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OUR CLINICAL EXPERTS

Our dedicated team of clinical experts are always by your side.

OUR CLINICAL EXPERTS

Our dedicated team of clinical experts are always by your side.


From scientists, engineers and statisticians to lab associates, genetic counselors and medical educators, there are Naterans behind every test sample received, working to provide patients and providers insightful genetic information.


Steve Chapman
Chief Executive Officer

Steve Chapman began his career in the department of human genetics at UCLA designing arrays identifying SNPs associated with multiple sclerosis. Mr. Chapman is recognized as a proven strategic business leader with deep hands-on experience in the field of genetic diagnostic testing and has repeatedly delivered winning growth strategies, leveraging extensive commercialization and reimbursement expertise. Since joining Natera in 2010, Chapman has delivered extraordinary results in roles ranging from Vice President of Sales, to Senior Vice President of Commercial, to Chief Commercial Officer and most recently Chief Operating Officer (COO). As Natera's COO he drove day-to-day execution while leading over half the company including Operations, Human Resources, Sales, Marketing, Product Development, Medical Affairs, Market Access, and Business Development. Notably, Chapman led the company’s commercial entry into the highly competitive non-invasive prenatal testing market, in which the company’s Panorama® test became the market leader against three established competitors despite being fourth to market. Chapman was previously at Genzyme Genetics, where he was credited with delivering record-breaking commercial growth and strategies that changed pregnancy genetic testing. Mr. Chapman graduated with honors and holds a BS in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Robert Schueren
Chief Operating Officer

Robert Schueren is an accomplished industry veteran with extensive molecular diagnostics, genomics, and pharma experience. Mr. Schueren has enjoyed an expansive 30-year career and has been a driving force behind rapid business growth at both start-up and large biotech companies. Most recently, he was CEO of IntegenX Inc., playing a critical role in the growth and success of the company, and ultimate acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific, as well as successfully leading a lobbying effort to pass the Rapid DNA Act of 2017. Mr. Schueren previously held executive leadership roles including GM of Genomics at Agilent Technologies, Global Head of Clinical Biomarkers and Operations, and Deputy Global Head of Molecular Medicine Labs for Genentech, Inc. He formerly held leadership and commercial roles at Arcturus Bioscience, Accumetrics, Biosite Diagnostics, Gen-Probe, and Abbott Labs. Mr. Schueren received a BS in Pharmacy from Temple University.

Mike Brophy, M.B.A.
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Brophy has served as Natera’s senior vice president of Finance and Investor Relations since September 2016, and served as the Company’s vice president of Corporate Development and Investor Relations since September 2015. Prior to joining Natera, he served as an executive director and as a vice president in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley, where he focused on advising corporate clients in the life science tools and diagnostics sector. Mr. Brophy holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the United States Air Force Academy. His military career included leading a multi-agency, 10-person team on a $1.4 billion contract to modernize 10 remote satellite tracking stations worldwide.

Eric Evans, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Evans joined Natera in 2020 as Chief Scientific Officer. Prior to joining Natera, he was co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Counsyl for 12 years. In that role, he led R&D and clinical operations for a molecular diagnostics portfolio in women’s health and oncology. He has authored papers in reproductive genetics and molecular diagnostics, including journals such as JAMA, Genetics in Medicine, Clinical Chemistry, and Prenatal Diagnosis. He received his B.S. in Biological Sciences from University of Delaware and his Ph.D. in Genetics from Stanford University. While at Stanford, he was a Stanford Graduate Fellow working on the genetics of aging and the immune system.

Jonathan Sheena, M.Eng
Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Sheena is a co-founder of Natera and an experienced entrepreneur with proven success in technology innovation. Prior to Natera, Mr. Sheena co-founded PocketThis which sold cutting edge server technology to mobile networks worldwide. While a graduate student at MIT, and in partnership with the Associated Press, Reuters, Knight Ridder, ABC, and the New York Times, he helped architect the first web-based personalized newspaper called “Fishwrap.” The technology was licensed by and deployed to newspapers worldwide, including the San Francisco Chronicle. After MIT, Mr. Sheena worked as a software architect at Firefly, an online community, personalization and collaborative filtering company. After Firefly was purchased by Microsoft, his team brought online the largest running personalization and online identity system used by tens of millions of people worldwide. He holds both M.Eng. and B.S. degrees from MIT as well as a number of patents in internet and mobile technology.

Ramesh Hariharan, Ph.D., M.B.A.
General Manager, Women's Health

Dr. Ramesh Hariharan’s career of 18 years spans a range of subspecialties, including basic research, strategic management consulting, and marketing. At GE’s Basic Research Center, he was nominated as the Best Young Scientist for his innovations, which included the discovery of a new molecule that was commercialized to enable higher data densities in rewritable DVDs, and a novel process for agglomerating nanoparticles. At McKinsey, he served biotech, pharma, medical device, diagnostics, and private equity leaders in the U.S., Germany, and the U.K., tackling a wide range of business issues such as product launches, market expansion, life cycle strategies, and business turnarounds. Dr. Hariharan then held marketing leadership positions in Oncology, Women’s Health, and Vaccines at Novartis, Abbott/AbbVie and Biotheranostics. Most recently at Biotheranostics, he drove the successful commercial turnaround and relaunch of Breast Cancer Index and CancerTYPE ID including repositioning, branding, messaging, and targeted promotions to medical oncologists and patients. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from IIT Bombay, a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Princeton University, and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Solomon Moshkevich, M.B.A.
General Manager, Oncology

Mr. Moshkevich is passionate about improving patient outcomes and lowering healthcare costs through non-invasive technologies and innovative reimbursement models. He began his career in New York as a consultant with Bain & Company, and then moved to Moscow, Russia in 2007 to lead a regional growth strategy for SABMiller. Returning to Boston, he joined the investment team at Parthenon Capital Partners where he invested in healthcare and business services companies. Later with the Disease Management team of OptumHealth (a UnitedHealth Group company), he was the first to identify and measure the value of provider engagement in Optum’s disease management services, which led to lower costs and improved patient outcomes. More recently, as a member of the start-up team at Organ-I, he developed a commercialization strategy for a non-invasive genetic test that detects the acute rejection of solid organ transplants. Since joining Natera in 2011, he has been responsible for launching Natera’s brands in more than 40 countries worldwide, and developing key channel partnerships in the United States. Mr. Moshkevich graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University with a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics and has an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

J. Dianne Keen-Kim, Ph.D., FACMGG
Senior CLIA Laboratory Director

Dr. Keen-Kim joined Natera as the Senior CLIA Laboratory Director in February 2018. After earning her B.S. from Carnegie Mellon and Ph.D. from MIT, Dr. Keen-Kim completed fellowships in clinical molecular genetics and clinical cytogenetics at UCLA, and is certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics in both molecular and cytogenetics. Dr. Keen-Kim maintains clinical director licenses in CA and NY, and has expertise in building, validation, and process-improving clinical laboratory tests, including automating manual assays. Prior to Natera, Dr. Keen-Kim served in a variety of clinical, quality, regulatory and operational laboratory leadership roles at Color Genomics, Genoptix Medical Laboratory (a Novartis company), UCLA, and Quest Diagnostics.

Sheetal Parmar M.S., CGC
Clinical Support Director

Ms. Parmar is a Board Certified genetic counselor specializing in prenatal diagnosis and screening. Sheetal received her BA in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley and her MS in Genetic Counseling from the University of Cincinnati. She joined Natera after working 11 years as the lead prenatal genetic counselor at a high risk prenatal diagnosis clinic and cytogenetic laboratory. She has served on the Board of Directors and various committees for the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) and has a special interest in genetic counselor education, serving as an Advisory Board member for the California State Stanislaus genetic counseling training program as well as a site visitor for the Accreditation Council of Genetic Counseling (ACGC). Most recently, Sheetal was the Director of Medical Education at Natera, responsible for Medical Science Liaison team, Women's Health Advisory programs, and NIPT product development. Sheetal travels across the US and internationally to provide clinical education on Natera's products.

Paul Billings, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Paul R. Billings is a board-certified internist and clinical geneticist, who also holds a PhD in Immunology, from Harvard University. He worked there with Dr. Baruj Benacerraf, who subsequently received the Nobel Prize in Medicine. In 2018, Dr. Billings became the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs at Natera. Dr Billings recently has been a Partner in the diagnostic medicine consultancy the Bethesda Group, and the Managing Director of the Bethesda Group Fund. He is Chairman of PlumCare, LLc and Synergenz Biosciences Limited. He has held academic and research appointments at Harvard University, UC San Francisco, Stanford University and UC Berkeley. He co-founded the stem cell company, CBR Systems, was a Director at Ancestry.com and Signature Genomics Inc, and is co-founder and senior advisor of Fabric Genomics, Inc., a leading genome informatics firm. Until 2018, Dr. Billings was the Chairman of Biological Dynamics, a revolutionary molecular measurement platform based in San Diego, CA.

Olesya Anisimova
Senior Vice President, Finance & Controller

Olesya A. Anisimova, CPA, has served in public accounting for multiple years. During her public accounting career, Olesya’s primary focus was on manufacturing and biotechnology industries. Olesya came from Ernst & Young and started at Natera in February 2015 as Director of Finance. She then became Assistant Controller and was subsequently promoted to Senior Director of Finance & Corporate Controller. Since July 2017, Olesya has been serving Natera as the VP of Finance in the Corporate Controller role. Since joining the company in early 2015, Olesya has played a crucial role in the company’s success. She successfully filed Natera’s IPO with the accounting and finance team and is responsible for Natera’s annual and quarterly SEC filings. She has managed a broad range of responsibilities including driving improvements in various operations, performing SEC filings, and SOX compliance controls. Olesya continues her role as Corporate Controller for Natera, as well as working closely with the CFO on strategic decisions for company operations.

Damon Silvestry, M.Eng.
Senior Vice President, Operations & People

Prior to joining Natera, Mr. Silvestry was the Senior Vice President of Operations for Miraca Life Sciences, a leading, academic-caliber anatomic pathology laboratory, providing diagnostic services in the fields of dermatology, gastroenterology, hematology, urology, and breast health. Prior to Miraca, Damon had a distinguished career at Dell, Inc., serving as the Executive Director for Latin America & Canada Sales Operations, Director of Dell Americas Engineering, Senior Manager of New Product Introductions and various leadership roles within engineering. Before Dell, Mr. Silvestry was the New Products Manufacturing Engineer for Symbol Technologies Incorporated (Motorola). Additionally, he served as a nuclear weapons specialist and worked on several major munition systems including the Peacekeeper missile in the United States Air Force. Mr. Silvestry received his master’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering from NYU Polytechnic. Mr. Silvestry also holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Southern Illinois University. He is a Certified CAP inspector and holds a Black Belt Certification in 6 Sigma. Damon was the past President of the Board of Directors for Austin Habitat for Humanity.

Daniel Rabinowitz, LL.M.
Secretary & General Counsel

Mr. Rabinowitz is Secretary and General Counsel of Natera. Prior to joining Natera, he was a corporate partner at the law firm McDermott, Will & Emery, and, before that, was also a corporate lawyer at the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell. He has worked in the United States and Europe advising domestic, foreign, public, and private companies on capital raisings, M&A, investment management and compliance with US federal and state securities law. He has studied genetics, biochemistry, and molecular biology at Harvard University Extension School and attended courses on the legal and ethical aspects of biotechnology at Harvard Law School. Mr. Rabinowitz completed his B.A. and LL.B. degrees at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, graduating at the top of his law school class, and completed his LL.M. at New York University School of Law with both Rotary Foundation and Fulbright Scholarships. Admitted in New York only.

Matthew Rabinowitz, Ph.D.
Executive Chairman

Dr. Matthew Rabinowitz is co-founder of Natera and currently serves as the Executive Chairman of the board of directors. He served as Natera’s Chief Executive Officer from 2005 to 2018. Prior to co-founding Natera, Dr. Rabinowitz founded Rosum Corporation, a location-systems company that used terrestrial digital television broadcasts to enhance GPS indoors, where he was Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to 2003 and Chief Technology Officer from 2003 to 2006. For this technology, Dr. Rabinowitz received the Scott Helt Memorial Award from the IEEE. From 1998 to 2000, he served as co-founder and Chief Scientist of Panop.com Inc., a technology company for personalized online merchandising that was sold after roughly two years for $100M. Dr. Rabinowitz served as a consulting professor at Stanford University for 8 years and in 2018, began as Visiting Faculty in the Genetics Department of Harvard University. He has served as Principal Investigator on six research grants from the National Institutes of Health and has authored over 100 patents and academic papers, including journals such as IEEE Transactions, Bioinformatics, Science, Nature, JAMA Oncology, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Human Reproduction, Molecular Human Reproduction, Fertility and Sterility, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Genome Medicine. Two companies that he founded received the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer award, awarded each year to 20 companies worldwide. He is on the board of the foundation of the American College of Medical Genetics and is a board member, advisor, and angel investor for multiple companies in biotechnology, diagnostics, gene editing, machine learning, communications, and cleantech. Dr. Rabinowitz completed one year at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Aeronautics and Astronautics, all from Stanford University.