Dr. Erik Jensen, Director of Research and Development, manages R&D projects for the development of miniature automation systems for synthetic biology applications, chemical analysis, and biological analysis. Dr. Jensen has acted as PI on several federally funded research projects, and is the author of several patents and publications pertaining to microfluidic sample processing and analysis systems. Dr. Jensen obtained his Ph.D. in Biophysics from U.C. Berkeley, his B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from U.C. Santa Cruz, and has over 7 years of industry experience.
Lars Gustafson, Associate Research Scientist, supports the design and development of novel microfluidic devices for genetic analysis and life science applications. Mr. Gustafson received his B.S. in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Translational Medicine from both UCSF and UC Berkeley. He has over 3 years of experience in microfluidic design, molecular diagnostics, medical device development, and clinical needs and strategy formation.
Kaleb Branda, Associate Research Engineer, develops electronics and software for control instrumentation in portable analytical chemistry and genetic analysis platforms. Mr. Branda received his B.S. Bioengineering, along with Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, from UC Berkeley. He has experience in micro-controller programming with temperature, LED, and pneumatic control systems.
Homayun Mehrabani, Staff Scientist, manages the design, development, and validation of novel microfluidic devices for analytical chemistry and life science applications. Mr. Mehrabani obtained his B.S. in Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He has over 5 years of experience in the areas of microfabrication and microfluidic device design; and he has developed miniaturized optical and electronic instrumentation for field deployable analysis systems.
Dr. Hong Jiao founded HJ Science & Technology, Inc. to commercialize microfluidic automation systems for analytical chemistry and life science applications. Through numerous federally funded research projects, Dr. Jiao has over 15 years of experience leading R&D teams in the areas of analytical chemistry, microfluidics, and portable instrumentation development. Dr. Jiao has a Ph.D. in physics from MIT, M.S. in applied physics from Caltech, and B.S. in engineering physics from UC Berkeley.
Ryan Jew, Associate Research Engineer, develops hardware for instrumentation of genetic analysis and analytical chemistry platforms. Mr. Jew received his B.S. Mechanical Engineering and B.S. Bioengineering from UC Berkeley. He has experience in R&D-level mechanical prototyping, microfluidic design, and computerized physics simulations.