Meet the Team

Founded by Mark Turner (who recently retired), Brian Searle, and Ashley McCormack, Proteome Software is a scientist-operated small business located in Portland, Oregon, USA. We provide the MS/MS analytics community with an intuitive group of proteomics and metabolomics tools. Our team of developers, scientists, and technical operations specialists work together to bring you the most intuitive, highest-quality products possible. From diligent programming and internal problem-solving to specific, clear customer support and product documentation, our dedicated team work every day to create a satisfying user experience.

  • Brian Searle – Co-founder/Owner

    Brian Searle is the co-founder and chairman of the board of Proteome Software. Following an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Reed College, Brian was mentored in MS/MS-based proteomics by Ashley McCormack and software development by Mark Turner in Srinivasa Nagalla’s lab at Oregon Health and Science University. In 2004 Brian co-founded Proteome Software with Mark and Ashley to produce and distribute cutting-edge data analysis software for proteomicists.

    As the owner of Proteome Software, Brian has produced numerous innovations in the analysis of MS/MS-based proteomics data. Brian is a member of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) and has served on the board of directors for that organization. Brian also co-founded the Proteome Informatics Research Group of the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF) society and is active in ABRF committees. In addition to furthering the goals of Proteome Software, Brian is concurrently pursuing a PhD at University of Washington.

  • Susan Ludwigsen - Director of Software Development

    Susan is a veteran in the field of bioinformatics. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Princeton in 1980, and a Master’s in computer science from Temple University in 1985, and headed the mapping team for the Cooperative Human Linkage Center which published the first comprehensive genetic map of the human genome in 1994. After moving to Oregon and serving a brief stint as co-owner and IT director of a Forest Products company, she provided bioinformatics support to a genetic research group at Oregon Health and Science University. She joined Proteome Software in 2010.

    Susan enjoys boating, reading, travel and the rare times she gets to spend with her two daughters and her granddaughter.

  • Jimar Miller – Software Craftsman

    Jimar was born and raised on Guam – a small island in the Pacific. After the age of thirteen, he moved to the mainland and in particular Las Vegas, NV. He earned his Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering with a minor in computer science and mathematics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He now lives in Portland, Ore. with his lovely wife and two beautiful children. Since joining the company in 2011, he continues to seek and apply general and robust solutions to problems faced daily.

    Jimar enjoys long distance trail running, music, the occasional chess game, anything written by Douglas Hofstadter and burritos. A beautiful day consists of spending time with this family, perusing Powell’s bookstore, taking a nice, long run on the trail and eating burritos from Los Gorditos – preferably at the same time.

  • Kathy Bryant – President

    Kathy joined Proteome Software in 2004 with founders Mark Turner and Brian Searle. In late 2015, she assumed the expanded role to focus on the company’s business functions. When not applying her Kansas MBA to spreadsheets and job descriptions, Kathy leans on her Poli Sci and Anthropology degrees to interpret the American Political Circus.

    One might also find her obsessing over Jayhawk basketball, running neighborhood trails, or doggedly searching for authentic New Mexican cuisine in the Pacific Northwest. Kathy’s high tech creds? She learned FORTRAN programming on Michigan State’s mainframe and once worked for a member of the task force that gave birth in 1981 to IBM’s first personal computer.

  • Phillip Seitzer – Developer and Bioinformatics Scientist

    Phil is a developer and bioinformatics scientist whose scientific interests include genomics, transcriptomics, and, of course, proteomics and metabolomics (among others). He earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of California at Davis in 2014 and B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University in 2009.

    In his spare time, Phil enjoys competitive chess, music, and reading fiction. Underneath his hard, crab shell-like exterior lies a soft, fuzzy teddy bear.

  • Nick Vincent-Maloney – IT/Operations Manager

    Nick has been working in the field of proteomics since 2002, when he started at a biotechnology firm studying small molecule drug candidates with LC-MS/MS. From there, he went on to work in research and development for a diagnostics device company. After a move from California to Oregon, he began working in the software industry at Proteome Software in 2008. With degrees in biochemistry and computer information systems, Nick spends his days helping researchers exploit powerful software applications and harnessing mega computing platforms.

    He enjoys spending time with his family, watching cool TV shows, camping, reading, and building web sites and applications. Nick was once a professional musician, and if you look really closely, you might be able to find an obscure reference or two from his drumming days.

  • Brian Beinlich – Software Developer

    Brian caught the programming bug (no pun intended) while in high school and has been writing software for over 40 years. He earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University in 1975, and has worked for such companies as Motorola and Intel. He joined Proteome Software in 2014 and enjoys promoting code reuse, improving user interfaces, and helping improve testing methods.

    In his minimal spare time, he enjoys mixing sound for live musical performances, participating in local land-use organizations, being outdoors with friends, watching baseball and Grimm, and spending time with his wife Sharon and their son Mason.

  • Caleb Emmons – Staff Scientist

    Caleb is a math guy who only recently learned to love the proteome. He earned his PhD in Mathematics from UC San Diego in 2006 and worked as an Assistant Professor for five years at Pacific University. As a faculty member, Caleb taught the entire gamut of courses including Statistics and Advanced Probability.

    He divides his time between coding, algorithm development, writing math poetry, crafting crossword puzzles, reading with his children, and watching shows with his wife–not to mention his heavy duties as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Universal Rejection.

  • Seth Just – Software Architect and Developer

    Seth was born and raised in Portland and has worked at Proteome Software since graduating from Reed College in 2012 with a BA in Mathematics. He enjoys learning about the biology, chemistry, and physics of proteomics and metabolomics while applying his passion for abstraction, design, and usability to the development of faster, easier-to-use, and more maintainable software.

    When he’s not in front of a computer, Seth enjoys local food, long drives in the country, maintaining his collection of aging Subarus, camping in the mountains, and watching TV with his girlfriend and cat.