Abbie Celniker, Ph.D.

Partner

Abbie Celniker joined Third Rock in 2016 bringing 30 years of experience in R&D and senior leadership roles. Abbie focuses on the formation, development and strategy of our portfolio companies and has assumed active leadership roles in the following:

  • Board member of Cedilla Therapeutics
  • Chairman of the board and former interim chief executive officer of Rheos Medicines
  • Board member and former interim chief executive officer of Goldfinch Bio
  • Former president and chief executive officer of Sesen Bio

Prior to joining the firm, she served as president and CEO of Eleven Biotherapeutics (now Sesen Bio) since 2011. Previously, Abbie was the president and CEO of Taligen Therapeutics from 2008 to 2011, when Taligen Therapeutics was acquired by Alexion Pharmaceuticals; following the acquisition, she served as Alexion’s executive vice president, translational medicine. She has served as the global head of biologics of Novartis AG, the senior vice president of R&D strategy and operations of Millennium Pharmaceuticals (now Takeda) and the vice president of protein technologies of the Wyeth Research facilities. Abbie is a member of the MassBio board of directors, a member of the board of ImaginAb, where she was previously the chair, and a member of the scientific advisory board for Adimab. She is also a member of the board of directors of the nonprofit Unitio and T1D. She has a B.A. in biology from the University of California, San Diego, and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Arizona.

Abbie loves doing jigsaw puzzles, but never looks at the picture on the box, and she once completed a 1000-piece puzzle that was solid white.

Administrative Support

Tracy Williams
Executive Assistant
twilliams@thirdrockventures.com

Associated Portfolio Companies

Partners

Alexis Borisy

Partner

Abbie Celniker, Ph.D.

Partner

Neil Exter

Partner

Kevin Gillis

Partner/Chief Financial Officer

Charles Homcy, M.D.

Partner

Sarah Larson

Partner/Chief Human Resources Officer

Mark Levin

Partner

Craig Muir

Partner/Chief Technology Officer

Cary Pfeffer, M.D.

Partner

Kevin Starr

Partner

Robert Tepper, M.D.

Partner

Venture Partners

Jeffrey Finer, M.D., Ph.D.

Venture Partner

Frank T. Gentile, Ph.D.

Venture Partner

Steve Kafka, Ph.D.

Venture Partner

Robert Kamen, Ph.D.

Venture Partner

Christoph Lengauer, Ph.D.

Venture Partner

Philip Reilly, M.D., J.D.

Venture Partner

Ton Schumacher, Ph.D.

Venture Partner

Stephen Sherwin, M.D.

Venture Partner

Jeffrey Tong, Ph.D.

Venture Partner

Barbara Weber, M.D.

Venture Partner

Entrepreneurs-In-Residence

Jason Coloma, Ph.D.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Peter DiLaura

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Rachel Meyers, Ph.D.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Glenn Pierce, M.D., Ph.D.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Richard Ransohoff, M.D.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Markus Warmuth, M.D.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Domain Experts

Karina Chmielewski

Senior Director, Platform Operations

Dina Ciarimboli

General Counsel

Cynthia Clayton

Head of Communications & Investor Relations

Aremin Hacobian

Head, Organization Health and Development

John Keilty

Strategic Advisor, Platform Operations

Corey O’Keeffe

Manager, Communications & Investor Relations

Raynie Smith

Director, Human Resources

Principals and Associates

Walter Kowtoniuk, Ph.D.

Principal

Rahul Mahajan, M.D., Ph.D.

Fellow

Claire Mazumdar, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Senior Associate

Melissa McCracken, Ph.D.

Associate

Kelly Moynihan, Ph.D.

Associate

Luke R. G. Pike, M.D., Ph.D.

Senior Associate

Vyas Ramanan, Ph.D.

Senior Associate

Vanessa Van Voorhis, Ph.D.

Senior Associate

Andrew Warren, Ph.D.

Associate

Timur Yusufzai, Ph.D.

Senior Associate

Recruiting

Andrea DiMella

Recruiting Director

Wendy Durkin

Senior Director, Recruiting and University Relations

Tracy Nicholson

Recruiting Director

Chris Robinson

Vice President, Recruiting

Administrative

Zoe Angell

Executive Assistant

Rhea Bisgounis

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Tracilyn Garcia-Lum

Executive Assistant

Linda Heath

Executive Assistant

Maribel Laboy

Executive Assistant

Megan Lamb

Executive Assistant

Ian Miller

Administrative Assistant

Angelo Severino

Executive Assistant

Laura Vitale

Executive Assistant

Tracy Williams

Executive Assistant

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