"Cancer and autoimmune diseases are prevalent among my family and friends. I am here, because I would like to fight back."
My path to Genentech began in the Midwest, working at Searle, Pharmacia, and Pfizer for 12 years, in structure based drug design. Looking from the outside in, I had always been struck by how Genentech was consistently leading, rather than following, in the discovery of new medicines. I have been even more impressed by the culture and innovation here since joining in 2012.
I am structural biologist, but I think of myself as a “molecular photographer.” We determine the shapes of proteins bound to chemicals on the path to potentially becoming drugs and try to improve that interaction. The technique has broad applications from traditional, “small molecule” drugs to protein therapeutics. My primary interests involve pathways triggering cancer and inflammation. In my 20+ years of pharma experience, I have worked on a variety of projects, including some which are currently in clinical trials.
My non-scientific passions are mentoring and diversity. I have benefited greatly from mentors throughout my career, and I devote significant energy to try to help others, at all stages of their careers. I currently lead our Diversity & Inclusion Growth & Development Pillar, a team whose focus is assuring that all employees can learn and thrive in their careers at Genentech.
J Med Chem. 2021 64:11841-11856.
My role at Genentech has encompassed multiple facets. I currently manage the Structure Based Drug Design efforts in the Structural Biology Department. This includes helping shape the strategy for how we attack the targets in our portfolio. I also participate on or lead several external collaborations directed at target enablement and lead finding.
I have previously been a project leader of an inflammation target, and I remain active in contributing to structural data for projects across our small and large molecule portfolio.