Joan joined the Chordoma Foundation in June 2017 with 30 years of experience in oncology research in academic, pharmaceutical and disease foundation settings. The 10 years prior to joining the Foundation, Joan led a variety of research programs at the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) ranging from spearheading different grant programs to working closely with their affiliate consortium on large genomics projects and coordinating early clinical trials between consortium sites and industry partners. Prior to joining the MMRF, Joan was responsible for coordinating an oncology pipeline of early drug discovery projects at Bayer Pharmaceuticals. Joan brings to the Foundation extensive knowledge spanning from therapeutic target identification and preclinical drug screening approaches to driving the results into meaningful clinical studies. At the Chordoma Foundation, Joan is responsible for oversight of research activities and in particular focus on programs involving identification of new therapeutic targets, further development of the Drug Screening Program, and advancement of new drugs and combination approaches into the clinic. Joan has a passion to interact directly with patients and caregivers and works closely with her colleagues at the Foundation to identify new treatments as well as improve medical care and experiences for chordoma patients. Joan has a BS in Biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Vermont.