From left to right, Joey Frank, Ameer Shakeel, Dr. Mark Kester, Payam Pourtaheri, and Zach Davis.

From left to right, Joey Frank, Ameer Shakeel, Dr. Mark Kester, Payam Pourtaheri, and Zach Davis.

 
Dr. Mark Kester

Dr. Mark Kester

Dr. Mark Kester

Dr. Kester, our CoFounder and Chief Scientific Officer, has research interests that include the design, characterization and validation of nanotechnologies for targeted drug delivery. His laboratory has evaluated nanoliposomes, nanodendrimers and nanocolloids as effective drug delivery vehicles for pharmacological and molecular agents. Recent work focuses on nontoxic nanoscale systemic delivery systems for hydrophobic pro-apoptotic lipids as well as siRNAs that target mutated tumorigenic proteins. Dr. Kester has consulted with, or helped found, several companies that have the license to his "nano Solutions".

Payam Pourtaheri

Payam Pourtaheri

Payam Pourtaheri

Payam, our CoFounder, is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia. He received his BS in Nanomedicine with minors in Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, and Materials Science. Payam helps spearhead the technical development of our products along with managing the operations of our company. He is passionate about utilizing synthetic biology to make a difference in our world.

Ameer Shakeel

Ameer Shakeel

Ameer Shakeel

Ameer, our CoFounder, is a fourth year at the University of Virginia, studying Biomedical Engineering. Ameer spearheads the research and technical development of our products. He is passionate about conducting meaningful research that translates to real world applications.

Joey T. Frank

Joey T. Frank

Joey T. Frank

Joey T. Frank is a fourth year at the University of Virginia, studying Biomedical Engineering with an Engineering Business Minor. He is passionate about using precision agriculture to improve human health.

Zach Davis

Zach Davis

Zach Davis

Zachery Davis is a recent graduate from the University of Virginia. He got his BS in Chemistry with a specialization in Biochemistry. He is passionate about developing synergistic solutions to meet agricultural needs.

Sepehr Zomorodi

Sepehr Zomorodi

Sepehr Zomorodi

Sepehr Zomorodi is a 4th year undergraduate student majoring in Biomedical Engineering and Material Science with a concentration in Nanotechnology. He has worked for two years in Dr. Nathan Swami's lab in the Electrical Engineering department where he worked closely with microfluidic systems and spent time designing novel micro-fabricated platforms for studying neural systems.

 
 
Reese Blackwell

Reese Blackwell

Reese Blackwell

Reese joined AgroSpheres to lead the company’s business operations. He joins our team after spending two years at Deutsche Bank’s Investment Bank in New York. At Deutsche Bank, he focused on large industrial companies ranging from aerospace & defense to waste disposal. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Reese got his MBA from Darden at the University of Virginia. Before attending Darden, he worked for Sphere Consulting and Patomak Partners, public affairs and regulatory compliance consulting firms in DC. Reese has a passion for small business and innovative technologies!

Shaun Moshasha

Shaun Moshasha

Shaun Moshasha

Shaun Moshasha, our CoFounder, has two main directives in life - do as much good as possible and have as much fun while doing it - which have manifested themselves in four main areas: biotechnology, education, entrepreneurship, and gamification. Shaun graduated from the University of Virginia in 2014 with his MS in Commerce and in 2013 with his BS in Biochemistry and Physics. For AgroSpheres, Shaun is responsible for raising money through grants to ensure the continued development of the company.