Michael Koehler - Distinguished Scientist, Discovery Chemistry, Drug Discovery

Michael Koehler

Distinguished Scientist, Discovery Chemistry, Drug Discovery

"I came for the t-shirts, but stayed for the serious commitment to excellence in small molecule drug discovery."
Years at Genentech
Awards & Honors

In the course of completing my Ph.D. work at Stanford, I had worked across a number of disciplines, from organic synthesis to NMR structural analysis and assay development. Genentech offered the opportunity to do all of those things at a much higher level in collaboration with experts in each area. I’ve stayed for so long because we have maintained those very high standards and gotten better and better at drug development.

I’m now focused on antibacterial research, one of the most chemically and biologically challenging therapeutic areas, but with the opportunity to make a real difference. We are working hard to bring new therapies to market and to help overcome the looming threat of bacterial resistance to known antibiotics.

Featured Publication

Optimized arylomycins are a new class of Gram-negative antibiotics.

Nature. 2018 Sep;561(7722):189-194.

Smith PA, Koehler MFT, Girgis HS, Yan D, Chen Y, Chen Y, Crawford JJ, Durk MR, Higuchi RI, Kang J, Murray J, Paraselli P, Park S, Phung W, Quinn JG, Roberts TC, Rougé L, Schwarz JB, Skippington E, Wai J, Xu M, Yu Z, Zhang H, Tan MW, Heise CE.