Get To Know Connect’s Head of Life Sciences
My science degree led me to the beaches of San Diego for a Research Assistant position with 2022 Nobel prize winner Dr. Ardem Patapoutian at The Scripps Research Institute. Together with a young post-doctoral scientist we studied the expression of novel genes involved in pathophysiological conditions such as chronic pain, arthritis & complications due to diabetes. I’m grateful for the tuition-reimbursement program at TSRI that allowed me to continue to work at the lab bench full-time while pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Health at San Diego State University (Go Aztecs).
Harnessing my strength in coordinating research and development projects, I transitioned into Laboratory Management at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. At SBP, I supported multi-project research objectives for early-stage drug development targeting degenerative disorders including cancer, diabetes & heart disease while leading a staff of more than 20 scientists and undergraduate students.
During the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, I served on the Crisis Management Team for the Johnson & Johnson La Jolla campus. Together with a small on site support team we dedicated ourselves to keeping the facility running safely and effectively for the entrepreneurs and their employees. By continuing to manage operations in person we ensured the continuity of life-changing research for patients.
Hiking to ancient ruins in Croatia
Exploring the Night Markets in Taipei
Fushimi Inari Shrine – Kyoto, Japan
I am thrilled to be here at Connect and continue to help life science entrepreneurs build great companies and even better communities. I will lead, manage and execute a high-level strategic life sciences plan for the organization, designed to be impactful to our unique San Diego ecosystem. I’m a terrible singer, I hate to iron and love being an Aunt to my three nephews and one niece. You can find me at live music venues all around the city, running mountain trails or practicing yoga on my SUP board. Thanks for reading a bit about me and can’t wait to connect.
Head of Life Sciences
Taryn will lead, manage and execute a high-level strategic life sciences plan for Connect, designed to be impactful to our unique San Diego ecosystem.