Lucy Chong, PhD

Senior Associate


Lucy Chong is a Senior Associate at Fine Structure Ventures and focuses primarily on the biology, aerospace, and manufacturing sectors. Prior to joining FSV, Lucy gained investing experience with venture firms including Undeterred Capital and Wilson Hill Ventures. She has consulted with early-stage startups and was the first scientist hired at a stem-cell synthetic biology company.

Lucy holds a Ph.D. in Systems Biology from the California Institute of Technology where she studied synthetic biology under Michael Elowitz. She also received her undergraduate degree in Neurobiology from the University of Pennsylvania and was a visiting scholar at the Leibniz-Forshungsinstitut fur Molekulare Pharmakologie in Berlin.

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