Judy Savitskaya, PhD

2014 Hertz Fellow
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Judy Savitskaya is the Diligence Lead – Frontier Carbon Removal at

Judy was previously an investment partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm that backs bold entrepreneurs building the future through technology. In her academic life, she used experimental and computational approaches to engineer microbes. She has experience and interest in mathematical modeling and simulation of biological processes as well as classical computer science and algorithms.

In her undergraduate degree at Carnegie Mellon, she studied biology and computer science together, luring her into an enticing dream of one day engineering biology in a way that’s as scalable and modular as writing code.

She did her PhD at Berkeley where she learned that working on these ideas in the context of a startup could really accelerate their realization through time, team, and money. She worked with several startups and VC firms through consulting relationships and internships before she graduated and joined Andreessen Horowitz as a full time investor.

Graduate Studies

University of California, Berkeley

Undergraduate Studies

Carnegie Mellon University

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