Meet the Team: Paul Angstman, Vice President

Name: Paul Angstman

Position: Vice President

How long have you been working at MBF Bioscience? 15 years.

Describe what you do: I manage product software development and human resources. My job involves a variety of responsibilities, and on any given day, I might be fixing bugs, adding new features to our software, helping our wonderful technical support team, hiring new staff, and managing our company’s benefits package. Just today, I fixed a bug in the early afternoon and later I’ll be attending a webinar on Vermont’s proposed single payer health insurance. It’s never dull.

Could you share some recent developments in MBF Bioscience software development? The release of Version 10 of our flagship products Neurolucida and Stereo Investigator. Also, we’ve made a big leap forward with Microlucida in terms of ease of use, and we’ve updated our densitometry package, Densita.

What are some of your favorite features of Neurolucida 10 and Stereo investigator 10? Direct and Open Confocal Integration opens the doors for those who wanted to perform confocal stereology and neuron reconstruction while using their confocal systems. I’m also excited by the continued enthusiasm for our structured illumination solution using the Zeiss Apotome 2. The Huygens Deconvolution module is yet another integrated option that we can offer our customers or further serve their needs by being authorized resellers of standalone SVI products such as Huygens Essentials. The Montage module is always a joy to demonstrate. It automates and simplifies a very difficult multistep process that was by nature trial and error. Now you can take a number of overlapping image stacks and quickly get to the point where you can begin reconstruction or perform stereology. 3D Virtual Tissue Acquires, multiple-user changes, and dozens of other modifications make version 10 truly exciting. And we’re still very busy developing exciting new enhancements. A new guided tracing in AutoNeuron and Automatic spine detection are moving into beta versions. And our integration with Biolucida Image Server is just around the corner as well.

What’s your favorite thing about working at MBF Bioscience? I love our products and I’m proud of what they do for humanity, but I really enjoy my coworkers. I can’t wait to get to the office each morning.

How do you spend your free time? I’m also a vice president in the Williston Vermont Little League and I love coaching baseball and other youth sports. We have four children ranging in age from 9 to 22, so something is always going on—be it a practice, game, concert, or play.

What was the last vacation you took? The Middlebury College baseball team’s spring trip to Phoenix, Arizona. Our oldest son plays and it’s wonderful to be warm outside again. Other than a great baseball trip, we got to see the Grand Canyon and Sedona – both spectacular.

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Meet the Team: Susan Hendricks, Ph.D.

Name: Susan Hendricks, Ph.D.

Position: Staff Scientist

How long have you been working at MBF Bioscience? Five years.

What is your research area of interest? My area of interest is developmental neuroscience. I did my dissertation research on the development of the gustatory system and worked on the early development of the auditory system. I’m fascinated by how newly generated neurons figure out where they are supposed to be and what they are supposed to do. Now, I help others attain their research goals. It’s great to have a chance to be broadly interested in everything from nematodes to stroke, and from software code to microscope hardware.

Describe what you do: My days at MBF generally balance grant activities and data collection for MBF Labs, with a side of educational development thrown in for good measure. As grants manager, I collect data to support our research aims from funded NIH SBIR projects (such as automated neuron reconstruction). My first grant project at MBF Bioscience was for software to create and share digital 3D representations of histological slides. This research project is coming to a close and we’re about to launch the product that was the focus of those 5 years of effort. It’s so exciting to be able see the research go from theory to practice. I hope that Biolucida is as helpful to other researchers as I think it will be. I also run the day-to-day operations of MBF Labs, our contract research organization (CRO). We perform data collection and analysis for foundations, pharmaceutical companies, and academic researchers. It is so fulfilling to be able to devote a good portion of my job to doing traditional research.

What’s your favorite thing about working at MBF? Every day is different. I could spend my day working on an educational webinar, analyzing the stereological data from MBF Labs, working with the software developers to make our data collection more efficient, and finish up by chatting with researchers about experimental design questions or things they would like to see in the software.

How do you spend your weekends? Snowboarding in winter. Hiking with my dog Moxie in summer.

What was the last vacation you took? My honeymoon to Belize!

Register for the MBF Bioscience Instructional Webinar: “New Features in Version 10 Neurolucida and Stereo Investigator” conducted by Dr. Hendricks, Thursday, February 24.

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