I am a neuroscientist & project manager specializing in drug discovery research and early drug development. I am passionate about finding new and better therapies for patients.
I joined Genentech in January 2019 as a project manager. Prior to that, I was a scientist at Circuit Therapeutics, where I used optogenetics to achieve cell-type specific manipulation of brain circuits to learn how cell activities alter behavior. My project aimed at understanding the brain circuits involved in feeding and metabolism, with the goal of developing novel therapies for obesity and metabolic diseases (press release).
I am broadly interested in improving the process of translating from disease models to human therapeutics. My background and training include a PhD in systems neuroscience from UC Berkeley, human neuroimaging (PET/fMRI), and experience driving preclinical discovery projects in a start-up environment (Circuit Therapeutics) and in pharmaceutical companies (Boehringer Ingelheim, Genentech). I am an enthusiastic team builder and love new challenges!