George M. Garrity, Sc.D.

George M. Garrity, Sc.D.
Founder and Manging Member

George Garrity is a Professor in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics with research interests in bioinformatics, classification, and automated identification. Additional focus areas of teaching practice and research include gene and organism ontologies as well as Natural products screening and development.

He founded NamesforLife, LLC in 2004 to commercialize novel technologies that track and manage dynamic terminologies used in the life-science, biomedical, legal and technical fields.

He holds an Sc.D. in Microbiology and Biochemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and is also a Fellow with the American Society for the Advancement of Science, and the 66th President of the Society for Industrial Microbiology.

Charles Parker

Charles Parker
Software Architect and co-Founder

Charles has been with the company since 2008. He is a seasoned software developer with over 15 years of industry experience in both the public and private sectors. He holds degrees in Computer Science and Genomics & Molecular Genetics, and has worked for organizations as large as Hewlett Packard and the U.S. Geological Survey. However, he found a passion in supporting small businesses. For him, this is where the energy and excitement is. His technical expertise paved a path to success for several start-up companies, and his work has been featured in NASA Spinoff Magazine and a number of technical publications.

He has a long history of successful projects that range from Geospatial Imaging to Precision Agriculture, and most recently, Scientific and Technical publishing. When he sees a problem, he solves it.

Phan-Chuong Vo

Phan-Chuong Vo
Senior Product Developer

Chuong Vo joined the company as Senior Product Developer in 2014. Chuong earned a degree in computer science at the National University of Singapore, and is a MBA graduate, specializing in Finance and Consulting at the Michigan State University Eli Broad College of Business.

His skills and background in software development, finance, management and business are making a significant impact to our company.

Selena Simmerson

Selena Simmerson
BioData Curator

Selena is the newest addition to our team. A current Microbiology student at Michigan State University, she is also working on several of our ongoing curatorial projects.

Current NamesforLife Advisors

NamesforLife Alumni

Founding Members

  • Catherine Lyons
  • James Cole

MSU Staff Alumni

Michigan State University has been our partner institution during our long-term project of developing a phenotypic and genotypic database for prokaryotes. The following MSU staff have made significant contributions on that project.


Over the years, we've been privileged to have the following very talented curators work with us on producing our nomenclature and taxonomy, as well as a variety of long-term database projects.

  • Leah Andrews
  • Anu Saigal
  • Sheena Tapo
  • Nicole Osier
  • Sarah Wigley
  • Dorothea Taylor
  • Kara Mannor
  • Grace Rodriguez
  • Amber Roberts
  • Oishi Bagchi
  • Danny Bakoz
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