Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives

Laura Motta-Mena, Ph.D.

CEO and co-founder of Optologix, Inc.

"From Academia to the Commercial Sector: Lessons Learned from a Research-Entrepreneur"


Dr. Motta-Mena received her PhD degree in Biological Chemistry from UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSWMC). She worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in Prof. Kevin Gardner’s group at UTSWMC and CUNY’s Advanced Science Research Center. Dr. Motta-Mena is currently co-founder and CEO of Optologix, Inc., provider of light-controlled genetic toolkits for biomedical research. She is also a graduate of the 2015 Bio & Health Tech Entrepreneurship Lab NYC and the 2016 Health Wildcatters Accelerator.




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