Dr. Kim Mayer is the Executive Director of the Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center. Kim works with faculty, staff and students across the Institute doing innovative research in multiple fields at the intersection between biology and engineering. Kim received her PhD in Genetics and Biochemistry from Purdue University in 1999 and her BS in Biology from UNC Charlotte in 1995. She also earned an MBA at UNC-Wilmington in 2009 where she was a Visiting Research Assistant Professor and Business of Biotechnology Fellow at the Center for Marine Science. Kim’s scientific background is in biochemistry, molecular biology and protein engineering, and she has over a decade of experience working on a wide variety of organisms, proteins and enzymes. Before joining Caltech, Kim was the Statewide Technology Commercialization Director at the NC Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), a business development service of The University of North Carolina system. At the SBTDC, Kim and her team provided guidance to innovative faculty and entrepreneurs across the state through business counseling, training, SBIR/STTR support and advice on equity capital formation. Kim was previously a Senior Scientist at a successful agricultural biotechnology start-up company in RTP, an NIH-NRSA postdoctoral fellow at Caltech, and a Goldhaber Fellow at Brookhaven National Laboratory.