Leadership Team

  CJ SCHWARTZ    CEO | CSO   CJ has a BS degree in Genetics and Cell Biology from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin. For the last decade, Dr. Schwartz's research has focused on the genetic differences that control flowering time. During that time he discovered that expression of a gene called Flowering Locus T leads to differential flowering time of plants and is dependent on their native locations. These results have been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals, and presented at conferences throughout the US.     CLICK HERE TO VIEW CJ'S WEBSITE      CLICK HERE TO VIEW CJ'S NCBI PUBLICATIONS

CJ SCHWARTZ

CEO | CSO

CJ has a BS degree in Genetics and Cell Biology from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin. For the last decade, Dr. Schwartz's research has focused on the genetic differences that control flowering time. During that time he discovered that expression of a gene called Flowering Locus T leads to differential flowering time of plants and is dependent on their native locations. These results have been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals, and presented at conferences throughout the US. 

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  MATT GIBBS    PRESIDENT | COO   Matt has a BA in Finance from the University of Iowa and a Masters in Social Science from the University of Colorado – Denver.  He has experience in financial markets, supply chain management, and urban & business sustainability strategy.  After serving in the Peace Corps and working at the state and federal levels implementing climate policy and programs, he was the Environmental Planner for the nationally recognized ClimateWise program from 2010 to 2014, prior to co-founding Sunrise Genetics, Inc.

MATT GIBBS

PRESIDENT | COO

Matt has a BA in Finance from the University of Iowa and a Masters in Social Science from the University of Colorado – Denver.  He has experience in financial markets, supply chain management, and urban & business sustainability strategy.  After serving in the Peace Corps and working at the state and federal levels implementing climate policy and programs, he was the Environmental Planner for the nationally recognized ClimateWise program from 2010 to 2014, prior to co-founding Sunrise Genetics, Inc.

  JASON SCHWARTZ    CFO   Jason has an MBA in Finance from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Finance, risk management, and project management professional with a background in the healthcare, financial markets, and technology industries.  Jason spent the last ten years at UnitedHealth Group in operational and strategic management roles.

JASON SCHWARTZ

CFO

Jason has an MBA in Finance from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Finance, risk management, and project management professional with a background in the healthcare, financial markets, and technology industries.  Jason spent the last ten years at UnitedHealth Group in operational and strategic management roles.

  CHRIS GRASSA    CONSULTING DIRECTOR OF BIOINFORMATICS   Chris has a MSc in Botany from the University of British Columbia and BS in Zoology from the University of Florida.  He is an expert bioinformatician, leveraging high performance computers to assemble genomes, study gene expression, and understand the genetics of populations. His focus has been providing genomic resources and analyses to answer applied and theoretical questions in genome biology, evolution, and domestication across a diverse range of plant taxa.

CHRIS GRASSA

CONSULTING DIRECTOR OF BIOINFORMATICS

Chris has a MSc in Botany from the University of British Columbia and BS in Zoology from the University of Florida.  He is an expert bioinformatician, leveraging high performance computers to assemble genomes, study gene expression, and understand the genetics of populations. His focus has been providing genomic resources and analyses to answer applied and theoretical questions in genome biology, evolution, and domestication across a diverse range of plant taxa.


Scientific Advisory Board

TODD P. MICHAEL, PHd

Dr. Michael recently joined J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla as Professor and Director of Informatics. Dr. Michael is an internationally known expert in sequencing and analyzing plant genomes. From 2009 to 2013, Dr. Michael led the Genome Center at Monsanto. Prior to Monsanto, as an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, Dr. Michael’s lab investigated the environmental factors that modulate the epigenome in plants and animals. Dr. Michael received his BA in Biology from University of Virginia, PhD in Molecular Genetics from Dartmouth College and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at The Salk Institute of Biological Studies.

JUSTIN BOREVITZ, PHD

Dr. Borevitz obtained his PhD in 2002 from the University of California at San Diego with Joanne Chory studying Natural Variation in Arabidopsis light response. Postdoctoral research was with Joseph Ecker (2002-2004) at the Salk Institute focused on genomic diversity in Arabidopsis using tiling microarrays. He then started as assistant and associate professor in the Dept. of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago (2004 until 2012). This research focused on Genome Wide Association Studies in Arabidopsis and next generation genotyping by sequencing in emerging model organisms. In 2012 he started at the Australian National University (ANU) where current work is identifying the genetic basis of local adaptation to seasonal climates using Phenomic and Landscape Genomic approaches in plant model organisms and foundation species. https://borevitzlab.anu.edu.au.