About Us

History

CytoInformatics, LLC was formed over the summer of 2013 by Dr. Lin Yang, at the time an Assistant Professor of biomedical informatics at the University of Kentucky, and Dr. mason Esser, then director of the University of Kentucky Center for Muscle Biology. Motivated by a lack of precise tools for measuring muscle fiber tissue, the two applied their domain expertise to the active field of muscle image analysis, publishing dozens of papers and earning several NIH R01 grants in the process. From this partnership emerged a suite of new technology and tools to measure muscle sections at high-speed and unprecedented accuracy, all automatically.

Introduction

What began as a spirited discussion between a muscle biologist and a biomedical engineer has turned into a unique platform poised to change the world of pathology imaging. CytoInformatics is an imaging informatics company based out of the University of Kentucky and backed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Forged at the intersection of biomedical science and machine intelligence, CytoInformatics is operated by a handful of renowned pathology and computer vision researchers, working in collaboration to ensure that the best in state-of-the-art technology is applied to solve real problems. Medical segmentation, cell detection, morphological tissue analysis, and other histology and cytology image analysis tasks that were traditionally considered to be too challenging or time-consuming for the busy schedules of performing pathologists and drug analysts, these are the specialty of CytoInformatics. Rather than licensed software, CytoInformatics analyzes images by request, meaning the client does not need to be an expert in image analysis or learn to use confusing software. You focus on your research and we focus on the image analysis.

Meet The Team

Dr. Lin Yang

lin.yang@cytoinformatics.com

Dr. Lin Yang is an Associate Professor with the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at University of Florida (UF). He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). He leads the Biomedical Image Computing and Imaging Informatics (BICI2) Lab. He was recruited to the University of Florida through the UF Preeminence Hiring Plan. Dr. Yang has over 15 years of R&D experience in microscopic image analysis and digital pathology. Recently he has published and/or co-authored two books discussing the most recent deep learning technologies and their application in microscopic image analysis (Deep Learning and Convolutional Neural Network for Biomedical Image Computing and Deep Learning for Medical Image Analysis).
He has published papers in over 100 peer-reviewed journals including two co-authored papers in Nature Medicine and has attended top conferences such as PAMI, TMI, TBME, CVPR, ECCV, MICCAI, and IPMI. In 2015, he was the winner of the Young Scientist Best Paper Award at MICCAI, a premium conference in medical image computing. He also received the Young Investigator Paper and Travel Award at the Sixth North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society (NANETS) Conference in 2014, was selected as the representative for NANETS at the 2014 European Neuroendocrine Tumor Society (ENETS) Conference (one of only three representatives for North America), and also received the NIH Young Investigator Paper and Travel Award at the International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI) in 2008. His lab's research received multiple federal funding awards, including NIH R01 and STTR Phase I and Phase II. He also serves in multiple NIH study sections and NSF review panels. He is the main founder of CytoInformatics, LLC.

Dr. Karyn Esser

karyn.esser@cytoinformatics.com

Dr. Karyn Esser is the Associate Program Director at the Institute of Myology at the University of Florida. She is a biologist who conducts pioneering research on the circadian rhythms of skeletal muscle with the goal of defining the transcriptional networks that govern the molecular clock of skeletal muscle function. Dr. Karyn Esser has more than 30 years of experience in muscle biology. She is also the first beneficiary of the power of the high-throughput image analysis provided by CytoInformatics, LLC.

Mason McGough

mason.mcgough@cytoinformatics.com

Mason McGough is an expert in computer vision and biomedical image analysis. He received his Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering while contributing to the Biomedical Image Computing and Imaging Informatics (BICI2) lab at the University of Florida, where he has developed strong interests in biomedical image analysis and computer aided diagnosis. In the past few years, he has made significant achievements in applying deep learning to process biomedical images. Mason is serving as CTO of CytoInformatics, LLC.

Natalie Yan

natalie.yan@cytoinformatics.com

Natalie Yan is the Chief Marketing Officer at CytoInformatics. She graduated with a dual degree in Economics and Mathematics from University of Kentucky. With her expertise in marketing communication and customer relationship management, she strives to establish the communication bridge between the customers and the technical team to provide the greatest satisfaction in each project. As a trilingual in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese, she develops an innovative marketing strategy to attribute the expansion of the business internationally.

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