Current Role at Stanford

Senior Web Developer for Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Dean's Office, developing back end infrastructure for school, department, program, and research group web sites as well as special projects and other areas of interest.

Education & Certifications

  • Certifcate, Stanford Center for Professional Development, Stanford University, Computer Security Professional (2007)
  • MS, Pace University, New York, Computer Science (1987)
  • BS, State University of New York at Albany, Computer Science (1982)


  • WebAuth Module for Drupal, Stanford University (1/1/2007 - 12/31/2010)


    Stanford, CA

  • CAP Integration with School of Earth Sciences



Personal Interests

Computer Security

All Publications

  • New paradigm for macromolecular crystallography experiments at SSRL: automated crystal screening and remote data collection ACTA CRYSTALLOGRAPHICA SECTION D-BIOLOGICAL CRYSTALLOGRAPHY Soltis, S. M., Cohen, A. E., Deacon, A., Eriksson, T., Gonzalez, A., McPhillips, S., Chui, H., Dunten, P., Hollenbeck, M., Mathews, I., Miller, M., Moorhead, P., Phizackerley, R. P., Smith, C., Song, J., van dem Bedem, H., Ellis, P., Kuhn, P., McPhillips, T., Sauter, N., Sharp, K., Tsyba, I., Wolf, G. 2008; 64: 1210-1221


    Complete automation of the macromolecular crystallography experiment has been achieved at SSRL through the combination of robust mechanized experimental hardware and a flexible control system with an intuitive user interface. These highly reliable systems have enabled crystallography experiments to be carried out from the researchers' home institutions and other remote locations while retaining complete control over even the most challenging systems. A breakthrough component of the system, the Stanford Auto-Mounter (SAM), has enabled the efficient mounting of cryocooled samples without human intervention. Taking advantage of this automation, researchers have successfully screened more than 200 000 samples to select the crystals with the best diffraction quality for data collection as well as to determine optimal crystallization and cryocooling conditions. These systems, which have been deployed on all SSRL macromolecular crystallography beamlines and several beamlines worldwide, are used by more than 80 research groups in remote locations, establishing a new paradigm for macromolecular crystallography experimentation.

    View details for DOI 10.1107/S0907444908030564

    View details for Web of Science ID 000261001500003

    View details for PubMedID 19018097

    View details for PubMedCentralID PMC2631117

  • Web-Ice: integrated data collection and analysis for macromolecular crystallography JOURNAL OF APPLIED CRYSTALLOGRAPHY Gonzalez, A., MOORHEAD, P., McPhillips, S. E., Song, J., Sharp, K., Taylor, J. R., Adams, P. D., Sauter, N. K., Soltis, S. M. 2008; 41: 176-184
  • Blu-Ice and the Distributed Control System: software for data acquisition and instrument control at macromolecular crystallography beamlines 2nd International Workshop on X-ray Damage to Crystalline Biological Samples McPhillips, T. M., McPhillips, S. E., Chiu, H. J., Cohen, A. E., Deacon, A. M., Ellis, P. J., Garman, E., Gonzalez, A., Sauter, N. K., Phizackerley, R. P., Soltis, S. M., Kuhn, P. WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC. 2002: 401–406


    The Blu-Ice and Distributed Control System (DCS) software packages were developed to provide unified control over the disparate hardware resources available at a macromolecular crystallography beamline. Blu-Ice is a user interface that provides scientific experimenters and beamline support staff with intuitive graphical tools for collecting diffraction data and configuring beamlines for experiments. Blu-Ice communicates with the hardware at a beamline via DCS, an instrument-control and data-acquisition package designed to integrate hardware resources in a highly heterogeneous networked computing environment. Together, Blu-Ice and DCS provide a flexible platform for increasing the ease of use, the level of automation and the remote accessibility of beamlines. Blu-Ice and DCS are currently installed on four Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory crystallographic beamlines and are being implemented at sister light sources.

    View details for DOI 10.1107/S0909049502015170

    View details for Web of Science ID 000179049100012

    View details for PubMedID 12409628