We invite you to get to know our staff and the work that we do to help facilitate collaborations with industry, and build new startups.
Amir Naiberg serves as Associate Vice Chancellor, and President & CEO of UCLA Technology Development Corporation. He leads the UCLA Technology Development Group, a campus wide resource that serves as a Gateway to Innovation, Research and Entrepreneurship at UCLA. Additionally, he leads the UCLA Technology Development Corporation as Chief Executive Officer and President, a non-profit technology company wholly-owned by UCLA focused on better protecting and optimizing the discoveries and inventions developed through UCLA research. Mr. Naiberg also works in concert with several on campus incubators and accelerators to further advance innovation, entrepreneurship and research at UCLA.
Prior to joining UCLA in August 2016, Mr. Naiberg worked at Yeda Research and Development Co, Ltd., In Rehovot, Israel, the technology transfer company of the Weizmann Institute of Science, ranked as one of the top three technology transfer organizations in the world. At Yeda, he served for ten years as CEO, following five years as General Counsel. He led the organization’s growth in licensing and business partnerships, while building an entrepreneurial ecosystem with local incubators, investors, and the Israeli government. Mr. Naiberg is one of the founders of the Israel Technology Transfer Organization (ITTN), a non-profit organization that unites various technology transfer offices throughout Israel. Before joining Yeda, he worked for a private law firm specializing in intellectual property, privacy and cyberspace law. Mr. Naiberg holds law degrees from the Hebrew University School of Law and the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Dina Lozofsky serves as the Senior Director of Business Development, Physical Sciences and Engineering. Dina joined UCLA TDG in August 2019, bringing more than 25 years’ experience working in and around science and technology in Southern California. Most recently, Dina was the Executive Director at Biocom, leading Biocom’s efforts to help grow and support the LA life science industry, raising awareness around the regional cluster’s many research accomplishments. Before joining Biocom, Dina was the Associate Director for Licensing and Business Development at UC Santa Barbara’s Office of Technology and Industry Alliances, where she managed a program to mentor and support startup companies formed around UCSB technology.
Dina has deep experience in intellectual property (IP) management and in leveraging IP to structure strategic alliances for both companies and universities, facilitating university collaboration with industry and fostering startup formation and licensing. She was also Vice President, Corporate Development for Solarmer Energy, a next generation solar startup spun out of UCLA, leading the company’s efforts in strategic relationships, business development, intellectual property, legal affairs, and marketing and worked with BTG International as Associate Vice President in their acquisitions group.
Dina holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from MIT, an MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business and is a registered Patent Agent.
Mark Wisniewski is the Senior Director of Biopharmaceuticals. He is responsible for the life science and biopharma intellectual property developed at UCLA, including managing licensing and marketing staff, financial management of the portfolio and outreach to inventors and industry. His career spanned multiple roles in biotech management, entrepreneurship and product commercialization in both start-up to Fortune 100 companies. Prior to his role at UCLA TDG, Mark was the Head of Special Projects at Prolacta Bioscience, a producer of human milk nutritional products for premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit, leading the strategic planning and business development functions. He was also a Principal Advisor to the National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute’s Commercialization Accelerator Programs which provides business strategy, product commercialization, fund raising and strategic partnership guidance to hundreds of early stage biotech and life science companies. Mark began his career at Baxter Healthcare where he held positions in business development, strategic planning, marketing and R&D. Mark received his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and his Masters of Immunology and Microbiology at the UCLA School of Medicine.
In his role as Business Development Officer, Tariq is currently involved in the marketing, patenting, and licensing of UCLA’s Life Science Technology portfolio, spanning immuno-oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, neurosciences and regenerative medicine.
Tariq joined UCLA TDG in July 2016 and was responsible for the Medical Device portfolio. He left TDG in 2018 to become the Director of Alliance Management for Atara Biotherapeutics, an allogeneic T-cell immunotherapy company. Prior to his time in TDG, he served as COO/CSO for a Houston-based healthcare startup, and as Associate Director at the Center for Innovation at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Tariq brings 15 years of technology transfer experience, having handled licensing and technology transfer at Partners HealthCare Innovation in Boston, the NIH-National Cancer Institute in Maryland, and the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. Tariq received his M.B.A from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, his J.D./L.L.M. from University of New Hampshire – Pierce Law, and his Master’s of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Georgetown University
Ed Beres joined UCLA TDG in November 2017 and brings a background in both industry and university technology commercialization to UCLA. He came to UCLA from the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), where he identified promising start-up companies for the incubator’s portfolio, coached start-up founders, and developed entrepreneurship training programs. Before that, he was with USC for 13 years, working to move USC research into commercial use.His experience also includes a role as market strategy manager for HBT, a start-up company in the hydrogen fuel cell industry, and a position with Southern California Edison, where he helped identify and evaluate new business opportunities for the electric utility during California’s transition from its traditional regulatory structure. His early career included engineering positions in Boeing’s commercial airplane division, and an engineering consulting firm now known as Exponent Inc., that specializes in failure analysis. Ed received a BS from the University of Nevada, Reno, and an MS from Stanford University, both in mechanical engineering.
Joel Kehle joined UCLA TDG in August 2017. In his role as Technology Transfer Officer, Joel manages a portfolio of database, algorithm, artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, and other types of computer science technologies. He has over 20 years of industry experience in information technology and software development. Joel spent over 10 years at Qualcomm focused on cloud computing, enterprise architecture, infrastructure automation, and middleware software. Additionally, he served as Vice President, Technology for multiple startup companies incubated at Idealab in Los Angeles. Joel earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Megha joined UCLA TDG in December 2018 and manages a Medtech portfolio. She was previously a Senior Licensing Officer at UC Irvine after which she joined the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as an Attorney and Assistant General Counsel for Global Health. She was then Assistant VP for Research and Economic Development at Cal State University. Megha has a B.S. in Biological Sciences from UC Irvine, a Ph.D. in Physiological Sciences and Genetics from UCLA, and a J.D. from Maurer School of Law, Indiana University.
Nick Traitler joined UCLA TDG in March 2022, bringing a background in intellectual property management, business consulting, and technology commercialization to his role. Nick manages a portfolio of electrical engineering and computer science technologies. Prior to joining UCLA, Nick was a Senior Licensing Associate at USC. Nick has extensive experience in business development from his work as a consultant to startups and established companies, with a focus in intellectual property protection, licensing, and strategic partnerships.He also previously worked as a patent engineer for an intellectual property law firm performing patent analysis, drafting, and prosecution. He served as a technical advisor for one of the nation’s leading law firms, Perkins Coie LLP, with an emphasis in electrical, computer, communications, consumer electronics, and energy-related technologies. Nick earned a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Cambridge, as well as a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of York. He is a Certified Licensing Professional.
Earl Weinstein joined UCLA TDG in 2005 and is currently Associate Director of Licensing. In this role he works closely with faculty, staff and students to evaluate, protect and commercialize University inventions, and assists with the formation of UCLA startups. Prior to joining UCLA, Earl was with PureTech Ventures, a seed stage venture capital firm in Boston. Earl completed a Ph.D. at MIT working on computational and experimental analysis gene regulatory networks and his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania.
David Riccardo serves as the Business Development Associate, Engineering and Physical Sciences. David joined UCLA TDG in August 2021, bringing four years of industry-side business development experience in technology transfer, contract management and financial negotiation. Prior to TDG, David spent three years as a Licensing Associate at BioLegend, Inc. in San Diego. Prior to BioLegend, David worked at Tioga Research, a contract research organization focused on skin-applied formulations and transdermal drug delivery, and volunteered at IXL Center, a management consulting firm. David holds a B.S. in Human Biology and a Minor in Business from the University of California, San Diego.
Brija Johnson joined UCLA TDG in April 2021 as the Technology Scouting Manager for the SCALE initiative. In her role, she works closely with the Starburst accelerator to recruit and support startups in the aerospace sector. Prior to joining TDG, Brija worked as a Program Manager for Springboard Enterprises and was a Scholar in Residence at Zane Venture Fund. Brija holds a BS in International Business and a BS in Marketing with a minor in Technology Entrepreneurship from the Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Karla Zepeda joined UCLA TDG in 2008. As the Assistant Director, Industry Sponsored Research and Material Transfer, Karla works closely with faculty seeking to obtain funding from industry and non-profit sources. Prior to UCLA, Karla worked at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas as a Contract Specialist within the Office of Technology drafting, negotiating, and executing industry sponsored research agreements and material transfer agreements. Karla received her B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from California State University, Chico and her M.S. in Biotechnology from UT Texas.
Tara A. Davidoff is an active member of the California State Bar. She joined TDG in 2012 and has over 20 years of legal experience. As a Senior Industry Research and Material Transfer Officer, Tara counsels University clinicians, faculty and researchers primarily in the life sciences with respect to industry-sponsored transactions. Before joining TDG, Tara held various positions including Deputy City Attorney for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office; Associate Counsel at a prominent regional law firm representing real estate investors and redevelopers on multi-million dollar projects; and as a Licensing Manager at a Hollywood studio. Tara holds a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and a B.A in Political Science/Theater from SUNY Albany.
Here are the departments Tara Davidoff assists with; School of Medicine: Clinical Departments, Anderson School of Management, School of Law, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, Public Health, Theater, Film & TV and Arts/Architecture.
Kathleen Wrobel joined UCLA in 1990 and TDG in 1997 as material transfer administrator. She currently is an MTA and Industry Contract Officer handling both MTAs and industry sponsored research agreements for various campus departments. Kathleen holds a BA from SUNY Buffalo and an MA and C.Phil. from UCLA.
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Ruzanna joined UCLA TDG in 2021. As an Industry Research and Material Transfer Associate, Ruzanna assists TDG’s ISR Team with drafting, negotiating, and executing material transfer and research agreements. Prior to her role at UCLA, Ruzanna worked in Worker’s Compensation and Real Estate law. Ruzanna received her law degree in 2016 from Southwestern Law School and her B.A. in Sociology from California State University, Northridge.
Jeff joined TDG as an associate with the Industry Sponsored Research and Materials Transfer in 2021. Originally from the Los Angeles area, Jeff was previously in Washington, DC at Georgetown University’s Office of Technology Commercialization as an analyst and coordinator facilitating intellectual property contract intake, review, and compliance and supporting technology licensing and marketing efforts. Outside of Georgetown, Jeff has worked with startups, consultancies, and companies interested in scaling innovative technologies and initiatives. Jeff received his B.A. from James Madison University and holds graduate degrees from Georgetown University.
Diane was raised in Los Angeles and has worked in media, entertainment, and law. Diane graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Gender Studies and a minor in Film, Television, Digital Media in 2020. In 2022 Diane earned an M.L.S. degree from UCLA School of Law's Master of Legal Studies program where she specialized in Entertainment Law.
Harry joined TDG as an associate with the Industry Sponsored Research and Materials Transfer in 2021. Originally from Orlando Florida and a Los Angeles resident since 2019, Harry has a decade of paralegal experience in a wide variety of areas specializing in domestic, civil, probate, and criminal law. Additionally Harry was a contributing writer for multiple local news outlets in the central Florida area. Harry received his B.A. from the University of Central Florida in 2011.
Karla joined UCLA TDG in July 2013 as an ISR-MTA Coordinator. Currently in her role as an ISR-MTA Coordinator she reviews and processes MTA agreements as well as ISR proposals and intake matters. Karla provides support to all ISR staff and reviews applicable information to complete Conflict of Interest Cases. She previously worked in the Office of Research Data Management (ORDM). She started at UCLA as an Administrative Assistant in the office of Extramural Fund Management (EFM) in 2000, where she gained experience with reviewing awards and assigning fund numbers. In 2006 she was promoted to an Administrative Analyst role in ORDM. She has experience with the UCLA Financial System and PATS. She has been in charge of processing awards, adding new sponsors and requesting sponsor codes via UCOP-REMS. Karla is a departmental resource between ORDM and EFM with ISR matters.
Iris Heredia joined TDG in November 2014 as an Industry Sponsored Research and Material Transfer Coordinator. In her role as ISR-MTA Coordinator, Iris reviews material transfer requests and manages intake duties for sponsored research matters. Every month, Iris collaborates with faculty and staff to prepare and submit Conflict of Interest cases. She also runs audit reports to check data entry accuracy and solves any pending issues. Prior to UCLA, Iris was a Marketing Intern at Intercollegiate Athletics Department and a Writing Tutor at University of California, Santa Barbara. Iris holds a B.A. in Political Science and Global Studies from UCSB.
Darin Riggs joined UCLA TDG in 2010 as the MTA Specialist. In this role he helped transition the internal OIP MTA database to a web-based online MTA management system. Darin is also the primary contact for researchers requiring assistance with obtaining Material Transfer Agreements. Prior to UCLA, Darin worked for Mercer Human Resource Consulting in Records Management. Darin attended the University of Minnesota, and has a B.A. in Political Science.
Thomas (Tom) Lipkin joined UCLA TDG in 2012 and serves as the Director of the UCLA Innovation Fund and New Ventures. Tom and his New Ventures team work to further translational research at UCLA by helping identify, fund, and actively manage promising academic projects to meet key industry-specific milestones through an internal philanthropic proof-of-concept fund called the UCLA Innovation Fund. New Ventures also supports the entrepreneurial environment at UCLA by helping build startup companies around UCLA's intellectual property, serving as a resource to faculty members, aiding existing UCLA startups in sourcing financing and talent, and helping secure additional funding for campus-wide initiatives. Previously, Tom was with Osage University Partners, a venture capital fund that invests exclusively in university-based startup companies. Tom received his B.S. in Biology from Indiana University and his Ph.D. in Cell Biology and Pathology from Columbia University.
Sofia Ramos joined UCLA TDG in September 2021 as Startup Support Associate of UCLA New Ventures. In her role, she works closely with university startups, providing continued support through the UCLA Startup in a Box (SIAB) program, connecting all UCLA-related startups to service providers including corporate law firms, banks, human resources, and tax and accounting services. Prior to joining TDG, Sofia was an analyst at an impact fund dedicated to investing and uplifting minority entrepreneurs and is an active member of UCLA Anderson’s School of Management Riordan Programs. Sofia holds a B.A. in Political Science, and a minor in IMS from the University of California, Los Angeles and the Paris Institute of Political Studies.
Matthew Savary joined the UCLA TDG in 2019 and serves as Principal of New Ventures and the UCLA Innovation Fund. Dr. Savary manages the MedTech vertical of the UCLA Innovation Fund, and is responsible for evaluating early-stage medical device technologies, working closely with UCLA inventors and external advisors to de-risk promising assets, and attracting industry partners, entrepreneurs, and investors to continue development through a license to an established or newly created company. Matthew joined the TDG from Medtronic in Boulder, CO, where he was Director of Medical Affairs for four years. Prior to that he was a Surgical Resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Matthew has a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Steven Institute of Technology, and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Tufts University School of Medicine.
Angi Kujak joined UCLA’s Technology Development Group in November 2017 to serve as its first Director of Contracts, which position was created to improve the consistency, quality and efficiency of TDG’s IP transaction negotiations. Angi is a registered patent attorney and provides IP transactional support to the Associate Vice Chancellor, and President & CEO of UCLA Technology Development Corporation, TDG’s Licensing Directors and Officers, as well as its Industry Sponsored Research team members. Such support includes aiding in accelerating negotiations to execution, enhancing licensing strategy, and providing IP-related advice on copyright, trademark and patent matters and use of name. Her responsibilities also include drafting and negotiating a broad range of IP transactions and addressing complex technology commercialization issues, including those that uniquely arise from start-up company activities. In addition, Angi manages the Licensing Support Team members, who assist the Licensing Team with the drafting, negotiation, execution and monitoring of TDG’s license agreements. Prior to joining TDG, Angi served as Assistant and Associate General Counsel for the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation for over seven years, and worked as a patent prosecution and litigation attorney at a private law firm for several years before specializing in IP transactions.
Deb Kowshik joined UCLA’s Technology Development Group in November 2016 and currently serves as its Assistant Director of Contracts. Deb is a registered patent attorney and provides transactional and analytical support to TDG’s Senior Director of Contracts through the drafting and negotiating of moderate risk agreements such as LOIs, Options, Bailments and IIAs, as well as handling more routine consulting, collaboration and confidentiality contracts, and agreement terminations. Deb also assists with the license agreement due diligence process by ensuring all IP – patents, copyrights, and associated technologies – included in each license is adequately vetted for ownership and third party obligations. Deb brings over 10 years of experience, most recently managing the medical device team at a patent search firm, and prior to that working in the legal setting, clinical research arena, and at the lab bench. Deb holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, a B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Stony Brook University, and is a proud alumni of The Bronx High School of Science.
Griselda joined TDG in October 2016 as a Licensing Support Analyst. Currently as a Contracts Manager for Integrated Sciences, her position involves reviewing and drafting the Business Development and Technology Transfer team’s contracts, and managing contract compliance activities. Griselda has worked for UCLA since she was a student. She previously worked as a Junior Fund Manager and Purchasing Coordinator at UCLA’s Division of Dermatology for 3 years, and prior to that, she worked for UCLA Health and UCLA’s Division of Rheumatology. She holds a B.A. from UCLA in Spanish and a minor in Political Science.
Noreen comes to us from business management firm NKSFB, where she has been a billing and finance specialist for the past two years . Prior to that, she worked for eleven years KCET Community Television of Southern California, where she was the Director of Education and Children’s Programming. She holds a B.S. in Economics and Communication Studies from Northwestern University, an M.Sc. In Global Media and Communication from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an M.A. in Global Communications from USC.
Charan joined UCLA TDG in December 2013. Prior to UCLA, he was a patent attorney at a New York City law firm where he drafted and prosecuted patent applications. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Cornell University, a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, and a B.S. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from UCLA.
Shemekia Brown joined UCLA TDG in June of 2014 as a Patent Prosecution Analyst. She brings over 12 years experience in intellectual property prosecution. Prior to UCLA, she worked for Kilpatrick Townsend as a Patent Prosecution Specialist for 10 years. Shemekia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from San Jose State.
Lily Yu joined UCLA’s Technology Development Group in March of 2015 as a Patent Prosecution Analyst. She provides patent support to the business development officers, inventors, and licensees by managing their extensive patent portfolios. In addition, she handles all of the annuities for UCLA. She began her intellectual patent career in 2011 at Ladas & Parry. Prior to working in the patent field, she worked in education and nonprofit. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Arts in Asian American Studies from UCLA.
Naomi is a full-time student at UCLA, who joined the Technology Development Group in Summer 2021. As an out-of-state student from Las Vegas, Nevada she is currently working on her undergraduate degree in Psychobiology with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Naomi expects to graduate with her B.S. degree in 2024. Prior to this, Naomi has worked in a managerial position at Massage Envy with no prior experience in patent prosecution. She possesses a strong interest for real-world exposure to technology development, marketing, and commercialization.
Tim Grauerholz joined UCLA TDG in 2013. In his role as the Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operations Officer, Tim is responsible for the overall financial performance of TDG’s portfolio, including the royalty and patent distribution, revenue allocation to campus units, creating and managing the annual budget, oversight of all operational and patent prosecution expenses & forecasts, and establishing the appropriate accounting and financial reporting policies and procedures for the group. Tim also oversees the Patent Prosecution team, the Marketing team, and all capital and IT needs for TDG. As Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer for UCLA Technology Development Corporation, Tim is responsible for reporting all operational and patent related financials to the Board of Directors. He also serves on the Finance Committee, the Monetization Committee, and others as requested. He brings over 15 years of financial experience and leadership having previously worked in the Aerospace/Defense industry in various expanding roles at TRW, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon. Tim holds an M.B.A. from USC and a B.S. from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in Finance and Economics.
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As the Director of Human Resources, Laura is responsible for leading employee relations, training and development strategies, recruitment, performance management, compensation, payroll, and benefits for UCLA TDG. Laura joined TDG in 2013, and prior to that she worked in several roles over thirteen years in the Office of the Chancellor at the University of California, Berkeley. Her most recent role was as the Director of Human Resources & Operations for the Vice Chancellor of Administration & Finance. Laura holds a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley.
Kristen Robertson joined UCLA TDG in 2015. As senior financial analyst, Kristen works closely with the CFO to monitor the overall finances of OIP-ISR’s portfolio, including royalty and patent distribution, campus revenue allocations, the annual budget, and operational expenses and forecasts. Kristen graduated with a degree in Economics in 2009 from Pepperdine University and has spent her career thus far focusing on financial management, process improvement, and data analysis. She has held various high-level roles in the Aerospace/Defense and the commercial sectors, primarily in the areas of finance and strategy.
Jude Anchang joined UCLA TDG in December 2016 as a temp-to-hire. As the Operations and Marketing Specialist, he is responsible for managing TDG communications from maintaining the TDG website to fielding inquires related to TDG's chief divisions of Licensing, Industry Sponsored Research and Marketing. Jude spent seven years as a Production Coordinator in Feature Production at 20th Century Fox Studios (now Disney Studios). He is an alumnus of the Juilliard School Drama program and as hobby loves to write and produce theatre and film.
As the Operations & Human Resources Analyst, Jessica is responsible for human resources and payroll processing, travel and entertainment reimbursements, purchasing, building operations, and other operational duties. She has a B.S. in Business Administration with a Human Resources concentration from UC Riverside. Jessica brings with her 4 years of UCLA experience from her time serving as the Administrative Manager at UCLA Anderson Parker Career Management Center and as an Administrative Specialist at UCLA Facilities Management. Prior to UCLA, she worked for 4 years as the Field Human Resources Assistant for Panda Restaurant Group.
Marivi Valcourt joined TDG in 2019. She is responsible for brand marketing, PR, professional events, webinars, social media, content and analytics for the organization. Marivi has spent the majority of her 30 year career as a marketing professional in the music industry and the performing arts. She has held positions at MCA/Universal Records, Capitol Records, UCLA’s Royce Hall and most recently LA Opera. Marivi is excited to bring her creative energy and marketing knowledge to UCLA's tech transfer office. She holds a Bachelor of Music/Music Business from New York University and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University.
Carol Lopez joined UCLA TDG in 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce, Finance degree from Santa Clara University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. She brings with her over 6 years of finance experience, over 9 years of operations experience, and over 12 years of development/relationship management/outreach experience in varying sectors, including higher education, healthcare, and non-profit.
Ruxi Dai is currently a PhD candidate in Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, doing research in the field of Inorganic Chemistry. His research topic is synthesizing organometallic compounds and developing their catalytic activities in bio-degradable plastic preparation. Ruxi moved to the United States in 2016 for the graduate program in UCLA, after he got his bachelor's degree in Peking University, China.
Adrian is a TDG Business Development Fellow and has been working with TDG since June 2020. He is currently a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry and Biochemistry, working towards his degree in Analytical Chemistry through synthesis and characterization of molecules for therapeutics. Prior to coming to UCLA, Adrian received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from California State University, Los Angeles. As a TDG fellow, Adrian assists with technology assessment and marketing.
Travis is a senior TDG Business Development Fellow, under the life science marketing team, and has been working with TDG since March 2018. He is a fourth-year Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, working on developing novel microfluidic technologies to produce Positron Emission Tomography (PET) agents. With the use of microfluidic devices, current roadblocks in the development of novel PET tracers can be overcome by surveying a wide breadth of reaction space parameters, furthering our understanding of radiochemistry, and promoting otherwise cost restrictive tracer development that can be used for the identification of a myriad of diseases or to assess the efficacy of treatment pathways. He is seeking a Ph.D. to become an industry research scientist in drug development, with a penultimate goal of entrepreneurship in novel drug development pathway platforms. As a senior fellow at TDG, Travis manages a wide breadth of marketing responsibilities for life science technologies and oversees junior fellows.
Moe joined TDG as a Technology Fellow in January 2021. She is currently a PhD candidate at UCLA Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, specializing in drug discovery and development in the oncology field. Her thesis work focuses on the role of the VHL gene in the progression of kidney cancer, and the expected graduation year is 2023.
Originally from Japan, Moe came to the United States to attend UCLA for her undergraduate study. She majored in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology and minored in Bioinformatics, while also conducting research in the fields of neuroscience and stem cell. After obtaining a B.S. in 2017, Moe started her doctoral degree to further pursue her interest in biomedical sciences.
At TDG, Moe’s roles include drafting of NCD and marketing list on the life sciences side. Moe holds broad interests in the biotech industry, from R&D to consulting to venture capitals. To explore different career options, she actively participates in events, such as Penn Healthcare Case Competition (PHCC) 2020, where her team won 3rd place among the nationwide competitors. Outside of research, Moe enjoys various kinds of sports (ultimate frisbee, basketball, swimming, running) and visiting national parks.
Kathleen joined TDG in August 2021 as a Technology Fellow. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA. She obtained her B.A. in Chemistry from Wellesley College and was an intern in 2019 at Beyond Meat in their Formulations R&D Department. Kathleen's research at UCLA is focused on chemical and biological advances for sustainable food systems. As a TDG fellow, she is involved in technology evaluation and marketing. She is expected to graduate in 2023 and is keen on pursuing a career in sustainability.
Clincy Cheung is a Ph.D. candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at UCLA. His thesis research is focused on hetero-integration of GaN-based mm-wave electronic materials and is concurrently on an internship assignment with Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach, CA. Clincy is interested in technologies that make public infrastructure and private industry more efficient, likes to read policy papers, and invests in publicly traded equities in his leisure time.
Zirui joined UCLA TDG as a Technology Fellow in June 2020. He is currently a PhD candidate at Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His research focuses on non-invasive cancer detection through surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. Zirui started his PhD program in June 2015 after receiving a B.S. degree at UCLA. As a TDG fellow, he assists on technology evaluation and marketing.
Justin is a 4th year PhD Student in the Molecular Biology Institute researching in the laboratory of Dr. Todd Yeates. His research work is focused on applying synthetic biology principles and computational methods to design therapeutic proteins and therapeutic delivery vectors. As an undergraduate student at UCLA, Justin studied Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics. Now at TDG, he works primarily with biologics, where he draws from his background in molecular and structural biology to better understand details of university-generated inventions. As a Business Development Fellow, he has developed skills in identifying the critical value of inventions as well as how to market these inventions for licensing. He is anticipating to graduate in 2022, after which, he is especially interested in pursuing a career in intellectual property law.
Alejandra is a TDG Business Development Fellow and has been working with TDG since March 2020. She is currently a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Physics and Biology in Medicine Interdepartmental Program. Her thesis work focuses on the development and implementation of high throughput experimentation for the production of radiopharmaceuticals utilized in positron emission tomography. Prior to UCLA, Alejandra received dual bachelors in Biochemistry and Biophysics from the California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) and a Masters’ in Physics from the same institution. As a TDG fellow, Alejandra assists on technology evaluation and marketing.
Christopher Sue joined UCLA TDG in October 2019 as a Technology Development Fellow. Working under the Business Development Associates, he has drafted dozens of non-confidential disclosures pamphlets and conducted market research on a diverse set of intellectual properties. Christopher currently is working as a Senior Technology Development Fellow helping to train new Fellows and develop innovative and new marketing strategies for UCLA TDG. He has a B.S. in Chemistry from Westmont College located in Santa Barbara and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at UCLA in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (expected graduation 2022), doing research in the field of Chemical Biology. His research is focused on the development of novel protein-protein ligation methods to expand the biochemical toolbox and in the study of bacterial pathogenesis to develop novel antibacterial drugs.
Abril Morales is a 4th year PhD candidate in the molecular biology interdepartmental program. Her thesis work in Dr. William Lowry’s lab seeks to understand the mitochondrial and metabolomic disturbances of monogenic intellectual disability disorders using stem cell- derived models. Prior to this, her other research experiences include investigating cell cycle regulated proteins using biochemical methods and antibiotic drug discovery from plant microbiomes. As a TDG New Ventures Fellow, she works closely with faculty to develop and enhance their pitch of novel therapeutics
Grace is a fifth-year PhD student in the Molecular Biology Interdepartmental Program. Her thesis work focuses on human germ cell development, using embryonic stem cells and gene editing to understand the transcriptional program that contributes to healthy development and fertility. She has enjoyed learning about drug and product development during her time as a fellow at TDG, and holds interests in entrepreneurship, investing, and the biotech industry. Outside of research and work she enjoys climbing mountains, watching basketball, and traveling--both far away and locally!
Pawan is a New Venture Fellow and has been working with TDG since August 2020. He is currently a Full-Time MBA Candidate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management where he is specializing in Healthcare Management and Entrepreneurship. This past summer, Pawan interned as a Social Impact Ambassador at the Boston Consulting Group. He worked with a large hospital group identifying and implementing best practices for daily operations for during and post-COVID.
Prior to business school, Pawan majored in Biomedical Engineering from UT Austin. He was an undergraduate researcher at UT as well, focusing on imaging modalities to track cranial blood flow. After undergrad, he worked as an engineering consultant at Emerson where he led project teams in designing, implementing, and testing automation systems for pharmaceutical manufacturing.
At TDG, Pawan spent the fall working directly with a project in Innovation Fund building a go-to-market strategy. This year, Pawan has been working across projects and has been helping develop TDG’s “Startup In A Box” offerings, which are designed to help entrepreneurial Bruins create a startup on camp
I am a current second-year graduate student at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health earning my Master’s in Public Health - Healthcare Management (Class of 2021). Prior to attending UCLA, I graduated from Santa Clara University (SCU) where I majored in Public Health Science. After graduating from SCU, I worked as a consultant in the health IT sector, focusing on EHR integration and process improvement. I then transitioned into a policy fellowship at AltaMed Health Services within the Government Relations department, where I conducted legislative research. Shortly after, I matriculated at UCLA for my MPH and began working for the UCLA Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center within the Quality department, performing data analytics and creating QI reports. Prior to joining UCLA TDG, I was a management intern at OptumHealth within the performance improvement department. Although a majority of my background is in the operations and policy side of the healthcare delivery sector, because of my public health education, I have a passion and interest for innovation across the life science industry. As a current New Venture Fellow, my role consists of performing regulatory, scientific, and market due diligence, under the direction of the Medical Device portfolio team.
Kan is a 2nd year Full-Time MBA Candidate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management (Class of 2021), where he specializes in Entrepreneurship.
Since the last spring, he has developed wholistic perspectives for the entrepreneurial environment by interning at a Silicon Valley-based accelerator, a Japanese biotech startup and Israeli venture capital firm. His responsibility included connecting dots between large corporates & startups, assistance of fundraising and deal sourcing.
Prior to business school, Kan majored in Economics in college and joined an asset management firm in Japan, where he served as a stock trader. He developed his interest in startups at that time, since his team mostly traded small-mid caps and had a chance to take a closer look at the rising stars.
As a New Venture Fellow at TDG, I am collaborating with portfolio teams to commercialize medical device technologies by conducting market landscape analysis, regulatory & risk assessment, and financial & reimbursement strategy.
Rajashree is a 4th year PhD candidate in the Materials Science and Engineering department. Her thesis research is focused on the development of high frequency RF power switches using novel metal-insulator transition materials. Prior to UCLA, she received her bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley. As a TDG Fellow, Rajashree will work with the New Ventures group on the go-to-market strategy for a medical device technology. In her leisure time, Rajashree loves traveling to national parks, volleyball, and gardening.