Susan Baxter

Susan Baxter
Executive Director, CSUPERB
Phone: (619) 594-2510
Fax: (619) 594-5291
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Susan Baxter has served as executive director of CSUPERB, since March 2007. In this role, she is responsible for strategic planning and new initiatives related to the life sciences across the 23 campuses of the CSU system. She oversees and manages grants and awards programs for CSU faculty and students system-wide, organizes the annual CSU biotechnology symposium, develops new research and educational program opportunities, and serves as a liaison for the CSU with life sciences industry, government, philanthropic and educational partners. In addition she currently serves on boards at BIOCOM Institute, California Life Sciences Institute, and Histogen, an early-stage regenerative medicine company.

Before joining CSUPERB, Baxter served as chief operating officer at the National Center for Genome Resources, where she managed a portfolio of state- and federally-funded projects providing software for collaborative genome and population genetics research teams. Previously Baxter was vice president of research and genome analysis at GeneFormatics and a tenured researcher at the New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center. Baxter began her career at Monsanto Agricultural Company where she received an Achievement Award for product development. Baxter completed postdoctoral training at University of Oregon, received her doctoral degree in chemistry from Northwestern University, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Virginia.