Elizabeth Guenther

Elizabeth is a 5th year PhD Candidate in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Program at UCLA.  She works in the laboratory of David Eisenberg focusing on structural characterization of proteins implicated in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease and ALS.  Elizabeth has been a member of UCLA’s Business of Science Program since 2013 and has participated on three venture teams, including two teams that have reached the finals for Fall 2015.  Additionally, she is currently an intern with Boston-based Venture Capital Firm, Allied Minds, conducting initial technology assessments.  She has served as President of the Advanced Degree Consulting Club here at UCLA and is also the graduate student representative for the UCLA Senate’s Committee on Diversity and Equal Opportunity.  While studying at UCLA, Elizabeth was funded by the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Chemistry and Molecular Biology Training Grant and also was awarded UCLA’s Hanson Dow Teaching Award for excellence as a TA in the chemistry department.  Her professional interests are centered around the translation of academic research into viable commercial products.  Elizabeth earned her BS in Chemistry from Boston College in 2011.