Ralf Schmid, PhD, MSCR

University of Pennsylvania, Research Director

What is your current professional status?

Research Director

What is your work setting (i.e. academic institution, government organization, bio-industry/pharmaceutical company, etc.)?


What is your scientific area of research?

Gene therapy CNS, translational research

Why do you want to be a mentor?

I would like to help younger scientists to successfully navigate career path choice, and hope to be able to interest them to help developing CNS gene therapies.

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

I enjoy talking to and advising younger scientists. I enjoy getting to know them and following them through their next steps.

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

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

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

I was trained as a biochemist and developmental neuroscientist. I have previously worked both in basic and translational research settings in academia and industry. I currently lead a group of translational scientists with in the Gene Therapy Program of the University of Pennsylvania, where I work on developing gene therapies for neurodevelopment diseases. We pursue several genetically defined disease indications from vector development, through testing in small and large animals, and finally clinical development.

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