Meet Our Team

Team Amprion is passionate about transforming scientific inventions in the lab into meaningful applications that bring significant, positive change in the world. A single purpose drives us: Create a big impact one tiny molecule at a time.

Science is a Team Sport.

Amazing teams achieve awesome things. Meet the players.

Associate Director, Research & Development
EVP, Regulatory & Clinical Operations
Director of Laboratory Operations

Senior Research Associate

Clinical Laboratory Director
Research Associate
Finance Manager
Lead Clinical Laboratory Scientist

Senior Systems Engineer

Sr. Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Assurance Specialist

Research Assistant

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Carly Farris

Senior Research Associate

As a Presidential Scholar, Carly graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (Option in Physiology) and Minor in Chemistry from California State University, Long Beach. She received her Master of Science degree in Bioengineering at San Diego State University. Carly wanted to use her skills in a meaningful and dynamic field, which led her to Amprion. Carly enjoys traveling, spending time with her friends and family, and spoiling her dog, Bailey.

Yihua Ma

Research Associate

Yihua works in the research lab to help optimize our assays’ accuracy in detecting various prions associated with neurodegenerative diseases. Yihua earned his master’s degree in chemistry from the California State University of Fullerton. A skilled scientist, Yihua is well-versed in biochemical techniques, including protein purification, enzymatic assay, X-ray crystallography. He is also highly experienced in all aspects of drug discovery, testing, and validation. Yihua graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and chemistry from the University of California in San Diego. 

Ginger Sedillo

Finance Manager

Experienced in administrative management, Ginger has worked in accounting and finance in the biotech industry for the past 15 years.

An avid reader, Ginger loves exploring the great Pacific Northwest with dogs in tow. She’s a passionate collector of all things nerdy.

Nelson Kha

Lead Clinical Laboratory Scientist

Driven by science and a need to make an impact through medicine, Nelson bridged the two passions and became a clinical laboratory scientist six years ago. Nelson’s expertise in the clinical lab spans across pathologies to various testing platforms. He is excited to venture into the realm of neurocognitive pathology and believes Amprion’s technology will set the stage for diagnostics of neurological diseases.

Aside from being in the lab, Nelson is a coffee fanatic! Ask him to brew you a cup, and he will tell you everything about this wonderful and potent elixir.

John Middleton

Senior Systems Engineer

John is a systems engineer and data-driven scientist. John brings a broad range of expertise, including experimental design, assay algorithms, calibrator value assignment, and data analysis/mining. A passionate and devoted team member, John is excited to help bring new products/processes to market that improves the human condition. Through his work at Amprion, John aims to advance diagnostics for neurological diseases.

Irma Gaillard

Sr. Quality Assurance Manager

With over 20 years of experience in the regulated biotechnology industry, Irma is passionate about quality assurance. Irma helps develop and implement quality systems for growth and brings a patient-focus to her work. Irma loves the NBA, running, and is a history buff.

Daniel Blanco

Quality Assurance Specialist

Daniel has worked in the healthcare industry for over 20 years and assists in the lab process as a document control specialist. Excited for his work, Daniel is motivated by how his work can positively impact other people’s lives worldwide.

Bret Holguin

Research Assistant

A research associate, Bret develops assays that will detect, with one hundred percent accuracy, whether someone has Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s at an early stage. In plain English, Bret is the Forward Observer of the Prion Patrol Swat Team.

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