Dr. Matthew Anderson-Baron
Founder & CEO
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.
Founder & CPO
Lejjy is an entrepreneur, experienced in systems design, design thinking, product development, and strategy with over 10 years of experience in both private and public enterprises. He has previously started two of his own own businesses and has helped launch multiple apps & websites serving millions of users. He has executed strategy and transformation projects for everything from leading financial institutions to a world class university. He also serves as Board Chair at Cellular Agriculture Canada as one of its founding members.
Founder & COO
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. Jalene has long been interested in social and climate justice, which fuelled her initial passion for this industry. Since becoming a mom, her motivation to change the trajectory of our planet has never been higher. This sense of urgency to unleash cell ag for the sake of our next generation is what keeps Jalene going every day.
Dr. Chris Fetterly
VP Business Development
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.
Senior Research scientist, cell culture
Brittany holds an MSc in molecular biology and genetics from the University of Alberta and has over a decade of experience working in cell biology, immunology, physiology, and neurology. Her expertise is in optimizing complex procedures and project planning of high-throughput experiments. In becoming a scientist, Brittany’s goal was to help make the world a better place. She continues to pursue this goal by contributing to the exciting industry of cellular agriculture.
Dr. Ela Dudek
Team lead, Protein purification
With an MSc in Biotechnology, a PhD in Biochemistry, and five years experience as a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Ela Dudek is a leading expert in protein biochemistry. She has extensive experience in protein purification and protein analysis. Most recently she was part of the team in charge of GMP protein purification of the HCV vaccine and a protease required for the HCV vaccine's manufacturing process.
After many years in academia, Ela’s curiosity and passion for science and innovation led her to join Future Fields. She is very aware of the problems of our planet and decided to be proactive, enthusiastically joining this new field of cellular agriculture to help make food available and affordable for every person.
Research scientist, protein purification
Laine obtained her M.Sc. in Biochemistry at the University of Alberta where her graduate studies focused on characterizing a mitochondrial intramembrane protease implicated in Parkinson’s disease. She has extensive experience in protein biochemistry and finding creative solutions when working with challenging proteins. Having grown up on an organic farm, Laine holds a personal interest in the agriculture sector and is very excited to bring her technical expertise to the team at Future Fields and the innovative field of cellular agriculture.
dr. Claudia Espinoza
Senior research scientist, geneticist
Claudia holds a PhD in Genome Sciences from the University of Washington and is an expert in Drosophila and yeast genetics. She brings over a decade of experience in lab work including molecular genetics and microbiology to the Future Fields team. Originally from Ecuador, Claudia completed her studies in the US before moving to Canada to join our team. Claudia is passionate about environmental justice and looks forward to a future where we can produce food without animals. When she isn’t working in the lab, Claudia can be found spending time with her puppies, meditating or exploring nature.
dr. Erik Luber
Erik's first word was "puzzle" and he has been obsessed with solving them ever since. Having studied Engineering Physics at the undergraduate level, then a PhD in Materials Engineering, followed by a postdoctoral and research scientist position in the department of Chemistry, Erik is now completing the scientific trifecta by working at a biotech start-up. After a brief stint in the oil & gas industry as a geophysicist, Erik decided that he wanted to devote his scientific and engineering efforts to building a more sustainable future for the inhabitants of spaceship Earth. The last 10 years of his career have been focused on materials development for sustainable energy production and harvesting, ranging from photovoltaics, batteries and water splitting. Transitioning to the field of cellular agriculture has been incredibly rewarding as it is an amazing playground full of the type of scientific and engineering puzzles that Erik loves to work on.
Brian has always been interested in how things work, from the toaster he tore apart in kindergarten, to the marvels of modern construction, to the wonders of the world we live in. This interest drove him to pursue a BSc in Engineering Physics and MSc in Material Engineering from the University of Alberta. Over the last ten years, he has been involved in research projects exploring the world of the nanoscale, finding new materials for solar cells, hydrogen production, batteries and self-assembled nanostructures. With expertise in data analysis, computer programming and manufacturing, Brian is bringing his diverse skill set to biology to help Future Fields take cellular agriculture to greater heights than ever before.
Matthew obtained his BComm. degree with a major in Finance and Accounting from the University of Alberta. After obtaining his degree, Matthew articled at Alberta’s largest full-service accounting firm where he obtained his Chartered Accountant Designation. He has significant experience with private for-profit businesses in the manufacturing, construction and energy industries. Matthew also has experience with international business and has overseen companies with operations in the USA, Middle East, Europe, and Africa. Matthew has a passion for entrepreneurship and business.
Morgane da Rocha
Morgane is currently doing her PhD in the Microbiology and infectiology department of University of Sherbrooke (Québec), where she aims to understand the mechanisms underlying HIV transcription. As part of herRNA Innovation scholarship, she is performing an internship at Future Fields, where she learns about cellular agriculture.
Riya is currently pursuing her doctoral studies in RNA biochemistry at University of Lethbridge. Her work concentrates on studying non-coding RNAs related to Alzheimer’s disease. She is also a part of the RNA Innovation - an NSERC CREATE program, that bridges the gap between academia and industry. As a part of this program, she is currently working as a summer intern at Future Fields discovering more about Cellular agriculture.
Research scientist, protein purification
Paige is currently pursuing an MSc in Biochemistry at the University of Alberta, where she studies a protein kinase implicated in Alzheimer’s Disease. Through her undergraduate and graduate work, she has experience in purification, structural studies, and functional explorations of various proteins. After spending the summer working with the Future Fields protein purification team as an intern, her interest in the field of cellular agriculture flourished. She’s excited to continue to work towards creative solutions to one of the world’s biggest problems.
Abbas obtained his BSc in Biological Sciences from University of Alberta. His undergraduate project focused on developing a model for COVID-19 transmission in Edmonton using the infectivity data of the first wave infections. Abbas has been active in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Synthetic Biology Community and represented team UAlberta 2019 to develop a field-ready paper-based test for the detection of parasitic infections in Honeybee. Abbas is also active in the Edmonton Startup Community as part of Edmonton Advisory Council on Startups (EACOS) and the YEG Startup Awards Organizing Committee. He also serves as a Board Director at the John Humphrey Centre (JHC) to build community collaboration through education and dialogue on Peace and Human Rights. Abbas is bringing his passion for Life Sciences and Startups to Future Fields to develop the innovative solutions we urgently need for facing the Global Food Challenge.
Quality Control Specialist
Lia holds a BSc specializing in Pharmacology, and has had over 15 years of experience in Quality Control working for start-up and established pharmaceutical companies. She welcomes the challenge of applying and adapting her knowledge and experience with industry regulations and quality testing to the emerging industry of cellular agriculture. Having spent many summers on the family farm in Alberta, the importance of agricultural food security and environmental sustainability are near to her heart.