Who We Are

We’re scientists, programers, engineers, biologists, and technologists. We’re also mountain climbers, actors, cooks, philosophers, farmers, investors and teachers. Our method is one of education, participation and discovery. We partner often to keep our approach fresh and our minds sharp. Regardless of our place in the community, we share a common desire when we walk through the door in the morning: To do the best work of our lives.

Alex Lorestani

CEO & Co-founder

In the role of Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Geltor, Alex leads the team‘s mission to design and deliver superior texture products via the company’s advanced protein manufacturing platform. He collaborates with commercial partners to create biology-enabled solutions that are better for people, businesses and the planet. Alex is strongly motivated by the positive impact that Geltor’s protein production technology can have on public health and sustainability.

Amelia Chen

Food Scientist

As Geltor’s Food Scientist, Amelia is focused on the research and development of proteins, evaluating both their unique and synergistic properties as ingredients. She holds an M.S. in Food Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.S. in Biology from Duke University. When she’s not doing science things, she’s probably snacking, fantasizing about food, or boxing so that she is able to eat more food.

Anthony Achacoso

Engineer I

After a summer internship at Geltor, Anthony recently joined the firm as an Engineer I, assisting the team with fermentations runs, product development, process scale-up, and quantitative analysis of collagen samples. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2017. Anthony’s hobbies include playing the piano, playing basketball, and brewing beer.

Bryce Doherty

Research Associate II

Bryce is a Research Associate II specializing in fermentation and downstream processing at Geltor. He has contributed to the process development, strain evaluation and scale-up of Geltor’s fermentation and manufacturing processes. A former music producer and sound engineer, Bryce has worked in the Biotech field for five years. He enjoys making music, exercising, reading, watching movies and following local sports teams.

David Kim

Senior Research Associate

In Geltor’s fermentation and downstream group, David is a Senior Research Associate. He earned his degree in marine biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, working in invasive species control before entering the biotech industry. At Geltor he helped to establish the research lab and fermentation process. He continues to refine and scale-up this process with a goal towards large-scale manufacturing. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, mostly in the form of hiking, fishing, archery, and photography. He is also an avid reader and traveler.

Douglas Ko

Director, Downstream Process Development

Douglas is a chemical engineer and has practiced process development and engineering for the past 12 years. He previously worked at Genencor/DuPont, Impossible Foods, and Ripple Foods. At Geltor, he focuses on collagen process development, scale-up process engineering & manufacturing and product commercialization. He obtained his BS Chemical Engineering at UC Berkeley and MS Chemical Engineering at Columbia University. When he is not working, he loves going on nature hikes with his family and taking lots of portrait photos of his baby daughter.

Laura Brightman

Product Manager

Laura develops new and current products with the R&D teams and connects the science to improve products we all use. She hails from England where she received a degree in Natural Sciences and researched stem cells and neurons at Cambridge. Laura co-founded another Indie Bio company which was growing neurons on silicon to harness the power of brains for computation before eventually making it back across the pond. When she isn’t working or drinking tea, she likes to boss people on rivers, sometimes justifiably as a coxswain in a boat.

Monica Bhatia

Director of Fermentation

Monica manages all process development related to the manufacturing of Geltor’s protein production platform, including both upstream and downstream. Her goal is to enable commercialization of collagen proteins at a scale that has not yet been accomplished. Monica brings 10 years of process development expertise cultivated at companies like Terravia, REG and Codexis. She has a Bachelors in Biochemical Engineering & Biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (India) and a PhD in Biochemistry from University of South Carolina.

Nick Ouzounov

CTO & Co-founder

Nick heads innovation and production development and leads the team’s efforts in taking Geltor’s novel ingredients from lab bench to customer. He is passionate about combining synthetic biology with his unique background in microbiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology. Before founding Geltor, Nick received a PhD in Molecular Biology from Princeton University and a BS in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Rutgers University. When he is not working on creating new technology, Nick enjoys nature hikes and science fiction.

Soojin Choung

Director of Cosmetics and Personal Care

Prior to joining Geltor, Soojin was an investment analyst in Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, and New York City—at firms such as J.P. Morgan and Fidelity since 1999. She has invested in various consumer goods and financial sector companies in Korea, Japan, and China. She graduated from Seoul National University with a BA in Art History and a minor in Business Administration. She is a very driven cook, an organized traveler, enjoys playing the cello and loves taking photos of her son with heavy lenses.

Tanya Eliason

Research Associate I

Helping to design and synthesize microbes is Tanya’s focus as Geltor’s Research Associate. She was previously a Production Specialist at Bayer HealthCare where she cultured genetically engineered animal cells on a commercial scale. Tanya has a B.S. in Microbiology with a minor in Biochemistry from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and a J.D. from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law. She has worked as Research Specialist I in Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania and as an Intellectual Property attorney.