Dr. Michael Francis
Chief Science Officer
Dr. Francis is Chief Science Officer at GT Research and
Assistant Professor of Physiology and Cell Biology at the
University of South Alabama College of Medicine and
Center for Lung Biology. Dr. Francis is an experienced
research scientist with extensive knowledge of genomics,
biophysics, and computational analytics, receiving ~$1M
in grant funding. Dr. Francis also maintains a portfolio of
intellectual property, including software platforms for
medical devices and signal analytics. Dr. Francis manages
project topsoil, GTR’s proprietary bioinformatics and
genomics research platform, and project cloudscape,
GTR’s proprietary natural language processing platform
for scientific literature. Dr. Francis earned a BSc in Physics
from Auburn University and a PhD in Physiology from the
University of South Alabama.
Dr. Glen Borchert
Chief Genetic Officer
Dr. Borchert is Associate Professor of Pharmacology at
the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. He
completed a PhD in Interdisciplinary Genetics in 2007 at
the University of Iowa, then a postdoctoral fellowship at
UC Berkeley where he worked in the world’s foremost
genetic manipulation lab under Dr. Jennifer Doudna
(inventor of CRISPR-Cas9 genomic editing). Since starting
his own laboratory in 2012, Dr. Borchert has received
numerous awards, published >25 articles characterizing
genomes, and received >$3.5M in federal funding.
Notably, in 2014, the Genetic Mechanisms Cluster of the
National Science Foundation named Dr. Borchert a NSF
CAREER Investigator - the most prestigious honor
bestowed by the NSF. Dr. Borchert’s current research
focuses on identifying novel genes and genetic regulators
in an array of bacterial, plant, and animal systems.
Chief Executive Officer
Sam is Founder and CEO of GTR. He is also Co-Founder of Genesis Block, a blockchain- focused venture production studio. Prior to founding GTR, Sam was an attorney at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where he focused his practice on complex financial services regulation. Sam holds a JD from the University of Chicago Law School and a BSE from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and a Joseph Wharton Scholar.
Chief Growth Officer
A long-time investment practitioner and horticulturalist, Danny handles operations, project management, and execution for GTR. His professional experience includes oversight and execution of complex environmental and construction projects. Danny has overseen all aspects of crop production and sale on multi-acre organic farms in California and Montana. He holds a BA in Government and Law and a BA in Spanish from Lafayette College.