Leadership

Jessica Kristof

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.

Nishan Karassik

Co-Founder, Chief Executive 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 Scientific 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.


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Scientific Advisory Board

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Chelsea Specht, PhD

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.

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Timothy J. Gregory, PhD

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.

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Rob Brown, PhD

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.

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Hiro Nonogaki, PhD

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.

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Toby Richardson, PhD

Toby Richardson, PhD

Dr. Richardson is Vice President at Synthetic Genomics Inc. Dr. Richardson has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of bioinformatics, enzymology, and molecular biology, and leads the bioinformatics program at SGI.

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Jessica Green, PhD

Jessica Green, PhD

Dr. Green is Associate Professor at the University of Oregon, where she is Founding Director of the Biology and Built Environment Center. She is External Faculty at the Santa Fe Institute, a TED Senior Fellow, and a Guggenheim Fellow. Her work is focused on microbial biodiversity, especially in the context of engineering, design, and the built environment.

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Jing-Ke Weng, PhD

Jing-Ke Weng, PhD

Dr. Weng is an Assistant Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. His research is focused on the evolution of secondary metabolite production in plants, and on the nature of the “matrix effect” in plant-based medicines.

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Robert Connell Clarke

Robert Connell Clarke

Robert Connell Clarke is the world’s foremost authority on the botany and breeding of cannabis, and a co-founder of the International Hemp Association. He is the author of the foundational classic Marijuana Botany, and co-author of the recent comprehensive and interdisciplinary study cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany.