Who We Are
At Mizar we are scientists working with scientists. We focus on designing and manufacturing new scientific equipment to advance science.
We are headquartered in Woods Hole, MA (USA) at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). Our founder, Paul Maddox, is a Whitman Scientist and course director for the Analytical and Quantitative Light Microscopy (AQLM) course at MBL. Our CEO, Joel Smith, was former director of education and a scientist in several labs (including his own) at MBL. MBL's commitment to the advancement of science, coupled with these strong ties led to Mizar's decision to headquarter there.
Mizar's story is about Paul's love for science and his wife. Amy Shaub Maddox, Paul's wife, needed a light sheet for imaging cytokinesis at high frames rates. There was nothing on the market for her needs, so Paul & Tanner Fadero (Paul's PhD student) set out to build a copy of the Eric Betzig Bessel beam based light sheet system. Out of this necessity and love, the Tilt was created. To read more about this story, read the blog post.
Meet the Executive Team
Paul Maddox, PhD
President and Founder
Paul received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is now an Associate Professor there.
Joel Smith, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
Joel received his PhD in oncological sciences from the University of Utah and has over 20 years of experience in academic science, primarily studying gene regulation during early development of various squishy things.
Chris Baumann, PhD
Sales and Product Manager
Chris received his Ph.D. from the University of Buffalo. With over 20 years in the field of scientific imaging, he enjoys working with scientists to develop solutions for their specific applications. He also likes beer.
Onjalé Scott Price
Chief Operating Officer
Onji received her BS in Civil Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She has worked in program and project management for over 10 years with professional and personal focus on increasing diversity & inclusion in STEM. She’s currently pursuing her MBA, which makes sense.