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Robert Gentleman

Staff Scientist, Cancer Immunology

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"It is very rewarding to be a computational scientist at Genentech, where there are so many great biologists."
  • 6
    years at Genentech
  • 11
    publications (2009-14)
  • 4
    awards & honors

I joined Genentech in 2009 as Senior Director of the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Department. I was excited by the opportunity to get involved in drug development and to do work that would directly impact patients. I had worked at two major cancer centers and while immensely satisfying the research done there is still fairly distant from the patient. At Genentech patients are at the forefront of everything we do.

Genentech Research is that rare blend of academia and industry that manages to capture most of the best aspects of both. The advent of genome scale data technologies is revolutionizing molecular biology and is providing us with new and exciting opportunities for drug development. I am very excited by the new opportunities we have to develop methods for computational discovery of potential drug targets. At the same time, these large genomic data sets provide us with opportunities to identify and understand different patient subsets and to help guide us towards much more targeted therapeutics.

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Being a post-doc mentor is one of the highlights of being in Research. The ability to work with really talented post-docs who are interested in pushing the boundaries of computational science provides me with an outlet for my blue-skies research ideas.

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