San Diego Chapter
OBR made its maiden transatlantic expansion to San Diego in early 2012. San Diego is home to one of the largest concentration of biotechnology companies in the world, and also to a myriad of world-class research institutes in the Torrey Pines Mesa, such as the Salk Institute, The Scripps Research Institute, the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, J. Craig Venter Institute, and University of California, San Diego. Our presence in this biotech cluster puts us in an exclusive environment to forge relationships with both academia and industry, and we look forward to expanding our outreach. Please contact the chapter president Rachel Tsui for enquiries regarding industry partnerships and joining the OBR-San Diego team.
San Diego Chapter Members
Rachel is a PhD candidate at UCSD and a National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow. She is currently studying the signal transduction pathway of NFκB activation. Rachel previously graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Chemistry. She is excited to work with OBR to bridge industry and academia in the form of roundtable discussions and networking events.
Aleks is a postdoctoral research associate at the Scripps Research Institute. Her research focuses on the development of novel protein- and small molecule-based tools for studies of complex biological systems. Previously, Aleks studied organic chemistry at Vanderbilt University. She is looking forward to contributing to the growth of OBR and OBR community.
Kate is a PhD candidate in the Biomedical Sciences program at the University of California, San Diego and previously received her B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Her research focuses on computer-aided drug discovery and she is particularly interested in developing less toxic treatment options that would replace or improve the selectivity of current chemotherapeutics. Kate hopes to help build strong, rewarding relationships between academics and the biotech community in San Diego through OBR.
Martina is a post-doctoral research associate at the Sanford-Burnham Institute for Medical Research. She is interested in understanding how dysfunction of the immune system can contribute to the development of auto-inflammatory diseases such as Crohn’s Disease. Her motivation for joining OBR is to foster cooperation between academia and industry. She looks forward to providing unique opportunities for connection among the various aspects of the science and biotech community.
Snezana is a postdoctoral fellow at Sanford-Burnham Institute for Medical Research. She obtained her PhD at McGill University in Canada. Her research is directed towards the discovery of novel therapeutics for the treatment of cancer and inflammation. She is enthusiastic about creating opportunities for OBR members to gain consulting experience through fostering collaborative projects between academia and industry.
Jessica is a writer and administrator at UCSD’s Center of Excellence in Nanomedicine. She has a master’s in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University, where she later taught science communication. Jessica enjoys helping scientists write more clearly and thinking about the future of science.
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