Left-right: Peter Rynsburger, Martha Nerier, Ayat Kharroubi, Christine Dawson, Euan Thomson
With his background in microbiology and biotechnology, Dr. Euan Thomson drove new ideas in quality, malting and distilling at Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. from 2014 to 2019. He has delivered presentations at international brewing conferences and authored publications in the top brewing journals. Euan returned to his hometown of Calgary in late 2019 to launch Raft. He is a one-dimensional dinosaur-loving dork. Expect little else.
Peter Rynsburger joined Raft in July 2020 after realizing his passion for microbiology lay in the places he could apply it – most obviously brewing science! A pedalhead since birth, he grew up building jumps on the muddy banks of the Bow River and gets to the hills whenever he’s not slinging 96 well plates inside a biosafety cabinet. Peter plans to return to UVic in summer 2021 to complete his Biochemistry and Microbiology degree.
Christine Dawson joined the team in September 2020, bringing molecular biology wizardry and a knack for building dry ice rockets that probably never hurt anyone. Look for her to bring DNA testing online along with a new level of insight into your trends and tribulations. Christine cut her teeth in the Phillips lab from 2017 until she (wipes tear) left the Island in 2020.
Ayat’s a fourth-year Chemistry major with a knack for analytical problems. In 2022, she was asked to choreograph and perform over 45 minutes of dance at a wedding, so the lab work is pretty easy to her. Ayat’s been helping develop new methods since Day 1 and will be returning full-time in Spring 2023 after completing her degree.
Martha’s a Biology major with a natural gift for graphs and working with data. An aspiring drummer, Martha can be seen head-banging in the car at stoplights.
Sangita Mitra is a PhD candidate in Computer Science at the University of Alberta. She joined us in May 2021 to augment our database so that we can provide industry-leading data visualization, trending and benchmarking for clients.
Adit Rada is a third-year Computer Science student at the University of Alberta. He joined Raft from December, 2020 to May, 2021 to design and build our high-powered database to compile and analyze client data.
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