Founded in 2016 and based in the San Francisco Bay Area, AnimalBiome was started with a simple goal of helping cats and dogs feel better by using science to unlock the mysteries of the pet gut microbiome. One third of us have PhD’s. Seventy percent of us are women. All of us love pets and have an unwavering passion about helping them lead longer, happier lives.
Meet the Team
Our Favorite Pet Places
Here are a few of our favorite places in the Bay Area we love enjoying with our furry friends. If you’re familiar with others, please let us know and we’ll be sure to list them!
Get to Know Us
Holly Ganz, PhD
Chief Science Officer, Co-Founder
Holly received her PhD from the UC Davis, a MS from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego and a BS from George Washington University. She has studied the interaction between microbes and their hosts for over 20 years. When she's not studying the microbiomes of pets and wild life, Holly can be found roaming the East Bay hillsides with Carlton and their rescued herding dogs, Charlie and Darwin.
Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder
Carlton received his JD from Stanford Law School and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He left the practice of law over 15 years ago and had a variety of general management and business development roles, including the founding of a venture backed SaaS start-up. After supporting AnimalBiome from the background since its inception, Carlton joined the team full-time in November, 2018. Carlton also roams the East Bay hillsides with Holly, Charlie, and Darwin.
Director of Animal Care, Co-Founder
Alex received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley. After 1,000s of hours of veterinary tech and volunteer work, Alex was set on becoming a DVM. Instead, her research with Holly turned into a start-up and she hasn't looked back. Alex shares her home --and office-- with her chihuahua mix, Noodle, who works tirelessly as the Chief Sniffing Officer at AnimalBiome.
Dawn Kingsbury, DVM, PhD, DACVVIM (SAIM)
Chief Veterinary Officer
Dawn received her DVM from NCSU, practiced small animal medicine with a focus on internal medicine for >10 years before completing a PhD at UCD in Integrative Pathobiology in 2015, where she studied the molecular biology of Salmonella infections in the GI tract.
Jess Jarett, PhD
Jess received her PhD in microbiology from the University of New Hampshire, and completed postdoctoral research on microbial genomics at the DOE Joint Genome Institute. She enjoys designing and analyzing research studies to answer questions about pet health with microbiome data, and sharing AnimalBiome’s industry-leading science at conferences and in scientific articles. Jess is also a cat lover and volunteers as an adoption counselor for a local cat shelter.
Molecular Laboratory Manager
Zhandra received her BA in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Davis and joined the AnimalBiome team in 2017 both eager to be part of the innovative science while making a direct impact in the well-being of pets’ lives. She is a lifelong animal lover with a soft spot for felines, and hopes to be a cat mom soon. In the meantime, she keeps company with the cats in her neighborhood who are just as mischievous as they are affectionate.
MJ has been with AnimalBiome since the founding in 2016. Having worked with Holly at UC Davis, she has watched the vision of AnimalBiome grow from research to reality. She is part of a family of animal lovers and enjoys her time with all their rescue dogs: Roxy, Link, Zelda, and Holly!
Director of Content Marketing
Jana received her BA degree from California State University, East Bay. Her background includes over 13 years of integrated consumer marketing experience at top advertising/creative agencies. Jana has been with AnimalBiome since 2017 and is happy to be part of a company that’s making a difference in the lives of pets. An avid animal lover with a special fondness for cats, she was chosen by a local stray kitty called “Diva,” who graces Jana with her presence each day.
Syd received their BS from the University of California, Davis. An avid dog-lover, they hope to adopt a furry friend of their own one day, and have diligently befriended all of the AnimalBiome office dogs in the interim.
Robert Netter, Jr.
Chief Financial Officer
Bob Netter brings more than 40 years of executive-level financial experience from companies that span a variety of manufacturing industries and markets, including semiconductors, electronics, chemicals and professional/consumer audio. Bob is a licensed CPA and a former licensed FINRA Registered Representative; he received a BA in Accounting from Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY.
Chief Marketing Officer
Reginald Bowser has over twenty-five years of successful marketing, entrepreneurial and leadership experience across multiple industries, including Financial Services, Entertainment Imaging, and Companion Animal Products and Services. He was the Founder, President and CEO of RolloverSystems, Inc. a financial services technology firm that provided outsourced 401(k) rollover technology and services to the nations top institutions. Prior to founding RolloverSystems, he was the fifth employee and VP Marketing at LendingTree, where he launched the “When Banks Compete, You Win” campaign, and helped catapult the company into the #1 position in online lending and successful IPO. Reggie began his career with the Eastman Kodak Company, where he worked in various sales, marketing and analyst roles. He earned a BS from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, and an MBA from The Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia, where he was an Eastman Kodak Scholar.
Animal Care Specialist
Heather received her Bachelors of Science in Biology at CSU Monterey Bay. Animals have always been her passion and she has worked in the veterinary field as a technician for over 15 years. In 2019, she decided that she would like to help animals in a different capacity and started as an Animal Care Specialist at AnimalBiome. In her spare time, she is likely at an AKC dog show with her Pekingese.