I started as a summer intern in the Process Organic Chemistry department. The following summer, I switched gears and was hired as a summer intern in the Manufacturing department. Then, immediately following my master’s degree in chemical engineering, Ionis hired me as a full-time employee in Manufacturing.
Most of my adult life and all of my professional life I have been manufacturing oligonucleotides. I still get excited to see the chromatogram or mass spectrum from one my experiments even after all this time.
- What motivates the work you do at Ionis?
Science. Solving problems and learning new things is a privilege that not every job affords. I’m glad I get to do something that, more often than not, is interesting to me.
- How would you describe the Ionis company culture?
Interrogative. Ideas are challenged to produce the best data and most thorough understanding of a
- How have you grown in your professional development at Ionis?
While I have certainly grown in my understanding of oligonucleotides, I think the more important and significant professional development has come as a leader. I have had some excellent examples at Ionis of how to lead effectively and compassionately.
- What is your favorite thing about your day-to-day at Ionis?
The people I work with make the day-to-day enjoyable. While the work itself is motivating, the people are what make the mundane bits of my job enjoyable.
- Favorite Ionis moment or career highlight?
The approval and success of Spinraza. People in the pharmaceutical world can work a lifetime without ever being part of a drug that is approved, let alone clinically and commercially successful. I helped make the first batch of Spinraza with my own two (gloved) hands.