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From: Natalie Rubio <natali...@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Dec 13, 2021 at 11:28 AM
Subject: A note from a recent New Harvest grad
To: Meera <me...@new-harvest.org>

Passing the torch.
Dear Meera,

My name is Natalie Rubio. I'm a graduating New Harvest Research Fellow and as of last month, the world’s first cell ag PhD (more on that here)

Back in 2015, I got a text from Isha that changed the course of my life.
Hey! New Harvest is starting a doctoral fellowship program. You should apply. 

I had interned with New Harvest the year before and been unsuccessfully trying to break into the alternative protein sector ever since. When I heard from Isha, I did something I thought I’d never do: I applied to grad school. 

Within the year, I quit my job, moved to Boston, and joined Dr. David Kaplan's lab at Tufts University as his first cellular agriculture student and New Harvest Research Fellow. 

Six years later, I’m typing this email from Boston recovering from the high of defending my thesis and fielding more job offers than I can count. 
💜🥩 Favorite moments from my fellowship 🥩 💜
I wouldn’t be where I am today without the financial, scientific, and emotional support of the entire New Harvest community. Thanks to the research program, our lab has grown from a team of one (me) to an actual research team united by our life-consuming obsession with all things cultured meat. 

Just this October, we were awarded a $10M grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to establish a National Institute of Cellular Agriculture. 

I was able to do this thanks to you—the New Harvest community—who took a chance on me and my work before “big guys” like the USDA would give me the time of day. 

Now, I want to pay it forward. 

I’ve just donated $100 as a new alum of New Harvest’s research program. Thanks to New Harvest's current gift match, that $100 turned into $200. Please join me. 
Support the next generation of cultured meat researchers
Thank you for being such an important part of my journey. Your support from the beginning put all of this into motion, and I am forever grateful to be part of such a mission-driven field. 
With gratitude,
Dr. Natalie R. Rubio
Cellular Agriculture Ph.D & New Harvest Alumna
December 13, 2021
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