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Affiliation: Program Director, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Department of Cancer Biology, Chemical Biology

Dr. Milka Kostic is the Program Director, Chemical Biology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In this role, Dr. Kostic supports a vibrant chemical biology program of about 120 scientists (faculty, postdocs, graduate students, staff scientists and technicians), who work tirelessly to develop chemistry-inspired research tools, platforms and strategies, to make new discoveries in basic biology, as well as translate these discoveries into improved clinical practice. Prior to Dana-Farber, Dr. Kostic was the Editor of Cell Chemical Biology and Structure for more than a decade, supporting and shaping chemical biology and structural biology communities. Dr. Kostic is a passionate advocate for chemical biology, and its transformative ability to accelerate basic and translational discoveries on the chemistry-biology-medicine continuum. She is also committed to promoting gender equality in society and science, and career development and well-being of early career researchers. Dr. Kostic has been lecturing and coaching scientists on career development and planning, social media use, presentation, and communication skills. Additionally, Dr. Kostic has written and presented on a range of chemical biology topics, most notably, chemical probe development and validation, covalent inhibitors and targeted protein degradation.

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