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 Zhaleh Amini for enquiries regarding industry partnerships and joining the OBR-San Diego team.
San Diego Chapter Members
Zhaleh is a PhD candidate in the Biochemistry program at the University of California, San Diego, and previously received her B.S. in Chemistry and Chemical Biology from Cornell University. Currently, her research focuses on RNA catalysis for uses in therapy and as tools in research. Zhaleh is excited to contribute to the growth of OBR and further a connection between academia and industry.
Monika is a postdoctoral research associate at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute. She received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research aims to better understand how host innate immune signaling restricts viral infection, with the ultimate goal of identifying potential therapeutic targets. Monika is excited to foster interactions between San Diego’s academic and biotech communities through productive consulting collaborations.
Priyal is a Masters candidate in the Bioengineering program at the University of California, San Diego, and previously received her B.S. in Biotechnology from RV College of Engineering, Bangalore, India. Her research focuses on antibody development, specifically on the design and characterization of recombinant inhibitors of rabbit polyclonals. Priyal enjoys science writing and her interests lie in the biotechnology industry. She is excited to work with OBR to bridge industry and academia in the form of networking events.
Astrid is a postdoctoral fellow funded by the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program to work on the identification of a novel target in the treatment of nicotine dependence at the University of California, San Diego. She is passionate about her scientific research, science outreach and science communication. Astrid aspires to build strong and meaningful relationships between academia and industry in the San Diego area through her position as the Outreach and Marketing lead at OBR.
Olivia is a PhD candidate in Chemistry at the University of California, San Diego, and previously received her B.S. in Chemistry from University of California, Irvine. Her research currently focuses on understanding how biological reactivity in oceans can affect the ability of sea spray particles to react with pollutants and oxidants in the atmosphere.
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