Chase has a long-standing interest in understanding how living organisms produce their unique array of valuable products. He has studied how plants accomplish these goals during his B.S. (2008) and M.S. (2011) study at West Virginia University, to his completion of a PhD in Plant Physiology in 2016 from the University of Kentucky. During his graduate and post-doctoral work, he studied terpene biosynthesis and metabolic engineering. After his PhD he co-founded the start-up, Enepret, which is focused on using yeast to produce valuable triterpenes for applications in the pharmaceutical and personal care industries. He is also involved in other startup enterprises in analytical chemistry and plant natural product extraction.