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I received my BA degree from the University of Colorado Boulder with a double major in biochemistry and MCDB with departmental honors in biochemistry, with Dr. Thomas Cech (Magna Cum Laude). I went onto graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley where I completed my master’s degree in molecular immunology. I then went on to work at Genentech, a world class biotechnology company, where I performed research on formulations for pharmaceutical proteins. I later moved into the department of regulatory affairs within Genentech, and became part of the integral team, to manage the development of protein drugs through clinical trials to FDA approval. I left Genentech to move back to Boulder and headed up the regulatory effort for another biotech company who was developing a recombinant human hemoglobin as a blood replacement product. During that time, we teamed up with Eli Lilly, a pharmaceutical giant, which led me to travel extensively throughout Europe exploring strategies for European regulatory approval.
I left the industry to spend time with my kids as they were growing up, going through grade school and to help my husband start up a new company selling a sports software application that he developed.
I started as an academic advisor for MCDB in June 2006, but now advise EBIO and IPHY students as well. In 2008, I was fortunate to be awarded a grant from the Study Abroad Office, to explore and learn about the Danish Institute in Copenhagen and their amazing science program. My passion is to help students learn about how a science education can position them for a satisfying career.
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