Our Team

David Eklund, BS
David Eklund, BS
Lead, Software Engineering

David received his BS in computational engineering science from the University of California, Berkeley. He has over 10 years of experience in designing and developing medical software applications and data pipelines for scientific analysis in radiotherapy, pharmacology, and biometrics.

Corey Evans
Corey Evans
Manager, Laboratory Operations
Jerrin Gause, BS
Jerrin Gause, BS
Senior Operations Associate

Jerrin graduated from North Carolina State with a BS in Biochemistry and Biotechnology. Jerrin is a world-class operator, ensuring every sample is processed with the utmost level of quality for every patient entrusting their care to Xilis.

Cody Keating, MS
Cody Keating, MS
Senior Research Associate

Cody received his BS in Biological Sciences from Louisiana State and his MS in Cellular Biology from Middle Tennessee State. Prior to Xilis, Cody served as Laboratory Manager and acting Staff Scientist at the University of Florida.

Risigan Logendran
Risigan Logendran
Operations Associate

Risigan graduated from North Carolina State University with a BS in Bioprocessing and Biomanufacturing. He continued at Georgetown University for his MS in Biotechnology. He brings to Xilis several years of laboratory experience in both academic and industry settings.

Michaela Louw
Michaela Louw
Operations Associate

Michaela recently graduated from Campbell University where she pursued her degree in Biochemistry while competing on Campbell's track and cross-country team. Michaela strives to produce work that is both efficient and reliable, while maintaining a patient-oriented mindset.

Tim Miller, PhD
Tim Miller, PhD
Staff Engineer, Devices and Consumables

Tim received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University. With more than 10 years of experience developing scientific devices, he has also led scale-up and technology transfer in commercial biopharma.

Daniel Nelson, PhD
Daniel Nelson, PhD
Sr Engineer for Devices and Consumables

Dan Nelson received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Virginia. He has over 14 years of experience in microfluidics and device development for clinical and forensic applications.

Ryan Nguyen
Ryan Nguyen
Research Associate

Ryan recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with an engineering degree in biomedical engineering and bioengineering. At Xilis, he pushes the boundaries of applicability for DMOS, and ensures partners and patients get the utmost value from Xilis’ platform.

Sehwa Oh, MS
Sehwa Oh, MS
Laboratory Technical Associate

Sehwa received her BS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her MS from Seoul National University. She has 5 years of experience in wet lab assay development and continuously improves laboratory processes at Xilis.

Kelly Pittman, PhD
Kelly Pittman, PhD
Staff Scientist, Process Development

Kelly received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Cellular and Molecular Biology and has 10 years of experience in cell biology, immunology, and genomics. Kelly has extensive experience in assay development and optimization.

Nicole Romano
Nicole Romano
Director, Data Platform
Amber Smith, PhD
Amber Smith, PhD
Lead, Organoid Technology Development

Amber received her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Kansas, with additional training from Stanford University. She specializes in developing next generation preclinical models and precision medicine pipelines. With over 10 years’ experience in cancer biology, Amber brings a proven track record in preclinical drug development and patient-derived organoid models to the Xilis team.

Cindy Schweibinz
Cindy Schweibinz
Operations Manager

Cindy received her BA in Economics from the University of Virginia. She has enjoyed a career in Financial Services, Health Insurance and Real Estate. Cindy spent 4 years supporting the successful growth of a Commercial Real Estate startup.  At Xilis, she utilizes her background to support and collaborate with the team across all areas.

Benjamin D. Wilkin, MBA
Benjamin D. Wilkin, MBA
Lead, Laboratory Operations

Benjamin received his BS in Biomedical Engineering and an MBA from Clemson University. He is an expert and thought leader in the management of complex laboratory operations and strives for the highest levels of quality and efficiency.

Victoria Wu, BS
Victoria Wu, BS
Product Development Engineer

Victoria graduated from Northwestern University with a BS in biomedical engineering. With tremendous industrial design expertise and experience, Victoria leads the product and technical aspects of device engineering at Xilis.