Our Team

Joel B. Krier, MD


Jamie Valerius Jamie Valerius, B.A.

Jamie Valerius has a B.A. in biology and studio art from Lawrence University in Wisconsin. As program coordinator for BGM, she coordinates our research administration, including HR, case intake and case review planning, sample collection and storage, research genetic testing, purchasing, and program communication. Jamie also manages our Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocol for our clinical research.

Andrew Bjonnes Andrew Bjonnes, M.Sc.
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Andrew Bjonnes has a M.Sc. in physical chemistry from University of California, Berkeley. As a software developer for BGM, he develops and maintains the analytical pipeline.

Anwoy Mohanty Anwoy Mohanty, Ph.D.

Anwoy got his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M university. He is an algorithms developer whose primary focus is on developing software for automating the process of gene discovery associated with Mendelian diseases using statistical modeling and machine learning methods. He is broadly interested in finding novel applications for computational methods in solving problems arising in analysis of sequencing data.

Onuralp Söylemez Onuralp Söylemez, Ph.D.

Onuralp Söylemez is a postdoctoral research fellow co-mentored by Shamil Sunyaev. He obtained his Ph.D. in biomedical science at Pompeu Fabra University, Spain. During his Ph.D., he studied the prevalence and role of allele interactions at the protein level in shaping fitness within natural populations and between species. His current research focuses on applying evolutionary and population genetics tools to gene and pathway discovery via diagnosis of patients with Mendelian disorders of unknown etiology.

Nikkola Carmichael Nikkola Carmichael, M.Sc. CGC

Nikkola Carmichael is a licensed genetic counselor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she sees patients in the general genetics, pulmonary genetics, and endocrine genetics clinics. In her clinical BGM role, she interacts with research subjects throughout the life cycle of their case, from enrollment to communication of research results. In her research role, she combs databases and scientific literature to find a match between the genetic variants our pipeline has produced and the case’s clinical context.

Elizabeth Krieg, M.Sc.
Agnes Toth-Petroczy, Ph.D.

Agnes is a bioinformatician working on in-depth case analysis at BGM. She obtained her PhD at the Weizmann Institute of Science, where she studied protein evolution. During her postdoctoral research in a computational biology lab at Harvard Medical School, she worked on predicting structured states of disordered proteins using co-evolutionary information. Her current research interest focuses on genotype-phenotype associations.