Dr. Andreason’s work at UCSD’s TTO provides an opportunity to knit together academic and private experience that has been developed through diverse training and positions in both sectors. After completing her BA in chemistry at UC San Diego, Grai worked as a research associate in the Department of Neurosciences before returning for graduate studies in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. Her laboratory studies were completed at the Salk Institute, where she worked on regulation of gene expression. In post-doctoral fellowships at the Institut Pasteur and Stanford University Medical Center, she concentrated on cell biology with a focus on the interrelation between cellular structure and function.
As a senior scientist in two San Diego start-up gene therapy companies, Dr. Andreason managed teams that were engaged in developing therapeutics, from the laboratory bench through manufacturing and into clinical trials. While transitioning from scientist to corporate development manager, Grai completed her MBA at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. Through her work in corporate development, marketing, and licensing, she has been able to remain at the science/business interface ever since.