WIB-Seattle

Name:  Shannon Dennis
WIB Position:  Chapter Chair
Company: NanoString Technologies
Title: Scientist, Diagnostics Development
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Shannon is currently a scientist in NanoString's molecular diagnostics development group. Previously, she founded and managed the Exploration Program for Industry Careers (EPIC) for students and postdocs at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  She holds a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from UW/FHCRC and a BA in Biology from Lewis and Clark College. 

Name:  Katie Smolnycki
WIB Position:  Chapter Vice Chair
Company: Fred Hutch
Title: Market Analyst
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Katie has eight years of experience working in the life sciences and is passionate about innovation in healthcare and life sciences. She has worked in lung biology research laboratories, developed a business plan for a pediatric obesity clinic, and consulted in market research and product development for life science technologies. Currently, Katie works as a Market Analyst on the Business Development and Industry Relations team at Fred Hutch. She received her M.S. in Health Care Management from the Simon Business School, a certificate in Biotechnology Project Management from the University of Washington, and her B.S. in Biological Sciences and Psychology from The College at Brockport, State University of New York. Katie actively volunteers with the Association for Women in Science, the Seattle Health Innovators group, and with other local STEM organizations in the community. 

Name:  Ingrid Durenberger
WIB Position:  Communications Chair
Company: Fred Hutch
Title: Clinical Data Manager
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Ingrid has over 15 years of experience in the biological sciences, including preclinical bench research in immunology, applied toxicology, working with clinical site data for immuno-oncology trials, and currently as a Clinical Data Manager for HIV vaccine trials at Fred Hutch HIV Vaccine Trials Network.  She is committed to ensuring that the highest quality data are produced to achieve the goal of bringing an HIV vaccine to market. Ingrid is a Puget Sound native who holds a B.S. in Biology from Seattle University and an M.S. in Toxicology from the University of Washington. She enjoys meeting people and learning about current research in biosciences academia as well as what is going on in the vibrant local biotechnology industry. She is excited about serving on the Communications Committee to help promote WIB-Seattle Metro programs and activities.  

Name:  Sonya Trejo
WIB Position:  Communications Vice Chair
Company: Juno Therapeutics
Title: Product Lifecycle Management Tech Writer
Name:  Stephanie Tatem Murphy
WIB Position:  Membership Chair
Company: SEngine Precision Medicine
Title: Project Manager
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Stephanie is currently a Project Manager at SEngine Precision Medicine within the Institute for Systems Biology. She has a M.S. in molecular biology from Univ. Illinois at Chicago and is involved with other local STEM groups. Her lab experience spans through three biotechnology companies incorporating next generation DNA sequencing and bioinformatics studies totaling 6 years. Her work as a LIMS product liaison between customers, software developers and business groups has developed her database and system administrator skills along with writing functional requirements, performing QA/QC software testing, implementing CLIA requirements, and presenting technical demonstrations. Stephanie’s management experience includes multiple grants, such as, co-principal investigator for an NSF Advanced Technological Education at the University of California-Davis and the U.S. Dept. of Labor grant at Bellevue College. She has taught bioinformatics and biology at American River College, Seattle Central, and Bellevue College. 

Name:  Janet Jennings
WIB Position:  Membership Vice Chair
Company: Eurofins Panlabs Inc
Title: Program Manager
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Janet (https://www.linkedin.com/in/janetjennings1) is a passionate client services manager and project management professional with over 20 years of international experience delivering exceptional service to clients in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Her career has been spent in the contract research arena at MDS Pharma Services and Eurofins Panlabs. She has led cross functional project teams throughout the organization to streamline workflows, improve systems and procedures, save time, preserve resources and consistently deliver quality results. Janet was born and raised in Seattle. She is an adventurous traveler, enjoys hiking, bicycling, yoga, meditation…getting together with old friends and making new friends.

Name:  Ariana Marcassa
WIB Position:  Program Chair
Company: Fred Hutch
Title: Immune Monitoring Specialist
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Ariana Marcassa (https://www.linkedin.com/in/amarcassa) holds an MSc degree in bacterial molecular genetics from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada. Ariana's scientific specialities are protein expression and purification; so far, her research experiences have been deeply rooted in molecular biology. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Ariana works in the Immune Monitoring Core. Here, Ariana creates custom protein reagents used around the world in support T cell research and immuno-oncology therapies. 

Name:  Dominika Trembecka-Lucas
WIB Position:  Program Vice Chair
Name:  Lisann Zentner
WIB Position:  Funding Chair
Company: Kelly Scientific Resources
Title: Development Manager
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As a Business Development Manager at Kelly Scientific Resources, Lisann (https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisann) connects Seattle area labs with top scientific and clinical talent. In her position, she enjoys meeting scientists from diverse industries and learning about a broad range of scientific work. Lisann received her B.S. in Chemistry from Mills College. At Mills she organized the Russell Women in Science Lecture series, an annual event that features a prominent woman in science who inspires students and the public through her life and work. Lisann has previously worked as an analytical chemist at The Clorox Company and the Savannah River National Laboratory.

Name:  Sophia Siu
WIB Position:  Funding Vice Chair
Company: Gilead
Title: Regulatory Affairs Associate
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Sophia has over ten years of experience working in the Seattle area biotechnology industry. She gained broad industry expertise from working in various aspects of drug development including preclinical research, process development, and most recently, clinical development. After a decade of developing discovery stage biologics at Amgen in the laboratory, she is excited about bringing clinical stage products to market in her current role as Regulatory Affairs Associate at Gilead.  Sophia received her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of British Columbia (Canada) and her M.Sc. in Biomedical Regulatory Affairs from the University of Washington. She would love to see Seattle thrive as a hotbed for biotechnology innovation and believes that organizations such as WIB can be catalysts for connecting people and ideas.     

Name:  Quyen Tran
WIB Position:  Young Women In Bio Chair
Company: DRVision
Title: Sales and Marketing Manager
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Quyen has over six years of experience in the life sciences and holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has worked in stem cell biology, developmental processes, molecular biology, 3D printing, and next generation sequencing.  Quyen is passionate about education, participating in events such as Saturday Science and Engineering Expo. She has also organized in-class and evening events to encourage science education in under-served schools. She is proud to continue this effort with Young Women In Bio to encourage girls to pursue their interest in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Name:  Chelsea Mullins
WIB Position:  Young Women In Bio Vice Chair
Company: Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Title: Sr. Research Associate II
Name:  Yang Wu
WIB Position:  MAPs Chair
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Yang is an engineer by training and life scientist by heart.  She obtained her PhD in Engineering from the University of New Mexico and had over 10 years of experiences in laboratory automation, early-stage drug discovery, and development of innovated technology. Yang is passionate about sharing her technical skills, biological research interests, and project management skills with her community, and actively involved in other STEM organizations such as the Society of Laboratory Automation and Screening, Annual Course in Cytometry, and Association for Women in Science. 

Yang enjoy taking online classes to refresh her knowledge or to expend her horizon in her spare time. She also integrated Zumba® and Zumba Toning® into the healthy life style she's promoting - check out classes she's currently offering at: http://ywu.zumba.com

Name:  Laura Gaydos
WIB Position:  MAPs Vice Chair
Company: Fred Hutch
Name:  Kimberly Decker
WIB Position:  MAPs Vice Chair
Company: Benaroya Research Institute
Name:  Erica Foss
WIB Position:  Director-at-large
Company: CMC Biologics
Title: Admin Specialist
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Erica is an Administrative Assistant at CMC Biologics. She earned a BSc degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and a minor in Business Administration from the University of Washington. As a recent graduate, she seeks a career in process improvement and project management that contributes to the STEM industry.  In her free time, Erica enjoys bouldering, traveling and trying new restaurants, yet also enjoys nights at home, reading or cooking.

Name:  Monica Cuevas
WIB Position:  Treasurer
Company: Amazon
Title: Technical Account Manager
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Monica holds a Laurea Magistrale (MSc) in Chemistry from the University of Naples in Italy, where she completed her thesis on the structure- based design and NMR characterization of Novel immunosuppressive cyclic peptides. Before her degree, Monica worked as Project Administrative Assistant at the University of Naples. Her background then led her to Canada where she worked at the University of Victoria’s collaborating with the Departments of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Microbiology acting as a Research and Teaching Assistant.

Seeking greater challenges and opportunities, she earned a Diploma in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting and a Certificate in Business Management. Monica has attained an understanding of project development and the ability to collaborate successfully with diverse stakeholders. Over the past few years, she has been working in Client Service Management focused on international customers and providing technical and customer support.

Monica has volunteered the chapter since 2014, acting as a leader for a MAPs group and recently as part of the Treasury. She is passionate about leading her group, building a network of peer support, motivation, and appreciation. She is also trilingual (fluent in English, Italian and Spanish), enjoys living in the Northwest, and exploring the outdoors.

WIB women
Name:  Andrea Knapp
WIB Position:  Chair Emeritus/Director-at-Large
Company: NanoString Technologies
Title: Program Manager, Translational Research
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Andrea has over ten years of experience in the regulated research environment, including two major preclinical contract research organizations, the eye bank industry, as a regulatory specialist supporting clinical, preclinical, and biosafety projects, and a clinical contract research organization. Currently, she serves as the program manager for Translational Research at NanoString Technologies maintaining over 75 projects. She is enthusiastic about the operational side of the scientific industry, having served as project and personnel manager while bringing online a new autoradiography lab at MPI Research. Andrea received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a certificate in Biotechnology Project Management from the University of Washington. She is passionate about her community and has diverse involvement in other organizations including Junior League, Lean In, Association of Women in Science, and other local STEM groups.

Also meet our Committee Associates, who assist the efforts of Chapter Chairs and support the successful implementation of their initiatives!