Team

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Ahmed Abdalla Software Engineer

A trained electrical engineer turned programmer, Ahmed has worked on software teams at small and large companies. At the Recurse Center, a coder retreat in NYC, Ahmed developed an Arabic alphabet programming language to make it easier for native Arabic speakers to learn to code. He joined OpenTrons because he was hungry to see real impact from his work and accelerate scientific research. For fun Ahmed enjoys anything active -- especially biking, camping, rock-climbing, soccer, and basketball -- and has recently started to learn to breakdance.

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Ahmed Abdalla Software Engineer

A trained electrical engineer turned programmer, Ahmed has worked on software teams at small and large companies. At the Recurse Center, a coder retreat in NYC, Ahmed developed an Arabic alphabet programming language to make it easier for native Arabic speakers to learn to code. He joined OpenTrons because he was hungry to see real impact from his work and accelerate scientific research. For fun Ahmed enjoys anything active -- especially biking, camping, rock-climbing, soccer, and basketball -- and has recently started to learn to breakdance.

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Andy Sigler Software Engineer

Andy has been working on OpenTrons since the company's very beginnings in Shenzhen. He started part-time while completing his residency at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), where he still teaches circuit design and rapid prototyping. Andy now works on OpenTrons full-time, but continues to make devices in his free time with the goal of someday filling his home with connected musical instruments and toys.

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Artyom Astafurov VP of Engineering

Artyom leads the software engineering team at Opentrons. Before joining Opentrons Artyom was a partner at DataArt, a technology consulting company where he led the Internet of Things practice. During his career at DataArt he worked with clients to transform their operations by implementing cutting edge technologies and expert development. He holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science from Saint Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics in Russia.

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Chiu Chau Co-Founder and CEO

Chiu worked in biotech for 20+ years before building the first OpenTrons robot. In his previous company (bought by Immucor in 2008) he led the engineering team to build the core multiplex qPCR automation technology now used in most blood banks for advanced blood typing. Chiu grew up in Hong Kong and is a diehard raquetball player.

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Dagney Cooke Product Manager

Dagney first joined OpenTrons in June 2015 immediately after graduating from Carnegie Mellon with a major in biology and a minor in biomedical engineering. She quickly took on more and more responsibilities -- everything from sales and support to scientific development, before becoming Product Manager in early May. Dagney also plays a huge amount of ultimate frisbee, this year with the NYC based women’s club team Brooklyn Book Club.

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Henry Wu Wong Mechanical Engineer

Henry was born and raised in Venezuela and moved to the United States at the age of 15. He built (and destroyed) a lot of stuff as a kid like RC cars, bikes, skateboards, and generally anything else with wheels on it. When not building robots at OpenTrons, attending night classes in Brooklyn, or building stuff for his apartment, Henry still likes to skate.

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Jonathan Badal Vice President of Growth

Jon leads OpenTrons' business operations and growth. Jon is also a Board Member at Genspace and has been an advisor to OpenTrons since the company's beginning. Jon joins us from Amazon, where he was the VP of Strategy at comiXology (exited to Amazon in 2014). As an early employee at comiXology, he helped the company become the leading platform for discovering, buying, and reading digital comic books and #1 Top Grossing non-game iPad app. Prior to comiXology, Jon was an analyst at early-stage VC, Rose Tech Ventures, and graduated from Columbia Unversity as a History major.

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Katie Adee UI/UX Lead

Since joining OpenTrons in June 2015, Pratt School of Architecture and NYU ITP alum Katie Adee has worked on most things software-related at the company -- everything from website development and design to core technologhy R D -- although she’s now “crawling into a nerd hole” to focus on UI/UX. When she’s not at OpenTrons or teaching at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Katie can be found cycling, shooting recurve bows, and helping out on farms near her North Fork, Long Island, home. (Pro tip: ask Katie for resturaunt recommendations)

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Kristin Ellis Scientific Development Lead

Originally from rural Alabama, Kristin came to OpenTrons in June 2016 from Houston, Texas, where she'd been doing cancer research at M.D. Anderson and running myriad bio-hackathons, museum nights, and start-up meet-ups. At OpenTrons, she works on "translating human protocols into robot protocols" and collaborating with our users to develop broadly useful applications on the platform. When she's not automating basic labwork, Kristin can be found beekeeping in her community garden, attending hackathons, and hanging out with Clark, the OT-OfficeDog (and her actual dog).

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Lev Kravinsky Software Engineer

Lev briefly studied Philosophy and Russian at Bard and UPenn before dropping out and discovering programming as a way he could express his creativity while solving real problems. After working for a Silicon Valley start-up building software solutions for local governments, Lev went to the Recurse Center, a tight-knit coder retreat in NYC, where he worked on computer based art generation and compression algorithms. It was there that he met OpenTrons in May 2016. When not shipping new code, Lev can be found playing drums in a punk rock band, hiking in the hills of PA, or playing old Gamecube games.

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Qiyu Wu Production Manager (Shenzhen)

Previously, Qiyu spent four years at Haxlr8r, the accelerator where OpenTrons got its start in China, helping start-ups bootstrap their manufacturing operations in Shenzhen. Hax more than trippled in size during Qiyu's time there, and now she is bringing that same organizational savvy to OpenTrons' growing manufacturing operations and supply chain. When not running a tight ship at OpenTrons' Shenzhen HQ, Qiyu can usually be found hanging out with her little cat.

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Vincent Jia Mechanical Engineer (Shenzhen)

Vincent is origionally from Western China, but joined Opentrons in August 2016 to help scale our Shenzhen production operations. Previously, he went to Hunan University of Technology and he has been engaged in non-standard automation equipment research and development for the last ten years. In his spare time Vincent likes mountain climbing, running, and playing badminton or table tennis with friends.

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Will Canine Co-Founder and CPO

Will comes from a background in community organizing and political campaign management, but decided to pursue technology as a more effective way to change the world. Obsessed with microbiology since an early age, Will became interested in open-source lab automation as a lever for accelerating scientific research while working at Genspace during his master’s degree at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program in 2014. When not working to make lab robots for everyone, he likes to read books (always physical copies, particularly sci-fi and evolutionary theory) and go for long runs.

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