Who We Are

Founder & CEO

Eleanor has been working at the cutting edge of bioinformatics for over 15 years. As founder of Diamond Age, she led the company’s evolution from a small, project-based service provider to a full-fledged consultancy that works closely with clients to tackle their most difficult research challenges.

Before founding Diamond Age, Eleanor served as the sole bioinformatician in the Center for the Development of Therapeutics at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where she helped drive drug discovery projects in cancer, cardiovascular disease, and kidney disease, among others. She also worked at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where she led mid- and late-stage development of the Multiexperiment Viewer, a powerful tool for mining large genomic datasets.

Trained as a computational biologist, Eleanor has deep expertise in transcriptional profiling as well as drug discovery and development. She earned her Ph.D. bioinformatics from Oxford University under Christopher Holmes and John Quackenbush, and also holds a master’s degree in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Eleanor is on the board of directors for WEST and speaks frequently at conferences. You can read her published scientific work here.

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Michael brings two perspectives to Diamond Age: the skills of a computational biologist and the expertise of a bench biochemist. His work ranges from transcriptional analysis (including both bulk and single-cell RNA-seq data) to selection of promising candidates from high-throughput small-molecule screens. Prior to joining Diamond Age, he worked on early drug discovery efforts in type 2 diabetes at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and on chemical biology approaches to understanding the roles of signaling pathways in cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Michael holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and a B.S. from Saint Bonaventure University, also in biochemistry.

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Jason Warner brings the insight of a molecular biologist and the technical acumen of an engineer to Diamond Age. In a previous role at Courtagen Life Sciences — where he was one of the first hires — he built the company’s bioinformatics pipeline and operation, including a team of 10, from scratch. He has also held senior roles in both data analysis and tech dev at many leading genomics startups, including Applied Biosystems, RainDance Technologies, Veritas Genetics, and Olaris Therapeutics.

Jason holds a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Physiology from the Tufts University School of Medicine, and a B.A. in Biology from Cornell University. He completed his postdoc at Harvard Medical School. 

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Katie combines a passion for scientific problem-solving with years of experience handling next-generation genomic sequencing data. Before joining Diamond Age, she worked at world-leading biomedical research institutions including the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR), Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard’s genome sequencing center. She also worked at Life Technologies and the genome interpretation startup Knome. 

Katie holds an M.S. in computational biology from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in both biotechnology and mathematics from Tufts University.

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Abbe has deep expertise in single-cell transcriptomics and is passionate about integration of multiple data types to paint a fuller picture of disease. Before joining Diamond Age, she was a computational biologist at the Broad Institute, where she used single-cell and single-nucleus RNA sequencing data to investigate underlying mechanisms of kidney disease. She has also worked on cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease, and has a wide range of both computational and bench skills.

Abbe has a Ph.D. in biological and biomedical sciences from Harvard University, as well as a B.S. in biochemistry and cell and molecular biology from the University of Scranton, where she graduated summa cum laude.

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Bob brings a unique combination of biostatistical training and bioinformatics experience to Diamond Age engagements. Before joining Diamond Age, he led bioinformatics development for the MI-ONCOSEQ clinical sequencing program in Arul Chinnaiyan’s lab at the University of Michigan, where he developed and deployed CLIA-certified bioinformatics pipelines to support the analysis of integrated next-generation DNA and RNA sequencing data. He also has wide-ranging biostatistical experience, having provided statistical support for a variety of cancer genomics projects including large-scale exome sequencing studies and tumor biomarker studies.

Bob has M.S. degrees in Biostatistics and Mathematics from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in Mathematics from Rice University.

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Mia has deep expertise in analyzing large genomic datasets, including RNA-sequencing, copy number variation, whole genome or whole-exome sequencing, and single nucleotide polymorphism data. Before joining Diamond Age, Mia was a biomolecular engineer at National Cancer Institute’s The Cancer Genome Atlas Program. She played a significant role in writing the TCGA’s landmark paper “Comprehensive, Integrative Genomic Analysis of Diffuse Lower-Grade Gliomas,” published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Mia holds a Ph.D. in Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics from the University of California Santa Cruz, and a B.S. in Computer Science with a concentration in Bioinformatics from the University of Delaware.

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Aisha is well-versed in CRISPR/Cas-9 off-target prediction using computational and bench methods. She completed her PhD in Dr. Cynthia Dunbar’s lab at the National Heart Lung & Blood Institute (NHLBI) where she did gene therapy work involving single-cell RNAseq, Ion-torrent UMI-sequencing, and detection of chromosomal aberrations.

Aisha came to Diamond Age from a post-doctoral research position in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), where she focused on characterizing HIV integration sites using ATACseq, RNAseq, and CHIPseq.

Other previous experience includes a research fellowship in retrovirology and vaccine safety at the FDA. Aisha has a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the National Institutes of Health/Georgetown University Partnership Program as well as an MS in Bioinformatics from Georgetown University.

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Dale has worked in Bioinformatics for over 20 years and brings a unique combination of experience in healthcare systems, the pharmaceutical industry, and academia. Before joining Diamond Age she led the computational analysis of NGS data for disease-associated variation for population screening and undiagnosed rare disease programs at Geisinger and Inova. Her prior work at Novartis and Stanford includes target identification, biomarkers of drug safety and efficacy, and genotype-phenotype relationships.

Dale has a PhD in Biochemistry from UCSF and a BS in Applied Mathematics from Yale University. She also completed a postdoc in x-ray crystallography at the University of Oxford, UK.

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Brett is a structural biologist with a wealth of programming and system-building expertise. He has previously served as CSO at Stirplate.io a company built on putting scalable bioinformatics tools into the cloud. With wide-ranging experience that covers machine learning, drug repurposing, cloud computing, Python, and computational drug library design, his skillset is a valuable asset to any team.

Brett received his doctoral degree in Molecular Biophysics from New York University’s School of Medicine and holds two master’s degrees in Biochemistry and Biomechanical Engineering.

CHIEF OF STAFF

Wendy brings over two decades of business acumen and acts as a thought partner and change leader to Diamond Age. She specializes in optimizing business processes as well as identifying priorities and strategically aligning those priorities with business goals and objectives. Prior to joining Diamond Age, she was Chief of Staff at ROM Technologies, a medical device company, where she assisted the CEO with business processes, cross department communication and project management.

Wendy’s background is in the medical field as a Certified Medical Assistant and Emergency Medical Technician. She is currently pursuing her BA Business Administration at WGU.