Sung-Hye Grieco’s stay at the CBR

Sung-Hye at Genentech

Sung-Hye at Genentech

Sung-Hye began her position as the Center for Blood Research (CBR) fermentation facility manager in September of 2006 when the facility opened at the Life Sciences Institute (LSI) building. She designed and constructed the facility with the help of UBC Plant Ops as well as the Workshop Facility at LSI. In total, she installed seven complete fermentation units equipped to performed diverse fermentations including E. coli, Pichia, and six other organisms.

Sung-Hye also had a passion for teaching and initiated two workshop courses, Design of Experiment (DOE) and Pichia, which were provided to students and researchers in UBC as well as outside industrial professionals. The workshops she taught provided hands on experience in handling bioreactors and technical training such as bio process optimization using DOE. During her time as the facility manager, she conducted over 400 fermentations within the CBR.  She published multiple papers regarding her work, one of which led to an invitation as a speaker at an international conference, DOE User Meeting, in Vienna in June of 2012.

In October of 2012, she accepted a position as Senior Engineer at Genentech (Department of Pharmaceutical Technical Development (PTD), Early Stage Cell Culture, (ESCC) in South San Francisco and we were sad to see her go.

We caught up with Sung-Hye at Genentech where she currently designs molecular biology as well as fermentation protocols for Genentech products in E.coli. She very much enjoys the challenges of her new job and living in her new home in San Francisco with her husband John.  She says she will always cherish her time at UBC and the more than nine years they lived in Vancouver, still their favorite city in the world.

We wish Sung-Hye all the best in San Francisco and thank her for all her contributions to the CBR!

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