Meet the team

We are building a world-class team of experienced experts, united by a passion to make a positive impact on the world’s food system.

Jasmin Hume, PhD

Jasmin Hume, PhD

CEO & Founder

Previously Director of Food Chemistry at JUST (Hampton Creek). PhD from NYU in protein engineering.

Jason Voogt, PhD

Jason Voogt, PhD

VP Product

Previously Senior Director at Ferrero, VP at Amyris, Senior Scientist at KineMed. PhD in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley.

Julian Lewis

Julian Lewis

VP of Business Development

Previously VP & General Manager at Puratos and Head of Foodservice Sales at Cadbury.

Lawrence Lee, PhD

Lawrence Lee, PhD

CTO

Previously Head of Software at Notable Labs, Principal Software Engineer at Invitae. PhD from UCSF in Biomedical Informatics.

Megan Pittman

Megan Pittman

VP, People

Previously VP of People at Policygenius, after also serving the people functions at Stitch Fix, Upside Foods and Blue Bottle Coffee.

Akemi Kunibe, PhD

Akemi Kunibe, PhD

Protein Scientist

Previously at Bolt Threads. PhD from UC Berkeley in Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Alex De Los Reyes

Alex De Los Reyes

Marketing Manager

Previously Associate Product Manager at Puratos. BS from Drexel University in Culinary Arts.

Alex Smith

Alex Smith

Program Manager

Previously Business Operations at GE Ventures, MBA Intern at The Good Food Institute, Artemys Foods and Bluestein Ventures. MBA from Kellogg School of Management.

Aly Boyce

Aly Boyce

Chief of Staff

Previously at JUST (Hampton Creek) and MightyHive. BS and BA from UC Berkeley in Society & Environment and Political Science.

Arash Abbasi, PhD

Arash Abbasi, PhD

Machine Learning Researcher

Previously Postdoctoral Researcher at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. PhD in Wireless Communications Systems and Signal Processing from Oregon State University.

Brandon Simmons-Rawls

Brandon Simmons-Rawls

Strain Engineering Senior Engineering Associate

Previously Senior Research Associate at Zymergen. MS in Chemical Engineering from UC Riverside. BS in Chemical Engineering and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from Cornell.

Carl Atik

Carl Atik

Associate Engineer

BS from UC Berkeley in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Ching Yao Yang, PhD

Ching Yao Yang, PhD

Director of Automation

Previously Automation Consulting Engineer at Hamilton & Lead Automation Engineer and Associate Director of Protein Discovery at Just Inc. PhD in Materials Chemistry from NYU

Chris Farwell, PhD

Chris Farwell, PhD

Senior Scientist, High Throughput Screening

Previously at Zymergen and Intrexon, PhD from Caltech in Chemistry.

Chris Leber, PhD

Chris Leber, PhD

Senior Data Scientist

Previously at Sirenas Marine Discovery. PhD from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego in Computational Natural Products Chemistry and Chemical Ecology.

David Melis

David Melis

Director of Fermentation

Previously Director of Portfolio Development & Director of Fermentation at Lygos.

Emily Lam

Emily Lam

Senior Accountant

Previously at BitTorrent & Gigster. BS in Business Science from San Francisco State University.

Eyal Akiva, PhD

Eyal Akiva, PhD

Staff Scientist, Bioinformatics

Previously Senior Bioinformatics Scientist at Zymergen. PhD from Hebrew University.

Geoffroy Dubourg-Felonneau

Geoffroy Dubourg-Felonneau

Machine Learning Lead

Previously at Cambridge Cancer Genomics. MS from E.I.S.T.I in Computer Science.

Harley Greene

Harley Greene

Senior Research Associate

Previously at Zymergen, BA from Washington University in St. Louis in Biology.

Libby Kirk

Libby Kirk

Laboratory Technician

Previously Health Department Contact Tracer. BS in Earth & Environmental Science and Biology, Health, and Society at University of Michigan.

Mariana Suguieda

Mariana Suguieda

Laboratory Technician

Previously Laboratory Assistant at UC Davis Vegetable and Field Crop Pathology Lab. BS in Plant Sciences from University of Florida.

Mike Madonna, PhD

Mike Madonna, PhD

Director of Protein Science

Previously Analytical Sciences Lead at Joywell Foods, Analytical Sciences Lead at JUST (formerly Hampton Creek), Group Leader at Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories. PhD in Chemistry & Biochemistry from UC Santa Cruz.

Ron Yadin

Ron Yadin

Senior Research Associate

Previously Research Associate at Sestina, Associate Scientist at Amyris. Master of Molecular Science & Software Engineering and BA in Molecular Cell Biology from UC Berkeley.

Ryan Leverenz

Ryan Leverenz

Assay Development Scientist

Previously at Bolt Threads. MSc from UC Berkeley in Chemistry.

Sheeva Haghighat

Sheeva Haghighat

Senior Project Manager

Previously Research Associate, Engineer, Technology Manager and Project Manager at Zymergen. BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UC Berkeley.

Swati Choudhary, PhD

Swati Choudhary, PhD

Head of Strain Engineering

Previously at Calysta and BioAmber. PhD from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Genetics and Developmental Biology.

Tim Powers

Tim Powers

Associate Engineer, Lab Operations

Yamile Mennah Govela, PhD

Yamile Mennah Govela, PhD

Food Scientist

Previously intern at Hilmar Cheese Company. PhD Biological Systems Engineering, UC Davis.

Careers

We're looking for talented individuals for our team!

View our open positions!

Working at Shiru

Interested in making an impact at a mission driven company?

  • Competitive compensation and equity package
  • Healthy work-life balance
  • Generous benefits
  • Unlimited vacation policy
  • Parent-friendly company culture
  • Remote-friendly environment