Jonathan D. Finn, PhD

Codiak BioSciences, Vice President Discovery Research

What is your current professional status?

Vice President Discovery Research

What is your work setting?


What is your scientific area of research?

Working on understanding exosome biology and applying exosomes as targeted delivery vehicles for a range of cargos and applications.

Why do you want to be a mentor?

Over the years I have had the opportunity to train with many excellent researchers and I would like to have the opportunity to give back to the research community.  I also find teaching a very rewarding experience.

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

Teaching is a reward in itself. I believe that helping others is one of the most satisfying things one can do, and I hope to help young scientists learn from the experiences that I have had (both positive and negative)throughout my research career.

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

a. Compatibility of Scientific Specialties - 2
b. Geographic Location - 4
c. Professional Status / Success - 2
d. Compatibility of Career Path - 2
e. Communication Style - 2

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

I am a scientist that has been working in the gene therapy field for over 15 years. I believe that gene therapy is the future of medicine and that this new paradigm has the potential to transform patients' lives. I have worked both with a wide range of gene therapy delivery systems (LNP, adenoviral, lentiviral, AAV, and exosomes), as well as numerous disease applications (cancer, hemophilia, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation).

I have had extensive experience in both academia (UBC, McMaster University, CHOP) and in industry (Protiva Biotherapeutics, Arthrogen, Intellia Therapeutics). This broad range of experience gives me a unique perspective and has proven valuable when faced with difficult challenges.

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