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Louise Perkins    

Chief Science Officer, Melanoma Research Alliance

Louise Perkins is chief science officer of the Melanoma Research Alliance. Previously, she served as chief scientific officer at the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and enjoyed a distinguished private-sector career. At the MMRF, Perkins led the development and execution of scientific strategy, including growth of the foundation's venture philanthropy investments and expansion of its genomics initiative. The latter sequenced the first myeloma tumor genome in 2009 and undertook comprehensive genomics of 250 patient samples.

Prior to the MMRF, Perkins was director of cancer research at Bayer Pharmaceuticals and led a cancer research group at Schering-Plough. She earned a bachelor's degree in zoology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. in biological chemistry from the University of Michigan. Perkins also conducted postdoctoral studies in molecular biology at Princeton University.


Owning It: Dr. Louise Perkins fights cancer from the frontlines

There’s nothing theoretical about fighting cancer for Dr. Louise Perkins.

The Trumbull resident and chief science officer for the Melanoma Research Alliance has observed the disease from almost every angle, in a lab far from patients and up close as an advocate for her sister, who eventually died of colon cancer ...

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