Roopa Ramamoorthi, PhD

Director - Catalyst Program and InVent Fund
+1 415 514-6207

Roopa Ramamoorthi brings a diverse scientific background in drug development, bacteriology, biotechnology, and engineering. Prior to joining UCSF, Roopa was Associate Director Partnering and Scientific Affairs at BIO Ventures for Global Health, where her focus was putting together collaborations between academic, non profit and pharmaceutical organizations to accelerate the development of drugs, vaccines and diagnostics for Neglected Tropical Diseases, TB and Malaria for the WIPO Re:Search Consortium. She worked for Bayer in California for more than five years as a scientist and senior scientist in development of antibody and other biological therapeutics and evaluating and bringing in platform technologies and has experience in science and technology consulting with Strategic Perspectives.

Roopa received her Ph.D. in biochemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Washington and at MIT. She is a registered patent agent and holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Roopa grew up in India where she received her B.S. in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai.


Fighting Plasmodium chloroquine resistance with acetylenic chloroquine analogues.

International journal for parasitology. Drugs and drug resistance

Cortopassi WA, Gunderson E, Annunciato Y, Silva AES, Dos Santos Ferreira A, Garcia Teles CB, Pimentel AS, Ramamoorthi R, Gazarini ML, Meneghetti MR, Guido RVC, Pereira DB, Jacobson MP, Krettli AU, Caroline C Aguiar A

WIPO Re:Search: Accelerating anthelmintic development through cross-sector partnerships.

International journal for parasitology. Drugs and drug resistance

Ramamoorthi R, Graef KM, Dent J

WIPO Re:Search: a consortium catalyzing research and product development for neglected tropical diseases.

Pharmaceutical patent analyst

Dent J, Ramamoorthi R, Graef K, Nelson LM, Wichard JC

Antifibrotic effects of a tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 antibody on established liver fibrosis in rats.

Hepatology (Baltimore, Md.)

Parsons CJ, Bradford BU, Pan CQ, Cheung E, Schauer M, Knorr A, Krebs B, Kraft S, Zahn S, Brocks B, Feirt N, Mei B, Cho MS, Ramamoorthi R, Roldan G, Ng P, Lum P, Hirth-Dietrich C, Tomkinson A, Brenner DA

Sequence of the Corynebacterium glutamicum pyruvate carboxylase gene.

Applied microbiology and biotechnology

Koffas MA, Ramamoorthi R, Pine WA, Sinskey AJ, Stephanopoulos G

Characterization and nucleotide sequence of pqqE and pqqF in Methylobacterium extorquens AM1.

Journal of bacteriology

Springer AL, Ramamoorthi R, Lidstrom ME