April 1, 2015

The Column Group Adds to Its Team

The Column Group expanded its team with several new hires to support the growth of new portfolio companies resulting from the close of its second fund.

Carla Daniel joined as Human Resources Manager. She has extensive experience both as a scientist and a recruiter. Ms. Daniel joined the Immunology group at Tularik. Eventually, her interest in how people engage in and navigate their careers led her to recruiting. As a Human Resources Manager, she helped build Tularik’s scientific team. She later worked for larger biotechnology companies like Genentech and for a life science focused Executive Search Firm.

Adriana Tajonar joined as an Associate. Previously, Dr. Tajonar was an Entrepreneurship Program Manager at California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3), where she helped over 200 teams of scientists from top institutions in California start companies in the life sciences. Prior to QB3, she studied mechanisms of self-renewal and survival in human embryonic stem cells in the laboratory of Professor Douglas Melton at Harvard University.

Jeenjoo Kang also joined as an Associate. Prior to TCG, Dr. Kang worked at FibroGen in the project management of drug discovery and development programs and in corporate strategy. She also investigated inhibition of DNA methylation and chemical induction of immunogenicity in cancer cells in the laboratory of Professor Peter Dervan at the California Institute of Technology.