Our Team

 
 She received her PhD in chemical engineering from UC Berkeley, and her BS in chemical and biological engineering at Seoul National University. During her PhD, she worked on developing in situ product separation methods to allow for continuous operation mode of fermentation. This is directly related to her roles at Sugarlogix where she develops continuous fermentation operations, builds scaled-up processes, and designs separation schemes. Her passion in transferring scientific knowledge gathered in lab to an industrial setting where the science is applied to real-life applications is what drives her at Sugarlogix. Additionally, she has been a life-long musician and is a passionate coffee drinker.

She received her PhD in chemical engineering from UC Berkeley, and her BS in chemical and biological engineering at Seoul National University. During her PhD, she worked on developing in situ product separation methods to allow for continuous operation mode of fermentation. This is directly related to her roles at Sugarlogix where she develops continuous fermentation operations, builds scaled-up processes, and designs separation schemes. Her passion in transferring scientific knowledge gathered in lab to an industrial setting where the science is applied to real-life applications is what drives her at Sugarlogix. Additionally, she has been a life-long musician and is a passionate coffee drinker.

  Oliver is a veteran metabolic engineer. He received his Diploma in Biology at the Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf, Germany and a PhD in Natural sciences at the University of Konstanz, Germany. During his PhD, he focused on the molecular evolution, cell biology and biochemistry of algae evolved by endosymbiosis. His postdocs at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and The Carnegie Institution of Washington in Stanford, focused on metabolism, physiology and biochemistry of malaria and microbial mats, respectively. At Aurora Algae Inc., he then spearheaded the development of molecular tools and strains for the production of biofuels and nutraceuticals. Most recently, he worked at the Sandia National Laboratories on the production of terpenes from red yeasts. When not at work, Oliver enjoys spending time with his family, camping, fishing and taking care of his flowers, vegetables and algae he grows in his garden.

 Oliver is a veteran metabolic engineer. He received his Diploma in Biology at the Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf, Germany and a PhD in Natural sciences at the University of Konstanz, Germany. During his PhD, he focused on the molecular evolution, cell biology and biochemistry of algae evolved by endosymbiosis. His postdocs at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and The Carnegie Institution of Washington in Stanford, focused on metabolism, physiology and biochemistry of malaria and microbial mats, respectively. At Aurora Algae Inc., he then spearheaded the development of molecular tools and strains for the production of biofuels and nutraceuticals. Most recently, he worked at the Sandia National Laboratories on the production of terpenes from red yeasts. When not at work, Oliver enjoys spending time with his family, camping, fishing and taking care of his flowers, vegetables and algae he grows in his garden.

 She is responsible for the commercial aspects of the business. RIa has a masters degree in food Science from Wageningen University, Netherlands, and became a strategic marketer through the Dutch Marketing Institute. She has worked in a broad range of roles, both in Europe and the USA, in the global food and supplement ingredients industry. Her passions are health and the role that nutrition. When Ria is not working, you can probably find her in the garden, growing flowers and vegetables or cooking something new.

She is responsible for the commercial aspects of the business. RIa has a masters degree in food Science from Wageningen University, Netherlands, and became a strategic marketer through the Dutch Marketing Institute. She has worked in a broad range of roles, both in Europe and the USA, in the global food and supplement ingredients industry. Her passions are health and the role that nutrition. When Ria is not working, you can probably find her in the garden, growing flowers and vegetables or cooking something new.

 Jason is spearheading the efforts for yeast strain development. He was formally trained as a genetic scientist, receiving his bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, and his doctoral degree from University of California, Berkeley. His doctorate work focused on the enhancement of enzyme secretion of a filamentous fungus, Neurospora crassa for the efficient production of cellulosic biofuels. Jason's work on strain optimization, sugar metabolism, and genetic diversity will complement the team's mission for engineering yeast strains for prebiotic oligosaccharides production. Outside of the lab, Jason enjoys applying his fungal skills in the field as an avid mushroom hunter and outdoor enthusiast.

Jason is spearheading the efforts for yeast strain development. He was formally trained as a genetic scientist, receiving his bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, and his doctoral degree from University of California, Berkeley. His doctorate work focused on the enhancement of enzyme secretion of a filamentous fungus, Neurospora crassa for the efficient production of cellulosic biofuels. Jason's work on strain optimization, sugar metabolism, and genetic diversity will complement the team's mission for engineering yeast strains for prebiotic oligosaccharides production. Outside of the lab, Jason enjoys applying his fungal skills in the field as an avid mushroom hunter and outdoor enthusiast.

 
 

Chaeyoung Shin

CEO and co-founder

Oliver Kilian

Director of Strain Engineering

Ria Van Hoef

Director of Business Development

Jason Liu

Senior Scientist

 

Scientific Advisory Board

 
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Yong-Su Jin

Yong-Su is a co-founder at Sugarlogix. He is a professor in the Department of Food Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is our mastermind in engineering the metabolic pathways of yeast.

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Jamie Cate

Jamie is a co-founder at Sugarlogix. He is a professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology and of Chemistry at UC Berkeley. He is the genius behind the complex sugar synthesis in our yeast.

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Steve Pietsch

Steve is an advisor at Sugarlogix. He has been a process engineer in the chemical industry for 40 years. He is an industry expert in scaling-up and process design.

 

Business Advisory Board

 
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Kevin Vickery

Kevin holds over 20 years of business experience in marketing communications, business management, and production. He was co-producer for Fuel (Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary). He received his education at The Julliard School.

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Manuel Gonzalez

Manuel is managing director for Rabobank, based in San Francisco. He founded Rabobank’s FoodBytes! and Terra franchises and worked with his amazing team to bring those franchises around the globe.