Dr. Lynne Apone is an Application and Product Development Scientist at New England Biolabs, working in the NEBNext group. Dr. Apone received her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Massachusetts, Worcester. She remained at UMMC as a Post Doctoral fellow and later, an Instructor. Dr. Apone joined Agencourt Personal Genomics in 2005 as a member of the team tasked to develop the SOLiD next generation sequencing platform. In 2010 she joined New England Biolabs where she focuses on the development of products and applications that enable high throughput sequencing on the Ion Torrent and Illumina platforms.
Zach Smith currently serves as a Senior Applications Scientist at Beckman Coulter, Inc. developing applications for next generation sequencing (NGS) and other life science methods on Beckman's BioMek liquid handing robots. Prior to this, Zach served for over eight years as a Project Scientist at the Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he contributed to several large genome sequencing projects including the cladoceran microcrustacean Daphnia pulex , the jewel wasp Nasonia vitripennis, the lone-star tick Amblyomma americanum, and others. Zach completed a Bachelor's of Science in Biology from Indiana University in 2002, followed by a Masters of Environmental Science from Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 2012.