Director of Contract Research
Sarah Ives is an immune engineer. In 2015 she joined Distributed Bio as employee #6 as project lead for the Centivax universal influenza vaccine program as a Principal Scientist, where she leads the vivarium operations in Guatemala and the vaccine assays in California. In addition to the influenza vaccine studies, she directs all contract research programs for therapeutic antibody discovery and optimization with phage display libraries at Distributed Bio, including over 50 discovery campaigns for biotechnology companies and pharmaceutical companies across the globe.
She received a BSc degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she contributed to published research in developmental biology in the Bashirullah lab in the School of Pharmacy. She then received a PSM degree from the University of San Francisco Biotechnology Masters Program, where she contributed to published research in virology while interning in the Delwart lab at the UCSF Blood Systems Research Institute.
After her masters she became an Associate Scientist and Project Manager at LakePharma, where she managed client projects, performed sales outreach, developed custom bioanalytics immuno-assays, and organized the Bay Area Antibody Engineering Symposium in her role of Master of Ceremonies.
In her spare time, she performed research community organization, acting as Associate Producer for the NPR radio show “Biotech Nation” hosted by Dr. Moira Gunn at BIO International Convention, in 2015 and 2016.