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People

Management Team

Dawn C. Matthews, M.S., M.B.A., President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Ms. Matthews has over 25 years of management experience in the life sciences industry, with more than half of those focused on imaging for drug development and disease detection.  She is a co-founder of Abiant, Inc., a 50% parent of ADMdx, where she has directed the optimization of quality control, processing and analysis methods for amyloid and FDG PET image data, the development of novel methods to classify dementias, and the successful implementation of clinical trials.  She previously served as CEO of MIICRO, Inc., a medical imaging technology company, and as Director of Business Development for Motorola BioChip Systems.  She was a co-founder of Aksys, Ltd., where she served as Vice President and Acting CFO during multiple private financings and the company’s Initial Public Offering in 1996, and earlier was a Senior Principal Engineer at Baxter Healthcare.

Stephen C. Strother, Ph.D., V.P. & Chief Science Officer (CSO)
Dr. Strother has 30 years of experience in the development of imaging technologies, specializing in functional neuroimaging. He has been a prominent proponent of predictive modeling approaches to analysis of functional brain images, having developed the NPAIRS software package. He is chair of the Data Format Working Group, a multinational committee set up under the Neuroimaging Informatics Technology Initiative at the NIH. Dr. Strother is also a Senior Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute and Professor of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto. Dr. Strother is Associate Editor of the journal Human Brain Mapping.

Miles N. Wernick, Ph.D., V.P. & Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Dr. Wernick has 27 years of experience in the development of imaging technologies. He is an expert in medical imaging, image analysis, and machine learning.  Dr. Wernick is also the Motorola Endowed Chair Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), where he is Director of the Medical Imaging Research Center. He also holds an appointment as Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Dr. Wernick is co-editor of the book Emission Tomography: The Fundamentals of PET and SPECT. He has served as Associate Editor of the journals IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, Medical Physics, and SPIE/IS&T Journal of Electronic Imaging, member of the IEEE BioImaging and Signal Processing Technical Council, and Publications Chair of the 2011 ISBI conference. He recently served as Guest Editor of IEEE Signal Processing Magazine‘s special issue on medical imaging technologies.

Director of Quality

Debra Bartel, MBA, CQA, PMP, Director of Quality
Deb has over 20 years of experience specializing in software quality assurance, validation and regulatory compliance, IT and Quality project management, and process design.  She has held management positions in the pharmaceutical industry in both Quality Assurance and Information Systems organizations. She has been able to utilize continuous improvement and risk-based processes to reduce costs while maintaining compliance with both US and international regulatory agency expectations. Ms. Bartel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems and a Masters of Business Administration, both from the University of Wisconsin, and is ASQ certified in six sigma processes.

Technical & scientific team

Ana S. Lukic, Ph.D., Senior Research Engineer
Dr. Lukic has 15 years of experience in the areas of neuroimaging data analysis and imaging system development. She is an expert in image processing, data analysis, electronics, and software development. Dr. Lukic has been the P.I. of two NIH-sponsored projects and one sponsored by the NSF. Dr. Lukic is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at UIC.

Lisa Mosconi, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Mosconi has over 10 years of experience in neuroimaging, with a particular focus on the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease using biological markers such as positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Dr. Mosconi is also an Assistant professor of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine (NYU), and the Director of PET imaging studies at the Center for Brain Health of NYU. She is a member of the Society for Nuclear Medicine, Alzheimer’s Association, New York Academy of Sciences, Italian Association for Nuclear Medicine, and Alzheimer’s Neuroimaging Workgroup of the Alzheimer’s Association. Dr. Mosconi has received federal and non-federal research grants. She has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and several book chapters, including Imaging the Aging Brain and the New Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, and served as Guest Editor for a special issue of theJournal of Nuclear Medicine focused on amyloid imaging in Azheimer’s disease. Dr. Mosconi holds a Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience and Nuclear Medicine.

Konstantinos Arfanakis, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Arfanakis specializes in the development and application of methods for structural MRI, DTI, and fMRI.  His work has included the development of a white matter atlas using DTI, and a collaboration with Rush Medical Center to determine correlations between Alzheimer’s Disease brain images and post-mortem brain tissue.  He is also working on the early detection of Alzheimer’s Disease using MRI image data.  Dr. Arfanakis is also an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at IIT, where he received the IIT Sigma Xi Excellence in Research Award recognizing his establishment of a state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging lab.  He is also a Medical Physicist at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, and Associate Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at Rush University Medical Center.

Boris Marendic, Ph.D., Research Engineer
Dr. Marendic is an expert in digital signal and image processing, with 7 years of experience at Motorola designing software-defined radios for public-safety radio systems, and 4 years of experience in emission tomography and neuroimaging data analysis.

Randolph Andrews, M.S., Staff Scientist
Mr. Andrews has more than 10 years of experience in PET and MRI image data quality control, processing, and analysis, and in developing methods to optimize these processes.  He has also been responsible for creating ADM’s repositories of reference data including Normal, MCI, Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementia data.  Mr. Andrews is a member of the Society for Neuroscience.

Yongyi Yang, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Yang has 18 years of R & D experience in image and signal processing, data analysis, pattern recognition and statistics. Dr. Yang is also the Perlstein Endowed Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at IIT, where he is with the Medical Imaging Research Center. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing and served as Guest Editor for special issues of Pattern Recognition and IEEE Transactions on Selected Topics for Signal Processing. He is co-author of the book Vector Space Projections: A Numerical Approach to Signal and Image Processing, Neural Nets, and Optics.