Cary Lai

Cary Lai

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty
Harney Science Center 257


As a graduate student, Professor Lai performed a biochemical and structural analysis of the enzyme telomerase. Following graduate school, he worked in early-stage research at Genentech where he investigated the Hedgehog signing pathway and its role in tumorigenesis. Most recently, Prof. Lai served as the head of commercial operations at the biotechnology start-up company LakePharma.

Research Areas

  • Hedgehog signing pathway and its role in tumorigenesis


  • Program Director, PSM in Biotechnology

Prior Experience

  • Head of Commercial Operations, LakePharma