Lucia Wille received her Ph.D. in Biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006. At MIT, Lucia worked in Dr. Doug Lauffenburger's lab in close collaboration with engineers to gain a quantitative understanding of signaling pathway activation downstream of T cell receptor engagement using antigen presenting cells loaded with altered peptide ligands. She graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2000 earning Highest Honors for her thesis work on C. elegans meiosis.
Prior to joining Applied BioMath, Lucia worked at Merrimack Pharmaceuticals supporting oncology drug development from target identification to early-stage clinical development and biomarker discovery.
What is your role at Applied BioMath?
“I am the Head of the Biology Department. I’m responsible for the resourcing of biologists on project teams, long-term planning for the activities occurring within the Biology Department, and professional development of biologists at Applied BioMath. In addition, I provide biological expertise on project teams as well as facilitate communication between the project teams both internal and external.
What do you love most about working here?
“First and foremost, it’s the people. We have a fantastic group of dedicated scientists. I also love the opportunities our clients provide for continuous learning. We work across a wide spectrum of drug modalities and disease areas, reflecting the variety of our collaborators, which makes for a very exciting place to work.”
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
“Seeing the value that we bring to our collaborators. We work with incredibly talented partners. Bringing tangible results to our partnerships is really rewarding to me.”
What was your specialty prior to coming to work for Applied BioMath?
“I did my PhD in immunology, and then worked at Merrimack Pharmaceuticals on oncology and antibody drug development.”
What made you get into the field of life sciences?
“The desire to help people.”
What do you like to do in your spare time?
“I like being outdoors regardless of season. Hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing are at the top of my list of things I enjoy doing with my family.”
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