Protect and cultivate biodiversity,
educate underserved communities,
and foster scientific collaboration.
We strive to achieve conservation of worldwide biological diversity within native ecosystems utilizing biotechnology.
Utilizing these ecosystems, we aim to discover new chemical and biological insights, helping to lead the world into health for the next generations and for the planet. We cooperate with local governments, indigenous peoples, companies, universities, and individuals who maintain and expand our understanding of these complex and diminishing ecosystems. Utilizing the latest approaches of scientific rigor, we aim to educate and expand knowledge for the next generation of eco-friendly scientists.
Together we can preserve nature, advance science, and create an educated society for a sustainable future. We are RioRaiz:
Sustainability is participating in stewardship with a responsibility to our past, present, and future. At RioRaiz, we harness our curiosity to drive conservation.
We protect life within ecosystems, ranging from rainforests to deserts, caves to coral reefs, and rivers to volcanos.
From basic biology to pharmaceutical discovery, our scientific breakthroughs help us to define the habitats we protect. Biomes may provide cures for diseases; we explore to unravel Nature's mystery.
We aim to educate local and international populations by establishing scientific exchange programs among our ecological sites. Our goal is to create accessible educational paradigms for the environmental stewards of tomorrow.
Board of Directors and Executive Leadership
Jeffrey C. Carlson, PhD
President and Chief Executive Officer
Jeff received his PhD from Baylor College of Medicine in Developmental Biology, developing several molecular tool-kits for brain cancer disease modeling and characterization. Jeff then pursued translational immunology in the biotechnology industry, specializing in antibody engineering and novel vaccine development. Jeff left industrial science to work full time on RioRaiz, using biotechnology to bolster conservation efforts. Jeff oversees vision and mission, donor relationships, and strategy development for RioRaiz.
Joshua Ortiz-Guzman, PhD
Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer
Josh received his PhD from Baylor College of Medicine in Developmental Biology, where he developed a variety of tools to explore mammalian neurogenesis and circuit formation. Josh currently serves as the Director of the Optogenetics and Viral Vectors Core at Texas Children's Hospital, where he engineers novel tools for gene therapy, neural circuit discovery, and tissue characterization. His scientific curiosity spans across multiple fields including genomics, neuromodulation, and bioprospecting. Joshua oversees our academic partnerships, as well as the ideation and development of scientific exploration for RioRaiz.
Grant Shillings, CPA
Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
Prior to joining RioRaiz, Grant worked as a Senior Accountant at Long View Equity and at Electronic Arts; he also served as an Auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Grant has a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia and is a CPA. Grant is involved with financial planning, analysis, fund management, and accounting for RioRaiz.