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Our Team

Natalie Castellana

Natalie Castellana

CEO

Natalie received her PhD in Computer Science from UC-San Diego and joined Abterra Bio soon after.  She enjoys BLASTing sequences and puzzles.

Stefano Bonissone

Stefano Bonissone

CSO

Stefano received his PhD in Bioinformatics from UC-San Diego and developed many of the repertoire analysis algorithms.  He enjoys long walks in a short canyon. 

Anand Patel

Anand Patel

CTO

Anand received his PhD in Bioinformatics from UC-San Diego and brings a broad skillset for next-generation sequencing and mass spectrometry data analysis.  He enjoys the outdoors, especially rock climbing.

Thiago Lima

Thiago Lima

Associate Director of Biology

Thiago joined Abterra Bio after completing a Post-Doc at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  He enjoys music, surfing, and friendship.

Chuan-Yih Yu

Chuan-Yih Yu

Senior Bioinformatics Scientist

Chuan-Yih received his PhD in Bioinformatics from Indiana University and joined Abterra Bio from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He loves to play with new gadgets, and improve things around him to make life better and easier.

Richard Carson

Richard Carson

Bioanalytical Scientist II

Richard received his PhD in Biochemistry from Brigham Young University (BYU), and joined Abterra Bio after post-doctoral training in single-cell proteomics, also at BYU. When he’s not in the lab, Richard enjoys reading, board games, and martial arts.

Aras Gurler

Aras Gurler

Scientific Sales Executive

Aras joined Abterra Bio with more than 9 years experience in sales, marketing, and operations, most recently at Thermo Fisher and Microbiologics.  Aras spends his free time playing guitar, attending live concerts, and racing.

Mar De La Cruz

Mar De La Cruz

Research Associate

Mar received her Bachelor of Science from UC-Davis.  She enjoys growing her urban jungle, hiking, and watching the Twilight series on repeat.

Qiulong Huang

Qiulong Huang

Principal Scientist

Qiulong joins Abterra Bio after 15 years in the biotech industry, including at WM Bioscience and eBioscience.  He enjoys accompanying serious fisherman on expeditions.

Brinley Moorman

Brinley Moorman

Research Associate

Brinley received her Bachelor of Science from UC-Santa Barbara.  Brinley enjoys the outdoors, cooking, and organizing meals into bento boxes.

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