For over 17 years, Ken Thompson, Director of Lab Operations, and Fernando Vieira, now the Chief Scientific Officer, have been working at the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) with one common goal: to end ALS. Here they talk about their day-to-day at ALS TDI, how life and work has changed since they started on their mission, and what drives them to keep working hard every single day.
We Work with the Best
Dr. Theo Hatzipetros
Meet Theo
Dr. Theo Hatzipetros is our Director of Pharmacology and resident crossword clue expert.
While in the lab he oversees the execution of multiple studies of experimental drugs in ALS. When outside of the lab, he helps his coworkers get the hardest answers to the lunchtime crossword and spends time with his two young kids.
Val Tassinari
Meet Val
If you've been on a tour of ALS TDI, you've probably met Val Tassinari, since she sits at the very first bench as you walk into the lab.
Val came to ALS TDI as an intern in 2010 and has been with the science team ever since. You can often find her validating gene expression endpoints and gene copy number analyses, or trying to referee the daily battles that break out between her two cats.
Yiding Yan
Meet Yiding
Yiding Yan is a molecular biologist who has been working to end ALS with ALS TDI since 2015.
As part of our translational research team she spends her time in the lab subcloning genes for her team to use in experiments. In her free time, Yiding enjoys practicing meditation and yoga.
Andy Moreno
Meet Andy
Andy has been working to end ALS with ALS TDI since 2002, and tests potential treatments in models of ALS.
If you come to the lab you might see Andy and/or someone from his team, Josh, Ken, Carlos and Matt, because they are in the lab all 365 days of the year!
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