GE Healthcare Life Sciences Cell Imaging Competition - 2013 Judges

Paul Goodwin, Science Director, Cellular Imaging and Analysis at GE Healthcare

Paul Goodwin is Science Director, Cellular Imaging and Analysis, part of Cell Technologies in GE Healthcare based outside of Seattle, Washington. He has a B.A. in Biology from the University of California, San Diego and a M.S. in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Washington. He spent 14 years in academia during which time he created and ran the Image Analysis Laboratory at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. For the past 15 years he has held various positions at Applied Precision including Applications Scientist, Senior Scientist, Technical Fellow, Product Manager, Director of Advanced Application before assuming his current role as Science Director. He is the inventor or co-inventor of eight patents, numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers, and several reviews and book chapters. He has spent his career developing instruments, software, and components for scientific imaging.

Dr. Paul Goodwin
Geoffrey Grandjean, Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute, California

Geoffrey Grandjean won the Cell Imaging Competition in 2011, whilst working at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas working on a PhD in Experimental Therapeutics with Specialized Training in Patient Based Biological Research. He now works at the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla, California continuing his graduate work with mentor Garth Powis, D. Phil. Here he investigates possible novel therapies for tumors that rely on the HIF1a stress survival pathway for survival and growth. Through the use of a wide array of biological and chemical laboratory techniques including high content microscopy with the InCell platform, he is not only well on his way to completion of this PhD but also uncovering new cell signaling relationships, biological targets for treatment, and possible pharmacological probes for the eventual use as treatment of human cancer.

Dr Julian P. Heath, Editor of Microscopy & Analysis

Dr. Julian Heath is the Editor of Microscopy and Analysis and the author of The Dictionary of Microscopy, both published by John Wiley and Sons Ltd. He has a PhD in cell biology and has held appointments at the Medical Research Council laboratories in Cambridge and London, UK, and at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where he applied light and electron microscopy techniques to study the cytoskeleton, cell motility and gastrointestinal development.
As Editor of M&A, Julian reports and blogs on the latest developments in microscopy research and instrumentation in the life and materials sciences.

Dr Julian P. Heath
Carmen Laethem, Scientist and Project Manager, Aerie Pharmaceuticals

Carmen Laethem is a Scientist and Project Manager at Aerie Pharmaceuticals in Research Triangle Park, NC.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University.  Over the past 20+ years, she has worked at Oregon Health Sciences University, CIIT, and Eli Lilly in the Assay Development Cell Technologies group where she helped pioneer the use of cellular imaging for drug development.  In her work at Aerie, Carmen uses the InCell 1000 in pursuit of drug therapies for the treatment of glaucoma.  The images obtained from the IN Cell have helped Carmen become a 3-time winner of the IN Cell Image Competition. 

Dr Kristie Nybo, Assistant Editor, BioTechniques

Kristie is a scientific editor at BioTechniques, a molecular biology journal publishing novel methods in various life science fields. She assesses scientific manuscripts submitted to the journal and coordinates the peer review process for papers selected for publication. She also writes many of the feature articles appearing in the journal.

Following a BS degree in Molecular Biology from Brigham Young University, Kristie completed her PhD at the University of California, Los Angeles, working in labs at UCLA and at the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences. Her research focused on neural development, using genetically modified mouse models. She has been with BioTechniques since 2007.

Dr Kristie Nybo
Dr Nick Thomas, Principal Scientist at GE Healthcare

Dr Nick Thomas is Principal Scientist in Cell Technologies at GE Healthcare based in Cardiff. He has a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Glasgow and a PhD from the University of Wales College of Medicine. In a 27 year career with Amersham International, Amersham Pharmacia Biotech, Nycomed Amersham, Amersham and GE Healthcare he has held a number of positions in Operations, Marketing and Research and Development. He is the inventor or co-inventor of over 60 patents covering a wide range of technologies including microfabrication, molecular and cellular sensors and cellular imaging. Dr Thomas has worked on development of cellular analysis instrumentation, software and reagents for the past decade, and has published a number of review papers and book chapters on the subject.

Dr Nick Thomas