Our Funders

Our Team


Derek has a Ph.D. in Biophysics from UC Berkeley and an A.B. in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard. Derek has eight granted or pending patents covering enzyme pathway construction, microbial gene discovery, and commercial strain scale-up. He loves ballroom dancing.


Elizabeth has a Ph.D. in Biophysics from UC San Francisco and a B.A. in Physics from UC Berkeley. Her experience includes evolving large enzyme complexes and accelerating the rate of enzyme and strain evolution. She has a cat named "Kitty."


Noah has a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford and an A.B. in Physics from Harvard. His postdoctoral research at UC San Francisco focused on information processing in yeast. Noah has experience with directed evolution, high-throughput screening, and E. coli genetics. He throws a nasty Wiffleball knuckler.