We

We’re Seed—

Meet our ecosystem of scientists, doctors, innovators, entrepreneurs, storytellers, technologists, environmentalists, moms, dads, thinkers, activists, artists, translators, dot connectors, writers, professors, and poets from around the world.

Together, we’re pioneering the inquiry, application, and communication of microbiome science to improve human and planetary health.

Founders

"Our two (unlikely) dots collided around the possibilities of the microbiome and connected over a shared passion to shape how bacteria will impact the health of us and our planet. Our journey—through many years, many countries, and with many humans (and their microbes)—culminated in a vision to set a new standard in bacteria."

Seed Co-Founders Ara Katz and Raja Dhir

Ara Katz

Co-Founder, Co-CEO
In the coming years, bacteria will impact almost every aspect of our lives. The microbiome is redefining health and radically transforming our approach to medicine, hygiene, diet, living, and the choices we make for ourselves and our children.

Raja Dhir

Co-Founder, Co-CEO
New technologies and advances in microbiome research reveal the potential for bacteria to restore and sustain the systemic health of ourselves and our planet. We’ve assembled an ecosystem of scientists and partners around the world, who share our vision to pioneer the application of microbiome science to improve both human and ecological health.

Scientific Advisory Board

Our global Advisory Board stewards research and development across our pipeline. Our board is comprised of leading scientists and doctors with expertise in microbiome science, genomics, metabolomics, gastroenterology, immunology, nutrition, and human clinical research.

Dr. Gregor Reid, PhD, MBA

Chief Scientist
Dr. Gregor Reid, PhD, MBA • Chief Scientist

Dr. Jacques Ravel, PhD

Co-Chair, Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Jacques Ravel, PhD • Co-chair, Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. George Church, PhD

Co-Director of Seed Labs
Dr. George Church, PhD • Co-Director of SeedLabs

Dr. Belinda Tan, MD, PhD

Dr. Belinda Tan, MD, PhD • Scientific Advisory Board Member

Dr. James Versalovic, MD, PhD

Dr. James Versalovic, MD, PhD • Scientific Advisory Board Member

Dr. Janet Jansson, PhD

Dr. Joseph Petrosino, PhD

Dr. Joseph Petrosino, MD, PhD • Scientific Advisory Board Member

Dr. Martin Blaser, MD

Dr. Martin Blaser, MD • Scientific Advisory Board Member

Dr. Shruti Naik, PhD

Dr. John Ryals, PhD

Dr. Geoffrey Preidis, MD, PhD

Dr. Maurizio Fava, MD

Dr. Alessio Fasano, MD

Intellectual Property

Just like your microbiome, ideas require protection. Our intellectual property team manages our portfolio across multiple patent families, strategic partnerships, and joint ventures.

Greg Sieczkiewicz, JD, PhD

Greg Sieczkiewicz, JD, PhD • Intellectual Property Team

Translational Science + Education

Communicators of science igniting AHA moments about our health and our world within. Better translation means better choices.

Dr. Rodney Dietert, PhD

Head of Translational Science + Education
Dr. Rodney Dietert, PhD • Head of Translational Science + Education

Dr. William B. Miller, MD

Science Writer

Dr. Paul Clayton, PhD

Science Writer

Artists-in-Residence

The medium is the message—how we translate science is as critical as the science itself. We communicate through words, images, film, art, music, poetry, performance, augmented reality, and more to make bacteria beautiful and to tell the story of our microverse.

Tal Danino, PhD

BioArtist-in-Residence
Tal Danino, PhD • BioArtist-in-Residence

Humble the Poet

Poet-in-Residence
Humble the Poet • Poet-in-Residence

Brett Simon

Photographer-in-Residence
Brett Simon • Photographer-in-Residence

General Advisors

As we grow, guides who have injected humanity and innovation into some of the most meaningful brands of our time.

Ivy Ross

VP Design, Google
Ivy Ross • General Advisor

Jim Fielding

President Consumer Products and Innovation, FOX

Zack Werner

Collective

Propelled by purpose and a shared passion for the unseen world, curious thinkers, tactical problem-solvers, relentless question-askers, cross-disciplinary designers, global operations savants, and Google Sheets whizzes, who bear a history of creating and scaling brands and cultivating communities large and small.

Tessa Mu

VP Marketing
Tessa Mu • VP Marketing

John Morgan

Head of Operations
John Morgan • Head of Operations

Dr. Azza Gadir

Director of R+D
Dr. Azza Gadir, PhD • Director of R+D

Erin Gusty

Director of Ecommerce + Customer Experience
Erin Gusty • Director of Ecommerce + Customer Experience

Jen Zakur

Executive Creative Producer
Jen Zakur • Executive Creative Producer

Kelsey Thomas

Scientific Care Coordinator
Kelsey Thomas • Scientific Care Coordinator

Dave Sylvia

Head of Digital Marketing + Growth
Dave Sylvia • Head of Digital Marketing + Growth

Jennie Ostendorf

Director of Community + Partnerships
Jennie Ostendorf • Director of Community + Partnerships

Katya Schur Narula

Member Experience Coordinator
Katya Schur Narula • Member Experience Coordinator

Erin Miller

Research Analyst
Erin Miller • Research Analyst

Becca Malizia

Scientific Care Coordinator
Becca Malizia • Scientific Care Coordinator

Yuji Sakuma

Design Director
Yuji Sakuma • Design Director

Olivia Steele

Member Experience Coordinator
Olivia Steele • Member Experience Coordinator

Travis Spier

Head of Social + Brand Communications
Travis Spier • Head of Social + Brand Communications

Dr. Marco Pane, PhD

Head of Biofermentation + Scale Up
Dr. Marco Pane, PhD • Head of Biofermentation + Scale Up

Dr. Pieter Van den Abbeele, PhD

Dr. Johan Quintens, PhD

Dr. Johan Quintens, PhD

Robert Saman

Legal
Robert Saman • Legal

Soonhee Moon

BioArtist
Soonhee Moon • BioArtist

SeedFellows

Inquisitive scientists focused on the microbial world, who think differently, challenge the status quo, and push their work beyond research.

Scott Chimileski

Scott Chimileski • SeedFellow

Brendan Daisley

Brendan Daisley • SeedFellow

You, Our Community

We are all living examples of symbiosis.

Just as you are an ecosystem of trillions, you are part of ours.
And collectively, we are part of a greater one here on Earth.

Curiosity is rewarded—
Free knowledge for your world within.
Wonderful. We'll be in touch.
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