Executive Director in the Infectious Diseases Area, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical ResearchBiography
Dr. Jennifer Leeds is an Executive Director in the Infectious Diseases Area at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. As the Head of antibacterial discovery, Jennifer is responsible for leading the strategy and execution of the new antibacterial portfolio within NIBR. The mission of the group is to identify safe and effective new chemical entities against bacterial targets to address unmet medical needs in patients with severe and drug resistant bacterial infections. The areas of focus within her team include bacterial physiology and genetics, biochemistry and lead discovery, clinical microbiology, and new technologies for understanding antibacterial compound structure/activity relationships. Jennifer began her career at NIBR in 2003. As a Project Team Leader she led cross-functional international teams and successfully advanced a novel antibacterial compound, LFF571, from inception to clinical development. This molecule, of which Jennifer is a co-inventor, achieved a positive Proof of Concept in patients with mild to moderate C. difficile infections. Jennifer received her B.S. in Microbiology from Cornell University in 1991 and Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Jon Beckwith at Harvard Medical School in 2001.