About Calla

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Hi! I’m Calla, an engineer-scientist and writer. I currently develop and characterize new mRNA processes at Intellia Therapeutics, where I’m an expert in in vitro transcription and chromatography.  Before Intellia, I developed analytical methods for proteins and viruses at Amgen.

My education includes a bachelor of science in chemical engineering with minors in biomedical engineering and English from Penn State and a master of science in microbiology and cell science from The University of Florida.  I supplemented my engineering education with an English minor because I believe strong writing skills are essential and especially underestimated in technical fields.  I’m so passionate about this, in fact, that I’ve given a TEDx talk and a SWE conference talk about how innovation uses both science and art.

Click here to browse my academic and leadership awards.

Outside of biotech, I’m an avid writer, where my fiction and non-fiction works have been featured in various literary journals and anthologies.  I love talking about gene therapy, chromatography, women in biotech, and leadership.  Drop me a line–I love meeting new people!