Lexical Intelligence provides software and services related to understanding and processing scientific information content to assist policy and decision makers.

Capabilities Statement

 

Safinia® is Lexical’s suite of collaborative AI tools that are designed to provide decision-makers with the real-time knowledge they need to drive research and innovation.

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Meet Our Team

Paula Fearon

Paula Fearon

Chief Executive Officer

Paula joined Lexical shortly after startup and became CEO in 2020. Prior to that she headed our analytic services division, providing funding agencies and research administrators with the state-of-the-art tools and analyses needed to make informed, data-driven decisions. Paula served as Training Director in the Office of Portfolio Analysis at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she implemented and led an innovative training program that continues to assist the scientific community in carrying out effective analyses of the NIH research portfolio. With over a decade of analytical experience, Paula’s expertise spans the fields of biomedical research, science policy, and portfolio analysis.

Paula earned her B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Edinburgh, and her Ph.D. from Newcastle University.

Kirk Baker

Kirk Baker

Founder and President

Kirk is the founder and president of Lexical Intelligence. Prior to Lexical, he was an integral member of two successful health science startups in Maryland. He joined the founding members of The Zerhouni Group as a computational linguist, designing a pharma-based search and visualization tool that formed the basis of that company’s acquisition by i3 Analytics. As VP of Technical Development at i3 Analytics, he guided the development of the prototype into a full-fledged search and analytics platform used by many of the top organizations in the pharma industry.

Kirk received his Ph.D. from Ohio State, specializing in the application of statistical machine learning techniques to problems in natural language processing.

Abbey Zuehlke

Abbey Zuehlke

Director of Operations

Abbey joined Lexical as a Science Writer, Scientific Curator, and Analyst. Her previous work as a postdoctoral fellow in NCI focused on molecular chaperones and their participation in oncogenesis. During that time, Abbey held an Associate Editor position within the NIH Fellows Editorial Board, was the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) Liaison for the Center for Cancer Research Fellows and Young Investigators (CCR-FYI) group, and a frequent writer for the CCR-FYI Newsletter. Outside of work, Abbey enjoys skiing and snowboarding with her young family.

Abbey holds a Ph.D. from the University of Idaho and a B.S. from Michigan State University.

Matt Perkins

Matt Perkins

Statistician, Analyst and Endurance Athlete

Matt joined Lexical in 2015, bringing with him 14 years of experience as a professional statistician in the Government Statistical Service of the UK. Proficient with a wide range of statistical software, Matt provides our clients with analyses, statistical advice, and training in cutting edge portfolio analysis techniques. Matt has worked in many UK Government Departments and is experienced at presenting analyses in all formats to stakeholders both within and outside of Government. When not analyzing data, Matt spends his time undertaking athletic feats of endurance, regularly participating in triathlons, marathons and ultramarathons around the world.

Payam Meyer

Payam Meyer

Chief Software Engineer

Payam is Lexical’s chief software engineer, responsible for all aspects of code design, implementation and project management, and displays remarkable deadline sensitivity for each. Payam’s one-of-a-kind skillset covers the gamut from customer service, data analysis, DevOps and back-end data systems to machine learning, web applications and UI design. Payam has extensive experience designing and building data analytics and business intelligence platforms in the life science and pharma domains.

Payam received his B.S. in Information Systems from the University of Indianapolis and his M.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins.

Matt Davis

Matt Davis

Chief Software Architect

Matt is Lexical’s chief software architect with an extensive background in software engineering and specific expertise in natural language processing, information retrieval, and machine learning. Matt brings an unparalleled ability to visualize, articulate and design complex, scalable and robust software systems. A recognized expert in the Java programming language, Matt is also the primary architect of the open-source LuMongo real-time distributed search and storage system.

Matt received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and his M.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins.

Hao Yu

Hao Yu

Software Developer

Hao joined Lexical in 2017 with a unique background in biomedical research and computer science. She is a detail-oriented software developer focused on Java web application development and information retrieval. Her solid knowledge in biomedical science helps to improve the user experience and quality of our software designed for customers in the life sciences and pharma industries.

Hao earned her Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the University of Miami and her M.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins.

Katrina Bibb

Katrina Bibb

Science Analyst

Katrina brings a well-rounded background in public health, data analysis, health systems, and analytics training to Lexical. She has experience in both quantitative and qualitative data analysis using a variety of research and statistical methods, and her work has been published in open online journals and presented at a number of conferences. She has collaborated with local government to analyze health policy and other governmental programs to reduce risk and improve population health in Prince George’s County.

Katrina completed her B.S. in Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University and M.P.H. in Applied Environmental Health alongside a Certificate in Global Health from the University of Maryland.

Tom Xu

Tom Xu

Software Developer

Tom is a software developer with a background in quantum physics and computer science. Before joining Lexical, Tom worked as a physicist in the quantum computing research program at NSA Laboratory for Physical Sciences. He has published across multiple disciplines in Nature, Physical Review and more. Proficient in data modeling, simulation, and scientific programing, Tom currently focuses on web application development, data mining, and deep learning, with an emphasis on natural language processing and machine learning.

Tom received his Ph.D. in Physics from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and his M.S. in computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Esha Sinha

Esha Sinha

Science Analyst

Esha’s background is in economics. Prior to joining Lexical she worked as Associate Program Officer at the National Academies where she organized a variety of panel studies and workshops. She was involved with studies such as evaluating the commercial motor vehicle safety ranking program of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Improving Measurement of Productivity in Higher Education, and others. Prior to that, she worked for a year as research assistant in the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Esha earned her M.A. in economics from GIPE, India, and her Ph.D in economics from SUNY Binghamton.

Chikako King

Chikako King

Science Analyst

Chikako joined Lexical in 2018 with an extensive research background. Her scientific work includes designing and conducting experiments for great apes and collecting and analyzing large sets of data. Prior to joining Lexical, she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany. Her studies focused on cognitive abilities of orangutans and gorillas and the results have been published in peer-reviewed journals.

She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Leipzig and her M.Sc. in Evolutionary Psychology from the University of Liverpool.

Heather Eshleman

Heather Eshleman

Science Analyst

Heather joined Lexical in 2018 with extensive basic research experience in cell biology, microbiology, and infectious diseases. Previously Heather was a postdoctoral research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where she studied the molecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis. She is excited to use her experience in research and funding mechanisms to serve a broader role in supporting research in the life sciences.

Heather holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California, San Francisco, and a B.S. in Molecular Biology from the University of California, San Diego.

Gabriel Lopez

Gabriel Lopez

Software Developer

Gabriel joined Lexical in 2019 with a background in web application development, including back-end systems and UI design. Prior to joining lexical, he spent his time building complex systems leveraging the most current frameworks. Gabriel enjoys working on data mining operations as well as deriving meaningful conclusions from big data analysis, and is constantly looking for ways to collect quality data and create new and innovative applications. Outside of work, Gabriel competes in local Billiard leagues and tournaments.

Gabriel earned his B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University.

Lucas Winch

Lucas Winch

Software Developer

Lucas brings his experience in web development, super-computing, and scientific computing to his role as a software developer at Lexical.  Before joining Lexical Intelligence in 2019, Lucas used his programming skills to create systems models at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health where he published his work in contributing to a model that simulates the impact of infant solid food feeding guides on BMI.

Lucas Received his B.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.

Will Millman

Will Millman

Senior Software Architect

Will joined Lexical in 2019 as a senior software architect.  Prior to joining Lexical, Will spent almost fifteen years at ProQuest where he specialized in developing and managing large-scale biomedical content management and MeSH indexing solutions for the life sciences.

Will received a B.S. in Computer Science from Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland.

 

Travis Barnard

Travis Barnard

Science Analyst

Travis joined Lexical in 2020 with a background in molecular and structural biology and lab management.  Previously, he was at the University of California, San Francisco where he directed operations for a highly successful translational research lab focused on the development of novel therapeutic approaches to treat prostate cancer.  Prior to that, Travis was a staff scientist and post-doctoral fellow at the NIH, where his research focused on the structure and function of bacterial membrane proteins.

Travis holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Missouri, Columbia and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri, Rolla.

Hashi Wijayatilake

Hashi Wijayatilake

Senior Policy Analyst

Hashi joined Lexical in 2020, bringing 10 years of experience in science publishing, first at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press (NY) and then at PLOS. As Managing Editor of PLOS Biology, she led the journal team in publishing high-profile research content, and implementing open science initiatives and publishing innovations. Hashi’s experience in publishing and research reproducibility initiatives will be leveraged in portfolio analysis and metrics, as researchers worldwide look to generate a culture change towards best research practices.

Hashi received her Bachelor of Arts in Molecular Biology from Princeton University, and her DPhil (PhD) from the University of Oxford (UK).

Krista Callender

Krista Callender

IT Project Manager

Krista enjoys helping companies to scale and grow. Prior to Lexical Intelligence, Krista built and led the operations functions for Companion Protect, LLC. Previously, she held leadership positions with Asurion, Elastic Networks and Nortel Networks in addition to founding Trade Winds Consulting.

Krista has managed large teams of diverse professionals in multiple locations domestically and internationally. She led large teams responsible for delivery of complex, cross-functional projects and programs. Krista earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University. She earned her Masters of Business Administration from Kenan-Flagler’s Executive MBA program. Krista holds a Project Management Professional Certification and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.

Merricka Charles

Merricka Charles

Science Analyst

Merricka joined Lexical in 2020 as a Science Analyst with a broad background in chemistry, toxicology, and biomedical science. Previously, she was an NRC Research Associate at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research developing antibody-based therapies for malaria.

Merricka earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her Ph.D. in Environmental Health concentrating in Molecular and Translational Toxicology from Johns Hopkins University.

Emily Lampe

Emily Lampe

UI/UX Designer

Emily joined Lexical in 2021 as a UX/UI Designer who pairs her human centered design approach with 7 years of 3D conceptual design experience. She curates exceptional experiences and visual design by fusing our client’s vision with the users’ unarticulated needs.

Emily earned her B.S. in Interior Design from Oklahoma State University.

Karl Doughty

Karl Doughty

Senior Software Developer

Karl brings his expertise in software design, development, and deployment to his role as senior software developer at Lexical. Before joining Lexical Intelligence in 2021, Karl used his programming skills to create and maintain high-reliability, mission-critical software for the defense and space industries. He has extensive experience in full-stack development, software security, fault-tolerant architecture, and high performance computing.

Karl earned his B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Chris Pickett

Chris Pickett

Science Analyst

Chris comes to Lexical with experience in science policy and a focus on improving the training environment for graduate students and postdocs. Prior to joining Lexical, Chris was the director of Rescuing Biomedical Research–a group committed to crafting policy reforms that improve the conduct and culture of biomedical research–where we worked on issues ranging from improving transparency in Ph.D. career outcomes to accelerating the use of preprints and improving support for young faculty.

Chris received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah and his B.A. from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Michael Cheetham

Michael Cheetham

Senior Science Policy Analyst

Michael joined Lexical in 2021 after 5 years at NIH with the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and the Fogarty International Center. Prior to joining NIH he created the International Science and Technology Partnership program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science and for many years managed the Indo-US Science & Technology Forum and the US-India Science & Technology Endowment Fund. Michael has over twenty years of experience building international partnerships in science, engineering and health, including earlier work at The National Academies, the Smithsonian Institution, the Institute for International Education, and the Atlantic Council of the United States.

Anthony Cheu

Anthony Cheu

Business Analyst

Anthony is a user experience researcher who specializes in applying human-centered research to projects that combine design with technology and business. Before joining Lexical, Anthony had worked in multiple research capacities across industries. His knowledge and fluency in applied user experience research contributes to the optimal experience of users on digital platforms.

Anthony earned his B.S. in Health and Exercise Science from Virginia Commonwealth University as well as minored in Business.

Miaojie Zhou

Miaojie Zhou

Junior Data Scientist

Miaojie joined Lexical in 2021 as a Data Scientist with a background in both business and computer science. She applies her knowledge and experience of NLP and statistical methods to help utilize advanced modeling techniques including machine learning and deep learning. Prior to joining Lexical, she was involved with studies using neural network architectures such as convolutional neural networks, recurrent neural networks to analyze unstructured datasets.

Miaojie earned her Master’s in Data Analytics from Pennsylvania State University, and her Bachelor’s in Finance from the University of Strathclyde and Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics.

Winnie Wong

Winnie Wong

COMMUNICATIONS LEAD

Winnie joined Lexical in 2021 as a Communications Lead with extensive experience in science writing and academic research. She is passionate about using creative storytelling to distill complex problems and build impactful solutions. Before joining Lexical, Winnie created content for multiple global teams at QIAGEN and non-profit organizations.

Winnie earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University and her B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley. 

 

Emanuel Corps-Ortiz

Emanuel Corps-Ortiz

Junior Analyst

Emanuel joined Lexical in 2021 as a Junior Analyst. Prior to joining Lexical, Emanuel worked as a Community Health Worker Supervisor with a specialty in data analysis and data visualization. His creation of dataset templates, utilization of advanced Excel functions, and generation of reports allowed him to produce and analyze client data for the Fairfax County Health Department.

Emanuel earned his B.S. in Biology from the University of Virginia.

James Tucker

James Tucker

Data Scientist

James joined Lexical in 2021 as a Data Scientist with a background in computational and historical linguistics. Prior to joining Lexical, James contributed to two international research projects, bringing his expertise in statistical methods, data modeling, computer vision, and data visualization to bear on historical artifacts and forgery detection. James has presented his research at various international conferences and has published in peer-reviewed journals. As a linguist and programmer, James admires the complexity of semantic systems and strives for efficiency and clarity. Outside of his research and work, James enjoys playing tennis, reading, and travel.

James earned his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and his M.A. from Trinity Western University where he specialized in computational and historical linguistics.

Gelareh Vinueza

Gelareh Vinueza

Science Analyst

Prior to joining Lexical, Gelareh was a Regulatory Policy Fellow in the Office of Clinical Pharmacology at the FDA. Her fellowship project focused on informing the best practices for dosing of locally acting drugs in the pediatric population. Gelareh developed a passion for big data analysis, science policy and science communication during her graduate studies. She was a volunteer writer for ASBMB Today, was the chair of the Communications Committee at WIB-Capital Region chapter and did a business marketing internship at Noble Life Sciences. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, biking, and swimming.

Gelareh holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and a M.S. in Basic Medical Sciences from Wayne State University.

Elaheh Aghaarabi

Elaheh Aghaarabi

Data Scientist

Elaheh joined Lexical in 2021 and is a data scientist with a passion for applying Natural Language Processing techniques, developing predictive models using Machine Learning pipelines, as well as analyzing and visualizing data. Prior to joining Lexical, Elaheh attended a program at the National Library of Medicine as an intern in the Graduate Data Science Summer Program where she captured text similarity for Electronic Health Records using NLP techniques and deep learning models.

Elaheh holds a M.Sc in Computer Science from Towson University, US and a M.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from University of British Columbia, Canada.

Careers

Lexical Intelligence provides software and services related to processing large-scale biomedical information sources. Our NLP and analytics software is used by policy and decision makers to evaluate and prioritize current and emerging areas of research.


Experienced Software Developer – Machine Learning Focus

Lexical Intelligence provides software and services related to processing large-scale biomedical information sources. Our NLP and analytics software is used by policy and decision makers to evaluate and prioritize current and emerging areas of research.

Lexical Intelligence has an opportunity for someone with a breadth of development experience to join an extremely high-caliber team defining and solving bleeding edge problems in machine learning, large-scale web deployment, natural language processing, and information retrieval. This person will be an integral part of designing and implementing complex, public, highly available applications. 

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States and must reside in the U.S. Applicants selected will be subject to a pre-employment background and reference check.

Option for remote work (from within the United States), but will be required to follow an Eastern Standard Time work day.

RESPONSIBILITIES

We are looking for a highly motivated individual who is eager to tackle a variety of tasks from easy to hard in a very collaborative environment. On a typical day, you may need to brainstorm with our talented team of engineers on coming up with solutions for an immediate issue and be involved in delivering a long term  public facing application. You must enjoy working individually as well as in a team environment. 

QUALIFICATIONS

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related fields.
  • 5+ years of development experience with a focus on machine learning.
  • Knowledge of common machine learning algorithms such as logistic regression, random forest, and SVM.
  • Experience in designing and implementing machine learning pipeline/workflow
  • Java 11+. Strong fundamentals with demonstrated work experience such as object oriented programming,  multi-threading and design patterns.
  • Experience in developing high throughput, high performance, and near zero downtime systems
  • NoSQL Database experience required
  • Experience developing or familiarity with REST microservices
  • Solid written and verbal communication skills
  • Must maintain a high level of ownership and see assignments through to completion based on agreed upon deadlines
NICE TO HAVE:
  • Master’s degree in computer science or related field
  • Content clustering concepts such as spectral meta clustering or hierarchical clustering
  • Natural language processing knowledge and experience
  • Deep learning experience, preferably with DeepLearning4j
  • MongoDB experience 
  • Distributed systems development experience, ideally in the AWS cloud

Test Automation Engineer 

Lexical Intelligence is looking for a Test Automation Engineer to join our dynamic and growing team. We are working on cutting-edge projects at the nation’s leading funder of biomedical research. We need a quick-thinking, experienced Test Automation Engineer to ensure our products and services are of the utmost quality.  The Test Automation Engineer is responsible for designing and writing programs that run automated tests on new or existing software. This individual will create and maintain test plans and test cases, execute formal test plans, and implement automated API-based regression and performance tests. . Applicants must have extensive experience with JUnit, Selenium and Java and will use automation frameworks to build test programs and write scripts that do the testing. Responsibilities include estimating, planning, and coordinating automated testing activities. This person will also investigate problems found as a result of testing and will work with QA analysts and software developers to find solutions.  

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States and must reside in the U.S. Applicants selected will be subject to a pre-employment background and reference check.

Possibility for remote work.

QUALIFICATIONS

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • BS/MS degree in Computer Science, Engineering or a related subject
  • Five or more years in a test automation type of role
  • Five or more years experience writing JavaScript, Vue.js, Java and RESTful services, with extensive experience with JUnit, Selenium and Java
  • Skilled in diagnosing and solving complex problems and providing detailed technical analysis
  • Strong knowledge of software QA methodologies, tools, and processes
  • Adaptive and able to learn quickly while working to meet tight deadlines at an accelerated pace
  • Hands-on experience with both white box and black box testing
  • Must maintain a high level of ownership and see assignments through to completion based on agreed upon deadlines.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Experience as a Developer
  • Familiarity with Kubernetes, Bash and Python
  • Experience with performance and/or security testing 
  • AWS Cloud familiarity
  • CMMI implementation experience
  • Current understanding of best practices regarding system security measures
  • Experience working in an Agile/Scrum development process

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Review requirements specifications and technical design documents to provide timely and meaningful feedback
  • Recommend design improvements or corrections to engineers throughout the development process
  • Maintain effective communication with software engineers of project limitations, capability, performance, and hardware interface changes
  • Create detailed, comprehensive and well-structured test plans and test cases
  • Directly responsible for enabling and automating streamlined release and test execution reporting
  • Design, develop and execute automation scripts
  • Identify, record, document thoroughly and track bugs
  • Perform automated regression testing when bugs are resolved
  • Build and implement a best-in-class test framework that tightly integrates with our technology platform to fully automate release and delivery processes
  • Research new tools, technologies, and testing processes
  • Review user interfaces for consistency and functionality
  • Improve, maintain, standardize, and execute automated testing across the full solution stack
  • Investigate and review feedback, ensuring that root cause investigations are thorough and corrective-preventative actions are robust

Scientific Analyst

We are looking for a Scientific Analyst to work for a federal client in Bethesda, MD. The analyst will perform a variety of quantitative and qualitative analysis activities involved in the curation, collection, organization, analysis, preparation, and processing of large volumes of scientific information. Experience conducting data analyses using analytics software is required.  The analyst shall be process oriented, and able to work well within a team of analysts, data scientists, and software developers. Applicants selected will be subject to a pre-employment background and reference check.

QUALIFICATIONS

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Master’s degree in biomedical sciences, or other fields such as Public Health, Epidemiology, Bioinformatics, Statistics, or Economics
  • Must be able to obtain Public Trust Clearance
  • US work authorization
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Ph.D. or Master’s degree in biomedical sciences, or other fields such as Public Health, Epidemiology, Bioinformatics, Statistics, or Economics
  • Experience working with NIH (or other agency) program, policy, or review
  • Independent worker with strong analytical skills and excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Project management experience or qualifications 

SALARY AND BENEFITS

For all positions we offer a competitive salary and a generous benefits package, including: full health and dental for you and your dependents (choice of CareFirst Platinum POS, Gold or Silver PPO plans), company sponsored 401k, short and long term disability insurance, life and accident insurance, paid time off, and 10 federal holidays.


HOW TO APPLY

To ensure that we consider your application it is important that you are able to follow instructions; craft a concise resume that succinctly describes your primary skills and relevant expertise and send to careers@lexicalintelligence.com.


EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY POLICY

Lexical Intelligence provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.