Annie Vemu joined Flagship Pioneering as an associate after completing the firm’s Fellowship Program. At Flagship, Annie is part of a team of entrepreneurial scientists that conceive and develop innovative life science companies.
Before coming to Flagship, Annie was a graduate researcher at the National Institutes of Health through the Johns Hopkins/NIH Graduate partnership program. Her research focused on understanding basic cellular processes such as cell division, intracellular transport, and cellular morphogenesis, and in doing so she investigated the regulation of the microtubule cytoskeleton. Using a bottom-up approach, she studied how intrinsic factors such as tubulin isotypes and extrinsic factors such as severing enzymes affect microtubule dynamics and ultimately cellular function. Her graduate work resulted in multiple first author papers in journals including Cell and Science. Additionally, she was selected to present at several national and international conferences.
Prior to her graduate studies, Annie was a post-baccalaureate research fellow at the NIH where she worked on understanding how post-translational modifications impact cytoskeletal dynamics.
Annie received her Ph.D. in Biology from Johns Hopkins. She also earned a M.S. in Chemistry and B.S. in Biochemistry/Chemistry from University of California, San Diego.