Our Team

Natalie Cookson, CEO

Natalie received a B.A. in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego in 2009.  After focusing her undergraduate research on astrophysics studies of forming solar systems, she shifted her interest in quantitative science to the study of biological systems.  In graduate school, she gained expertise in synthetic biology in microbial organisms, including yeast, bacteria, and cyanobacteria.  She was awarded a Computational Science Graduate Fellowship from the US Department of Energy to study single cell growth and gene expression dynamics in model organisms.  Natalie has expertise in physics, synthetic biology, and the quantitative analysis of biological systems.

Email Natalie at natalie.cookson AT qbisci.com


Michael Ferry, CSO

Mike received a B.S in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology from UCLA in 2002 and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from UCSD in 2010.  Mike has received several awards for his academic and research pursuits, including a prestigious predoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation for his graduate work.  He has invaluable knowledge of civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering as well as general principles of construction, waste treatment technology, and biofuel cleanup and compression.

Email Mike at michael.ferry AT qbisci.com


Bud Marx, CFO

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Bud Marx has a BA from Princeton, an MBA with an emphasis in finance from Northwestern University, and over 40 years in the automotive industry, with strong expertise in strategic planning and financial forecasting.  He spent 32 years with the Ford Motor Company, where he last served as Vice President of the Automotive Components Group.  After retiring from Ford in 1994, Bud spent 8 years as CEO of TMW Enterprises, a private investment group focused on buying and developing manufacturing and electronics technology companies.  Bud became Chairman of one of these companies, Amerigon, in 1999, and helped build Amerigon (now Gentherm, NASDAQ) from $7 million in 2000 to over $640 million in 2013.

Email Bud at bud.marx AT qbisci.com 


Jeff Hasty, Ph.D. 

Jeff Hasty is a Professor of Bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego and one of the founders of QBI.  He received his Ph.D. in physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1997, where he worked with Kurt Wiesenfeld. He was a postdoc with Jorge Vinals at the Supercomputing Research Institute (’97-’98), and a postdoctoral fellow with Jim Collins in the Applied BioDynamics Lab at Boston University (’98-’01). He is a Professor of Bioengineering and Biology at UCSD, where he also directs the BioCircuits Institute. He is considered a pioneer in the field of synthetic biology, with seminal research on the design and construction of synthetic gene-regulatory and signaling networks.

Email Jeff at jeff.hasty AT qbisci.com


Martin Kolnik, Ph.D.

Martin received a B.S. in Bioengineering from Rice University in 2005 and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from UCSD in 2012. His graduate research focused on developing novel microfluidic culture devices for dynamic real-time stimulation of individual mammalian cells, as well as constructing synthetic gene circuits to investigate the dynamics of mammalian gene regulation. His current focus is logistics and product development.  He has extensive expertise in the engineering and construction of waste treatment technology, including developing detailed construction plans, managing teams of subcontractors, and ensuring project goals are completed on time and to specifications.

Email Martin at martin.kolnik AT qbisci.com


Ivan Razinkov, Ph.D.

Ivan received his B.S. in 2006 and Ph.D. in 2013 in Bioengineering from University of Caliofrnia San Diego. During his graduate research he focused on development of novel techniques and design for microfluidic technologies for single-cell and population studies of bacteria and yeast.  Ivan has backgrounds in mechanical and electrical engineering as well as expertise with systems on a wide range of scales, from microns to kilometers, which he applies to the development of treatment technology that involves a vast range of skills from culturing microbes and leading large-scale construction.

Email Ivan at ivan.razinkov AT qbisci.com


Scott Cookson, Ph.D.

Scott received his B.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of Maine in 2001 and his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from UCSD in 2008. Scott has received several awards for his academic and research pursuits, including being named valedictorian of his undergraduate class and receiving a prestigious fellowship from the Department of Defense for his graduate work.  He has expertise in synthetic biology, microfabrication, electrical engineering, medical device development, and optics.  He is applying his diverse engineering skill set to the development of biogas purification technology whereby algae grown in wastewater removes carbon dioxide to produce pure biomethane.

Email Scott at scott.cookson AT qbisci.com


Christine Steinke

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Christine received a B.S. in Biology from University of California Irvine in 1999 and went on to pursue a career in aquaculture.  She has expertise in aquafarming, aquatic feed testing and development, and algae culture.  She is working on the development of our algae biomass into a nutrient rich feed.

Email Christine at christine.steinke AT qbisci.com