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Meet Our Scientists

We vividly understand our responsibility with your scientific project thus far and want to help you succeed with your goal. In our way to portray the trust that we mutually want to achieve, this page provides bios on our Scientists so you may better understand our work. Our scientists have diverse backgrounds and capabilities. Here we are with some insights for you about why we do what we do and who we are. We believe if you get to know and like us, you can comfortably entrust us with your most valuable asset, your project.


Bruce CochranBruce Cochran

M.S., Biochemistry, University of Colorado Medical Center

B.S., Chemistry, Oregon State University

What originally inspired you to be in the scientific field?

In high school I became fascinated with metabolic pathways and how they interact and are regulated

What is the most interesting aspect of the work you do at Marin Biologic?

The diversity of client projects.

What do you do when you are not working?

I spend time with family and friends, play ethnic music and stay involved in cultural and humanitarian activities.

Corey BonoCorey Bono

B.S., Molecular Toxicology, University of California, Berkeley

What originally inspired you to be in the scientific field?

I chose science because I wanted to make a difference in the world using the skills and talents that come naturally to me. For me these talents were chemistry and biology which led to pursuing a career in research focused on toxicology. From there, I discovered that I deeply enjoy working in pharmaceutical research and development because we take theoretical ideas that exist on paper and make it a reality, all while discovering the individual personality of each compound we study with the hope of helping as many people as possible.

What is the most interesting aspect of the work you do at Marin Biologic?

There is never a week that goes by without learning something new – from a new method for an experiment to a new breakthrough scientific theory. In an environment that is constantly throwing new ideas against the wall, what happens is cutting edge ideas get exposed to classical solid research methodologies and I get to partake in a unique collaborative environment that is at once open minded yet rigorous enough to deliver results. Everyone collaborates on a project and adds an area of expertise to problems that arise which leads to highly effective solutions to the problems we can encounter with research.

What do you do when you are not working?

In my spare time I go rock climbing, hiking or exploring the Bay Area and having adventures with my friends. I have a lifelong ambition to climb the Dawn Wall in Yosemite. I’m a huge music fan so I try to catch my favorite artists when they come through the City or the town. All the rock climbing, running and dancing make me pretty hungry so I am always trying to find some good local spots to eat in my neighborhood of Oakland.

Jason Kish

Jason Kish

M.S., Microbial Ecology, University of Minnesota

B.A., Microbiology, University of Kansas

What originally inspired you to be in the scientific field?

Science is a good way to investigate the world and develop a refined sense of understanding natural phenomenon.

What is the most interesting aspect of the work you do at Marin Biologic?

I like the new challenges each client presents.  It encourages us as scientists to push past the comfort zone of our specialty and enter new territories of knowledge.

What do you do when you are not working?

I love a good outdoor adventure. I like to hike and kayak whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Justine PaniaguaJustine Paniagua 

B.S., Biology/Biomedical Lab Sciences, California State University, East Bay

What originally inspired you to be in the scientific field?

I fell in love with my first science class in elementary school, and never looked back.  I was over-the-moon excited to find answers to ambitious questions, to be able to accurately separate what is known from what is theorized, to design experiments that would yield conclusive and repeatable results, to work through the evidence and deduce the causal relationship between variables, and then test my theories in real life, to form theoretical models that prove to be predictive, and last but not least, to be a part of a history of people doing such things, where my work is possible because of all that has been done before me, and where future scientists would build off of my efforts.

What is the most interesting aspect of the work you do at Marin Biologic?

I suppose the most interesting aspect is trouble-shooting assays.  I like to pick apart all of the variables and find the changes that are needed.  I get a very special sort of “slam-dunk” feeling when I’m able to think through a difficult set of clues and pull out something useful and predictive, and then finally get an experiment that looks contrived because all the numbers are in such alignment.

What do you do when you are not working?

Quality time with family and friends is my main source of replenishment.  I watch anime with my teenager, and follow all his fandoms.  I like to go on hikes and garden when the weather is nice.  But for me-time, I raid in World of Warcraft, where our guild is often in the server top 10 (i.e. we’re really good).

Katrine DaileyKatrine Dailey

B.S., Biology/Biological Sciences & B.A., Dance, University of California, Irvine

What originally inspired you to be in the scientific field?

My grandparents study insects, and I was allowed to contribute to their research from a young age.

What is the most interesting aspect of the work you do at Marin Biologic?

I really enjoy learning new techniques and troubleshooting.

What do you do when you are not working?

When I am not working, I am dancing or hiking.

Kevin Wilhelmsen 

Ph.D., Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego

B.A., Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California, Berkeley

What originally inspired you to be in the scientific field?

I have always been intensely interested in all things science from astrophysics to cell biology. I feel that by understanding nature we will appreciate and respect her more, and also allow us to better understand our place in the universe. I am also fascinated by the increasingly better instruments and ways people use to peer ever deeper into and out of our world. I feel through science we can make our planet a better place for all people and their children to live and prosper.

What is the most interesting aspect of the work you do at Marin Biologic?

There is never a boring moment at Marin Biologic Labs. The diversity of our client’s projects mean that I am constantly pushing the boundaries of my knowledge and skills, and as a consequence, each day I am learning something new.

What do you do when you are not working?

I love to spend time with my wife and children exploring Bay Area museums, zoos, nature centers, parks, beaches, hiking trails, or campgrounds. Most weekends, we also visit family and friends in the area. On my own time I enjoy gardening, painting, cooking, maintaining my terrarium and fish tanks, and woodworking.

Our Scientists