Crystal Icenhour, PhD received her PhD in Pathobiology from University of Cincinnati in 2002. She conducted postdoctoral research at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine 2002-2005 and Duke University Medical Center 2005-2006. Dr. Icenhour has participated in numerous events aimed at supporting and mentoring women in STEM. She has been recognized by Kauffman Foundation and Center for Innovative Technology as an outstanding entrepreneur. Dr. Icenhour co-founded, lead, and exited her first company, Phthisis Diagnostics, in 2013. In 2014 Dr. Icenhour was recruited as founding CEO of Aperiomics in Ashburn, Virginia, focused on changing everything about how infections are tested.