Our ecosystem comprises leading scientists, academic institutions, and physicians in the fields of microbiology, immunology, genomics, diagnostics, and bioinformatics. Together, our multidisciplinary team of founding scientists, combined with veteran executive leadership, work on some of the toughest unmet medical needs for which microbes can become or replace the primary standard of care.

Founders


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Ara Katz

Co-Founder, Co-CEO

A serial entrepreneur, Ara Katz has worked at the intersection of tech, media, and design. Her pregnancy and breastfeeding experience inspired a personal mission to explore the importance of microbes and how they will impact the health of our bodies, our children, and our environment. At Seed Health, she leads fundraising, design thinking, brand, insights, commercialization, and the company’s translational work in science communication and storytelling. Ara is also a co-founder of Seed Health’s environmental initiative, SeedLabs, and its first therapeutics partner company, LUCA Biologics.

Previously, Ara co-founded mobile commerce startup Spring, where she helped launch ApplePay on iPhone. As an advisor across companies in health tech, ed tech, consumer, and sustainability, Ara has invested in RXDefine, Newness, C16 Biosciences, MindBodyGreen, Mahmee Maternal Care, Stadium Goods, and Unicycle.


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Raja Dhir

Co-Founder, Co-CEO

A life sciences entrepreneur, Raja has unique expertise translating scientific research including scaling up both facultative and strict anaerobic organisms. He leads R&D, academic collaborations, manufacturing, technology development, and IP strategy.

Together with Dr. Jacques Ravel, Raja chairs Seed’s Scientific Advisory Board—a group of globally-renowned scientists and doctors in the microbiome field. Raja has designed clinical trials with leading academic institutions including the teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and the Trial Innovation Unit of Mass. General Hospital (MGH) and is actively developing technologies with academic labs for the oral microbiome (Harvard) and skin microbiome (UCLA).

Nucleus


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Jacques Ravel, PhD

PhD

Co-Chair, Seed Health Advisory Board


Dr. Jacques Ravel is the Associate Director for Genomics at the Institute for Genome Sciences and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Maryland. His work highlights the role of the vaginal microbiome in protecting against infection—authoring over 225 publications and attracting over $30 million in grants with continuous NIH funding since 2005. His work is also part of the NIH-funded Human Microbiome Project.


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Gregor Reid, PhD, MBA

PhD, MBA

Chief Scientist


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Dr. Gregor Reid specializes in novel applications of microbes for human and environmental health. He chaired the UN/WHO Expert Panel on Probiotics that authored the globally accepted definition of ‘probiotics’. Before his current role as the Director of the Canadian R&D Centre for Human Microbiome and Probiotics, he served as President of the International Scientific Association of Probiotics and Prebiotics. He has authored over 520 papers, been cited over 27,000 times, and received 28 patents.


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George Church, PhD

PhD

Co-Chair, Seed Health Advisory Board


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Dr. George M. Church is a geneticist, molecular engineer, chemist, and the Co-Director of SeedLabs. He is currently the Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard and MIT. He has co-authored 453 papers, 105 patent publications, and one book. He was listed as one Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People’ in 2017 and is well-known for his work on the woolly mammoth genome.


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Greg Siecziewicz, PhD, JD

PhD, JD

Chief IP Counsel


Dr. Greg Siecziewicz is the Managing Director and Chief IP Counsel at the venture-investing firm MPM Capital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to joining MPM, he was the architect of IP strategy for over a dozen venture-backed life sciences companies—from nucleic acid therapeutics, oral biologics, the microbiome, to oncology. He is a member of the bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, has been admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and serves on the Board of the Boston Patent Law Association as President.

Microbiology • Immunology


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James Versalovic, MD, PhD

MD, PhD


Dr. James Versalovic currently serves as Co-Chair of the International Human Microbiome Consortium, Vice Chair of Pathology + Immunology at Baylor College of Medicine, and Pathologist-In-Chief at Texas Children’s Hospital and Director of Texas Children’s Microbiome Center. He has authored more than 135 primary manuscripts, 34 book chapters, and his research has been supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.


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Sarkis Mazmanian, PhD

PhD


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Dr. Sarkis Mazmanian is the Soux Professor of Microbiology and an Investigator at the Heritage Medical Research Institute at Caltech. He is the founder of Axial Biotherapeutics, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company harnessing the gut-brain axis to develop novel Central Nervous System (CNS) therapeutics. He was also named one of the “Best Brains in Science under 40” by Discover Magazine, and a “Life Science Superstar” by Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News.


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Azza Gadir, PhD

PhD


Dr. Azza Gadir is a molecular immunologist with experience in the field of immune tolerance. She completed her postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School (Boston Childrens' Hospital) and for this research, holds issued and pending patents and has collaborated with industry partners to accelerate the discovery of microbiome-related immunotherapies for food allergy. Dr. Gadir previously served as Director of Research and Development at Seed Health. [455]


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Janet Jansson, PhD

PhD


Dr. Janet Jansson has over 30 years of expertise studying the complex microbial communities of soils, sediments, and the human gut. Of note, her sequencing studies have illustrated the critical role soil microbes play in breaking down pollutants. She is currently Chief Biology Scientist for the Earth and Environmental Sciences Directorate, Laboratory Fellow at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and the leader of the Microbiomes in Transition Initiative at PNNL.


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Martin Blaser, MD

MD


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Dr. Martin J. Blaser holds the Henry Rutgers Chair of the Human Microbiome at Rutgers University, where he is also a Professor of Medicine and Microbiology and Director of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine. For over 30 years, he has observed the role of bacteria in human disease and is the author of over 500 original scientific papers, holds 28 U.S. patents relating to his research, and wrote the book Missing Microbes (available in over 20 languages).

Bioinformatics


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Joe Petrosino, PhD

PhD


Dr. Joe Petrosino is the Director of the Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research as well as an Associate Professor of Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to authoring over 40 papers, he is the Founder and President of Diversigen Inc., providing solutions for sequencing, analysis, and consulting services geared toward the study of the microbiome—propelling serious research into this field forward.

Skin Microbiome


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Belinda Tan, MD, PhD

MD, PhD


Dr. Belinda Tan is a practicing board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist, currently serving as a Dermatopathology Section Advisor at VisualDx, whose image-based medical decision support tool improves patient outcomes and healthcare costs through clinical accuracy. She is also a founding team member and Senior Advisor of a leading teledermatology company, DirectDerm, which has improved specialty care access to underserved communities.


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Shruti Naik, PhD

PhD


Dr. Shruti Naik is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology, Department of Medicine and Department of Dermatology at New York University School of Medicine. Her laboratory studies the dynamic interactions between immune cells, epithelial cells, and microbes in barrier tissues that interface with the environment. Her work on how these interactions can be used to prevent disease has opened the door for microbiota-based skin therapies.


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Jan Claeson, PhD

PhD


Dr. Jan Claesen is an Assistant Professor of Molecular Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and an Assistant Staff faculty member at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute. The Claesen lab works to understand the molecular mechanisms that drive community dynamics and microbe-host interactions in the human gut and skin microbiome. Additionally, his lab engineers commensal bacteria for fundamental and translational applications.

Oral Microbiome


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Nikolaos Donos, DDS, PhD

DDS, PhD


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Dr. Nikolaos Donos is the Professor and Chair of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry, the Director of Clinical Research, Head of the Centre for Oral Clinical Research, and Lead for the Centre of Oral Immunobiology and Regenerative Medicine at the Institute of Dentistry, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. His clinical work provides advanced treatment modalities to patients with severe periodontal disease.


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Nini Tran, PhD, DDS

PhD, DDS


Dr. Nini C. Tran is an Assistant Professor in the Section of Pediatric Dentistry at UCLA School of Dentistry and a Diplomat of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Her goal is to provide comprehensive oral care for her pediatric patients and to educate future generations of dentists and scientists. Her research focuses on diagnostics and therapeutics of early childhood caries (ECC) related to microbiome and host susceptibility.

Clinical


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Maurizio Fava, MD

MD


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Dr. Maurizio Fava is Psychiatrist-in-Chief of Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Dean for Clinical & Translational Research at Harvard Medical School. His prominence in the field of psychiatry is reflected in his role as the co-principal investigator of STAR*D, the largest research study ever conducted in the area of depression, and of the RAPID Network, the NIMH-funded series of studies of novel, rapidly-acting antidepressant therapies.

Women’s Health


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Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello, PhD

PhD


Dr. Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello is the Henry Rutgers Professor of Microbiome and Health (in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology) and of Anthropology at Rutgers. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and has served on the editorial boards of 7 biomedical journals (currently mBio and Nature Scientific Reports). Her work focuses on the ancestral and early microbiome and studies its impacts on health.


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Camilia R. Martin, MD, MS

MD, MS


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Dr. Camilia R. Martin is a leading neonatologist and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, as well as the Associate Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Director for Cross-Disciplinary Research Partnerships in the Division of Translational Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Her work focuses on the health impacts of neonatal nutrition in preterm infants and she has been cited over 3,000 times.


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Indira Mysorekar, PhD

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Dr. Indira Mysorekar is a Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Director of the Center for Reproductive Health Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine, where she researches the mechanisms underlying the pathophysiology of the urinary bladder and novel infectious etiologies for premature birth. She has been cited over 9,000 times and is the recipient of the prestigious Pathway to Independence (K99/R00) award from the NIH.


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Marina Walther-Antonio, PhD

PhD


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Dr. Marina R. Walther-Antonio is an Associate Consultant in the Department of Surgery with a joint appointment in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Her research focuses on the microbiome’s role in cancer and reproductive health. Her active research efforts include the connection between the microbiome and endometrial and ovarian cancer to find better prevention, detection, and treatment approaches.

Pediatric


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Alessio Fasano, MD

MD


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Dr. Alessio Fasano is Division Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and Director of the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment. He is a world-renowned pediatric gastroenterologist, research scientist, and entrepreneur who specializes in patients with acute and chronic diarrheal diseases as well as infants and children who have difficult-to-treat gastrointestinal problems.


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Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD

MD, PhD


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A pioneer in the field of Translational Allergy and Immunology, Dr. Kari Nadeau is the Naddisy Foundation Endowed Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University. She is Section Chief in Asthma and Allergy in the Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Division at Stanford, and is now the Sr. Director of Clinical Research for the Division of Hospital Medicine.

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