. David holds a B.S. in Plasma Physics, and dual M.B.A.'s in Entrepreneurial Marketing and Finance. David is a Porsche enthusiast, avid Scuba Diver, and an ardent SciFi fan.
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.
Joe has a background in recruiting and holds a degree in Marketing from Chico State University. He lives on the peninsula with his wife and two boys and enjoys following the San Francisco Giants and 49ers.
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.
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