Bolt Threads

Emeryville, California

At Bolt Threads, we believe that answers to our most vexing problems can be found in nature. Every day we’re inspired by the amazing materials we work with, and driven by the desire to turn these materials into incredible products. We are a venture backed, idea driven company, led by world-class scientific and engineering talent, as well as experienced executives from the technology and apparel industries.

Bolt has potential projects available in new host development, strain engineering, and new materials purification and characterization. For new host development, a typical project involves "domesticating" a new host organism, including developing and validating basic physical and genetic manipulation protocols; hosts may be gram negative, gram positive, yeast, or filamentous fungi. For strain engineering, a typical project includes developing and validating a novel cell-sorter based high-throughput screening modality, and deploying that screen to identify mutant strains with improved characteristics. New materials characterization entails working with the team to develop a novel protein purification process, characterizing the protein as a monomer, and then performing small-scale processing of the protein into an interesting material for further characterization.

Anticipated number of internship positions: 1