Some on-line highlights of Cathy's career
Cathy Frantz info

In 1997, Cathy and Mike co-founded Wildcrest Associates, a Silicon Valley consultancy and software products company specializing in software business consulting, intellectual property development, and Internet applications and components.

Cathy was a Staff Engineer at Applied Biosystems.  Applied Biosystems is the world-wide leader in DNA sequencing hardware and software systems.  Their systems have been the driving force behind many recent gene sequencing breakthroughs and play a prominant role in the Human Genome Project working with their sister company Celera Genomics.
Cathy had the technical lead role for Applied Biosystems' DNA fragment analysis product line, consisting of an integrated suite of three products: Genotyper, GenoPedigree, and GenBase.  She was the originator, designer, and lead programmer on GenoPedigree, a family tree visualization and analysis program for the Macintosh.

Cathy was the technical lead and software architect for Applied Biosystems' GeneMapper high-performance genotyping software, developed in Java.

Cathy also developed DNA sequencing software and mass spectrometer software while at Applied Biosystems.

Prior to Applied Biosystems, Cathy was a Senior Software Engineer for Becton Dickinson Immunocytometry Systems, makers of immunofluorescent cell sorter and analyzer systems for the medical research and biotechnology industries.  Cathy developed VMS, Unix, and Macintosh versions of the software that runs these instruments and analyzes their data.  She played a important role in BDIS's transition to Macintosh-based systems and was a key member of the team that developed their current flagship product, the CellQuest software system

As part of her post-doctoral work at Northwestern University, Cathy worked with Dr. Mark Karlan on 3D reconstruction and measurement of eardrums. 
Cathy developed a technique to calibrate and measure stereo photographs of eardrums sprayed with ink droplets, perform automated stereoscopic matching of the two images, and from these compute and display 3D reconstructions of the eardrum surfaces

Working as a post-doctoral fellow with colleague Bob Josephs at the University of Chicago, Cathy, Mike, and two graduate students Bridget Carragher and Dave Blumke developed the image processing and 3D reconstruction systems used to solve the molecular structure of sickle cell hemoglobin fibers that underlie sickle cell anemia.  Cathy's specialty was Fourier filtering of macrofibers, shown here in lateral and cross-section views. 

Cathy received her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Chicago, where her thesis was on the development computer-based analysis techniques for studying cellular slime mold chemotaxis using time-lapse microcinephotography.

Cathy's Ph.D. thesis involved detailed analysis of motility in aggregating fields of cellular slime molds.  Fields of cells responding to propagated chemical signals move in bands such as are shown here. 
Cathy's research involved performing different developmental experiments, performing time-lapse microscopy, and then measuring and analyzing individual cell tracks of motion.  Computer analysis revealed how individual motions combined into the overall behaviors and were influenced under varying experimental conditions. 

Cathy received her M.S. in Biology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. 

Cathy received her B.S. from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, where she had a double major in Chemistry and Biology.