Director of Research
Jessica Kristof was a Clinical Development Scientist specializing in quantitative PCR at MolecularMD, and Staff Scientist at Synthetic Genomics Inc. She holds multiple patents, and has degrees in both Biophysics and Horticulture from Oregon State University.
Co-Founder, Chief Strategy Officer
Nishan Karassik is an entrepreneur with over twenty years of experience leading successful companies in both the service and manufacturing fields. He studied finance and economics at the University of Oregon.
Mowgli Holmes, PhD
Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Mowgli Holmes is a molecular and evolutionary biologist. He has a PhD from Columbia University, where he was a National Research Service Award Fellow. He is a founding board member of the Cannabis Safety Institute and the Open Cannabis Project, and is Chair of the Oregon State Cannabis Research Task Force.
Alisha Holloway, PhD
Director of Bioinformatics
Alisha Holloway is a data scientist with expertise in genomics and statistical analysis of big data. She was an Assistant Professor at UC San Francisco School of Medicine, and the founding director of the Gladstone Institutes Bioinformatics Core Facility.
Cannabis has been in the dark.
Phylos Bioscience is an agricultural genomics company based in Portland, Oregon. We’re using modern molecular genetics and computational biology to help us understand the most important and least-studied plant in the world: Cannabis.
We’re turning that science into tools that will help this new industry grow safely and sustainably. Our customers are small breeders and growers, and we’re doing everything we can to shape a future cannabis industry that has a place for them in it.
Scientific Advisory Board
Chelsea Specht, PhD
Dr. Specht is Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and Curator of Monocots at the UC Berkeley University and Jepson Herbaria. Her research is focused on plant systematics and evolutionary genetics.
Timothy J. Gregory, PhD
Dr. Gregory started as a scientist in the early days of Genentech and recently retired as Senior Director of the Process Sciences Division there. He is currently a Co-Founder and Senior Vice President at a new company focused on oncology treatments directed at cancer stem cells. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Board of Directors for the University of California Botanical Garden.
Rob Brown, PhD
Dr. Brown is Senior Director at Synthetic Genomics Inc. where he leads a genome engineering team developing microbes for the production of advanced biofuels and chemicals. He has over 20 issued patents and pending applications in various areas of industrial biotechnology.
Hiro Nonogaki, PhD
Dr. Nonogaki is Associate Professor of Horticulture, and Director of the Integrative Seed Biology Program, at Oregon State University. His research is focused on the molecular mechanisms involved in seed germination.
Toby Richardson, PhD
Jessica Green, PhD
Robert Connell Clarke