Career Chat with Dr. Michelle Machacek, Director of Chemistry-Merck
Hosted chat and informational interview with Dr. Michelle R. Machacek on her journey and experience from being a graduate student leading to her current role as director of chemistry at Merck. The event is fully moderated, and questions are welcomed. Michelle joined the Discovery Chemistry team at Merck Research Laboratories, Boston, MA in 2005. Over the course of her career, she has made key contributions to oncology, immunology, and neuroscience projects, and has helped invent three compounds that have entered clinical development. She has been a project leader on both lead identification and lead optimization projects and has specific experience designing inhibitors of kinases, protein-protein interactions, GPCRs, and classical enzymes for use in both oral and inhaled delivery platforms. She has also led recruiting efforts and helped shape diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts for the Discovery Chemistry organization at Merck. Currently, Michelle is a Director of Chemistry and is additionally responsible for mentoring and managing M.S., and Ph.D. Level chemists.