Science & Technology

Christina Aguila
Team Expert

Christina Aguila

Christina works with GFI's university innovation team to build the alternative protein workforce needed to reimagine our protein supply. Areas of expertise: university programs, curriculum development, academic support, chemical engineering

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Priera Panescu

Priera Panescu is focused on analyzing plant-based meat and proteins and how to best expedite their progress. Areas of Expertise: food and agriculture systems, materials science, polymer chemistry, plant-based ingredients

Ryan Dowdy
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Ryan Dowdy

Ryan Dowdy spearheads technical analyses for GFI's Science & Technology department and oversees SciTech's Science & Technology Analysis Team (STAT). Areas of Expertise: food science, fermentation, technical analyses, forecasting and modeling, public speaking, data science

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Amy Huang

Amy Huang helps lead GFI's efforts to transform universities into engines of alternative protein research and education. Areas of expertise: university programs, academic ecosystem-building, global health, design thinking, effective altruism, public speaking.

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James Dale, Ph.D.

James Dale identifies and expands scientific research funding opportunities for alt proteins. He also coordinates opportunities with GFI's allies in academia and industry. Areas of expertise: nanomaterials, interdepartmental research, research funding, grants.

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Austin Clowes

Austin Clowes oversees GFI's Research Grant Program, working to increase the amount of open-access research on plant-based and cultivated meat. Areas of expertise: grants, scientific research, technological assessment.

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Claire Bomkamp, Ph.D.

Claire Bomkamp is focused on cultivated seafood and driving forward GFI's Sustainable Seafood Initiative. Areas of expertise: the science and technology of cultivated seafood, cultivated seafood startups, research, and university programs, science communication, fish puns.

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Renee Bell

Renee Bell is GFI’s Science Content Specialist, helping our SciTech team communicate compelling messages and host impactful events. Areas of expertise: writing, editing, science communication, education, and event planning.

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Vanessa Assaro-Aluisa

Vanessa Assaro-Aluisa supports the SciTech team with administrative and tech needs as well as project coordination, data management, and process optimization. Areas of expertise: administration, new media, program management, project management, Asana, creative crafts.