Dr. Zara Summers

Chief Science Officer

Dr. Zara Summers is currently the Chief Science Officer at LanzaTech. She spent almost 10 years at ExxonMobil where she held a variety of scientific and leadership positions, all focused on helping to provide biological solutions for navigating the energy transition. Most recently, Zara worked to drive the development of a corporate research strategy on Nature Based Solutions and worked to understand the impacts of subsurface microorganisms on underground CO2 sequestration. Throughout her career, Zara has been most energized by working to identify solutions to enhance economic, environmental, and climate stability. At LanzaTech, Zara leads the passionate and innovative Science team, combining biology and engineering to tackle carbon transformation. The Science team works to provide solutions to address society’s challenge of mitigating climate change while providing the world the energy and products required to not only survive, but thrive.

Zara holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts and completed her postdoctoral work at the University of Minnesota.