Adrienne Rothschilds joined Flagship Pioneering as an associate in 2019 after completing the firm's Fellowship Program. At Flagship Adrienne is part of the venture creation team working on discovering and translating new scientific innovations that have transformative potential for human therapeutics.
Adrienne completed her doctorate in biological engineering at MIT focusing on cancer immunotherapy and protein engineering. Under the mentorship of Professor K. Dane Wittrup at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Adrienne characterized the temporal dynamics of the anti-cancer immune response to combination cytokine and antibody therapies. Her graduate work was published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and she was invited to speak at conferences including the 2018 Keystone Symposia on Cancer Immunotherapy Combinations. During her PhD, Adrienne received awards including an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and a training grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences/National Institute of Health Biotechnology Training Program.
Prior to Flagship, Adrienne interned at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR), worked as a fellow at Vida Ventures, and consulted for Strand Therapeutics. She also volunteered for the MIT Department of Biological Engineering’s graduate board and initiated the department’s yearly participation in science demonstrations at the Cambridge Science Festival. Outside of MIT, Adrienne also volunteered to create curricula and teach weekly elementary STEM classes over the course of two years at the Innovation Institute, a nonprofit in Newton, Massachusetts.
In addition to her PhD in biological engineering from MIT, Adrienne has undergraduate degrees in bioengineering and political science from the University of Washington Honors Program where she was on the Dean’s List. During and after her undergraduate studies, Adrienne worked in academic labs at UC Berkeley, the Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute, and at PATH, a global health organization based in Seattle, Washington. Outside of science, Adrienne has worked as a math tutor and as a piano player for weddings, and she also won her age group category in the 2008 Portland Marathon. Over the course of her undergraduate studies Adrienne was awarded scholarships including the UW Emerging Leaders in Engineering Scholarship, the Mary Gates Leadership Scholarship, and the Dillman Academic Honors Scholarship.