John Tillotson, MSCE, is the Managing Partner at Microbe Detectives (MD) and its environmental consulting practice WaterTrust. Over the past 5 years, John has been developing MD’s DNA sequencing services with a specialization in water reclamation, biological nutrient removal, and anaerobic digestion in municipal and industrial systems. Prior to MD, he had over 25 years experience in water/environment, data, and IoT. He holds an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Tufts University, a B.S. in Geochemistry from West Chester University, and a Toxics Use Reduction Planner Certification from the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute.
Dr. Trevor Ghylin, Founder and Advisor
Trevor Ghylin, Ph.D., P.E., is Founder and Advisor of Microbe Detectives. Dr. Ghylin is a leading water process engineer and a pioneer in applying DNA technologies to conduct surveillance of microbiomes in wastewater processes, natural water resources and potable water distribution systems. He speaks frequently at conferences as a thought leader. Trevor received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of North Dakota, and holds a Professional Engineers License.
Grant Schouweiler, Microbiome Analyst
Grant Schouweiler is a Microbiome Analyst for Microbe Detectives with a specialization in biofuels, anaerobic digestion, and wastewater treatment. He earned a B.S. in Biology from Purdue University where he conducted growth experiments on eukaryotic algae for aquaculture, nutraceutical and biofuel applications, and microalgae in wastewater biological nutrient removal. As an intern with a biotechnology innovator, he constructed bioreactors and managed large-scale algal cultivation for biodiesel production. After graduating from Purdue, he served as a U.S. Navy Diver for six years where he worked with novel deep submersible and hyperbaric systems. His unique combination of experiences as a US Navy Diver and microbiologist enable him to understand a system’s function and operations in a completely different way.
Dr. Campbell has extensive experience with microbial physiology, industrial microbiology, and fermentation, and leads Aster Bio’s molecular biology & biochemistry sector. His efforts adopting advanced, high-throughput sequencing, qPCR and other molecular technologies has led to the development of Aster Bio’s Environmental Genomics testing platform. This platform monitors waste treatment systems’ environmental microbial populations and bioprospecting for microbial candidates to include in Aster Bio’s bioaugmentation products. Dr. Campbell holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Rice University, an MBA from Rice University, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Duke University.
Dr. Alison Ling, Advisor
Alison Ling, Ph.D., P.E., is an Advisor to Microbe Detectives and an Environmental Engineer with Barr Engineering Company in Minneapolis, MN. At Barr, she is engaged in front-end design and troubleshooting for water and wastewater treatment projects and holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering and Molecular Biology from The University of Colorado at Boulder. Her work includes process modeling, bench testing, and technical advising for clients in the power, mining, food and beverage, and municipal sectors. Ali completed her PhD at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she split her time between the Environmental Engineering and Molecular Biology departments.
David Geltner, Advisor
David Geltner has over thirty-years experience as a leader in high tech with a focus building leading Internet-of-Things, M2M solutions and winning teams. He has served as the CTO and VP of Engineering with firms such as nPhase, Qualcomm, Verizon, Numerex, Computer Associates, and Tibco. His experience ranges from startups to enterprise software and wireless technologies. Dave was the CTO for IoT pioneer nPhase, acquired by Qualcomm and Verizon and holds 5 IoT related patents. Mr. Geltner has been an executive colleague and trusted advisor of John Tillotson’s for over fifteen years.
Melissa Nyssen, VP Marketing
Melissa has over 25 years of experience in building winning brands for tech start-ups, small and medium sized business. She excels at creating fully integrated marketing strategies and brings a robust skill set in graphic design for a wide range of multimedia projects, including corporate id systems, packaging and print, website development, e-commerce solutions, social media presence, search engine optimization, email marketing and advertising.
Walter Foskett, General Counsel
Walter Foskett is General Counsel for Microbe Detectives and is Of Counsel with Duncan and Allen, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm serving the U.S. domestic energy and international natural resource communities since 1970. Walter has maintained a corporate and securities law practice specializing in the energy and electric utility arenas for over thirty years. He has significant corporate and transactional expertise including stockholder and operating agreements, executive employment agreements, mergers and acquisitions, asset purchase and sales, etc. Walter holds a JD from Boston University Law School; MBA Babson College; BA Boston College.