Matt obtained his PhD in cell biology at the University of Alberta. Following his graduate studies, Matt held a postdoctoral position in one of Canada's top tissue engineering labs. He has extensive experience with cell culture, molecular cloning, tissue engineering, and genetics. During his graduate studies, Matt discovered the field of cellular agriculture and was the recipient of a New Harvest seed grant to study the lipid components of fetal bovine serum. While the majority of his academic career has been spent in disease-based research, his passion for science and love of animals has inspired his pursuit of cellular agriculture.
Lejjy is a serial entrepreneur who specializes in design research, prototyping, and systems. He leads the product and business aspects of Future Fields. With a decade of experience in business and technology leadership in both public service and private enterprises, combined with a long and unconventional history, he is driven to make Cellular Agriculture a daily reality.
Jalene obtained her MA from the University of Alberta and has worked in many analytical capacities over the past decade. She is a critical thinker with a keen attention to detail and the ability to turn big ideas into action. She has extensive experience in health and social research, project management, stakeholder engagement, and policy planning, implementation and advocacy.
Dr. Chris Fetterly
Dr. Chris Fetterly has a diverse background in lifesciences, nanoscale chemistry, electrical and computer engineering, and in university entrepreneurship programming. Chris’ experience is at the intersection of science and business, having worked with small technology startups and consulting for established firms. Chris has been the recipient of numerous academic awards and is very active in the Edmonton innovation ecosystem. His first experience with alternative protein was growing crickets, and has long held the belief that cellular agriculture is the future of feeding the world’s growing population.
Connor obtained his BSc in biochemistry at McMaster University. His undergraduate thesis project there focused on Staphylococcus aureus biofilm infections, and how to use bacteriophage as a potential treatment method. While looking into alternative protein sources after a long day of climbing out in Squamish, BC, he stumbled upon cellular agriculture. After quickly understanding the field’s potential for innovative science and environmental/animal welfare benefits, he knew it was an area he needed to get involved with. Connor also volunteers with Cellular Agriculture Canada, where he helps produce social media and newsletter content.