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, and develop new assays to test the efficiency of these reactions.
When did you first know you wanted to pursue Chemistry?
I spilled concentrated acid on my hands during a chemistry lab my sophomore year of high school. I still haven't gotten Chemistry back for that.
What do you do for Apeel Sciences?
I work with the Formulation Sciences Team at Apeel as a Formulation Scientist. My work is focused on developing novel procedures that utilize enzymes as catalysts. I overlap with the Protein Sciences team in developing assays to characterize, optimize and test the efficiency of our enzymatic processes.
What part of your work fuels your passion and motivates you each day?
The part of my work that fuels me is the responsibility given to me by my peers and mentors. At Apeel, I am working as part of a team brought together by common goals and aspirations, not in a simple boss-employee structure that you would see in most jobs. The trust, responsibility, and respect given to me fuels me each and every day to impress and assist on a project that can potentially change the world.
What's it like working for Apeel?
The best part is the close-knit work environment and how this is conducive to see my impact on the projects that I work on -- I can see how my work influences the entire company. It makes things very exciting. Also, the open communication and interactions between every group in the company really makes us feel like a team, and every person I work with a teammate rather than a colleague.
Share something we wouldn't be able to guess about you.
One thing that I love to do that you wouldn't guess is my love for food and cooking. I started cooking as soon as I started grade school and haven't stopped since. Your next question would be what is my favorite thing to cook, and that's too hard to answer. My favorite meal to cook, however, is breakfast.