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The Next Generation Incubator

Appia Bio is a new startup with the mission to bring innovative cell therapies to more patients. Our novel platform can create a broad array of allogeneic NKT and T cell types, and can be further engineered to address challenges specific to tumor microenvironments. Our goal is to discover and develop allogeneic cell therapies across a broad array of cancer indications with a scalability that increases access for patients.

Our research-stage programs involve the lineage determination of hematopoietic stem cells into NKT and T cell subtypes via lentiviral programming. The scientific foundation of Appia Bio is underpinned by collaborative research led by Lili Yang (UCLA), David Baltimore (Caltech), Pin Wang (USC), and Owen Witte (UCLA). The founding management team brings broad experience in cell therapy development and company creation. We are located in the UCLA incubator CNSI Magnify.

Job opportunity: Research Associate I/II

Post date: August 21, 2020

Position Summary:

Appia Bio is seeking a rigorous and talented Research Associate ready to take on the challenge and opportunity presented by new frontiers in cell engineering and stem cell culture. The research programs at Appia are focused at the intersection of immunology, cell engineering, and cancer biology. The ideal hire will bring experience in stem cell or immune cell lab research and contribute to a culture of excellence and collegiality.


  • Stem cell culture and differentiation of immune cells; biochemistry and molecular biology research on a project by project basis.
  • Support research projects towards optimized cell therapy candidates for clinical development.
  • Learn from the team and data, and grow into further responsibilities and more independent work.
  • Develop strong relationships and communicate effectively with other members of the biology group, and company colleagues.

Experience and qualifications

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated self-starter with a strong work ethic, good communication skills, and focus. They will have a record of success and strong achievement in academia and/or the biotechnology industry. Candidates will have a minimum of 1 year of lab research experience and a degree in molecular or cellular biology. The ideal candidate may have direct lab experience with immunology, cancer biology, stem cell biology, or cell therapy engineering.

Location: UCLA Campus, Los Angeles, CA
Reporting Relationship: Reports to Scientist (Ph.D.)