Meet the Team: Doug Hoppes, Senior Software Engineer

Name: Doug Hoppes

Position: Senior Software Engineer

How long have you been working at MBF Bioscience? 8 years

What do you do? I’m a senior software developer. Although I’ve worked on most of our software packages as a generic features developer, my specialty is user-interface design. I figure out ways to simplify a complex process into some basic procedures (i.e. Workflow systems, etc.).

What do you love about your job? I’ve worked as a software consultant for many large commercial and military companies, and I can easily say that this is the best place I’ve ever worked. The atmosphere is extremely friendly and casual. I love the fact that the president of the company makes an effort to go around the office to say “good morning” to everybody.

As a software developer, I’m always looking for new challenges and problems to solve. Since my specialty is user-interface design, I also get to work with in-house or external clients to figure out how to best solve their issues. That interaction with the client is definitely one of my favorite parts of the job.

How do you spend your free time? When I’m not at work, I spend a lot of time painting. Displaying my artwork at galleries and selling my paintings at art fairs requires that I work extra hard in my free time. The time I spend painting lets me explore my creative side and play out various image possibilities in my head. This correlates well with my job at MBF Bioscience. The trick to creating and selling paintings is to create a visual image that a viewer can immediately understand and interpret. This, for me, is the same as user-interface design. You can see my paintings at DougHoppesStudio.com

What was the last vacation you took? I took a workshop called the Illustration Masters Class in Amherst, Massachusetts. Top illustrators who work in film or publishing led the workshop. Such people as Iain McCaig (designer for a lot of the primary characters in the Star Wars Prequels), Irene Gallo (Art Director for Tor.com), Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Greg Manchess, Scott Fischer, Dan Dos Santos, Rebecca Guay, etc. helped us work on painting compositions, story-telling techniques, business side of book/film illustration, etc. We started working in the studio at 7 a.m. and didn’t leave the studio until 2 or 3 a.m. We also attended two to three lectures per day. With only three to four hours of sleep each night, I was exhausted by the end of the week, but I learned an incredible amount. I can’t wait to attend next year!

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Meet the Team: Shannon Francis, Operations Manager

Name: Shannon Francis

Position: Operations Manager

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

What do you do? I manage the Operations team to ensure orders are processed from start to finish in a timely and efficient manner. I’m also part of a fantastic team that  organizes MBF Bioscience’s attendance at trade shows. Another big part of my job is maintaining all company accounting records, processing payroll, and helping to maintain the company’s benefits packages in addition to other human resource duties.

What do you like most about your job? I love how every day is different. I never do the same thing day in and day out. I also thoroughly enjoy the group of people I work with.

How do you spend your weekends? Cultivating my flower and vegetable gardens. I also enjoy photographing the local area with my husband.

What was the last vacation you took? Last fall we took our annual trip to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The tranquility of the island makes it our favorite vacation spot.



Meet the Team: Geoff Greene, Chief Scientific Applications Officer

Name: Geoff Greene

Position: Chief Scientific Applications Officer

What does your job entail? When I’m not traveling, I spend most of my time in the office helping our existing or prospective customers to better understand how our systems can help them with their specific research projects. Most of what I do is work in a pre-sales technical support or consulting role. This involves working with customers to design, configure, and then quote appropriate system configurations.

I also assist in the design and promotion of new projects, new software features, and new equipment for our systems.

If our technical support team encounters an especially challenging issue, I’m there to help them help the customer.

Additionally, I also handle many of the special requests and special situations that come in from our customer base.

What exciting things have happened during your time at MBF Bioscience? I’ve especially enjoyed watching changes in the focus of neuroscience. One thing I’m particularly interested in is the increase in research concerning the biological substrate of consciousness, motivation, free will, and neural augmentation, as well as the ethical implications that go along with it.

I’m also interested in the interplay and balance between descriptive, qualitative, and quantitative analysis in neuroscience.

How long have you been working at MBF Bioscience? 18 years

What do you love about your job? I enjoy helping people solve problems.

How do you spend your free time? I usually read and listen to music for several hours a day. I repair antique pocket watches and clocks and I restore antique machine tools. I have a fairly well-outfitted woodworking shop. If there’s time left over, I fill it with programming, and restoring cars as well.

What was the last vacation you took? A meeting of extended family in New Hampshire.

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.

Watch our webinar to find out more about “New Features in Version 10 Neurolucida and Stereo Investigator.”

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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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