Leadership Team

The Genestack leadership team draws on decades of experience in computational biology, genetics and algorithm design to guide the company towards its goal: developing a next-generation genomics data management and analysis platform that solves the inefficiency problems of bioinformatics.

Misha Kapushesky, PhD
Founder and CEO
As CEO of Genestack, Misha leads the company’s business growth and oversees the development of the Genestack platform. Misha has over a decade of experience in dealing with big data in genomics and has participated in and led international consortia applying bioinformatics to medical research. Before founding Genestack in 2011, Misha was a functional genomics team leader at the EBI, where his team developed bioinformatics data systems for academia and industry, such as Gene Expression Atlas. He was educated at Cambridge (Ph.D., Genetics), Oxford and Cornell Universities (B.S., Mathematics, magna cum laude).
Vasiliy Bout
Vasiliy is responsible for the Genestack platform development, new features coordination and planning as well as maintaining the core principles of the platform. He has been key in the conception and development of Genestack from day one. Vasiliy is an expert software architect with deep knowledge and experience of large-scale computing and systems design. Before joining Genestack, Vasiliy has contributed extensively to the popular open source e-book reader application FBReader. He was educated at the Saint Petersburg State Polytechnic University, and received postgraduate training at the Academy of Modern Software Engineering.
Imad I. Yassin
VP of Sales and Marketing
Imad I Yassin is a visionary business development expert who leads the commercialisation process at Genestack. He has extensive experience in building commercial products and has supported a number of companies bring solutions to the global Life Sciences market. Previous positions include: Senior Director Clinical Solutions Sales at PerkinElmer; Senior Director of Sales at Medidata and Global Commercial Director at Integromics. Yassin's territory coverage includes Asia, Europe, UK and the USA. Outside of Genestack, Yassin sits on the Advisory Board of the World Leaders Forum and also of the Singularity University. Yassin's academic background is in Genetics and Distributive Technologies. Yassin is also the chair of the Idris Foundation which aims to improve the lives of refugees.
Daniel Ohayon
Director of R&D
Daniel oversees the expansion of bioinformatics knowledge within the company and coordinates bespoke bioinformatics projects for Genestack's customers across industries. He was heavily involved in the development and validation of several pipelines including single-cell transcriptomics, microbiome analysis and functional analysis of expression arrays. Daniel studied computational biology at the University of Cambridge (MPhil with distinction) and engineering at Ecole Centrale Paris.
Colin Whittaker
Security Officer
Colin Whittaker is a highly-experienced Information Security leader who has managed information security risk and compliance, across government and in the private sector. This experience has given him a deep appreciation of the wider public and private regulatory agenda and the issues it is trying to address. He uses his experience and insights to develop and promote reasoned and pragmatic risk management strategies to protect business; where necessary striking the risk balance between compliance and security. Prior to forming his own company, to help all enterprises make better informed risk decisions, he was the Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s EMEA Region Information Security Officer where he provided direction and leadership on information security across EMEA. His experience in government comes from a career in the military and leading defence information security programmes.

Board of Advisors

Alvis Brazma, PhD
Dr. Alvis Brazma is a Senior Scientist at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and is responsible for gene expression resources at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI). He studied mathematics at the University of Latvia, obtained his PhD from Moscow State University and joined EMBL in 1997. He has over a hundred scientific publications and is a Principal Investigator on several large collaborative genomics and biomedical projects, including the European renal cancer project of the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC). He is co-leading the working group on data integration for the Pan-cancer Whole Genome project of the ICGC.

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