Meet the team

Meet the team that is continually circling the globe to find the emerging frontiers in bioscience, and stewarding our community of pioneering awardees at home. 

Kathy Richmond, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Executive Vice President, Director Frontiers Group and Office of Science and Technology | kathrynr@alleninstitute.org

Kathryn Richmond directs the overall research portfolio strategy and all grant programs at The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, overseeing ~$200M in award funding. In addition, she frequently serves as a reviewer with federal agencies and partner organizations for multidisciplinary ‘frontier’ research programs, and as an invited panel member on topics ranging from science philanthropy to technology development. Since joining the organization in 2012, Richmond has grown the bioscience portfolio, expanded the Allen Distinguished Investigator program and led funding in emerging bioscience and technology areas. She previously served as Director of Enabling Technologies at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. In that position, she developed and oversaw a diverse portfolio of numerous technologies ranging from "omics" to plant transformation which supported the research needs of its 300 members. Prior to that, Richmond worked as a bench scientist, project lead and industry consultant, garnering two patents and multiple publications. Along with a doctorate in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Richmond also holds an MBA and attended Stanford University as an American Cancer Society fellow.

Nicole Huber, Ph.D.

Senior Program Manager | nicoleh@alleninstitute.org

Nicole Huber oversees the grant making and grant management activities of the portfolio of bioscience grants in The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group. Since joining the team in 2013, she has helped expand the portfolio to ~$200M in award funding. In addition, Nicole has led additional philanthropic initiatives including the design and installation of a unique patient care technology for ten major West Coast medical imaging clinics, easing the stress of cancer therapy for over 10,000 patients annually. Prior to joining the Frontiers Group, Nicole was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Washington, where she also earned her Ph.D. in Biology, advancing the frontiers of in vivo muscle mechanics and publishing in such journals as Science. She received her B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Casey Elkins

Administrative Project Coordinator | casey.elkins@alleninstitute.org

Casey Elkins provides administrative, event, and operational support for the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group. Casey brings a strong operations background from the corporate, community, and non-profit sectors, both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining the Allen Institute, he worked for Vulcan Inc., where he oversaw shipping logistics for Vulcan’s various interests worldwide. He holds his M.Phil. in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation from Trinity College Dublin at Belfast and a B.A. in Religion from Colorado College.

Alexandra Basford

Program Officer, Life Science Research Scout | alexandra.basford@alleninstitute.org

Alexandra Basford creates, implements and assesses the impact of scientific research programs as part of The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group. She engages in continuous information gathering with thought leaders, organizational leaders and early career investigators worldwide to help identify directions that offer first in opportunities in areas of bioscience that could generate transformative or paradigm-shifting outcomes. Prior to joining the Frontiers Group in 2019, Alexandra spent a decade in scientific publishing in the U.S. and Asia, working as a journal editor, a publisher and a biomedical indexer. She possesses a bachelor’s degree in Biophysics from Scripps College and doctorate in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota; broad familiarity with basic, clinical and translational research; and bench experience in physiology, molecular biology and imaging.