Reitha Weeks, PhD, Program Manager, Science Outreach
Reitha received her Ph.D. in Genetics from University of Washington (1987). She did post-doctoral training at Seattle Biomedical Research Institute under Dr. Ken Stuart, studying the human parasite Leshmania. She did further post-doctoral training at Bristol-Meyers Squbb in Seattle. She worked under Dr. Kim Folger in the Immunology Dept. studying antibody maturation in stem cell- and traditional-transgenic mice. She has been a scientist at Cell Therapeutics, Inc. studying gene expression.
From 1996-2004, she was at MediQuest Therapeutics,Inc. in Seattle, where the focus was on developing small molecules against cancer and inflammatory diseases. For the last 3 years, she served as Director of Biological Sciences.
After 13 years in the biotech industry, Reitha joined NWABR as Resident Scientist in November 2004. She is working on developing high school education curriculum and assisting with outreach and member services programs.
Reitha has been active for many years in the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) as a member and on the Board. She has been a mentor for the UW Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program and on the steering committee for Ballard High School Biotechnology Academy.