Senior Scientific Consultant
Asya joined BioTeam in 2016 after many years of helping life sciences (and space industry) companies wrangle their infrastructures into submission. With a wide range of skills in Infiniband hardware and software, networking, schedulers, HPC design, project management, monitoring, data mining and visualization, and systems integration, Asya enjoys solving difficult problems, and helping advance scientific discovery.
Asya got a BS degree in MIS (Management, Information Systems) in Moscow, then worked as an IT specialist for a company that was a version of BioTeam, but in Russia, where she built interfaces for managing manufacturing floor equipment inventory with interactive features and supported the backend btree database and the star/coax network, as well as all the usual aspects of user support. In the United States Asya continued in the same vein, picking up more obscure skills like ColdFusion, HPUX, sendmail, and Novell printing servers, moved on to become the IT manager for 2 startups that were related to life sciences by virtue of Oracle, Sybase, Baan, and Siemens consulting services, and building the early, WebMDlike, interfaces. Then there was a brief stint at a company that created custom patent databases using btree and perl where Sun hardware and SunOS/Solaris OS, tape libraries, and Veritas software were next on the list of skills as well as Qmail, Exim, and Netscape Mail Server. Then at Protometrix, a startup out of Yale printing 10,000 proteins on a glass slide for studying proteinprotein interactions, which was later acquired by Invitrogen, and finally became Thermo Fisher, Asya had built the IT infrastructure from scratch, then transitioned it to the global IT support, and became a Bioinformatics Analyst, building sequence analysis interfaces for visualizing the QC results post sequencing, and supported the scientists in creating a bioinformatics workflow and a sample tracking/inventory system. Then at 454 Life sciences she moved on to building the HPC cluster with SGE/OpenMPI/Rocks to support the main product, used Aspera software for data transfers to 1000 Genomes project, virtualized 200+ physical machines, and finally implemented a DDN/GPFS solution with QDR Infiniband, all the while gaining the experience with accelerators, including GPUs, MICs, and FPGAs. At SpaceX this repeated on a larger scale, and with Slurm and OpenLava instead of SGE, and Bright Computing for the HPC stack, plus OpenLM for license management, Puppet for configuration management, and the early ELK stack. Also, Intel development tools like VTune were used to benchmark and optimize the CFD codes and recompile them with all the dependencies. Asya is passionate about helping advance science and improve human condition with the help of automation, IoT, sensors, 3dprinting, and space exploration.