"What motivates me is tackling tough targets and I feel deep gratitude for the opportunity to work among such talented scientists and contribute to medicines that can improve the lives of patients."
Therapeutic targets of interest have become more difficult to drug as we are challenged to drug the undruggable. Information-rich biophysical techniques can contribute critical data in our lead finding, characterization, and prioritization efforts for early stage small molecule drug discovery programs.
I began my career at Genentech in 2014 after receiving my PhD at UC San Diego focusing on protein biophysics and a postdoc at UC Berkeley using chemoproteomics to understand disease pathways. My group at Genentech is focused on identifying and characterizing small molecule modulators of therapeutic targets using biophysics
I work in the Biochemical and Cellular Pharmacology department where we specialize in developing robust, quantitative assays to support the discovery of medicines across all therapeutic areas. My group is focused on using biophysical methods including Surface Plasmon Resonance and Mass Spectrometry to facilitate the discovery and characterization of small molecule therapeutics.
I have a passion for developing lead finding strategies and my group contributes to our fragment-based lead discovery, covalent drug discovery, and degrader platforms. We also develop mechanistic assays to support in-depth characterization of targets and early leads to prioritize the highest quality chemical matter. We have risen to the challenge to meet the increase in target difficulty with an increase in assay sophistication.