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Kulika Chomvong

Kulika is a co-founder and CEO at Sugarlogix. She has a unique and diverse background, coming from both the business world and the science world. She received her PhD in microbiology from UC Berkeley, where she was studying yeast metabolic pathways. Her undergraduate studies at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania has given her insight into the business domain as well. Additionally, she double-majored in chemical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Her wide range of training allows her to deeply understand the science in lab, its industrial application, and also the following business implications. Outside of work, Kulika is a food enthusiast and an amateur potter. 

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Chaeyoung Shin

Chaeyoung is a co-founder and CTO at Sugarlogix. 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.

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Jason Liu

Jason is a senior scientist at Sugarlogix, and he 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.

 
 
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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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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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Steve Pietsch

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