Leadership Team

  CJ SCHWARTZ    CEO | CSO   CJ has a BS degree in Genetics and Cell Biology from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin. For the last decade, Dr. Schwartz's research has focused on the genetic differences that control flowering time. During that time he discovered that expression of a gene called Flowering Locus T leads to differential flowering time of plants and is dependent on their native locations. These results have been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals, and presented at conferences throughout the US.     CLICK HERE TO VIEW CJ'S WEBSITE      CLICK HERE TO VIEW CJ'S NCBI PUBLICATIONS

CJ SCHWARTZ

CEO | CSO

CJ has a BS degree in Genetics and Cell Biology from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin. For the last decade, Dr. Schwartz's research has focused on the genetic differences that control flowering time. During that time he discovered that expression of a gene called Flowering Locus T leads to differential flowering time of plants and is dependent on their native locations. These results have been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals, and presented at conferences throughout the US. 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW CJ'S WEBSITE

CLICK HERE TO VIEW CJ'S NCBI PUBLICATIONS

  MATT GIBBS    PRESIDENT | COO   Matt has a BA in Finance from the University of Iowa and a Masters in Social Science from the University of Colorado – Denver.  He has experience in financial markets, supply chain management, and urban & business sustainability strategy.  After serving in the Peace Corps and working at the state and federal levels implementing climate policy and programs, he was the Environmental Planner for the nationally recognized ClimateWise program from 2010 to 2014, prior to co-founding Sunrise Genetics, Inc.

MATT GIBBS

PRESIDENT | COO

Matt has a BA in Finance from the University of Iowa and a Masters in Social Science from the University of Colorado – Denver.  He has experience in financial markets, supply chain management, and urban & business sustainability strategy.  After serving in the Peace Corps and working at the state and federal levels implementing climate policy and programs, he was the Environmental Planner for the nationally recognized ClimateWise program from 2010 to 2014, prior to co-founding Sunrise Genetics, Inc.

  JASON SCHWARTZ    CFO   Jason has an MBA in Finance from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Finance, risk management, and project management professional with a background in the healthcare, financial markets, and technology industries.  Jason spent the last ten years at UnitedHealth Group in operational and strategic management roles.

JASON SCHWARTZ

CFO

Jason has an MBA in Finance from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Finance, risk management, and project management professional with a background in the healthcare, financial markets, and technology industries.  Jason spent the last ten years at UnitedHealth Group in operational and strategic management roles.

  CHRIS GRASSA    CONSULTING DIRECTOR OF BIOINFORMATICS   Chris has a MSc in Botany from the University of British Columbia and BS in Zoology from the University of Florida.  He is an expert bioinformatician, leveraging high performance computers to assemble genomes, study gene expression, and understand the genetics of populations. His focus has been providing genomic resources and analyses to answer applied and theoretical questions in genome biology, evolution, and domestication across a diverse range of plant taxa.

CHRIS GRASSA

CONSULTING DIRECTOR OF BIOINFORMATICS

Chris has a MSc in Botany from the University of British Columbia and BS in Zoology from the University of Florida.  He is an expert bioinformatician, leveraging high performance computers to assemble genomes, study gene expression, and understand the genetics of populations. His focus has been providing genomic resources and analyses to answer applied and theoretical questions in genome biology, evolution, and domestication across a diverse range of plant taxa.


Scientific Advisory Board

TODD P. MICHAEL, PHD

Dr. Michael recently joined J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla as Professor and Director of Informatics. Dr. Michael is an internationally known expert in sequencing and analyzing plant genomes. From 2009 to 2013, Dr. Michael led the Genome Center at Monsanto. Prior to Monsanto, as an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, Dr. Michael’s lab investigated the environmental factors that modulate the epigenome in plants and animals. Dr. Michael received his BA in Biology from University of Virginia, PhD in Molecular Genetics from Dartmouth College and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at The Salk Institute of Biological Studies.

JUSTIN BOREVITZ, PHD

Dr. Borevitz obtained his PhD in 2002 from the University of California at San Diego with Joanne Chory studying Natural Variation in Arabidopsis light response. Postdoctoral research was with Joseph Ecker (2002-2004) at the Salk Institute focused on genomic diversity in Arabidopsis using tiling microarrays. He then started as assistant and associate professor in the Dept. of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago (2004 until 2012). This research focused on Genome Wide Association Studies in Arabidopsis and next generation genotyping by sequencing in emerging model organisms. In 2012 he started at the Australian National University (ANU) where current work is identifying the genetic basis of local adaptation to seasonal climates using Phenomic and Landscape Genomic approaches in plant model organisms and foundation species. https://borevitzlab.anu.edu.au

E. CLINE

Mr. Cline’s work focuses on developing bioinformatics pipelines for sequence analysis and assembly.  Areas of expertise are automated procedures for SNP discovery and annotation, transcriptome sequence analysis, reference transcriptome assembly, relational database development for the storage, retrieval and analysis of genomic data, gene prediction and gene predictor training, structural and functional genome annotation, QTL mapping, and development of high-performance computing infrastructure for bioinformatics analysis.

After earning an undergraduate degree in engineering, MS in Geographic Information Systems, and a post-graduate diploma in mathematics and statistics he is currently in his last year of a PhD in computational science. His research focuses on the application of machine learning and GPU computing to reduce noise and redundancy in low-coverage, short-read sequence alignments.


Collaboration and Strategic Partnerships

Marigene believes in collaboration for the benefit of everyone's success.

An emerging industry like Cannabis means we all play a role in setting a new standard for business operations - one that benefits all people involved.  We are always looking for great collaborative opportunities - let us know how you'd like to get involved.

Our lab partners accept samples for the strain identification service.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

We contribute to the Open Cannabis Project because at the core, we believe that access to Cannabis for all is essential if the full potential of the plant is to be realized.

 
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How best to use cannabis is a social issue; an issue that can be enlightened by science.  Ultimately the use of cannabis for any purpose should be informed, in part, at the genetic level, just as many plants in our society are understood, in order to guide level headed, fact-based discourse in the interest of the public.  We stand behind that by choosing to contribute a minimum of 2% of gross profit to select causes and efforts that advance the best interests of the public.