Cody Vild'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 Professor Zhaohui Xu.
What do you do for Apeel Sciences?
I lead the Biological Sciences division, where we use biochemistry to understand the molecular mechanisms by which our products can deliver the highest quality for our customers. By understanding fruit and produce at the molecular level, we are better equipped to reduce post harvest waste.
When did you first know you wanted to pursue biochemistry?
In high school, the idea of discovering things that no other human has EVER seen before was immensely intriguing to me. It was this realization that drew me into pushing the bounds of human knowledge by going into research.
What part of your work fuels your passion and motivates you each day?
I was initially drawn to a career in research because when I look back on my life, I would like to see that I made a positive impact on society. When I think about the growing population, the strain on our limited resources, and the amount of waste that we currently generate in our food supply, I am excited to work at a company that is addressing these issues head on.
What's it like working for a startup company?
It is incredibly exciting to work at a startup company. Every day we are presented with new and challenging problems. One of the most fulfilling parts to my job is being able to come up with creative solutions to these problems, and see how much it impacts the rest of our team.
Share something we wouldn't be able to guess about you.
In college as a defensive back, I once lead the nation (NCAA) in interceptions...for one week...playing D-III...
What's your favorite quote?
"It's supposed to be a challenge, that's why they call it a shortcut. If it was easy, it would just be the way."
—Rubin, Road Trip