Ricky is a Senior Process Development Engineer working on the scale-up efforts of Apeel's chemical processes with a focus in reaction engineering, flow chemistry, and heterogeneous catalysis.
Ricky was born and raised in Santa Paula, California, and received his Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara. As an undergraduate, he has active in research working with Prof. Samir Mitragotri and Prof. Susannah Scott in the Chemical Engineering department, working on a range of projects from transdermal drug delivery to designing supported metal catalysts for tandem alkane dehydrogenation and olefin metathesis.
Supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Ricky completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering with Prof. James Dumesic at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focused on the selective production of biomass derived chemicals using heterogeneous catalysts, including supported metal catalysts, functionalized organosilicas, and zeolites. As a graduate student, he participated in international summer schools in China and Finland and presented a talk as a Kokes Award Recipient at the North American Meeting (NAM) for the North American Catalysis Society. Ricky's work has been highlighted on the covers of several journals, including AngewandteChemie, ACS Catalysis, and Green Chemistry.
Matthew graduated with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering and a Minor in Business. Under the advisement of Prof. Robert J. Davis, Matthew was awarded a Rodman Scholars Sustainability Grant and the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Matthew was also recognized for his outstanding contributions to the University with the Richard Heath Dabney Award.
As an undergraduate student, Matthew interned with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, where his projects ranged from the characterization and reaction testing of heterogeneous catalysts to providing process recommendations for industrial hydrotreating units. Matthew also spent three months working on the development of catalysts for biomass conversion at the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin, Germany, as part of the NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education program.
Supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Matthew began his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was advised by Prof. Bradley F. Chmelka. His research on understanding the distributions of active sites in heterogeneous zeolite catalysts led to an internship with Chevron's Energy Technology Company. During his graduate studies, Matthew served as a Teaching Assistant for the Chemical Process Design class.
Matthew left UCSB's PhD program with a Master's degree to join Apeel Sciences. Matthew leads the Process Engineering team at Apeel Sciences, which is responsible for the design and scale-up of Apeel's chemical processes.
Ron graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Chemistry where he was co-advised by Profs. David Atwood and John Anthony. Ron went on to earn his PhD in Chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was advised by Prof. Gui Bazan.
Ron is Apeel's multi-talented do-it-all! Over the course of his academic training he tackled a wide variety of scientific challenges, ranging from recrystallization methods for difficult-to-crystallize small organic molecules to the synthesis of enantiopure polymeric materials using yeast enzymes, providing the raw materials and methods critical to advancing his research group's Materials Science efforts.
Ron guides the evolution of Apeel's extraction and formulation processes, ensuring continuous improvements in efficiency and sustainability.
Ellen graduated with a BSc in Cellular & Molecular Biology with a Minor in General Chemistry from Westmont College. During her undergraduate studies Ellen conducted research under the guidance of Dr. Stephen Contakes and volunteered as a 5th grade chemistry helper at a local elementary school. As part of the Apeel Sciences team, Ellen helps in the production of new formulation targets.
A Santa Barbara native, Tim develops apps to simplify and automate Apeel's data collection and analysis processes. He also designs new software for the field applications of our products.
Outside of the office, he can be found helping with his father's beekeeping activities and doing maintenance on the local hiking trails. Tim is a student at Brown University pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science.
Savannah recieved her Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry/Chemistry and her MSc in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her graduate research was on the biophotonics of Nudibranch mollusk tissues. At Apeel, Savannah is working to develop new formulations for protecting produce against pathogens in the field.
Ydun draws from her experience in regulatory affairs, international trade, and agricultural development, focusing on building Apeel's operational capabilities to bring our solutions to new markets.
Prior to joining Apeel, Ydun worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service in Washington, D.C. where her work focused on foreign affairs and the synthesis and presentation of market intelligence information to USDA leadership and industry stakeholders using supply, demand, price, trade, and policy data. She was previously part of the U.S. Agency for International Development's Enabling Agricultural Trade project, leading assignments in Guatemala, Thailand, and Cambodia that assessed the impact of legal, regulatory, and policy frameworks on the private sector and its competitiveness. Ydun also helped developed commercialization strategies for agricultural crops as a consultant for the EU-Latin American Partnering Initiative in Bolivia and the IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative in Vietnam.
Ydun received a scholarship to attend the University of Copenhagen's masters program in agricultural economics and was awarded funding from the university and Oticon Fonden to study the impact of export-oriented supply chains on organizational strategy and rural development outcomes in Vietnam. Before graduating, Ydun worked for Amy's Kitchen to help develop a sourcing strategy for their new food manufacturing facilities in Europe. Ydun also holds a BA in Economics and minor in Spanish from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Jenny is the VP of Operations at Apeel Sciences, where she facilitates and coordinates the efforts of the scientific and administrative divisions of the company. She also leads our InvisipeelTM project, developing a platform for molecularly camouflaging the surfaces of fruits and vegetables, protecting them from invasion by pests.
Jenny received her Bachelor's degree in Engineering Chemistry from Queen's University in Kingston, Canada. Jenny's undergraduate work earned her the L. A. Munro Award. During this time, she also completed a 16-month professional internship at the DuPont Research and Business Development office in Kingston, Canada working on hydrogen fuel cell technologies.
For her doctoral studies, Jenny crossed over to the Chemistry Department to join the multidisciplinary lab of Prof. Cathleen Crudden where she focused on the synthesis and applications of nanostructured inorganic films. Jenny's early graduate work earned her the prestigious Alexander Graham Bell Graduate Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Beyond her academic research, Jenny's outstanding commitment to the teaching and training of undergraduate engineering and science students was also recognized by a number of departmental teaching awards.
Looking to broaden her skill set, Jenny pursued postdoctoral research with Prof. Guillermo Bazan at UC Santa Barbara investigating synthetic strategies for tuning the interactions between microbes and electrodes to improve the performance of bioelectrochemical devices such as microbial fuel cells.
Katie graduated with honors from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology. Katie joined a Biotechnology research and development company and worked on multiple clinical trials, where she was responsible for the process and regulations for drug development from pre-clinical studies to Phase III clinical trials.
Katie then attended the University of California, Irvine where she earned her Master's of Science degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. After graduation, Katie moved to Santa Barbara where she worked on medical device clinical trials before joining Apeel Sciences.
Chuck began his academic career at the University of California, Berkeley, graduating from the College of Chemistry with a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Biology in 2008. It was during his time at Berkeley that Chuck first discovered his love for the synthesis of complex molecules while working in the laboratory of Prof. Matthew Francis.
With his developing interest in Molecular Design, Chuck began a PhD program at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2009 where he worked under the guidance of Prof. Javier Read de Alaniz. While the focal point of his PhD work was the development of novel C-N bond forming reactions, he was also instrumental in developing synthetic organic methodologies with cross-disciplinary applications in Materials Science and Chemical Biology.
Chuck's doctoral work earned him a number of awards and fellowships from UCSB, including the Bruce Rickborn-Ross Johnson Fellowship and the prestigious B.R. Baker Memorial Award.
Matthew is part of Apeel's Process Engineering team, working to scale our production processes to a manufacturing environment.
Matthew received his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. While an undergraduate, he worked on the design of neurosurgical devices and on scale-up and manufacturing optimization efforts in the aerospace industry.
He also received his Master of Technology Management as part of the inaugural class within the UCSB College of Engineering Technology Management Program. During his graduate education, Matthew consulted with a local technology company on resource and human capital allocation and prioritization in Engineering and R&D environments.
Prior to joining Apeel Sciences, Matthew worked in the silicone chemical industry. There he led a team of engineers focused on new capital projects while working on a diverse range of projects, including manufacturing equipment design, new process development and scale-up, and process safety analyses.
Allie oversees the regulatory compliance efforts at Apeel Sciences. She graduated Cum Laude from North Carolina State University, earning a BSc in Chemical Engineering, with a Green Chemistry and Engineering Concentration and a Minor in Business Administration.
After graduation, Allie started her career in the non-profit sector with RTI International in Research Triangle Park, NC, working with the Air Quality Engineering Group to inform US EPA policy for the petroleum industry. Prior to joining Apeel Sciences, she worked for an environmental consulting firm in Santa Barbara, guiding local oil and gas companies through engineering projects and ensuring compliance with air quality regulations.
Danny graduated from Florida International University with a bachelors in Information Technology and a minor in Business. While attending university Danny interned at a software development company. At the end of his internship he was offered a full time position, where he was employed for six years prior to joining Apeel Sciences.
As an IT Specialist at Apeel, Danny manages internal computer systems and provides technical support for the Apeel team.
When not working, Danny enjoys playing soccer, mountain biking, and hiking.
Camille graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with her BSc in Biological Sciences. During her time there, she enjoyed studying evolutionary ecology. Throughout her senior year she worked under Prof. Susannah Porter studying paleontology and identifying microscopic fossils.
Camille joined Apeel to work closely with the Product Management team to ensure customer satisfaction. She also assists the Director of Emerging Markets with the execution of various initiatives.
When Camille is not spending her time at Apeel, she enjoys traveling, reading, and hiking.
As a Senior Analytical Scientist, Taylor works on quality control for manufacturing and engineering as well as method development to assist product development.
Taylor received his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Canada. While there he spent a summer conducting research under Prof. Kevin Thurbide in developing detectors for portable gas chromatography. This summer position turned into a passion for research in analytical chemistry, which led to graduate studies with Prof. Thurbide.
After his PhD, Taylor received the Alberta Innovates Technology Futures R&D Associates grant to conduct research in the field of comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography at Dow Chemical Canada in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. After this grant, he continued to pursue his passion with gas chromatography under the mentorship of Dr. Jim Luong, developing methods, performing fundamental problem solving, and advancing the science of gas chromatography.
Cody assists Apeel's Process Engineering team with product manufacturing scale-up efforts. Originally from Los Angeles, Cody earned his BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. During his research at UCSB in M. Scott Shell's lab, he used computational methods to analyze molecular dynamics.
Previously, Cody interned with the operations team Eco-Services, a continuous-process sulfuric acid manufacturer in Long Beach. His role focused on improving efficiency and safety of the plant's steam system.
Carlos Hernandez graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a BSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry. As an undergraduate at UCSB, Carlos conducted research on bio-inspired wet adhesives under the guidance of Prof. Herbert Waite. As a member of the Apeel Sciences Product Development Team, Carlos carries out the tests that help optimize our formulations for various food crops and cultivars.
Chance leads the Product Development Division at Apeel Sciences, which specifically tailors Apeel's formulas to meet the evolving needs of customers. Chance was educated at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Materials.
During his graduate education, Chance worked with Prof. Robert McMeeking to improve the performance of structural materials, including polymers, ceramics and metals, through combined experimental, modeling and numerical studies. Areas of specialty include structural materials and analysis, experimental design, model development, solid mechanics and finite element modeling.
Chance's skills in product development include detailed and thorough experiment design, testing and optimizing of material properties.
Jordan is VP of Strategy at Apeel. Drawing from his experience across venture capital, corporate and business development, and investment banking, Jordan focuses on planning, implementing, and maintaining strategies to carry out Apeel's business goals while establishing an analytical framework to drive decision-making and optimize business operations.
Prior to Apeel, Jordan was a Principal at Upfront Ventures, the largest and longest-serving venture capital fund in Los Angeles, where he was involved with both investment activities as well as operating initiatives. While at Upfront, Jordan worked closely with a broad range of early stage technology startups as an active investor and board member. He was previously part of the Strategy & Business Development team at Fox Filmed Entertainment, where he managed strategic planning across Fox's theatrical, home entertainment, television and digital businesses. He began his career in investment banking at GCA Savvian Advisors in San Francisco, providing M&A and capital raising advisory services for technology companies.
Jordan received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with a concentration in Finance and a minor in History
Jordan lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Frannie, and son, Shane. When he's not in the office or commuting to Santa Barbara, he's likely to be surfing or enjoying the outdoors with his family and their dog, Huckleberry.
Matt helps direct Apeel's Protein Sciences research and development. Matt graduated from St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin with a degree in Chemistry and a concentration in Biochemistry. He earned his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Michigan, where he acquired skills in chemistry, biochemistry, and biophysics and developed multiple single-molecule fluorescence and deep-sequencing analysis tools.
Matt graduated from St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin with a degree in Chemistry and a concentration in Biochemistry. During his time at SNC, Matt was an active athlete and scholar, earning him several awards for both his academic and athletic achievements.
Matt then moved on to the University of Michigan to join the multidisciplinary lab of Dr. Nils Walter where he acquired a broad set of skills in chemistry, biochemistry, and biophysics. While earning his PhD in Chemistry, Matt developed multiple single molecule fluorescence and deep sequencing analysis tools that allowed him to uncover novel mechanisms by which the spliceosome utilizes RNA secondary structure to achieve high fidelity during pre-mRNA splicing.
Stephen received his Bachelor's degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a PhD from the Materials Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where his work earned him the GAANN Fellowship and SSLEC Graduate Student Research Award. Stephen works with Apeel's product development team to create optimum formulations of our products.
Stephen received a PhD from the Materials Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2014. Advised by Prof. Jim Speck, Stephen's thesis research focused on the design, growth, and fabrication of gallium nitride-based transistors. Stephen continued to work in Jim Speck's Group for his postdoctoral studies, researching the growth and processing of related devices. His work at UCSB earned him the GAANN Fellowship and SSLEC Graduate Student Research Award.
Amy is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a BSE in bioengineering and a minor in computational neuroscience. Prior to joining Apeel, she worked as an immunochemistry R&D intern at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics in Rochester, NY. She also worked as a product manager at Graphiq, a data science startup in Santa Barbara. At Graphiq, Amy specialized in nutrition and environmental health data aggregation and analysis.
Amy works on the product development team at Apeel, carrying out quality experiments to optimize formulations and streamlining quality data analysis pipelines.
Emily works with Apeel's document control process to ensure compliance with regulatory standards. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a BA in Sociology. Emily's main research interests are racial disparities and environmental justice, and she also serves as a mentor to at-risk youth in the Santa Barbara area.
Ginger is part of Apeel's Finance team, working with internal knowledge and forecasts to create financial plans and structure in support of Apeel's mission and goals.
Ginger received her Bachelor's degree in Economics & Accounting from the University of California, Santa Barbara. While at UCSB, she was recruited by PricewaterhouseCooper and completed an internship in their Core Tax division. Ginger is now working toward CPA certification.
When she's not diving into the numbers, Ginger enjoys all water sports, especially competitive sailing, and loves baking everything from decadent desserts to healthy treats.
Camille graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry-Molecular Biology from University of California, Santa Barbara. During her undergraduate studies, she conducted research at Eindhoven University of Technology for a summer, where she studied molecular architectures that aid in mimicking the complexities of living systems under the guidance of Dr. Bert Meijer.
As an Extraction Engineer, Camille assists with the extraction of raw materials from plant waste for Apeel's products.
Claire graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Design and Entrepreneurship. As an undergraduate, she worked as a Mechanical Design Engineer for the MIT Media Lab and D-Lab. She also pursued summer internships in antenna engineering and technology dissemination operations in India.
Claire joined the Apeel team to assist with the development of methods to apply Apeel formulations to fresh produce and integrate improved drying systems into packaging lines.
Louis leads Apeel Sciences' Formulation Division. Louis completed his PhD studies in Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara, advised by Profs. Guillermo C. Bazan and Edward J. Kramer. Louis was awarded several fellowships during his graduate studies, the NSF GRFP, NSF IGERT, and GEM, and was nominated for a graduate student award from the Materials Research Society. Louis' PhD work focused on the molecular design, synthesis and structure-property relationships of innovative, functional materials for applications in organic electronics.
Prior to his post-graduate work, Louis earned a BSc in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida and was an intern at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in the Polymer Science and Engineering department and the DuPont Experimental Station.
Louis translates high-level discussions of potential molecular candidates into synthetic molecules used to develop new formulations.
Alex graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara, earning a BSc degree in Mathematics with a minor in Statistical Science. During his undergraduate studies, he worked closely with Professor Kenneth C. Millett researching invariant embedded properties of closed chains in 3-space. He develops image analysis and segmentation algorithms for Apeel.
Grant graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with Bachelor's degree in Chemistry. He works with both the Formulation and the Protein Sciences Teams to characterize and optimize different enzymatic reactions, as well as developing new assays to test the efficiency of these reactions.
Gabe graduated with a BSc in Materials Science & Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2015. During his undergraduate studies, he conducted research in characterization of polymers for biomedical devices under Dr. Jim Antaki. He assists the Apeel Sciences Team with extraction techniques for creating new product innovations.
James received dual undergraduate degrees from Carnegie Mellon University in Materials Science & Engineering and Biomedical Engineering and received his PhD in Materials from the University of California, Santa Barbara. For his PhD research, James was the recipient of the 2012 Frank J. Padden Jr. Award for polymer physics, the premier polymer physics prize in the United States. James is a graduate of the UC Santa Barbara Technology Management Program and also holds a Master's degree in Economics.
Drawing from his research, James founded Apeel Sciences to help provide new organic technology solutions for sustainable agriculture. James guides corporate strategy and oversees the company's research and development efforts.
David received his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from California State University, Fullerton. As a Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Research Scholar, David found his passion for synthetic methodology in the laboratory of Prof. Christopher Hyland and went on to further expand his knowledge and skills in the lab of Prof. Javier Read de Alaniz at the University of California, Santa Barbara, for his doctoral studies.
Through his understanding of chemical transformations, David develops innovative product formulations that enable the discovery of new technologies at Apeel Sciences.
Kallan received her BSc in Biopsychology from University of California, Santa Barbara with honors from both the College of Letters and Science Honors Program and the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department. At Apeel, she provides support to the CEO and serves as a point of contact for internal and external constituencies on matters regarding the CEO. She also serves as a liaison to the board of directors and senior management teams and coordinates executive outreach and partner relations.
Jason is our Chief Commercial Officer and a member of Apeel's board of directors. Prior to Apeel, Jason was the co-founder and CEO of Invoca, the world's leading mobile analytics software company. Previously, Jason was CFO at CallWave, where he led the company to multiple years of growth and profitability and a successful IPO. Prior to CallWave, Jason was Vice President of Technology M&A in Broadview's Silicon Valley office, where he was the execution lead on more than $1 billion in successful mergers and acquisitions. Jason has also held product roles with Nextel Communications and with Netopia, where he helped the company complete its successful IPO.
Jason is a co-founding venture partner of Persistence Partners, a venture fund with investments in information technology and life sciences, and a member of the board of directors of iFluidics, WorldViz, and Jornaya as well as Apeel Sciences. An active angel investor, Jason has invested in 20+ early-stage technology companies. He holds several patents in internet advertising, telecommunications, and microscale fluidics.
Jason earned his MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and his BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a member of the teaching faculty at UCSB's Technology Management Program. When he's not extending the life of fresh produce, Jason loves to travel the world's beaches, hit the links, hit the trail, and root for some of the best water polo players in the country. Jason lives in Santa Barbara with his college sweetheart, three awesome kids, and a puppy.
Edwin is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining Apeel Sciences Edwin worked for 3D printing companies and manufacturing companies, including BMW in the UK. Edwin joined the Apeel team to assist with the development of mechanical systems to improve and automate data acquisition techniques, as well as to enable application of our formulations to various crop surfaces.
Sophia received her BSc in Chemistry from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. As an undergrad, Sophia worked under Dr. Armen Zakarian on the total synthesis of bioactive natural compounds.
At Apeel, Sophia works with both the Product team and Formulation team to design and synthesize new molecular targets to protect produce from pathogens in the field. Sophia previously worked on small farms and has taken classes in sustainable farming, and she is passionate about improving worldwide accessibility to nutritious produce through working with the Apeel team.
Bill is VP of Finance at Apeel and has spent his entire career as a finance and corporate development executive in the venture-backed startup and growth technology sector. He has a breadth of experience leading equity capital raises, debt financings, M&A, accounting function management, financial planning, board and investor relations.
Prior to Apeel, Bill was the CFO of several Santa Barbara startup companies, including cielo24, Local Market Launch, and the technology incubator Estalea. Bill was part of the founding team of QFour Digital, an online media rollup strategy backed by private equity firm GTCR, and spent several years with Idealab, a notorious technology incubator, as finance and accounting lead for several of their incubating companies. He began his career at Ernst & Young, LLP as an auditor.
Bill graduated from University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Bill is also extremely passionate about an all-volunteer nonprofit he and his wife founded, the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation, focused on changing the future of a rare genetic disease called spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Inspired by their daughter, Gwendolyn, Bill and his wife started the GSF to advance SMA research, provide technology grants, advocate for and support families impacted by SMA, and raise global awareness of this brutal disease. A majority of its programs are funded by sales of merchandise through its unique NEVER GIVE UP. nonprofit apparel brand.
Bill lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Victoria, and daughter, Eleanora, and outside of work enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, running, and snowboarding.
Katlin Svik is the Director of Emerging Markets at Apeel Sciences. For this role, she works closely with domestic and international partners through the process of introducing Apeel research and technology into new countries, and developing commercialization strategies for Apeel products into emerging markets.
Driven by her passion to make a difference in the lives of others, Katlin founded and manages the international non-profit, Haiti Babi. Haiti Babi trains and employs moms in Haiti to make artisan baby products, which are sold worldwide. By providing sustainable employment, Haiti Babi offers a hand-up not a hand-out, and empowers women to end the cycle of poverty for their family.
Katlin received her Bachelor's of Arts and Master's of Science degrees from the University of Washington. Her professional career began in real estate development and investment, where she worked on large-scale development projects, launched a local investment initiative, and worked for an online technology start-up focused on investments.
Alex has been interested in working at the interface between chemistry and biology since his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. While there, Alex received multiple summer fellowships for his undergraduate research in protein-polymer conjugates and earned a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry. In addition to his scientific work, Alex became president of his fraternity allowing him to develop valuable leadership and managerial skills.
For his doctoral studies, Alex continued to work at the chemistry-biology interface in the lab of Prof. Guillermo Bazan at the University of California, Santa Barbara. There he helped develop a fledgling research project using synthetic chemistry to non-genetically modify living bacteria and integrate them into bioelectronic devices.
Louis develops methods for applying thin film coatings to fresh fruit in his role as a deposition engineer. He received his BSc from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he engaged in research on the topics of piezoelectric energy harvesting under Prof. Jeff Moehlis, robotics under Prof. Katie Byl, and micro fluidics under Prof. Sumita Pennathur. These combined efforts earned him the prestigious Tirrell award for outstanding undergraduate research.
Louis continued his academic studies at UCSB in piezoelectric energy harvesting under the direction of Prof. Jeff Moehlis, assisted by a fellowship from the Institute for Energy Efficiency. He was awarded his PhD in June 2016.
Outside of the office, Louis can be found spending time with his wife and two boys enjoying the great outdoors.
Dan is Apeel's VP of People and Culture. He's a results-oriented human resources leader with extensive experience building and engaging winning teams.
Dan's background includes working with diverse organizations, from startups to category leaders. Prior to joining Apeel, Dan was VP of People and Culture at Invoca, Inc., the Call Intelligence Company. He has also held senior HR roles with national and international responsibility for Intouch Technologies, The Walking Company, Guitar Center, Circuit City, and the iconic Santa Barbara based brands Big Dog Sportswear and Jordano's.
Focused on continuous improvement with a passion for recruiting talent, Dan brings sharp understanding of the dual focus needed to align strategic and employee need to enable business growth and profitability.
Dan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration with emphasis in Labor Relations from San Diego State University.
When he's not looking for great people to join Apeel, Dan can be found fishing, cycling or spending time with family and friends in his home in Ventura.
Cody's scientific career began at Carnegie Mellon University, where he graduated with a BSc in Biological Sciences and a Minor in Chemistry. He then went on to earn his PhD in Biological Chemistry from the University of Michigan where he was advised by Prof. Zhaohui Xu.
At Michigan, Cody gained a passion for protein chemistry and how to use biochemical and biophysical methods to elucidate protein function. During the course of his PhD, Cody uncovered several different mechanisms that regulate a specialized cellular membrane restructuring event, which facilitates cell division, plasma membrane repair, and a multitude of other essential biological processes.
With these skills in hand, Cody leads the Protein Sciences team in creating alternative, enzyme-derived methods to enhance all of Apeel's product development.
Apeel relies on continuous improvements to our molecular extraction procedures and our formulations and deposition methods.
The small scale of our operations means that our team can rapidly implement new strategies.
Anya is a fourth-year undergraduate biochemistry major at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She's previously done research on the different protein interactions involved in E. coli chemotaxis by transforming them with mutated genes and then assessing movement. At Apeel, Anya helps develop techniques to be used in Apeel products.
Charlotte is pursuing a double major degree in Environmental Science and Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara and will be graduating in Spring 2017. During her undergraduate studies, Charlotte conducted research with PhD Candidate Nate Emory regarding plant-environment interactions and PhD Candidate Lisa August-Schmidt involving forest restoration. She is a member of the College of Letters and Science Honors Program, head of Programming for UCSB's Sprout Up Organization, and leader of Special Events for Isla Vista Surfrider Chapter. At Apeel, she serves as an inventory and regulatory coordinator.
Louis is working on a bachelor's degree in International Business Management in cooperation with three universities in France, Germany and Switzerland. He completed a semester abroad at the University of California, Santa Barbara, reinforcing his international experience. As a Business Development Intern, Louis is analyzing the French market to estimate the current need for Apeel products there, and developing an approach for a scalable deployment strategy.