Phillip Samayoa

VentureLabsTM Associate

Phillip joined Flagship Ventures in 2012 as an Associate within Flagship VentureLabsTM, after completing the Flagship VentureLabs Entrepreneurial Fellows program.  At Flagship, Phillip works with VentureLabs partners as part of a venture creation team, exploring innovative ideas and opportunities, and developing critical scientific and business components that will lead to the firm’s next breakthrough startups.  Phillip comes to Flagship VenturesLabs from UC San Diego where he is completing his Ph.D. in Synthetic Biology under the mentorship of Jeff Hasty.  His research focused on the dynamics of engineered genetic circuits in E. Coli, where he invented a platform for coordinating behavior between distinct bacterial colonies over centimeter length scales using gas phase cell-cell signaling.  Phillip’s graduate work has led to multiple peer reviewed publications, including an article in the journal ‘Nature’ within his first two years of research, a patent, and an NSF graduate research fellowship award.  While at UC San Diego, he also mentored five undergraduate researchers and helped establish an outreach program with local schools to engage K-5 students with hands-on science in the classroom. 

Phillip has wide ranging experience through industry internships, including the early biochemistry work at Infinity Pharmaceuticals on the company’s first drug candidate to reach Phase III trials, and across research areas spanning nanoparticle drug delivery to biomolecular detection and single cell analysis as an MIT undergraduate.  Phillip holds dual S.B. degrees from MIT in Biological Engineering and Physics, where he was a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, the Sigma Chi Fraternity (Bob Swanson Scholar recipient), and the MIT triathlon team.