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TIRF Labs’ Team

The following scientists and engineers have contributed significantly to the development of TIRF microarray and i-Diagnostics technologies: Luis Vaca, Ph.D.; Vladimir Omelyanenko, Ph.D.; Angelica Zepeda, Ph.D.; Alicia Sampieri, Ph.D.; Philip Oldham, Ph.D.; W. William Wilson, Ph.D.; Theodore Winger, Ph.D.; David Sachs, M.S.; Hardie Johnson, B.A.; David Landis, Ph.D.; Ryan Sherry, M.S.; Tyson Weiss, B.A.; Zhanna Brotsman, M.S., Grant Leonhard, E. Kostenko, M.S., Timothy Pike, Vitaliy Bezrodnov, Sabina Yusufova, and Alexander Asanov, Ph.D.

Personal Statement of Lead Scientist

I am Dr. Alexander Asanov, the lead scientist on the project. The i-Diagnostics project is the culmination of many efforts I have made in my professional career, using many elements of my prior work. I believe this project will create a new era of medical diagnostics, significantly impacting the public’s health and safety in a meaningful way. I have a broad background in spectroscopy, microscopy, electrochemistry, surface chemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, nanoengineering, mechanical engineering, and optical engineering - key areas for this project. I have also led many successful R&D projects to completion, resulting in many useful techniques and instruments. In 1999-2016, I assembled and led a team of extraordinary talented scientists and engineers, who developed a family of innovative TIRF instruments for molecular diagnostics and analysis of biomolecular interactions. During that time, I served as Principal Investigator on several BAA and SBIR grants, awarded by the NIH and HSARPA. My colleagues and I pioneered several ground-breaking discoveries and accumulated specialized experience in using the TIRF technique and other analytical methods for life science applications. Each of our projects resulted in the development of useful TIRF devices and instruments. Our customers from academic and pharmaceutical research groups have generated unique research data using our products, and published articles in leading scientific journals. With my specialized background and unique experience, our talented team, and the spirit of this enterprise, I believe we will achieve our project goals and fulfill my vision of decentralized, personalized medicine.  For my Bio Sketch in NIH format click here. Dr. Alexander Asanov.

Prior Funding, Prior US Government Awards

In 2006-14, the US government granted TIRF Labs $4.3M in BAA and SBIR awards. We excelled in our prior efforts - invented, developed, and established sales of research-grade TIRF instruments. Visit to learn about our existing TIRF products. For details about prior funding click here.  

Dr. Alexander Asanov, Lead Scientist


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Dr. Luis Vaca