Meet Melissa

Tell us about yourself, your position, background, motivations.

I grew up in Texas and got my B.S. in Genetics at Texas A&M University and my Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. My goal was always to pursue a career in industry rather than academic science, and though it was a long journey, I feel very lucky to have found a career at Crinetics that I love.

My position is Associate Director of  Discovery. I lead the Discovery team responsible for evaluating the pharmacodynamics of novel compounds in disease models.  I also contribute to cross-functional program teams that are tasked with driving both the operational and strategic decisions in Discovery programs.

I am, of course, motivated to discover new therapeutics for diseases with unmet needs. But on a more personal level, I have a core motivational drive to add value and make a positive impact in whatever organization I am working. I am willing to work hard for myself and the success of others, and will wear whatever hat I need to be wearing at the time to achieve that goal.

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