I am a physician-scientist with expertise in neuroscience and rare disease research and development. Over the past 15+ years in academic and pharmaceutical industry settings, my main focus has been the translation of novel human disease biology insights into drug discovery and development programs.
I have led various global teams in translational, early-stage and late-stage clinical development for small molecule, gene therapy and fusion protein programs, most recently as Executive Director at Takeda in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I have published 75+ peer-reviewed articles as first, senior or co-author, and I have been serving as a non-clinical consultant to the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry since 2020.
I obtained my MD degree from the University of Würzburg, Germany, and conducted my thesis work in basic research on peripheral nociception. After working as an intern in adult psychiatry, I completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Human Genome Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. In my free time, I am an avid classical pianist who enjoys playing chamber music and Lied accompaniment.