Sushma Shivaswamy has been Vice President of Research and Development at XBiotech Inc. since January 2015. She joined the company in 2009 and previously served as Director, R&D between 2011 and 2015. Between 2009 and 2011, Sushma served as Senior Scientist. In her current role as VP, she leads teams involved in various Research & Development projects at XBiotech including Antibody Discovery, Cell Line Development, and pre-clinical toxicology and efficacy studies using animal models. Prior to joining XBiotech, Dr. Shivaswamy was a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology at the University of Texas at Austin. She has a Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology from the Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology, India. Dr. Shivaswamy’s academic studies have involved elucidating mechanisms for regulation of gene expression.