While he loved his years at Harvard University’s renowned Macklis Laboratory, performing fundamental research focused on cellular development and protein engineering, for Tom Addison, there was something too siloed about it. In academia, everyone works diligently in his/her own sandbox toward publication of his/her own research project, and once in a while, project updates are presented in a “parallel play” fashion. Now, Tom is excited to transition to Kernal’s team environment, where everyone works passionately toward a common goal; a team unified in effort with a diversity of expertise and interdependency. With his protein engineering background, Tom is contributing with his projects to build the company’s technology from the ground up. He’s a hands-on person at work and at home. When not in the lab, he’s either wood working or rebuilding his beloved BMC road bike. Tom received his B.S. in molecular biology from the University of Vermont, where he was recognized with a “Superior Performance in Research” award from the Department of Plant Biology for his work in Dr. Mary Tierney’s lab.