Dr. Williams has more than 30 years of experience in the development of new analytical methods and instrumentation for bio-analytical and bio-molecular testing. He has worked on the American Organization of Analytical Chemists (AOAC) National Committee for Bio-Threat Agents, and has been designated a Kansas Public Health Leadership Scholar with the Kansas State Public Health Leadership Institute. In this role, he has been involved in the study and development of new policies related to food safety and public health.
Dr. Williams has provided technical leadership as the branch chief of the Armed Forces DNA Technology Development Program of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, served on the National Scientific Review Board for the Human Genome Project, and numerous NIH Study Sections on technology development. In addition, he has directed scientific research programs for the development of equestrian immunoassays to environmental agents and biological toxins.
Madeleine graduated in 2013 with a Master of Science in biotechnology and food engineering from Lund University in Sweden. She was employed as researcher at the Department of Food Technology at Lund University, and as process development engineer at a Swedish start-up firm, before she moved to Kansas City.
Madeleine has worked extensively with R&D and was listed as inventor on two patent applications in Sweden. Her experience ranges from food and biotech related R&D to food quality and safety testing. Madeleine’s expertise lies at the intersection of biotechnology, food science and chemical engineering.
Scott is a 2011 graduate of Kansas State University with a Master of Public Health with emphasis in food safety, biosecurity, and food defense. He served as an intern at Du Pont/Danisco Ingredients implementing several food defense initiatives into the processing plant and distribution center in New Century, KS. Before arriving at Ansera, he was employed by the Kansas Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety Department conducting food safety inspections, training inspectors, serving as a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) subject matter specialist, and was a commissioned FDA inspector. Scott is HACCP and Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) certified. Scott’s expertise centers around microbiologically-based risk assessment and mitigation related to food safety, biosecurity, and food/bio-defense.
Margie graduated from Missouri State University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She worked with Monsanto in St. Louis, Missouri for more than eight years. Her experience there included the use of immunoassays to validate the presence of transgenic genes in a variety of crops, DNA extraction, PCR and protein assays, as well as the use of HPLC and GC headspace analysis to characterize corn ethanol fermentation studies. Margie recently shifted her focus to microbiology, and is providing technical expertise for research studies on the collection and detection of food-borne pathogens and other infectious agents.
Sarah is a graduate student at the University of Kansas studying Biological Anthropology with a focus in Anthropological Genetics. She works with Ansera Analytics in the development and validation of new LAMP-based diagnostics for infectious disease. Sarah’s academic research is focused on human population genetics. She has studied genetic diversity among six cities in Iraq using STRs, and contributed to a project studying genetic differentiation and admixture in the Aleutian Islands as part of National Geographic’s Genographic Project.
Amanda is a biological anthropologist and current doctoral student at the University of Kansas (KU), and serves as a research intern with Ansera Analytics. She graduated with a M.A. in Anthropology from Louisiana State University in 2013, and a B.A. in Anthropology and Psychology from Case Western Reserve University in 2009. Her previous research includes modern human skeletal variation, where she explored morphological variation between populations and sexes in relation to forensic science. She currently focuses on modern human genetic variation and its relation to ancient human migration. At Ansera, she is training in state-of-the-art microbiological laboratory techniques and research design. At KU, she has served as an instructor for undergraduate biology labs, including introductory biology, mammalian physiology, and human anatomy.
Mary has more than 35 years of experience working with small, medium, and large companies providing operations management, marketing, and business development services across multiple market sectors. She has developed and directed marketing and strategic planning programs, facilitated new and existing business development to maximize existing opportunities and create innovative partnerships, and performed business intelligence research to identify market and business trends to increase profits and efficiency.
For Ansera, Mary manages all marketing and business development activities for the company driving sales activities and the acquisition of new business. Additionally, she is responsible for the daily operational functions of the business including oversight of contract administration, financial, human resources, policy and procedure development, corporate insurance, and compliance capabilities.
Cara provides administrative support to ensure efficient operation of the office. Her responsibilities include, but are not limited to, working with QuickBooks to manage accounts receivable and accounts payable, maintaining vendor files, handling order fulfillment, maintenance of the CRM system, purchasing, supply and equipment management, and building/facility interface. Prior to joining Ansera, Cara worked as an administrative assistant for a pool construction company, handling QuickBooks and managing accounts. She is currently pursuing her degree in Business Administration.
Chad is a graphic designer and creative thinker with over 17 years of design experience. He provides Ansera Analytics powerful marketing essentials that equip them to attract more prospects and effectively connect with customers. Chad graduated from the University of Kansas with a BFA in Visual Communications and has worked for and with companies who are small boutique design shops all the way up to Fortune 500 companies including: Cerner, Terracon, Lockton, Nova Consulting, Needham and Associates, Buick, The PKD Foundation, and John Deere.