Zhimei graduated from Cornell University Medical College – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Joint Immunology Program. After graduation, she joined Robert G. Roeder’s laboratory at The Rockefeller University, exploring the genetic/epigenetic regulation mechanisms during leukemia genesis. She started her industrial career at Regeneron as protein engineer for bi-specific antibodies. Later, she joined Amgen followed by Teva Pharmaceuticals focusing on bioprocess development of biotherapeutics manufacturing. Zhimei had extensive experience in cell/gene therapy. She led cell/gene therapy clinical programs for type I diabetes at Diabetes Research Institute, U. of Miami. Zhimei joined Merck & Co. where she served as the Executive Director & Global Head of Process Cell Sciences, leading Process Cell Sciences Department, including allogeneic CAR-T and CAR-NK cell therapy process development, cell line development, cell banking, genetic/cytogenetic characterization, biomarker and predictive modeling. Currently, Zhimei is the VP of Process Sciences at Atara Bio, a leading Allogeneic Cell/gene therapy company. Zhimei is also the sponsor and core member of multiple Industrial-wide Consortium teams, setting up road map and establishing industrial common practices in various biotherapeutics development areas, including ISPE ATMP, Allogeneic Accelerated Development Network, BioPhorum Cell/Gene therapy, ADC/Bispeicifics Roadmap team co-lead at BPOD/NIMBLE, IQ comparability team, IQ sequence variant consortium team, IQ Design Space team.
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