Carl Atik — Associate Engineer

2 min readJul 22, 2021

We are proud to welcome Carl Atik to Shiru in the role of Associate Engineer

Shiru’s mission is to feed people sustainably by leveraging machine learning and precision biology to identify and create ideal food proteins. Carl has made an exceptionally fast start in helping us on our way with this mission.

During his studies in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UC Berkeley, Carl interned at Shiru and personally drove the process development for an interesting ‘side-project’ that spun out of our R&D ideation process. Well, a side-project quickly became what promises to be a headline game-changing solution for the plant-based food industry thanks to the excellent work of Carl. More news of this discovery later, but the immediate result is a brilliant new Shiru Associate Engineer who just graduated.

Carl is eager to further develop his specialism in Bioprocess Engineering with an emphasis in food science and alternative food systems — a career path that we are eager to develop at Shiru. We are passionate about recruiting and developing talent at all levels, from graduates to experienced industry professionals.

“Shiru’s mission of creating sustainable, superior functional foods is quite an exciting one - and finding a way to tie in my love for bioprocessing and food science to help accomplish this goal is truly exciting to me! It’s important to work towards creating more sustainable (and delicious) foods, and I believe Shiru has positioned itself to begin tackling this truly ambitious challenge through the innovative yet practical synergy of bleeding-edge technologies. The culture at Shiru is welcoming, exciting, and truly positive and I’m excited for the opportunity to work with and learn from such a talented and kind team.”

When Carl is not troubleshooting complex downstream processing systems he enjoys troubleshooting complex food systems at home as a homebrewer, baker, and lover of off-the-cuff cooking! Carl also enjoys hiking, gardening, and most recently attempting to learn guitar! As he would put it, “my hobby is learning how to do new hobbies”.

Welcome to Carl




Shiru creates enhanced proteins by leveraging computational design to feed the world sustainably.