Our Team

We are team of physicians, scientists, and engineers with a shared goal: beat COVID-19

John Spinosa, MD, Ph.D.


Dr. Spinosa practices pathology for a biomedical company in Carpinteria CA. He is board certified in AP and CP and did a hematopathology fellowship at Scripps Clinic under Robert Lukes, MD. Prior to moving to Carpinteria, He practiced AP/CP in a private group servicing Scripps Health hospitals and during that tenure had positions as Pathology Department Chair and Chief of Staff at Scripps La Jolla Hospital. Dr. Spinosa is active in the CAP and is on the Informatics Committee. He is co-editor with Dr. Monica de Baca of the Clinical Informatics Resource Guide and is an active CAP lab accreditation inspector, including inspections of molecular diagnostics and next generation sequencing clinical laboratories. Besides Scripps Health affiliated clinical laboratories, Dr. Spinosa has served as CLIA medical director of Verinata Health, Avera Laboratory for Molecular Medicine, Trovagene, and San Diego Blood Bank.

Monica de Baca, MD

Founding Partner, MD Path, LLC

Monica E. de Baca MD, practices pathology in Seattle, WA, and is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Hematopathology. Her experiences include years of practice in both community and hospital settings, medical directorships of high complexity laboratories, academic associations and Director roles in hematopathology. She has helped design and implement new flow cytometry, histology and molecular diagnostic laboratories and has implemented pathology LIS systems and laboratory automation systems. She is active in the College of American Pathologists, SNOMED International, is the Past President of the Association for Pathology informatics and has served on the CLIA Advisory Committee. Dr. de Baca holds an MD from the Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is trained and boarded in Ophthalmology (Land Brandenburg, Germany)

Brandon Young

Co-Founder, Murrieta Genomics

Brandon Young has 20 years of experience utilizing technology to improve testing and detection of genetic variation in human diseases. He was one of the early laboratory pioneers in microarray and gene sequencing projects in startup companies and large academic institutions. He has extensive experience in research, set-up, operations, configuration and P&L of running genomics labs. He has provided data and analysis for multiple national and international clinical trials. Brandon has helped design, build and run labs for a number of prestigious centers throughout the US, including Scripps Florida, Human Longevity Institute (HLI), and Avera McKennan.

Ram Yalamanchili

Founder, Tilda Research

Ram Yalamanchili is the founder/CEO of Tilda Research, a clinical research network focused on accelerating medical innovation through data integrations and workflow automation. Ram has over 15 years of entrepreneurial experience in cloud infrastructure, security and healthcare industries. Previously, he was the co-founder/CTO at Lexent Bio, which is building novel liquid biopsy technologies to help change the way we manage cancer and CEO/Founder of Push Computing, which pioneered predictive security and container technologies for mobile operating systems (acquired by MobileIron). Prior to that, he was an early engineer at VMware and co-architect for the ESXi product. He currently serves on the board of the San Diego Blood Bank.

Kiran Cherukuri

Product Engineer, Tilda Research

Kiran Cherukuri is a product engineer at Tilda Research, a startup building a clinical research network to accelerate medical innovation. Prior to joining Tilda, Kiran worked as a data analyst at the National Institutes of Health, contributing to clinical publications estimating fetal growth. Kiran received a B.A in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.

Rodney Lorang

Environmental Attorney

Rod Lorang is an attorney with 40 years of law and public policy experience. He recently retired from the County of San Diego, after 20 years advising the Department of Environmental Health, and County emergency response and recovery teams.