Jack Terrett - Principal Scientist Chemistry, Discovery Chemistry, Drug Discovery

Jack Terrett

Principal Scientist Chemistry, Discovery Chemistry, Drug Discovery

Postdoc Mentor
"At Genentech, risk-taking is rewarded. It excites me to be positioned to pursue fundamental scientific challenges in a collaborative environment where innovation is encouraged – a testament to the opportunities given to young scientists."
Years at Genentech
Publications at Genentech
Awards & Honors

I joined Genentech in 2016 as a Scientist in the Discovery Chemistry group. Genentech’s strong commitment to basic research and emphasis on data-driven decision-making sets it apart as a leader in the field. As a medicinal chemist, my responsibilities involve the design and development of small molecule drugs to target various biological pathways. In partnership with a large interdisciplinary team of talented scientists, I aim to impact disease states with significant unmet medical need, spanning multiple therapeutic areas.

Prior to joining Genentech, I completed my Ph.D. at Princeton University in the group of David MacMillan. My research focused on the development of new catalytic transformations through the strategic access of reactive intermediates, primarily in the area of photoredox–nickel catalysis.

Postdoctoral Mentor

Through the Genentech postdoctoral research program, I have the opportunity to work closely with and help develop the next generation of scientific leaders. It is extremely rewarding to have the ability to find solutions to fundamental research problems alongside talented and determined young scientists. Our post-docs are an essential part of the academic culture at Genentech and it gives me great excitement to contribute to a program that is at its core interdisciplinary and collaborative in nature.

Featured Publication

Switching on elusive organometallic mechanisms with photoredox catalysis.

Nature. 2015 Aug 20;524(7565):330-4.

Terrett JA, Cuthbertson JD, Shurtleff VW, MacMillan DW.