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Paul Hoerbelt, Ph.D.


Paul is an Associate at Illumina Ventures based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Before joining, Paul was a Senior Life Sciences Specialist at L.E.K. Consulting based in Los Angeles. At L.E.K., he worked with a diverse range of public and private companies offering life science tools, diagnostics, and pharmaceuticals. For these clients, Paul performed market opportunity assessments, financial analyses, due diligence, and strategic roadmapping (including product, customer, and geographic expansion strategies).


Paul completed a postdoc at Stanford University in neuroscience/psychiatry mentored by Rob Malenka. At Stanford, he studied biological mechanisms of addictive drugs using optogenetics and electrophysiology, and co-authored six publications in journals including Nature, Cell, and PNAS. Paul also completed the Stanford Ignite program offered by the Graduate School of Business. Prior to Stanford, Paul earned a Ph.D. in neuropharmacology and neuroscience at Albany Medical College and a B.S. in biology and philosophy from the State University of New York at Albany.