Scientific Founders

Professor Susan M. Bailey, Ph.D.

Dr. Bailey joined KromaTiD as one of the founders of the company in 2007 and currently serves as the corporate Secretary. Dr. Bailey is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences at Colorado State University. She previously worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Bioscience Division, doing research involving the development and application of the CO-FISH technique. Dr. Bailey’s current research program, funded by the NIH and NASA, revolves around what chromosomes and telomeres can tell us about cancer and other human disease states. She also serves on the Editorial Board of two scientific journals, is an author on over 50 peer-reviewed publications, 3 book chapters and an inventor on one patent application. Dr. Bailey received her B.S. degree in Biology from Colorado State University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Sciences from the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine.

Professor F. Andrew Ray, Ph.D.

Dr. Ray joined KromaTiD as one of the founders of the company in 2007. Dr. Ray is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences at Colorado State University. Previously, he was a staff scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. As a graduate student he published a landmark paper showing that a viral protein was responsible for generating chromosomal instability in human cells enabling subsequent transformation to a tumorigenic phenotype. He was formerly an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics at Albany Medical College. He is a contributing author on 40 scientific publications and an inventor on three issued and four pending patents. Dr. Ray received a B.S. in Biology from Stetson University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Medical Sciences from the School of Medicine at the University of New Mexico.

Professor Michael Cornforth, Ph.D.

Dr. Cornforth joined KromaTiD as one of the founders of the Company in 2007. Dr. Cornforth is currently a Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas (UTMB). His formal training is in radiation biology with emphasis on the study of chromosome aberrations produced by various forms of ionizing radiation, and how chromosomal rearrangements are affected by changes in ionization density, total dose, and the rate at which total dose is delivered. Current funding includes support from the Department of Energy (DOE), NIH (NIAID) and NASA. Dr. Cornforth previously worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, has served on the editorial boards of two international journals, as Councilor for Biology for the Radiation Research Society, and currently holds a position on the Scientific Council of the Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Hiroshima, Japan. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals, and has published three book chapters dealing with radiation effects on chromosomes. Professor Cornforth received his doctoral degree at Colorado State University.

Professor Joe W. Gray, Ph.D.

Dr. Gray is the co-inventor of the FISH (fluorescence in situ hybridization) technique and is currently a member of KromaTiD’s Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Gray is currently the Associate Director for translational research for the Oregon Health and Science University Knight Cancer Institute, he holds the Gordon Moore Endowed Chair, is chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Center for Spatial Systems Biomedicine. In addition to his roles at Oregon Health and Science University, he is a visiting senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and emeritus professor at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Gray’s work is described in over 400 publications and in 73 US patents. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, an elected a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and Chair of the National Institutes of Health, Frederick Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Cancer Institute.

Joel Bedford, Ph.D.

Dr. Bedford joined KromaTiD as a founder of the company in 2007, chairs the Scientific Advisory Board and is a member of the Board of Directors. Dr. Bedford is currently a Professor in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences at Colorado State Universtiy and holds a joint faculty appointment in the University Graduate Program in Cell and Molecular Biology. His programs have been funded by NIH, DOE and NASA since 1966. He has served as a regular member and Chairperson of the NIH Radiation Study Section, as a Counselor, Associate Editor, and later as President of the Radiation Research Society. He has received various awards such as the Failla Award and the Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Radiation Research Society. He has been a regular member of the National Academies’ Board on Radiation Effects Research, and then on the National Academies’ Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board. He served a 5-year term on the Scientific Council of the Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Hiroshima, Japan, and is a member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements. Professor Bedford has authored 140 peer-reviewed articles, including several book chapters, and is an inventor on two patent applications. Professor Bedford received his B.A. degree in Chemistry from the University of Colorado, an M.S. degree in Radiology from the University of Colorado Medical School, and Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Radiobiology from Oxford University.