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.

Work with us to integrate Safinia into your tools and your workflows.

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.

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.

Tyra Wilkes

Tyra Wilkes

Outreach and Communications Specialist

Tyra is a social equity journalist whose portfolio is largely centered around news and policies that impact women and minority groups. The majority of her early career in research and communications was spent partnering with women-owned businesses, grassroots organizations, and volunteer initiatives geared towards the advancement of women and marginalized peoples.

Tyra joined Lexical Intelligence in early 2020, bringing with her a broad background in new media and content management for purpose-driven narratives.

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

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.


Project Manager

We are looking for a Project Manager (PM) to manage a small but growing team of software developers for a government client in Bethesda, MD. The ideal candidate will be a strong technical project manager with an entrepreneurial spirit, capable of moving multiple initiatives forward productively in a dynamic environment. The applicant must possess excellent communication, analytical and time management skills, and have a flexible and enthusiastic attitude.

Applicants selected will be subject to a pre-employment background and reference check.

QUALIFICATIONS
Minimum qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years of IT Project Management experience
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certified and/or Scrum Master certified
  • Experience of managing IT projects for the federal government.
  • Must be able to obtain Public Trust Clearance
  • US Citizen or permanent resident
Preferred qualifications:
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Skill in managing stakeholders at all levels of an organization
  • Experience in managing a variety of IT projects – for example: Software Development, Infrastructure, Security, etc.
  • Proven track record of leading enterprise scale, complex technology projects successfully using Agile methodology
  • Previous people leadership and management skills, including direct experience leading, managing and mentoring development teams
  • Experience in creating Project Charters, Project Schedules, Risk Registers and other PM artifacts
  • Knowledge of FISMA compliance/NIST Security standards as it relates to allowing systems to move into production
  • Familiarity with EPLC project management frameworks
RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Develop and maintain project documentation such as project plans, requirements, user stories, progress updates, goals, internal/external communication, and technical documentation
  • Initiate, plan, execute, monitor and control projects in accordance with established standards
  • Work with the team to develop project plans, roadmaps and manage backlog. Communicate team plans, report impediments for escalation, identify risks/concerns to relevant stakeholders to help resolve.
  • Monitor resource commitment and adjust sprint plans as needed to ensure balanced workloads for resources
  • Identify, track, mitigate and communicate risks/issues throughout the project
  • Directly manage and mentor team/staff members
  • Manage and communicate a clear list of priorities at all times
  • Manage multiple internal and external relationships in a way that reflects strong personal and corporate values
  • Engage with Lexical and government leadership to ensure proper expectation settings and to enhance corporate operations and infrastructure
  • Participate in recruiting, training and professional development programs

 


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.