President, COO, CO-FOUNDER
Alistair Ward

Alistair graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2000 with a Masters in Natural Sciences. After working for the UK government for a few years, Alistair received his PhD in Physics from Boston College. A lifelong interest in genetics spurred a move into bioinformatics, pursuing postdoctoral work in the lab of Professor Gabor Marth, where he worked on large consortium projects including the 1000 Genomes Project. After becoming a research assistant professor, Alistair became a Director of Research and Science at the University of Utah. Alistair is interested in understanding how to extract useful information from complex genomic data, and make it accessible to those without extensive computational experience. In 2005, Alistair co-founded Frameshift with Professor Gabor Marth and Dr. Chase Miller.

Chase Miller

After graduating with a degree in Computer Science, Chase became intrigued by the value and potential of computational tools in the biological sciences. This interest led him to pursue a Biology Ph.D. in the Marth Lab, where he designed, developed, and published some of the first web-based, big-data genomic visualization libraries. One of his most well known projects, IOBIO, has become a popular set of web applications and tools used by thousands of researchers across the globe. In addition to his computational work, Chase frequently attends genomic conferences around the world where he has given numerous talks on the importance of visualization in bioinformatics. His passion for genomics and visualization continues at Frameshift where he is diligently working to develop novel tools that allow for the analysis of complex genomic data in a way that is easier to understand, work with and share with others.

Gabor Marth

Gabor is the head of the Marth Lab at the University of Utah and Co-Director of the Center for Genomic Discovery. Over the past 15 years, Gabor's group has developed software packages for base calling, read mapping, variant discovery, and data visualization in high-throughput, next-generation sequencing data. His research is aimed at developing complete, automated pipelines for sequence processing, variant detection, and variant interpretation; adapt and extend tools for cancer sequence analysis, and at developing informatics technologies to support population, medical, and personal genome sequencing of very large numbers of samples. Gabor is a world renowned expert in the field of genomics and spends his time developing algorithms when he is not writing grants.

Nielson Phu

Nielson Phu joined Frameshift as its first Boston engineer. A former math teacher, he taught himself how to code and got his start doing Ruby on Rails development for a publishing company. He now enjoys building out and testing new features across several of Frameshift's apps, whether it be creating data visualizations or implementing backend infrastructure. Outside of work, Nielson is an avid tennis and chess player. He loves to travel and lived in New York and Hong Kong before settling back down in Boston.

Sam Lichtenberg

Sam graduated from Princeton University in 2015 with a degree in Computer Science. While there, he focused on data-driven fields such as Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing, and Computational Genomics. He is excited to be a new software engineer at Frameshift, where he can continue to build tools and visualizations that empower end-users to make the most of their data. Outside of work, he plays the guitar, writes songs, and loves all things music and literature.