Colleen Barefield, PhD
Business Development Manager
Colleen serves as a liaison between Business Development and IP and Contracts in Technology Development, particularly supporting commercial collaborations. Before joining La Jolla Institute, Colleen trained in diverse fields of biomedical research and therapeutic development, and her expertise extends to genetics and molecular biology in the fields of allergy, neurological disease, metabolic disease, and oncology. Her experience in industry encompasses high-throughput assay development and screening, and pre-clinical drug development.
After receiving her B.A. in Biology from Grinnell College, she spent 2 years in a pediatric epidemiology research laboratory at Washington University School of Medicine. Colleen obtained her Ph.D. from University of California San Diego and performed her doctoral research at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies where she studied chromosome end maintenance in the context of cancer and premature aging disorders. She then performed post-doctoral studies at the California Institute for Biomedical Research, a non-profit organization focused on translational research.