Who We Are

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

With our patented bioreactor technology, we’re creating the first bio-based chemicals that are not only affordable, but that transform byproducts into materials of great value to humanity.
Capra Biosciences

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 as a society.
Elizabeth Onderko, Capra Biosciences

Elizabeth Onderko

Co-Founder & CEO
Elizabeth Onderko, Capra Biosciences

Elizabeth Onderko

Co-Founder & CEO

Liz has a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Penn State University, where her work focused on elucidating the factors governing Cytochrome P450 catalysis, an enzyme that is a key player in many natural product synthesis pathways.

During her time as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory, Elizabeth invented the biofilm bioreactor technology that is being commercialized by Capra Biosciences, Inc.

Andrew Magyar

Andrew Magyar

Co-Founder
Andrew Magyar

Andrew Magyar

Co-Founder

Andrew has a Ph.D. in materials science from MIT, where he developed new biotemplated materials for photocatalytic water splitting. As a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, Andrew studied the chemical composition and optical properties of the ommochrome-containing pigment granules of the common 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, Mo is the inventor of “eVOLVER,” an open-source, flexible, and scalable continuous culture platform. Mo is an expert in synthetic biology, making him 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 start-up company based in the Seattle area, whose mission is to generate cheap, modular, and reliable electricity for all. Recently, he was selected for the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30: 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 and then transitioned to biochemistry for her studies at George Mason where her research focused on mass spec peptidomics. At Capra, Bonnie is working to help us use biology to do complex synthetic organic chemistry, all inside our microorganism.
Stephanie Molina

Stephanie Molina

Synthetic Biologist

Stephanie Molina

Stephanie Molina

Synthetic Biologist

Stephanie has a Masters Degree in microbiology and immunology from Georgetown University. Stephanie worked on front line of the COVID fight, working as a VALOR intern in a diagnostics lab at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. As part of her Masters studies she worked in a lab that used woodchucks to better understand human infection. Stephanie is excited to apply her breadth of knowledge in microbiology 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 is completing his Ph.D. at North Carolina State University where he used 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 that Capra Biosciences strives for. Mark also has unique experience with both biofilms and entrepreneurship – together with his mother, he started a Kombucha business, IngeuiTea Brews based in Cary, NC.
Max Mankin, Capra Biosciences

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Max Mankin, Capra Biosciences

Max Mankin

Advisor

Max Mankin, PhD, is the co-founder and CTO of Modern Electron, a start-up company based in the Seattle area, whose mission is to generate cheap, modular, and reliable electricity for all. Recently, he was selected for the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30: Science class of 2016 for his leadership role in Modern Electron.

We Are Growing

Join Our Team

We believe innovation occurs at the intersection of engineering, biology, chemistry, and materials science. After all, Capra was created 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 is always seeking innovative scientists and engineers who are excited to work at the interface between 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.