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To us, waste is a
failure of imagination

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We are dedicated to the pursuit of imaginative solutions to solve the world’s toughest waste challenges. We’re emboldened by moonshot missions and leave incremental improvement to others — our goal is to tackle only the most difficult unmet needs.

We apply our ingenuity through biotechnology and engineering to allow industry to transform liability to value and benefit our planet. Our process and resources make us different from our competitors, allowing us to work on multiple technologies across different sectors. 

At Allonnia, we start from a place where every problem has a solution.

Our team

Nicole Richards
Nicole Richards
Chief Executive Officer

With over 28 years of industry leadership within water treatment, mining and industry chemicals and pharmaceuticals, Nicole brings the perfect skill set to help Allonnia tackle critical industry issues and create the next generation of bioremediation solutions.

Before Allonnia, Nicole served as the Strategy, Growth and M&A leader for DuPont Water Solutions; and as a Global Director at Solvay.

Kent Sorenson
Kent Sorenson
Chief Technical Officer

Kent is an internationally recognized expert with over 25 years of experience, developing and applying innovative remediation technologies for water, soil, and sediments in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He has worked at nearly 200 sites worldwide, and has co-authored over 40 scientific publications and given over 180 presentations at prestigious national and international conferences and symposia.

Dayal Saran
Dayal Saran
VP of Research

Dayal is a global R&D leader with over 15 years of industry experience leveraging metabolic engineering and biotechnology to commercialize novel solutions in the areas of industrial proteins and enzymes; flavors, fragrances and other food ingredients; insect control agents; live biotherapeutics; and biofuels. He holds a Master’s degree in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry.

 

Mack Astorga
Mack Astorga
VP of Business Development

Mack is a senior executive specializing in business development, innovation, and strategic account management. His career has focused on providing expert advice and oversight in corporate risk and business strategy, with an emphasis in the environmental and wastewater fields. He has worked in a wide variety of private sector industries including heavy manufacturing and freight rail, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, sports and corporate real estate.

Bryne Gramlich
Bryne Gramlich
VP of Business Development

Bryne is an accomplished Senior Operations Executive with 25 years of experience leading P&L business units in the oil and gas industry. He has a proven track record of unlocking a company’s value through strategic planning, developing highly effective and collaborative work teams, and building a culture based on innovation and continuous improvement.

Rafael Mier
Rafael Mier
VP of Business Development

Rafael has an extensive track record of delivering technology-based solutions to global customers in multiple industries, including specialty materials, mining, appliances, chemicals, fertilizers, and steel. Rafael has worked for public and private companies in various roles including strategy, business development, sales management, marketing, quality assurance, and investor relations.

Siri Gawrish
Siri Gawrish
Chief of Staff

Siri serves as Chief of Staff for Allonnia, supporting the CEO in strategic planning, operations, project management, people, and communications. Siri is a strategy, insight, and marketing professional with over 20 years of experience in Fortune 100 companies such as Dow and DuPont. She loves to collaborate, enable strategic thinking, and catalyze execution.

Areen Banerjee
Areen Banerjee
Technical Project Manager - SynBio

Areen is a Synthetic Biologist with over 10 years of Academic and industry experience leveraging metabolic engineering & synthetic biology to develop sustainable solutions for use in the agricultural, pharmaceutical & bioenergy space. He has helped develop the first scalable dsRNA-based pesticide against Colorado Potato Beetle and was recently involved the developing mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 and the seasonal flu. He holds a master’s degree in biotechnology & a PhD in Microbiology

Michaeline Albright
Michaeline Albright
Technical Project Manager - Environmental Microbiology

Michaeline is an environmental microbiologist. She is passionate about using microbes as solutions to global challenges. She holds a B.S. in Geological Sciences from Brown University and a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine.

Tracy Debenport
Tracy Debenport
Fungal Scientist and Science Communicator

Tracy is a scientist with a passion for harnessing fungal systems to promote a sustainable environment. She blends a deep expertise in cultivation-dependent techniques with DNA-based approaches to identify fungi with traits of interest. In addition to research, she is a strong advocate for science communication and using microbial images and designs to inspire curiosity. Her award-winning microbial photographs have been published nationally and internationally.

Elizabeth Deyett
Elizabeth Deyett
Senior Bioinformatics Scientist

Elizabeth is a passionate bioinformatician with nearly a decade of experience in microbiology and microbial genetics. She aspires to help discover and leverage the powers of our microbial friends for the benefit of the world. As a life-long student, she is constantly on the lookout for the next trend in data science and visualization. She is a strong advocate for science communication through playful writing and storytelling which is showcased on her website Microbigals.com and podcast The Microbe Moment.

Corey Nelson
Corey Nelson
Environmental Microbiologist

Corey is a microbial ecologist with over a decade of experience studying and working with microbes from a wide range of ecosystems and has a keen interest in how microbes interact to survive and even thrive in otherwise inhospitable or novel environments. His previous work has contributed to the development of standardized protocols for isolating, characterizing, and scaling up of microbes sourced from local microbial communities for use in ecological restoration. 

Katie Mann
Katie Mann
Sr. Marketing & Communications Manager

Katie leads the marketing and communications strategy. She has nearly 10 years of experience building integrated communications, digital marketing, content, and brand programs in Fortune 500 companies, most recently at DuPont. She is passionate about collaboration, creatively bringing brands to life and sparking curiosity through content.

Michaela Moulaison
Michaela Moulaison
Executive Assistant
Michaela is an environmental advocate with diverse experience in transit planning, environmental education, and refugee resettlement. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Planning and Policy and a Master of Science degree in Urban Planning and Community Development. Her favorite method of education is through immersive travel and researching the latest methods and technology addressing the world’s greatest environmental challenges.
Alexandrine Gaspar
Alexandrine Gaspar
Research Associate
Alexandrine finds trash fascinating! Specifically, how materials cycle and how humans derive value from them. She has always been interested in what life does at a microscopic scale and is excited to learn more about what microbes' tiny systems can teach us. She recently graduated with a B.S. in Chemical and Biological Engineering.

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