Jennifer E. Adair, PhD

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Assistant Member

What is your current professional status?

Assistant Member (Assistant Professor)

What is your work setting?

Academic and Nonprofit Research Institution

What is your scientific area of research?

Blood Cells and Gene Therapy

Why do you want to be a mentor?

My path was winding and unpredictable, but ultimately brought me to a satisfying career. This journey was greatly facilitated by my own network of colleagues, mentors and friends. I hope that by mentoring I can help others in navigating their own pathways.

As a mentor, what are you hoping to gain from this experience?

A bigger network, more possibilities for collaboration and/or funding, learning what new investigators in the field struggle with so I can devote society capital towards lowering barriers, and generating continual excitement about the field of gene and cell therapy.

How important are the following in the selection of a mentee: (1 – 5 scale, 1 = most important, 5 = least important)

  • Compatibility of Scientific Specialties: 2
  • Geographic Location: 5 (least)
  • Professional Status / Success: 4
  • Compatibility of Career Path: 3
  • Communication Style: 1 (most)

Provide a biography that describes who you are and what you do in the field of gene and/or cell therapy.

The focus of my research for the past 8 years has been in translating blood stem cell gene therapy for a variety of diseases into clinically viable treatment approaches. My laboratory is on the frontlines of bringing these new therapies to patients, and in doing so has experienced firsthand the hurdles in feasibility, efficiency and safety that warrant further innovation in the field. This unique perspective has driven us to bring together diverse technologies, some well outside my scientific comfort zone, to overcome these issues.

As a result, I am an inventor on several patents, have a diverse research funding portfolio and have experience interacting with industry as a consultant, sponsored research recipient and licensing partner. I have been a member of ASGCT since 2010, served on the New Investigator Committee as a member (2011-2014) and chair (2014-2016), as well as on the Hematologic and Immunologic Diseases Committee (2016-present).

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