Collectively our team possesses a wide, complementary skill set. While different, we are motivated by a similar drive to directly address climate change and a strong belief in Symbrosia’s work.
Alexia Akbay // Cofounder + CEO
Alexia is a Master’s candidate in environmental health sciences at the Yale School of Public Health. Her current focus is in green chemistry with ongoing research on the endocrinology implications of petroleum-sourced consumer products. She is a founding member of the Yale Blockchain Initiative and Yale Openlab associate as a proponent for sustainable and transparent supply chains in enabling a net-zero economy. Alexia received her B.S. from New York University in chemistry and global public health where she conducted research on food security and nutrition at NYU Langone Medical Center.
Jonathan Simonds // Chief Technology Officer
Jonathan has been working as a research engineer and manager at the Yale Openlab since receiving his B.S. in environmental engineering from Yale College. His current research focuses on internet of things (IoT), blockchain, networking, and novel sensing techniques. As part of a previous research project he built a novel field-deployable sensor for tryptophan-like fluorescence in drinking water and is currently working with a drinking water provider to commercialize the technology.
Gracie White // Cofounder + Strategist
Gracie is a current Master’s Candidate at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a focus on coastal resource management. She received her Bachelor's in environmental studies from Yale University, where she researched ecosystem services provided by seaweed and shellfish aquaculture. In between degrees, Gracie worked for GreenWave, a Kelp and Oyster aquaculture non-profit based in the Long Island Sound. Gracie is interested in improving seafood sustainability practices for increased food security and environmental resilience.
Victoria Shirriff // Education and Outreach Manager
Victoria is a Masters of Public Health candidate at the Yale School of Public Health with a focus in environmental health sciences. She has previous experience teaching urban agriculture techniques in Toronto, Canada, San Antonio, TX, and New Haven, CT. She is interested in the impacts of climate change and rapid urbanization on food security. Most recently, she worked in data analysis with the World Health Organization and is now applying her skillset to advance innovations in urban agriculture. She received an honors B.S. in global health with a focus in nutrition and environmental science from the University of Toronto.
Hayley Lemoine // Aquaculture Research Lead
Hayley is a second year Master’s of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where she is focusing on marine resources management. She received her Bachelor’s degree in biology from Vassar College and worked in a marine ecology lab studying fish communities before starting her Master’s. Hayley is interested in ocean innovation and novel production techniques to improve sustainability in seafood production.
Alyssa Woo // Marketing Intern
Alyssa is currently a second year student at the Eugene Lang School of Liberal Arts at the New School. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor's in Environmental Studies with a minor in sustainable design from Parsons School of Design. Alyssa is interested in sustainable business design, and is exploring more fields as she seeks her degree.
Nathan Paumier // Nutrient Researcher
Nathan is a sophomore at Yale double-majoring in molecular, cellular and developmental biology and environmental engineering. He is particularly interested in how we can learn from nature to address today’s sustainability challenges. He has experience in genetic engineering and cancer biology research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and is now exploring more sustainable agriculture approaches like permaculture and aquaponics.