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Jennifer Cochran, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Director, Nodus Therapeutics and Associate Professor, Bioengineering & Chemical Engineering at Stanford University


Jennifer Cochran is the Shriram Chair of the Department of Bioengineering at Stanford University. She is an Associate Professor of Bioengineering and, by courtesy, Chemical Engineering and a member of the Cancer Biology and Biophysics graduate programs. She serves as Director of Graduate Studies in Bioengineering and is the Director of the Stanford/NIH Biotechnology pre-doctoral training program. Her research focuses on protein-based drug discovery and development for applications in oncology, regenerative medicine, and ophthalmology, and development of new technology for high-throughput protein analysis and engineering. Dr. Cochran obtained her Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Biological Engineering. While on leave from Stanford from 2015-2017, she served in the role of Chief Scientific Officer at Lagunita Biosciences, a healthcare investment company and incubator that creates and grows early stage companies to commercialize impactful translational science. During this time, she co-founded several companies, including xCella Biosciences and Nodus Therapeutics, and has served in various executive roles in these organizations.

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