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.

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.

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.

Aviva Litovitz

Aviva Litovitz

Senior Science Policy Analyst

Aviva is Lexical’s resident science policy analyst and economist, where she focuses on the development of novel techniques for estimating the costs associated with conducting research, linking costs with productivity, and conducting analyses to make research funding more cost effective. Before joining Lexical, Aviva worked as an Assistant Policy Analyst at RAND Corporation while completing her Ph.D. in Policy Analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her dissertation used empirical economic methods to examine the relationship between federal research funding and academic productivity.

Aviva earned a prior Ph.D. in Chemistry from Cornell University.

Marina Dathe

Marina Dathe

Scientific Portfolio Analyst

Marina joined Lexical in 2017, bringing expertise in behavioral research to the team. Her work includes developing ways to capture non-traditional outputs of biomedical research. Prior to joining Lexical, Marina spent three years as a Cancer Research Training Award Fellow at the National Cancer Institute, where she collaborated with scientific staff on program evaluation initiatives and developed a data mining interface to enable the rapid processing and coding of large amounts of data for curation and cleaning.

Marina holds an M.P.H. in Behavioral and Community Health from University of Maryland, College Park.

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 and health systems 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.

Brad Busse

Brad Busse

Data Scientist

With a background that bridges the gap between computer science and biology, Brad brings extensive experience in scientific computing, image analysis and algorithm development. He is proficient in a number of development environments but prefers Python for its deep learning and scientific processing libraries. Prior to joining Lexical, Brad was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, where he was responsible for tasks ranging from application development to machine learning.

Brad received his Ph.D. in Biophysics from Stanford University and his B.S. in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University.

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).

Josh Seideman

Josh Seideman

Science Analyst

A Science Analyst at Lexical, Josh performs qualitative and quantitative analyses of scientific data to help our clients make evidence-based decisions. Previously, Josh worked as a biomedical scientist for over a decade, during which time he conducted neuroscience investigations at the cellular and systems levels, using empirical and theoretical methods (computer simulations). His research contributed to current knowledge of a variety of relevant biomedical topics, such as cognitive loss due to aging, the neurochemical basis of memory, and the neural control of visually guided movement.

Josh holds a Ph.D. from Wake Forest University, and a B.A. from Boston University

Merricka Livingstone

Merricka Livingstone

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.

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.


DevOps ENGINEER

We are looking for an experienced DevOps Engineer to manage the operations of software development, implementing engineering tools and knowledge of the software development process to streamline software updates and creation.  This person will participate in server administration to monitor and improve the networks and servers that host our software. They will create user accounts, update permissions and make sure server information is regularly and securely backed up. The DevOps Engineer will review system logs to identify glitches and possible human error. They will be responsible for server administration set standard procedures for IT professionals and software developers to follow when making changes or troubleshooting. Making sure data is safe and secure is one of the key aspects of DevOps work. This person will integrate security measures with software processes and ensure that updates do not create any vulnerabilities. 

The candidate is responsible to perform other duties as assigned.

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, but will be required to follow an Eastern Standard Time work day.

QUALIFICATIONS
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Sciences or related engineering field (an equivalent combination of related education, training, and experience may be considered)
  • Five or more years of experience in a DevOps role
  • Certification as an AWS Certified DevOps Engineer or similar
  • Skilled in diagnosing and solving complex problems and providing detailed technical analysis
  • Skilled in
    • Container concepts
    • Orchestration
    • Cloud Technology
    • Deployment automation and orchestration
    • Infrastructure automation
    • Source Control
    • Open source OS
  • Must maintain a high level of ownership and see assignments through to completion based on agreed upon deadlines.
  • Current understanding of best practices regarding system security measures
  • Professional experience and a high-level understanding of working with various operating systems and their implications
  • Knowledge of technical developments and trends in application analysis, design, and development
  • Knowledge of testing methodologies, writing test plans and test scripts
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Advanced degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or related engineering field
  • Experience as a Developer
  • Familiarity with Bash and Python
  • Experience with JavaScript, Vue.js, Java and RESTful services
RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Design and implement build, deployment, and configuration standards and management
  • Guide teams in designing, building, testing and deploying changes to existing software
  • Enhance the company’s IT infrastructure security protocols
  • Consider the organization’s entire IT infrastructure when making changes and improvements
  • Build and test automation tools for infrastructure provisioning
  • Maintain and improve the company’s cloud infrastructure
  • Analyze current technology utilized within the company and develop steps and processes to improve and expand upon them
  • Work closely with the technical team to maintain hardware and software needed for projects to be completed efficiently
  • Mentor and train other engineers and developers and seek to continually improve processes companywide
  • Work alongside project management teams to successfully monitor progress and implementation of initiatives

SOFTWARE QUALITY ASSURANCE (SQA) ENGINEER

The QA Engineer is responsible for creating and maintaining test plans and test cases, executing formal test plans, and implementing API based regression and performance tests. This person will create test scenarios, test cases, execute those scenarios and cases for unit and system testing and will create and execute automated test suites. Responsibilities also include estimating, planning, and coordinating testing activities. This person will also ensure that quality issues and defects are appropriately identified, documented, tracked, and resolved in a defect tracking system. 

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, but will be required to follow an Eastern Standard Time work day.

QUALIFICATIONS
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • BS/MS degree in Computer Science, Engineering or a related subject
  • Five or more years in a Quality Assurance type of role
  • Experience with JavaScript, Vue.js, Java and RESTful services
  • Skilled in diagnosing and solving complex problems and providing detailed technical analysis
  • Strong knowledge of software QA methodologies, tools, and processes
  • Experience in writing clear, concise and comprehensive test plans and test cases
  • 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
  • Hands-on experience with automated testing tools such as Selenium
  • Experience working in an Agile/Scrum development process
  • Must maintain a high level of ownership and see assignments through to completion based on agreed upon deadlines.
  • Current understanding of best practices regarding system security measures
  • Professional experience and a high-level understanding of working with various operating systems and their implications
  • Knowledge of technical developments and trends in application analysis, design, and development
  • Knowledge of testing methodologies, writing test plans and test scripts
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Advanced degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or related engineering field
  • Experience as a Developer
  • Familiarity with Kubernetes, Bash and Python
  • Experience with performance and/or security testing 
  • AWS Cloud familiarity
  • ISO 9001 implementation experience
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
  • Estimate, prioritize, plan, and coordinate testing activities
  • Design, develop and execute automation scripts
  • Identify, record, document thoroughly and track bugs
  • Perform thorough regression testing when bugs are resolved
  • Research new tools, technologies, and testing processes
  • Review user interfaces for consistency and functionality
  • Monitor program performance after implementation to prevent reoccurrence of operating problems and ensure efficiency of operation
  • Investigate and review feedback, ensuring that root cause investigations are thorough and corrective-preventative actions are robust

BUSINESS ANALYST

We are looking for an experienced Business Analyst (BA) to elicit and gather business requirements and partner needs and assist with implementation, data reconciliation and integration, testing and technical writing. The BA will work with internal teams and partners to facilitate product vision, through researching, evaluating, documenting and communicating system requirements and developments. As iterations of the product are planned and delivered, this person will create technical documentation that will serve as the basis for training and instruction manuals. 

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, but will be required to follow an Eastern Standard Time work day.

QUALIFICATIONS
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Computer Sciences or related field (an equivalent combination of related education, training, and experience may be considered)
  • 5-7 years of experience in a similar field
  • Proficient understanding of SDLC processes desired
  • Skilled in diagnosing and solving complex problems and providing detailed technical analysis
  • Superior oral and written communication skills. Ability to exhibit a commanding presence when necessary.
  • Superior computer skills including common business applications such as MS Windows and MS Office including Excel and Word.
  • Knowledge of theory and principles of project management
  • Must maintain a high level of ownership and see assignments through to completion based on agreed upon deadlines.
  • Knowledge of current principles, practices and techniques of systems analysis. 
  • Knowledge of technical developments and trends in application analysis, design, and development
  • Knowledge of technical and business writing
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • 1-2 years of experience in one or more of the following areas (or combination thereof):
    • Government consulting
    • AI / Machine Learning
    • Agile methodologies
  • Relevant IT Discipline
  • Familiarity with code-centric and data-centric applications, the expectations of technical users are a plus
  • Familiarity with JavaScript, Vue.js, Java, Python and RESTful services
  • Knowledge of testing methodologies, writing test plans and test scripts
RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Consults with departmental staff, external users and team members to identify and document business needs and objectives, current operational procedures, problems, input and output requirements, data scope, usage, formatting, and security
  • Writes and maintains functional specifications for new or modified business systems
  • Creates, maintains, reviews, and adheres to required departmental processes and procedures as assigned  
  • Consults with departmental staff and team members to obtain additional information during system development and evaluate alternatives 
  • Effectively communicates the feasibility of requested deliverables and timelines
  • Exhibits drive and initiative to learn whatever is necessary to explore new solutions.
  • Tracks and documents changes to functional and business specifications
  • Partners with other team members to develop, coordinate, and implement plans to test business and functional processes
  • Gathers, creates, and manages test data needed for test execution
  • Identifies risks and issues with a sense of urgency and escalates to as appropriate
  • Tracks and documents changes to functional and business specifications 
  • Documents system and feature functionality as the basis for training material 
  • Creates instructional documentation for internal and external users
  • Monitors and documents post-implementation problems and revision requests 
  • Analyzes current and future application limitations and makes recommendations to provide for future capabilities 

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), retirement account, 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.