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Laura Shawver, Ph.D., is president, chief executive officer, and director of Synthorx. Prior to joining Synthorx, Dr. Shawver held the following positions: CEO and director of Cleave Biosciences, entrepreneur-in-residence for 5AM Ventures, CEO and director of Phenomix Corporation, and president of SUGEN Inc. (acquired by Pharmacia). Dr. Shawver has been involved with a number of clinical development programs including two FDA-approved therapies. Dr. Shawver is currently a director of Relay Therapeutics as well as an advisor to the industry. She is an active member of the American Association for Cancer Research serving on the Scientific Advisory Committee for Stand Up to Cancer. Dr. Shawver knows firsthand what it is like to be a cancer patient. Having survived ovarian cancer, she turned that experience into the founding of The Clearity Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing access to molecular profiling for ovarian cancer patients to improve their treatment options. Dr. Shawver received her Ph.D. in pharmacology and a B.S. degree in microbiology both from the University of Iowa.
  • Wants you to know Synthorx made Science Alert’s list of 20 scientific facts we didn't know at the start of 2017.
  • Would like to visit the Galápagos Islands.
  • Is really good at fixing lawn mowers.
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Marcos Milla, Ph.D., is chief scientific officer at Synthorx. Dr. Milla’s experience in drug discovery spans across the areas of autoimmunity and inflammation, neurosciences and pain, and immuno-oncology. He has held industry and academic appointments at GlaxoSmithKline, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Roche Palo Alto, Janssen Research & Development, and, most recently, Adaptive Biotechnologies. He has previously directed efforts focusing on multiple intracellular and extracellular target classes, including cell surface and nuclear receptors, ion channels, kinases and proteinases. His work led to the discovery of a breakthrough series of small molecule modulators of cytokine-receptor interactions. He also explored novel ways of holistically reading pharmacological responses employing high content imaging and gene expression readouts. Dr. Milla graduated with a B.S. from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru and a Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology from Saint Louis University. He did his postdoctoral training at MIT as a Jane Coffin Childs Fellow and at Duke University.
  • Would like to travel the Silk Road.
  • Loves to eat Uni (Sea Urchin roe).
  • Is a published author of fiction in his home country of Peru.
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Joseph Leveque, M.D., is chief medical officer of Synthorx. Dr. Leveque joined Synthorx from his previous role as chief medical officer of ARMO BioSciences, a late-stage immuno-oncology company that was acquired by Eli Lilly in May 2018. Prior to this, he was chief medical officer of EMD Serono, the North American subsidiary of Merck KGaA and the vice president and head of U.S. medical oncology at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where he was involved in the development and commercialization of the first generation of immuno-oncology therapeutics. Before his role at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dr. Leveque was the vice president of medical and scientific affairs at Onyx Pharmaceuticals. Earlier in his career, he served as vice president of medical and scientific affairs at Cephalon Oncology and as medical director at Amgen, where he worked on several therapeutic programs for solid tumor and hematological malignancies.
  • Omnilingualism is his superpower.
  • Is an Eagle Scout.
  • Wants to travel to the Moon.
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Justin Thacker, is the vice president, finance and controller at Synthorx. Mr. Thacker has over 20 years of experience in accounting and finance, including more than 10 years in various senior leadership roles in the life science industry. Mr. Thacker has been responsible for various functions including technical accounting, SEC reporting, financial planning and analysis, internal controls and treasury, and has been involved in numerous follow-on offerings and merger and acquisition transactions. Prior to joining Synthorx, Mr. Thacker was the Executive Director, Controller at ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused central nervous system disorders. Prior to ACADIA, Mr. Thacker was the Senior Director, Finance at Auspex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. until its acquisition by Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries and at Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Inc. until its acquisition by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Thacker began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and is a certified public accountant. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and General Management and a Masters of Accountancy from Kansas State University.
  • Is an alumni of Kansas State University (not the Jayhawks of Kansas University—the Wildcats).
  • Wants to visit Thailand or India.
  • Is both a morning person and night-owl.
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Christian V. Kuhlen, J.D., M.D., is general counsel at Synthorx.  Dr. Kuhlen has a depth and breadth of expertise as general counsel for biotechnology companies, where he has been responsible for legal, SEC, human resources, intellectual property, and corporate governance functions. He has successfully managed a wide variety of financial transactions, including private financings, an initial public offering, and numerous follow-on offerings. Most recently, Dr. Kuhlen served as general counsel and secretary for Ignyta, Inc., where he coordinated two public financings and advised on the company’s acquisition by Roche. Before Ignyta, Dr. Kuhlen served as general counsel, vice president, and corporate secretary of Genoptix, Inc., where he led the legal and corporate governance functions from its initial public offering to its successful acquisition by Novartis. Prior to Genoptix, he was an attorney in private practice with Cooley LLP. Dr. Kuhlen holds a B.S. in biochemistry and cell biology and a B.A. in economics from the University of California, San Diego, and a M.D. and J.D. from the University of Southern California.
  • Wants you to know that mosquitoes will always eat him first. Always.
  • Wants you to know that mosquitoes will always eat him first. Always.
  • Losing one golf ball per hole, on average, is his superpower.
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Enoch Kariuki, Pharm.D., is senior vice president, corporate development at Synthorx.  Dr. Kariuki has significant experience in healthcare strategy, business development, and financing. He was most recently vice president at H.I.G. Capital, where he focused on investments in life sciences companies. His previous roles include senior associate at Leerink Partners and associate director at UBS Investment Bank. At Leerink and UBS, Dr. Kariuki advised healthcare companies on equity capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, and recapitalizations. Dr. Kariuki did a post-doctoral fellowship in R&D strategy at Bristol-Myers Squibb and was a pharmacist at CVS Caremark. He holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a Pharm.D. from Texas Southern University.
  • If he could travel anywhere it would be Australia.
  • If he could travel anywhere it would be Australia.
  • Loves to eat mangoes.
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Floyd E. Romesberg, Ph.D., is the scientific founder. Prior to Synthorx, he served as the scientific co-founder and a member of the board of directors of RQx Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Genentech) and Achaogen, two biopharmaceutical companies focused on developing new antibiotics. Dr. Romesberg is also an associate professor of chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute. His academic research laboratory uses a broad range of interdisciplinary techniques, including non-linear optical spectroscopy, organic chemistry, microbiology, and genetics, to study different aspects of evolution. This work has been described in more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Office of Naval Research. Dr. Romesberg is best known for developing unnatural base pairs for the expansion of the genetic alphabet and is also working to develop novel antibiotics, as well as to understand how evolution tailors protein dynamics and how cellular stress and DNA damage induce cell-cycle checkpoint responses and mutations. Dr. Romesberg performed his postdoctoral training with Dr. Peter Schultz at the University of California, Berkeley. He received a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from Cornell University and a B.S. in chemistry from The Ohio State University.
  • Is a Michigan fan who went to OSU.
  • Wants everyone to know p=ℏk.
  • Lost his superpower for tolerating the cold after moving to San Diego.
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Dr. Shah was president and chief executive officer of Auspex Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel medicines for people with movement disorders and its lead product, AUSTEDO (deutetrabenazine), is currently on the market. He first became involved in Auspex as an investor in 2007 and served as its chairman or executive chairman at various points in time until he took over as its chief executive officer in 2013. As chief executive officer, he took the company public and oversaw its growth until its eventual acquisition by Teva Pharmaceuticals for $3.5 billion in 2015. Dr. Shah was a partner in the healthcare venture capital firm Thomas, McNerney & Partners for almost a decade starting in 2004, and has served on numerous boards for both private and public companies. Prior to joining Thomas, McNerney & Partners, he co-founded two biotechnology companies and was also a consultant at McKinsey & Company in San Francisco. Dr. Shah obtained his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology as well as his MBA in finance from the University of Chicago.
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    Jay Lichter, Ph.D., is an entrepreneur and seasoned investor in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical arena with more than 25 years of expertise in management, scientific research, and business development. Dr. Lichter is the inventor on more than 260 patent and patent applications for six Avalon portfolio companies, including 78 issued patents. Dr. Lichter continues to be a powerful force in the pharmaceutical industry and has been involved in licensing or merger and acquisition deals valued in excess of $1 billion. Dr. Lichter led Avalon investments in and serves on the board of directors of Afraxis, Aratana Therapeutics, Carolus, Otonomy, and Sova Pharmaceuticals. He previously served on the board of RQx Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Genentech) and Zacharon Pharmaceuticals (acquired by BioMarin). He also serves as a board observer for Syndax. Prior to Avalon, Dr. Lichter held postdoctoral positions in pharmacogenetics at DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical Co. and human genetics at Yale University. Dr. Lichter received a B.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.
    • Wants you to know The Scientific Method works!
    • His superpower is detecting BS.
    • Has seen the Grateful Dead over 50 times.
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    Vickie Capps has more than 20 years of experience as a chief financial officer and audit professional in the healthcare industry, including an 11-year tenure as executive vice president, CFO, and treasurer for DJO Global Inc., a global provider of medical devices. Earlier in her career, she spent 10 years with Ernst & Young as a senior audit and accounting professional. Mrs. Capps currently serves on the senior advisory board of Consonance Capital Partners, a healthcare-focused private equity firm, and the board of directors of its portfolio company, Enclara Pharmacia, a provider of pharmacy services to the hospice industry. She also serves on the boards of directors of two publicly traded life sciences companies, NuVasive and Otonomy, as well as private medical device company, OmniGuide. In addition, Mrs. Capps previously served on the boards of publicly-traded healthcare IT company Connecture until it was taken private by Francisco Partners, publicly-traded medical device company SenoRx until its acquisition by C. R. Bard, Inc., and private medical device company, RF Surgical Systems until its acquisition by Medtronic. She also serves as a member of the board of directors of the San Diego State University Research Foundation.
    • Australia is top of her list for places she'd like to travel.
    • Mind reading is her superpower.
    • Has been to Africa three times and hopes to return again.
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    Peter Kolchinsky, Ph.D, is a founder, portfolio manager, and managing director at RA Capital Management. Peter is active in both public and private investments in companies developing drugs, medical devices, diagnostics, and research tools, and serves as a board member for various public and privately held companies, including Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Wave Life Sciences Ltd. Peter also leads the firm’s outreach and publishing efforts, which aim to make a positive social impact and spark collaboration among healthcare stakeholders, including patients, physicians, researchers, policy makers, and industry.  He authored “The Entrepreneur’s Guide to a Biotech Startup”, written on the biotech social contract, and served on the Board of Global Science and Technology for the National Academy of Sciences. Peter holds a B.S. from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Virology from Harvard University.
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      Laura Shawver, Ph.D., is president, chief executive officer, and director of Synthorx. Prior to joining Synthorx, Dr. Shawver held the following positions: CEO and director of Cleave Biosciences, entrepreneur-in-residence for 5AM Ventures, CEO and director of Phenomix Corporation, and president of SUGEN Inc. (acquired by Pharmacia). Dr. Shawver has been involved with a number of clinical development programs including two FDA-approved therapies. Dr. Shawver is currently a director of Relay Therapeutics as well as an advisor to the industry. She is an active member of the American Association for Cancer Research serving on the Scientific Advisory Committee for Stand Up to Cancer. Dr. Shawver knows firsthand what it is like to be a cancer patient. Having survived ovarian cancer, she turned that experience into the founding of The Clearity Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing access to molecular profiling for ovarian cancer patients to improve their treatment options. Dr. Shawver received her Ph.D. in pharmacology and a B.S. degree in microbiology both from the University of Iowa.
      • Would like to visit the Galápagos Islands.
      • Wants you to know Synthorx made Science Alert’s list of 20 scientific facts we didn't know at the start of 2017.
      • Is really good at fixing lawn mowers.
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      Peter Thompson, M.D., is currently a private equity partner with OrbiMed who brings over 25 years of industry experience. He held executive positions at Becton-Dickinson and Chiron, cofounded and was CEO of Trubion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: TRBN), cofounded Corvus Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: CRVS), Cleave Biosciences, Silverback Therapeutics, and serves as a director on several company boards. Dr. Thompson is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awardee, an affiliate professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Washington, an inventor on numerous patents, and a board-certified internist and oncologist. He was on staff at the National Cancer Institute following his internal medicine training at Yale University.
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        Andrew Powell, J.D. is a senior executive with 30 years of global life sciences experience transforming dynamic companies working in oncology, dermatology, nephrology and pulmonology. He has over 13 years of public company boardroom experience, and he is a current board member of Aclaris Therapeutics and Landec. Previously, Mr. Powell has served as the senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Medivation (acquired by Pfizer), InterMune (acquired by Roche/Genentech), Cornerstone Therapeutics (acquired by Chiesi), Imclone Systems (acquired by Eli Lilly) and Collagenex Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Galderma). He has also served as vice president, chief international counsel at Baxter International, as well as an associate of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, a multinational law firm. Mr. Powell received his J.D. from Stanford University and his B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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          The company was founded based on important discoveries by Floyd Romesberg and The Scripps Research Institute. We are integrating the technology to create improved protein therapeutics, which we call Synthorins™.

          Marcos Milla, Ph.D.
          Chief Scientific Officer
          • Would like to travel the Silk Road.
          • Loves to eat Uni (Sea Urchin roe).
          • Is a published author of fiction in his home country of Peru.
          Laura Shawver, Ph.D.
          President, CEO, & Director
          • Wants you to know Synthorx made Science Alert’s list of 20 scientific facts we didn't know at the start of 2017.
          • Would like to visit the Galápagos Islands.
          • Is really good at fixing lawn mowers.
          Ingrid Joseph, D.V.M., Ph.D.
          Vice President, Pharmacology
          • Wants you to know the human brain consumes about 20% of the body's oxygen and calories.
          • Persistence is her superpower.
          • Loves life and is a happy person.
          Chris Breitbarth
          Director of Laboratory Operations
          • Could eat Mexican food every day.
          • Getting stuff done is his superpower.
          • Was born and raised in San Diego.
          Brianna Robak
          Operations Assistant
          • Would eat cheese all day, every day if she could.
          • Has performed the National Anthem for the Padres twice.
          • Wants you to know that contrary to popular belief, dogs aren’t color blind; they can see shades of blue, yellow, green and gray.
          David Luo, MPH
          Vice President, Clinical Operations
          • Is an alumni of UCSD and UCLA.
          • The abundance of street tacos is his favorite thing about San Diego.
          • Wants to travel to Madagascar.
          Trent Shore
          Finance Manager
          • Wants his next travel destination to be Patagonia, Chile and Argentina.
          • What he lacks in scientific facts, he makes up for in Accounting Guidance Interpretations.
          • Has hiked the highest peak in the continental United States: Mt. Whitney.
          Enoch Kariuki, Pharm.D.
          Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
          • If he could travel anywhere it would be Australia.
          • Loves to eat mangoes.
          • Grew up in a small town on the border of Kenya and Tanzania called Rombo
          Christian V. Kuhlen, J.D., M.D.
          General Counsel
          • Wants you to know that mosquitoes will always eat him first. Always.
          • Losing one golf ball per hole, on average, is his superpower.
          • Is a fifth generation Californian.
          Tighe Reardon
          Acting Chief Financial Officer
          • Is able to leap tall spreadsheets in a single bound.
          • Is an alumnus of San Diego State University
          • Once scored 23 straight points to begin a basketball game.
          Curt Robak
          Associate Director, Information Technology
          • Is an alumni of Charter Oak State.
          • Wants to travel to distant galaxies on the Starship Enterprise…or New Zealand.
          • Loves to ski.
          David Chen
          Senior Research Associate
          • Likes San Diego for its dog-friendly breweries.
          • Wants to travel to New Zealand.
          • Likes K-pop music.
          Fran Senchak
          Vice President, Human Resources and Administration
          • Is an alumni of Louisiana Tech University.
          • Every community feeling like a small town is her favorite part of San Diego.
          • Has night-time snorkeled with Giant Manta Rays.
          Katie Schutz
          Research Associate II
          • The beaches and hiking are her favorite things about San Diego.
          • Used to play horse polo and was voted MVP in her women’s league.
          • Wants you to know that camels don’t actually store water in their humps—their extra water is stored in their bloodstream.
          Lesley Johnson
          Sr. Research Associate
          • Is an alumni of University of California, San Diego.
          • Would eat waffles every day if she could.
          • Wants you to know that mass spectrometers aren’t just used in labs on earth, they’ve been sent to space to identify molecules and look for life on other planets.
          Jeffrey Tidwell J.D., Ph.D.
          Chief IP Counsel
          • Is an alumni of Occidental College, MIT and UNC Chapel Hill.
          • Was an extra on Beverly Hills 90210 in college.
          • Would eat a bean and cheese burrito every day if he could.
          Josh Toschi
          Associate Scientist
          • Would eat surf-and-turf burritos every day if he could.
          • Beaches full of friendly people are his favorite thing about San Diego.
          • Wants you to know that the Earth is shaped like an oblate spheroid, flattened at the poles and bulging at the Equator, therefore resembling an egg.
          Lisa Schechet
          Director, Clinical Operations
          • The sporty lifestyle is her favorite thing about San Diego.
          • Would eat a slice of New York pizza every day if she could.
          • If she looks familiar, you may have seen her opening for Good Morning America in Brazil during the 2014 World Cup.
          Miguel Arcinas
          Associate Director, Corporate Development
          • Is an alumni of UCLA and Chicago Booth.
          • California burritos are his favorite thing about San Diego.
          • Would travel to Middle Earth (post-Sauron) if he could.
          Michael Garcia
          Senior Accounting Manager
          • Wants to travel to Croatia.
          • Loves that there’s always something fun to do in San Diego: beer festivals, music festivals, Del Mar Fair and Race Track, beach, parks, museums and fun restaurants.
          • Functioning on 4 hours of sleep is his superpower.
          Charisse Partridge
          Administrative Assistant
          • Could eat French fries every day.
          • Juggling visitors, conference rooms and invoices is her superpower.
          • Is a diehard Bills fan.
          Michelle Mazzoni, Ph.D., RAC
          Vice President, Regulatory Sciences and Quality Assurance
          • Would eat double-dipped milk chocolate covered peanuts every day if she could.
          • Finding typos in documents is her superpower.
          • Wants to take a return trip to China to walk The Great Wall and to see the Terracotta Army.
          Jade Bratcher
          Senior Lab Operations Associate
          • Her superpower is perfect hindsight.
          • Loves to cosplay her favorite Marvel characters at comic conventions.
          • Wants you to know that the Eiffel Tower can be up to 15 centimeters taller during the summer because of thermal expansion.
          Neyssa Marina M.D.
          Executive Medical Director
          • Is an alumni of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus.
          • Played for the Puerto Rican national basketball team in the Pan American games in 1979.
          • Would eat French fries every day if she could.
          Gavin Hong
          Research Associate III
          • Is an alumni of University of Oregon. Go Ducks!
          • The Japanese ramen shops are his favorite thing about San Diego.
          • The ability to do arithmetic in his head is his superpower.
          Joseph Leveque, M.D.
          Chief Medical Officer
          • Omnilingualism is his superpower.
          • Is an Eagle Scout.
          • Wants to travel to the Moon.
          Charles Winter
          Vice President of Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls
          • Had the unique opportunity to live and work abroad in Asia.
          • Is an alumni of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Go Badgers!
          • Would like you to know that the Law of Conservation of Energy tells us that energy in the universe cannot be destroyed; it can only be transferred or transformed.
          Deisy Corredor, Ph.D.
          Director, Late Stage Process Development
          • The food and the weather are her favorite things about San Diego.
          • Wants you to know that Colombian coffee is the best in the world. Fact.
          • Once won an all-paid trip to Jamaica by winning a national dance competition.
          Jill Mooney Ph.D.
          Senior Director of Research
          • Grew up on a dairy farm.
          • Is an alumni of Oregon State University and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
          • Wants to travel to New Zealand and Australia.
          Kelly Moody
          Project Coordinator
          • Del Mar is her favorite thing about San Diego.
          • Is an alumni of Auburn University.
          • Loves college football. GO WAR EAGLES!
          Sharon Gao, Ph.D.
          Senior Director of CMC Analytical & Formulation Development
          • Is an alumni of University of California, San Diego.
          • No weather-related travel delays are her favorite thing about San Diego.
          • Perseverance is her superpower.
          Kelsea Loescher
          Research Associate II
          • Loves to rock climb.
          • Spending time outdoors year-round is her favorite thing about San Diego.
          • Wants to travel to Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.
          Floyd Romesberg, Ph.D.
          Founder and Distinguished Fellow
          • Is a Michigan fan who went to OSU.
          • Wants everyone to know p=ℏk.
          • Lost his superpower for tolerating the cold after moving to San Diego.
          Becky Franklin
          Accounting Specialist
          • Multi-tasking while staying organized and singing along to the radio is her superpower.
          • Her eyes change color from green to blue (depending on what she’s wearing).
          • Wants you to know that there is enough DNA in the average person’s body to stretch from the sun to Pluto and back — 17 times.
          Wendie Konold
          Senior Manager, Human Resources
          • Would eat homemade flour tortillas every day if she could.
          • Wants to travel to Asgard.
          • Has been told that her next career should be as a Disney animated voice actor—when she answers her home phone, callers still ask to speak to her mom.
          Helene Pham
          Research Associate I
          • Would eat sushi every day if she could.
          • Wants to travel to the Maldives on her next vacation.
          • Is allergic to dogs, but she’ll sacrifice her own breathing to love them.
          Justin Thacker
          Vice President of Finance
          • Is an alumni of Kansas State University (not the Jayhawks of Kansas University—the Wildcats).
          • Wants to visit Thailand or India.
          • Is both a morning person and night-owl.
          Lauren Baker Ph.D.
          VP, Scientific Affairs and Communications
          • Is an alumni of Purdue University—Boiler Up!
          • The ability to always find the silver lining is her superpower.
          • Paducah, Kentucky is home to Nobel Laureates, World Series Winners, and her.
          Pat Pio
          Executive Assistant to the CEO
          • Wants everyone to know getting older is not for sissies.
          • Organization and follow-through are her superpowers.
          • Was a professional bowler.
          Hans Aerni, Ph.D.
          Principal Scientist
          • Thinks San Diego is an amazing place for innovation with a bonus of being located in paradise.
          • Wants to travel to the bottom of the ocean in pursuit of new discoveries.
          • Used to be a firefighter.
          Shukuan Li
          Senior Research Associate
          • Likes San Diego for its mild weather.
          • Would like to travel to Europe.
          • Could eat fish every day.
          Nicole Acuff, Ph.D.
          Scientist
          • Quotes Disney movies in everyday conversation.
          • Would eat Publix fried chicken every day if she could.
          • Wants you to know that there is currently a debate among virologists as to whether viruses are alive or not.
          Carolina Caffaro, Ph.D.
          Associate Director, Protein Sciences and CMC
          • Combining creativity and focus at work is her superpower.
          • Wants you to know it can take three to five generations for Monarch butterflies to migrate 3,000 miles from Mexico to the northern U.S. but only one generation to complete the return trip.
          • Has backpacked through Uganda to visit mountain gorillas.
          Rob Herman
          Senior Research Associate
          • If he could, he would eat donuts every day.
          • Patagonia is his number one travel destination.
          • Would make a great addition to your bar trivia team, as a large portion of his brain is full of interesting, but mostly useless, knowledge.
          Lilia Koriazova, Ph.D.
          Director, Preclinical Development
          • Open-mindedness is her superpower.
          • Wants you to know that over a century ago, Ilya Metchnikoff theorized that manipulating the intestinal microbiome with host-friendly bacteria found in yogurt could lead to health enhancement and longevity.
          • Was born in a country that no longer exists.
          Lina Ma, Ph.D.
          Scientist II
          • Wants to see the salt flats in Bolivia.
          • Curiosity is her superpower.
          • Likes to explore new things.
          Jasmine Nguyen
          Senior Research Associate
          • Would like to travel throughout the entire Asian continent.
          • Could eat Korean BBQ beef short ribs every day.
          • Has a proven track record of successfully expressing, purifying, and crystalizing both membrane and soluble proteins.
          Mike Pena
          Senior Research Associate
          • Is an alumnus of U.C. Santa Barbara.
          • Loves to travel.
          • Has swum with humpback whales in Tonga.
          Jerod Ptacin, Ph.D.
          Associate Director, Platform Development
          • Is an alumnus of University of Wisconsin, UC Berkeley, and Stanford University.
          • Would eat cheese pizza everyday if he could.
          • Caffeine tolerance is his superpower.
          Kristine San Jose
          Senior Research Associate
          • Appreciates San Diego’s dog-friendly atmosphere and fantastic breweries.
          • Could eat breadsticks every day.
          • Has two dogs and two cats.