Lara Skwarek, Ph.D.

Dr. Lara Skwarek is formally trained as a cell and developmental biologist with experience in both academia and industry. She was awarded the Genetics Society of Canada’s Margaret Thompson Ph.D. Thesis Award for her work uncovering a novel role for phospholipids in regulating Notch signaling. As a Robert Black Family Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Skwarek studied epithelial cell polarity in tumorigenesis and developed an in vivo model for studying the dynamics of epithelial-mesenchymal transition through live imaging. Dr. Skwarek has worked in two biotech startups with roles in R&D, technology development, grant writing, product development, and commercialization. In these roles she contributed to the first successful 510(k) submission for clearance of a pharmacogenetics test, conceived of and wrote successful grant proposals, and participated in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Concept to Commercialization (C3i) Program. In her current role, Dr. Skwarek most enjoys the opportunity to build relationships with her clients and make a meaningful contributions to their success. In her free time Dr. Skwarek enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and exploring the many natural and cultural wonders of North Carolina.

  • Agriculture
  • Biotechnology
  • Diagnostics/Assays
  • Engineering
  • Medical Devices
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Software/IT
  • Scientific Consultant, Eva Garland Consulting
  • Technology Development Associate and Grant Writer, Affinergy, LLC
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California at Berkeley
  • Scientist, Visible Genetics Inc
  • Arts and Science (Honours) in Biology, McMaster University
  • Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from the University of Toronto