Scientist Spotlight: Kenneth Danh

Welcome to Enable Biosciences’ Scientist Spotlight, a semi-regular blog post highlighting one of our scientists working to bring Enable’s technology to fruition.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Greetings! My name is Kenneth Danh and I am a research associate at Enable Biosciences. I grew up in San Jose and went to school at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for my BS degree in Animal Physiology and Neurosciences. Since then I have been a QC Validation Associate at a pharmaceutical manufacturer, a medical biller for a pain rehabilitation clinic, and a lab manager for an ophthalmology lab.

Give us something more personal. More fun.

I am an escape room enthusiast and have done 260+ rooms around the world. Escape rooms are usually 1-hour games that involve you and others being "locked" in a thematic room. There's an introductory story to explain your current predicament and the goal is often to escape by solving puzzles and discovering secrets. My most recent escape room was in Louisiana, and it started with a story about us being separated from a tour group and trapped in ancient Mayan ruins next to the ocean. We decoded secret messages, found hidden rooms, and even had to dig on a sandy beach for a valuable treasure that doubles as a key. It was like being Indiana Jones.

How did you find Enable?

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I discovered a life-science incubator called QB3 several years ago while looking for a contract research organization for a preclinical project. When I started looking for a new job, I remembered them and perused their many biotech startups. I visited each company's website in search of career opportunities with interesting projects in science or medicine. It was obvious I had to apply for the research associate position at Enable Biosciences.

What do you do at Enable?

My first project was to relocate our ever-growing, evolving company out of that incubator space, and into our own lab and offices. Now, I am synthesizing reagents for a research project based on a modified version of the ADAP technology to detect food allergies. I would like to see a highly-sensitive assay that will be able to tell parents what their children are allergic to before it becomes a problem.

What's the best thing about Enable?

The unlimited supply of coffee. And, the people of course! Everyone is passionate about the company and playing a part in our current and future success.