Menno van Lookeren - Principal Scientist, Immunology

Menno van Lookeren

Principal Scientist, Immunology

Postdoc Mentor
"Only with scientific rigor, a creative mind and immense dedication can we drive innovation and come up with new and better treatments."
Years at Genentech

I joined Genentech as a postdoctoral fellow in 1997 and in 1999 as a scientist in the Immunology Department. I was extremely motivated to join Genentech since it is one of the few places where high quality discovery research and drug development are directly connected.

What makes Genentech so special is the strong emphasis on science. In the process of discovering new immune-pathways and developing potential new therapies based on these discoveries, I learned to appreciate the many aspects that are unique to Genentech culture, including the collaborative and creative spirit among the scientists. I'm proud of being a part of this culture.

Postdoctoral Mentor

The collaborative and creative spirit at Genentech creates an ideal environment for post-docs to live their dream of making game-changing scientific discoveries. Genentech provides the opportunity to pursue important scientific questions in an environment rich in resources. Mentoring post-docs and preparing them for a future as independent investigators has been extremely gratifying.

Featured Publication

A Crohn's disease variant in Atg16l1 enhances its degradation by caspase 3.

Nature. 2014 Feb 27;506(7489):456-62.

Murthy A, Li Y, Peng I, Reichelt M, Katakam AK, Noubade R, Roose-Girma M, DeVoss J, Diehl L, Graham RR, van Lookeren Campagne M.