We’re women-owned, science-led, and mother-centered.
co-founder & ceo
As a passionate food scientist, Michelle looks to combat global food security and malnutrition in everything she does. She has expertise in dairy fermentation, formulation, and processing and is thrilled to ditch the cows for humans! Inspired by upstream solutions for infant nutrition at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, she became obsessed with advancing human nutrition through better infant feeding options. Michelle believes that providing all infants with optimal nutrition in their first 1,000 days of life should be a human right for every parent on the planet.
co-founder & cso
Leila has a Ph.D. in cell biology, with over ten years of experience conducting original research on fundamental cellular processes. As a mother-of-two, she is passionate about developing novel applications of cell culture technology to address the world's most pressing problems and protecting future generations and the planet they will inherit. Leila empowers never to be made to feel lesser for the way they feed their children and to ignore the haters who say try harder.
Shazi is an entrepreneur and mother committed to bettering the world through business that is socially, financially, and environmentally enlightened. She is the Founder and ChairMom of Happy Family Brands, which she led to become the #1 organic baby food company in the US market with disruptive innovations that have democratized organic food for new families, despite very humble beginnings. Shazi is also the Founder and CEO of her newest venture, healthynest, which is the culmination of a life's work dedicated to protecting children's neurological health.
Daniel is a consultant to The Rockefeller Foundation Food Initiative, supporting the Foundation’s work to advance a more nourishing and sustainable food system. Prior to this role, Daniel worked as an expert for the World Bank in Washington D.C. on issues around technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. As an active Dad-of-three he and his partner's parenthood journey inspires the team daily.
assay development specialist
Victoria has an MS in chemistry from the University of Central Florida and is master of milk production. Her passions for nutrition and replacing animals in science and agriculture have led her to work on creating alternatives to animal testing during her graduate studies. After working with human-on-a-chip modeling and creating micro-fluidic models for human organs, she's excited to continue working with human cells—this time with mammary cells.
cellular research associate
Alex studied biology at Pomona College and has research experience in human cell culture and yeast genetics. He has been interested in science since childhood, when his dream was to become a fish doctor. As BIOMILQ’s lead cell-smith, Alex is driven to close the infant nutrition gap for all infants by finding the most prolific and active cells for milk production in the world. He's amazed by mammary epithelial cells, and he's excited to help them do what they do best: produce milk!
engineering research associate
Holland is our local girl, having studied biomaterials and regenerative medicine technology at NC State University in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering with UNC Chapel Hill. As our bioreactor-extraordinaire, she keeps our cells feeling safe and warm. Holland is excited to work on a technology that can help so many families equitably and reduce our carbon footprint. And if anything gets in her way, she has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do—watch out!
marketing & communications associate
Riley studied commerce with a focus on marketing and sustainable business from the University of British Columbia. She has worked with The Good Food Institute, a leading advocacy group, to amplify communications around eating for a better future. Riley is excited to work with BIOMILQ's co-founders, "two powerhouse women," on a mission that will change the lives of billions. Riley wants to be a part of the rallying cry of this generation of change. She believes that the most effective way to live sustainably is to change our current food system, starting with the most important food, breastmilk!