Dennis C. Koester

Infectious and Tropical Disease Drug Discovery

Dennis C. Koester is a drug hunter at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR) in Emeryville, CA. His experience as a Medicinal Chemist spans across property-driven as well as target-based drug discovery programs in infectious and tropical diseases. Recently, Dennis helped advance programs on Chagas disease and Malaria as a project team leader. He is driven by contributing to disease areas with extremely high unmet medical need. Dennis obtained his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Göttingen in 2013 specializing in carbohydrate chemistry and transition-metal catalysis. He worked at the University of Kyoto in 2011 and at the University of Münster in 2013. Before starting his career in Global Drug Discovery at Novartis in 2015, he conducted postdoctoral research at Stanford. Dennis had outstanding mentors throughout his career and was fortunate to be a Kekule fellow, a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation, the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), and the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.

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