Man-Wah Tan - Vice President and Senior Fellow, Infectious Diseases & Host-Microbe Interactions

Man-Wah Tan

Vice President and Senior Fellow, Infectious Diseases & Host-Microbe Interactions

Postdoc Mentor
"Interactions between microbes and their hosts are central to both health and disease."
Years at Genentech
Publications at Genentech
Awards & Honors

Prior to joining Genentech in 2010, I was an Associate Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. I was drawn to Genentech because of its focus on discovering and developing novel medicines through the use of cutting-edge science in a highly collaborative and goal-oriented environment. This is aligned with my passion in translating basic discoveries and understanding of microbial physiology and host-microbe interactions into transformative medicines for patients with serious and life-threatening diseases. In addition to supervising research in my laboratory, I am responsible for setting our research strategies, providing cross-functional coordination and oversights on target, drug discovery and development programs. I also oversee external collaboration opportunities in infectious diseases and microbiome-related therapies.

Postdoctoral Mentor

I am passionate about the mentoring and developing future generation of scientific leaders. I have had to opportunity to mentor several highly talented postdoctoral scholars during my tenure at Stanford and now at Genentech. Genentech’s postdoctoral fellows have the unique opportunity to perform high quality basic research while gaining valuable exposure to drug discovery and development.


Featured Publication

Optimized arylomycins are a new class of Gram-negative antibiotics

Nature 2018, 561: 189–194

Peter A. Smith, Michael F. T. Koehler, Hany S. Girgis, Donghong Yan, Yongsheng Chen, Yuan Chen, James J. Crawford, Matthew R. Durk, Robert I. Higuchi, Jing Kang, Jeremy Murray, Prasuna Paraselli, Summer Park, Wilson Phung, John G. Quinn, Tucker C. Roberts, Lionel Rougé, Jacob B. Schwarz, Elizabeth Skippington, John Wai, Min Xu, Zhiyong Yu, Hua Zhang, Man-Wah Tan & Christopher E. Heise