We want to make the human genome practically useful for life-altering decisions.
We started down this path by making prepregnancy genetic testing affordable for anyone planning to have a child. That test won the Wall Street Journal’s Innovation Award for Medicine, was named one of Scientific American's "Top 10 World Changing Ideas" and was featured in the New York Times. Our test is now offered at thousands of medical centers nationwide and covered by many insurers.
Chief Sci. Officer
Chief Commercial Officer
Associate Lab Director
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Ramji Srinivasan earned a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.S. in Financial Mathematics in four years, both from Stanford. He began his career with Morgan Stanley in New York City, where he helped raise $2.7B in equity capital for Google and authored over 100 investment reports for Internet companies with a collective market capitalization of $200B. After returning to Stanford to pursue an MBA and an M.S. in Biomedical Informatics, he worked on mapping causal variants for cognitive disorders at the Stanford Genome Technology Center and Clark Center before co-founding Counsyl.
Eric A. Evans, PhD
Chief Science Officer and Co-Founder
Eric Evans holds a PhD in Genetics from Stanford University. Dr. Evans was the recipient of a National Science Foundation Research Fellowship as well as a Stanford Graduate Fellowship, and his research has been published in Aging Cell, Reproductive Biology & Endocrinology, and PLoS Pathogens.
Vice President, Engineering and Co-Founder
At age 20, Rishi Kacker co-founded Voltage Security in his dorm room at Stanford. Voltage uses a breakthrough in cryptography invented at Stanford (Identity Based Encryption) to protect sensitive information everywhere it goes. He built Voltage's engineering teams and propelled the company's technical vision, making it a leader in the encryption of emails, files, and databases, with over 600 enterprise customers. He won the grand prize in Stanford's annual BASES entrepreneurial competition and was featured by Businessweek in 2005 as one of the "Young Entrepreneurs of Tech" to watch. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford.
Chief Commercial Officer
Prior to joining Counsyl, Tom Schoenherr ran business units with annual revenues in excess of $1.8B while serving as Vice President in Sales and Marketing for Bayer Diagnostics, Siemens Medical Solutions, and Quest Diagnostics. Mr. Schoenherr has over 15 years of experience in the medical diagnostics and services industry, with expertise in global marketing, strategic planning, and revenue growth.
Peter Kang, MD
Dr. Kang oversees Counsyl's clinical laboratory and ensures adherence to best practices in sample collection and processing, patient privacy, and data quality. He received his M.D. from Seoul National University in Korea and an M.S. degree in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford University. He trained in Laboratory Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, and Molecular Genetic Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining Counsyl, he worked as an Assistant Professor at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He is licensed to practice medicine in both New York and California, and is board-certified in Clinical Pathology and Molecular Genetic Pathology.
Jelena Brezo, PhD
Associate Laboratory Director
Jelena Brezo is a clinical molecular geneticist and a fellow of the American Board of Medical Genetics. Prior to joining Counsyl, she was an Associate Director of the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory at City of Hope. She received her Ph.D. from McGill University and trained in medical genetics at the University of Chicago and UCLA. Her publications have appeared in Molecular Psychiatry, Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, British Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, and Psychological Medicine. She was a recipient of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship, a Genes, Environment, and Health Training Program Fellowship, and the McGill Human Genetics Department’s Award of Excellence.
Vice President, Finance
Michael Teng earned his B.A. in Economics from Stanford. Before joining Counsyl, he spent over 4 years at Facebook as part of the Business Development and Finance teams. While at Facebook he helped manage a key partnership with Microsoft, later relocating to London to help expand sales and business operations globally. He began his career with Morgan Stanley's Technology Mergers and Acquisitions team in Menlo Park where he worked on transactions with a total value in excess of $50B.
Vice President, Legal
Prior to joining Counsyl, Gary was SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Amyris, Inc. and VP of Intellectual Property at Genentech, Inc. Before joining Genentech in 2000, Gary practiced general commercial and intellectual property law. Gary earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School and his B.S. (Biological Sciences) and B.A. (English) from Stanford University. Gary has lectured as an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law since 2006.
Gary previously served as an Attorney Advisor on the Northern District of California’s patent local rules committee and currently serves on the Advisory Board for Stanford Law School’s Center for Law, Science and Technology. By invitation, he was a panelist for the FTC’s hearings on the Evolving IP Marketplace. As much as Gary embraces the intersection of law and science, he one day aspires to teach high school Biology.
Balaji S. Srinivasan, PhD
Prior to co-founding Counsyl, Balaji S. Srinivasan taught data mining, statistics, and computational biology in the Department of Statistics at Stanford University. Dr. Srinivasan holds a BS, MS, and PhD in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Chemical Engineering from Stanford. He was an NDSEG, NSF, and VIGRE fellow, was named to the MIT TR35 and Founders Fund F50 lists, and has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Biotechnology, and Nature Reviews Genetics. He now invests in startups, teaches a popular MOOC at startup.stanford.edu, and writes at balajis.com.
Balaji K. Srinivasan
Balaji K. Srinivasan's interest in genetic disease arose from the tragic loss of two family members from a preventable blood disorder. He received a MA and BA from Stanford, where he studied biology, philosophy, and ethics, and subsequently earned a JD from Harvard Law School. As an attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Kirkland & Ellis, he focused on business partnerships, intellectual property, and life sciences.
Jeff Dean, PhD
- Google Fellow
Dr. Jeff Dean is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and one of Google's most senior engineers. Co-inventor of MapReduce, GFS, and BigTable, Dr. Dean's contributions underlie virtually every Google product and have given rise to entire industries. He co-engineered Google's crawling, indexing, and query serving systems, as well as the initial version of the ad serving system and Google's AdSense for Content product. He also made significant contributions to search ranking, Google News, Google Translate, and Google Code Search. Dr. Dean received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Washington, is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, and is currently a Google Fellow in the Systems Infrastructure Group.
Vijay Pande, PhD
- Professor of Chemistry and Structural Biology at Stanford University
- Director, Folding@Home
Vijay Pande is Associate Professor of Chemistry and of Structural Biology at Stanford University, where he studies molecular self-assembly and structural biology. He is the principal investigator of Folding@Home, a massive distributed computing project aimed at understanding protein folding and disease, as well as Genome@Home, another distributed computing project which hopes to design new genes that can make working proteins. He earned his PhD in Physics in three years from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his BA in Physics from Princeton University. Professor Pande has received numerous honors, including the Kawasaki Prize, the Levinthal Lecture, a Frederick E. Terman Fellowship, the Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, and the Irving Sigal Young Investigator Award from the Protein Society.
David C. Page, MD
- Director, Whitehead Institute
- Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Among many other scientific breakthroughs, Dr. David Page has led and conducted fundamental studies on mapping, cloning, and publishing the complete sequence of the Y chromosome. Dr. Page's lab focuses on the study of mammalian germ cells, and the role of genetic defects in germ cell development/sexual differentiation and its effect on male infertility. As an indirect result of his research, he has also published widely on the evolutionary history of human sex chromosomes. Dr. Page has been the recipient of numerous prestigious honors and awards, including the MacArthur Fellowship, the Searle Scholars Award, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' Amory Prize, the March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology, and the Curt Stern Award from the American Society of Human Genetics. He was also elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2005 and the Institute of Medicine in 2010. Dr. Page earned an M.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program.
John Marshall, MD
- Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCLA
- Former Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center
For 17 years, John R. Marshall served as Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCLA, Vice Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCLA, and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Residency Program Director of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at the Harbor/UCLA Medical Center. He was one of the developers of the technique that resulted in the first successful transfer of a conceptus from the uterus of a donor to the uterus of a recipient with a resulting live birth. Dr. Marshall has authored over 100 scientific publications and has served as an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as Chairman of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Test Committee of the National Board of Medical Examiners, and on the Editorial Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has been a principal in three start-up medical companies and is currently Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Adjunct Professor at the Mercer University School of Medicine in Savannah, and Adjunct Professor of Public Health at Georgia Southern University. Dr. Marshall attended Pomona College and received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania.
Pasquale Patrizio, MD
- Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale University
- Director, Yale Fertility Center
Dr. Pasquale Patrizio is Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale University and Director of both the Yale Fertility Center and the Reproductive Endocrinology clinical practice. His clinical and research interests include infertility (female and male), IVF, egg donation and gestational surrogacy, whole ovary and oocyte cryopreservation, genetics of oocytes and cumulus cells, and ethical issues in assisted reproduction. Dr. Patrizio received his MD from the Università Studi Napoli and his Masters in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is board certified in OB/GYN, Andrology, and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and has published more than 300 scientific papers and an Atlas textbook for assisted reproduction. He is the discoverer of the congenital bilateral absence of the vas deferens (CBAVD) and its link to Cystic Fibrosis, and co-authored a scientific paper on 'Successful Pregnancy After Whole Ovary Microvascular Transplantation,' awarded first place in 2008 by the Society of Reproductive Surgeons.
Jessica Jacobson, MD
- Professor of Pathology at New York University
- Director, Special Hematology Laboratory, Bellevue Hospital
Dr. Jacobson is an Assistant Professor of Pathology at New York University and Director of the Special Hematology Laboratory in Bellevue Hospital Center. Dr. Jacobson graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and received her MD from New York University. She is licensed to practice medicine in both New York and California, and is a member of the American Association of Blood Banking and the New York State Council of Hospital Blood Bank Directors.