Director of the Antibody Initiative
Joe Bertelsen’s foray into the reagent antibody world began with a chance meeting at a networking event. It launched a two-decade career, leading teams that developed and implemented commercial and research and development strategies. With stints in leadership at Abcam, Covance and Signet Laboratories, Joe has cultivated a deep understanding of what it takes to succeed in the antibody business. He talks about his work and IPI’s unique ability as a nonprofit to disrupt the antibody market (here).
Director of Partnerships and Alliances
Stephen M. Fuchs, PhD
Stephen M. Fuchs, PhD, offers IPI a unique combination of experiences in protein chemistry and yeast biology, in addition to science education and outreach. Prior to joining IPI, Steve was an Assistant Professor at Tufts University and currently serves as the Chair of the Career Development Committee for the Protein Society.
Director of Communications, Strategy & Admin. Operations
Trisha Gura, PhD
Trisha Gura, PhD, brings to IPI more than 25 years of experience in journalism, communications and marketing. Trained as a molecular biologist and science journalist, she has the rare ability to communicate science and technology to a wide range of individuals. She also offers IPI strategic and fundraising expertise, having worked as Director of Marketing and Communications at T1D Exchange and Associate Director of Communications at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Director of Finance
Jona Marashi, MBA
Jona Marashi, MBA, has managed budgets for top nonprofits in the Boston area for more than 13 years. Before joining IPI, she was the associate director of finance for the Education Development Center – a research nonprofit focused on educational, health and workforce challenges around the world – and directed the budget for Health Resources in Action, a nonprofit consulting agency. Now, Jona oversees the fiscal management and financial planning at IPI. She earned her MBA from Simmons University in Boston and her master’s degree in public policy and global studies from the American Heritage University of Southern California.
Director of the Antibody Platform
Rob Meijers, PhD
Rob Meijers, PhD, brings to IPI deep protein production expertise, having established a user facility for protein preparation and characterization at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Hamburg Outstation, where he was a group leader. He also studied neuronal receptors, revealing how the axon guidance protein netrin interacts with its receptors. At IPI, Rob is well positioned to identify and design protein targets, as well as engage the neurobiology community to test IPI protein science tools.