Lattice Automation, Inc.


Douglas Densmore, Ph.D.

Co-founder and President

  • Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boston University.
  • Director of the Cross-disciplinary Integration of Design Automation Research Group (CIDAR) at BU.
  • $5M+ in research funding in synthetic biology automation.
  • Affiliated investigator in NSF's Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (SynBERC).
  • NSF CAREER award winner for Automated DNA Assembly Technology.

Swapnil Bhatia, Ph.D.


  • ECE Research Assistant Professor at Boston University.
  • Key contributor to projects funded by the DARPA Living Foundries, DARPA Synthetic Biology Seedling, and the NSF.
  • Inventor of algorithms for machine learning genetic design principles from screening data; creator of a platform for synthetic biology automation (Puppeteer); lead developer of combinatorial design software (Finch); developer of the TASBE tool chain for synthetic biology; developer of algorithms for de novo sequencing from mass spectrometry data.

Kevin LeShane

Technical and Business Manager

  • M.S. Computer Engineering, Boston University
  • Contributor to algorithms and user experience for core software projects (Clotho, Raven, Phoenix) in the Cross-disciplinary Integration of Design Automation Research lab at Boston University.
  • Recipient of an NSF SBIR Phase 1 award: "Commercialization of Bio-Design Automation Software for Synthetic Biology".

Bryan Der, Ph.D.

Software Developer

  • PhD in Biochemistry & Biophysics, UNC Chapel Hill (Kuhlman lab.
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and UNC Pogue Fellowship.
  • Computational design and biophysical characterization of metal-mediated protein interactions.
  • Postdoc in Biological Engineering, MIT (Voigt lab).
  • Computational design of genetically encoded combinational logic circuits.


Rick Reidy

Business Advisor

Rick is Director or Investor in various organizations following a career in high technology, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer of Progress Software Corporation. Prior to that Rick was President of DataDirect Technologies and held various management, sales, and technical positions at Progress Software, Computervision Corporation, and Telesis Systems. Rick is Trustee and graduate of Boston University and serves as a Chairman of FUEL Education.

Mike Smanski, Ph.D.

Scientific Advisor

With a specialty in engineering massively multi-part genetic systems, Mike is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics at the University of Minnesota. His lab focuses on bridging the gap between systems and synthetic biology by leveraging the latest technologies in DNA synthesis and assembly to explore how genetic design effects system performance. Prior to the University of Minnesota, Mike was an HHMI Fellow of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he helped build foundational technologies that led to the creation of the MIT-Broad Foundry. His PhD thesis work involved engineering natural product biosynthetic pathways for the discovery of new antimicrobial compounds.