Nico Ghilardi - Associate Director, Principal Scientist, Immunology

Nico Ghilardi

Associate Director, Principal Scientist, Immunology

Postdoc Mentor
"If I could one day shake hands with a patient who benefitted from a medicine that I helped develop, I’d consider my career well spent."
Years at Genentech

After obtaining my Ph. D. in cell and molecular biology at the University of Basel, Switzerland, I moved halfway around the world and joined Genentech for a postdoctoral fellowship. My decision to come here was driven by the desire to join the world’s best scientists in a mission that was important to me: to further advance our understanding of human disease, and thus to enable the development of better drugs.

I was hired permanently in 2003 as an Associate Scientist in the Molecular Biology Department. Since then, I have had the opportunity to pursue my scientific interests while also participating in many interdisciplinary and drug development efforts. In the meantime, I have moved to the Immunology department and assumed responsibility for the biology aspects of our small molecule programs in this disease area. Working here has been a most rewarding experience, as it means being part of an incredible team of excellent scientists; even after many years here, I keep learning new things every day.

Postdoctoral Mentor

Our postdoc program is a fantastic opportunity for me as a mentor to pursue projects that are scientifically interesting and challenging, even if they do not directly hold promise for drug development. The postdocs I have worked with, directly or indirectly, are some of the most driven and intelligent people I have met, and together we have published many very well received studies.

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