Marissa Matsumoto - Scientist, Structural Biology

Marissa Matsumoto

Scientist, Structural Biology

"I am honored to be able to work with the best and the brightest scientists in the industry and have the opportunity to make contributions to the development of novel therapeutics with the potential to treat significant unmet medical needs."
Years at Genentech
Awards & Honors

I came to Genentech in 2007 as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Antibody Engineering department. It was fascinating to have an insider’s view into the drug discovery process and witness groundbreaking basic research being performed at the forefront of the biotechnology industry. Thus when I was offered the opportunity to become a Scientist at Genentech in 2013 I was thrilled. I initially joined the Protein Chemistry department where my group was responsible for purification and characterization of large molecules. In 2015, I joined the Structural Biology department and the focus of my group shifted to purification and characterization of challenging antigens for large molecule therapeutic programs and structure-based drug design for small molecule programs.

Postdoctoral Mentor

The Genentech Postdoctoral Program offers a unique opportunity to carry out cutting-edge basic research in an industry setting. You are surrounded by leading experts in the field and have access to the latest technology and instrumentation. The discoveries made by Postdoctoral Fellows often are the spark for new therapeutic targets or technology developments. As a former Genentech Postdoctoral Fellow I have first-hand experience of how transformative the program can be for developing scientists and am excited to now become a Postdoctoral Fellow mentor.

Featured Publication

Assembly and Function of Heterotypic Ubiquitin Chains in Cell-Cycle and Protein Quality Control.

Cell. 2017 Nov 2;171(4):918-933.e20.

Yau RG, Doerner K, Castellanos ER, Haakonsen DL, Werner A, Wang N, Yang XW, Martinez-Martin N, Matsumoto ML, Dixit VM, Rape M.