Who We Are

We’re revolutionizing chemical production while creating a positive impact.

With our patented bioreactor technology, we’re creating the first bio-based chemicals that are not only affordable but transform byproducts and waste into valuable materials for humanity.
Capra Biosciences

The Inspiration Behind the Idea

Meet Our Team

We are building a team who shares our excitement about what’s possible when you bring together smart, creative talent and apply it to some of the biggest challenges we face today.
Elizabeth Onderko, Capra Biosciences

Elizabeth Onderko

Co-Founder & CEO
Elizabeth Onderko, Capra Biosciences

Elizabeth Onderko

Co-Founder & CEO

Liz has a Ph.D. in chemistry from Penn State University where she focused on the factors governing Cytochrome P450 catalysis – a critical enzyme in many natural product synthesis pathways. As a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory, Elizabeth invented the biofilm bioreactor being commercialized by Capra Biosciences, Inc.

Andrew Magyar

Andrew Magyar

Co-Founder
Andrew Magyar

Andrew Magyar

Co-Founder & CTO

Andrew has a Ph.D. in materials science from MIT, where he developed new bio-templated materials for photocatalytic water splitting. As a Harvard University postdoctoral fellow, he studied the chemical composition and optical properties of ommochrome-containing pigment granules from cuttlefish. Andrew previously served as principal scientist at Draper Laboratory where he led large teams and complex R&D projects.
Ahmad Mo Khalil, Capra Biosciences

Ahmad (Mo) Khalil

Advisor
Ahmad Mo Khalil, Capra Biosciences

Ahmad (Mo) Khalil

Advisor
Among his many achievements, BU Professor Mo Khalil invented “eVOLVER,” an open-source, flexible, and scalable continuous culture platform. An expert in synthetic biology, Mo is a great fit to advise on Capra’s innovative bioreactor technology.
Max Mankin, Capra Biosciences

Max Mankin

Advisor
Max Mankin, Capra Biosciences

Max Mankin

Advisor
Max Mankin, PhD, is the co-founder and CTO of Modern Electron, a Seattle-based start-up who aspires to generate cheap, modular, and reliable electricity for all. Forbes’ prestigious 30 Under 30 selected Max in their Science Class of 2016 for his leadership role in Modern Electron.
Bonnie Harper

Bonnie Harper

Biochemist

Bonnie Harper

Bonnie Harper

Biochemist

Bonnie has a Master’s Degree in biochemistry from George Mason University. Like Capra, Bonnie’s experience spans biology and chemistry. She started her career studying synthetic organic chemistry before transitioning to biochemistry at George Mason where she researched mass spec peptidomics. At Capra, Bonnie applies biology to perform complex synthetic organic chemistry – all inside our microorganism.

Stephanie Molina

Stephanie Molina

Synthetic Biologist

Stephanie Molina

Stephanie Molina

Synthetic Biologist

Stephanie has a Master’s Degree in microbiology and immunology from Georgetown University. Stephanie served on the front lines of the COVID pandemic, working as a diagnostics lab VALOR intern at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Stephanie’s Georgetown research included the study of woodchucks to better understand human infection. Stephanie is excited to apply her breadth of microbiology knowledge to help engineer Capra’s non-model organism to efficiently produce a wide array of useful chemicals!
Mark Poole

Mark Poole

Senior Synthetic Biologist

Mark Poole

Mark Poole

Senior Synthetic Biologist

Mark Poole has a Ph.D. in biological engineering and environmental engineering from at North Carolina State University where he applied advanced synthetic biology techniques to engineer challenging non-model organisms. With an undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering and previous experience building custom bioreactor systems, Mark embodies the multidisciplinary ethos for which Capra Biosciences strives. Mark also has unique experience with both biofilms and entrepreneurship – he and his mother founded a Kombucha business in Cary, NC called IngeuiTea Brews.

Dane Reed

Dane Reed

Director of Operations

Dane Reed

Dane Reed

Director of Operations

Dane holds a Master’s in Biodefense, Bachelor’s in Biochemistry, and is experienced in synthetic biology. Dane brings over 15 years’ experience in the Defense and National Security sector leading large teams to solve complex technical tasks and manage operations. His most recent experience is launching, fundraising, and leading a $50M+ Federal Government Biotechnology Program involving over 100 scientists and engineers. Dane’s technical management skills and love for the environment – honed from his upbringing on a 4th generation family farm – drives his passion for sustainable chemicals.

We Are Growing

Join Our Team

We believe innovation occurs at the intersection of engineering, biology, chemistry, and materials science. After all, we created Capra through the intersection of disciplines.

Capra’s core values of respect, innovation, and accountability drive our belief that the more diverse our life experiences and world perspective, the stronger our team. We are committed to building a diverse team and an inclusive environment where all employees belong. Women, people of color, gender-expansive individuals, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Capra Biosciences Careers

Current Openings

Capra always seeks innovative people excited to work at the interface of biology and hardware engineering.

To learn more, email hr@caprabiosciences.com

Full-time opportunities at Capra Biosciences come with:

  • Competitive salary
  • Benefits package that includes company stock options and employee + dependent medical, dental, and vision healthcare coverage
  • 15 paid vacation days and 10 paid holidays per year

We’d love to explore how Capra Biosciences can support your needs or current product line.