Cofactor is a next-generation genomics company.
Our clients are professionals that demand results as opposed to just data.
- Jarret GlasscockFounder and CEO
Dr. Glasscock has spent the last 15 years bridging Molecular Genetics, Computer Science, and Sequencing technologies to provide insight to molecular systems. More than a decade was spent at Washington University’s Genome Sequencing Center. As lead of the Computational Biology Group at the Genome Center, Dr. Glasscock led a team of scientists to characterize and publish key NIH funded sequencing projects. In 2008 Dr. Glasscock left his faculty position in the department of genetics and part of the Genome Center’s Technology Development Group to found Cofactor Genomics. He has led the company to unprecedented growth and has been a key contributor to the design and analysis of the more than 1000 sequencing projects Cofactor Genomics has undertaken over the last 5 years.
- Jon ArmstrongCOO
Jon Armstrong was a research scientist with the Technology Development Group at The Genome Institute (Washington University in St. Louis) from 2001 to 2009. During that time, he was instrumental in the design of molecular tools (e.g., multi-locus sequence typing) for the characterization of single nucleotide polymorphisms in organisms such as S. aureus and uropathogenic E. coli, and diseases such as acute myeloid leukemia.
- Dave MessinaDirector of Analysis
Dr. David Messina has spent the last 17 years working in computational biology and genetics, training in molecular biology and human genetics at the University of Chicago, the Washington University in Saint Louis, and earning his PhD in Erik Sonnhammer’s lab in Stockholm, Sweden. He worked for 3 years at the Washington University Genome Institute as a computational biologist, developing software used for annotation, assembly assessment, and comparative sequence analysis. Dr. Messina joined Cofactor Genomics in 2012. He currently drives the computational R&D and production efforts as Cofactor’s Director of Analysis.
- Sara AhmedDirector of Sequencing
Dr. Ahmed joined Cofactor Genomics in April of 2011 after completing her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from Northwestern University. Her PhD work focused on gaining a better understanding of the role of DNA sequence in the three dimensional organization of genes within the nucleus. She has received training on the Illumina, Solid, 454 and Ion Torrent platforms and has expertise in library construction and sequencing across the wide spectrum of sequencing applications offered at Cofactor. In addition, Dr. Ahmed constantly strives to improve our existing product offerings while devising new library techniques to push current technologies beyond the limits specified by the most instrument providers.