Dr John Cumbers

Operating Partner


John is the founder of SynBioBeta. John is passionate about education and the use and adoption of biological technologies. He has received multiple awards and grants from NASA and the National Academy of Sciences for his work in this field.

John has been involved in multiple startups such as those producing food for space, microbes to extract lunar and Martian resources, and hoverboards! John is an active investor via the DCVC SynBioBeta Fund and his synthetic biology syndicate on AngelList. John received a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry from Brown University, an M.Sc. in Bioinformatics from Edinburgh University and an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Hull.