William (Bill) Tennant

Commercial Translation Architect

Facilitates early-stage translational project development for the University of Pittsburgh clinicians and scientists and provides assistance through the invention disclosure process

PhD Candidate in Cellular and Molecular Pathology

Department of Neurobiology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Education and Experience

Bill is currently completing a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Pathology in the University of Pittsburgh Neurobiology Department. Bill specializes in the development of novel model systems of neurodegeneration and is currently testing promising therapeutic interventions for diseases such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Bill attended the University of Michigan where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, completing his undergraduate thesis on the study of key aggregate prone proteins implicated in Alzheimer’s Disease. Upon graduation, Bill transitioned into a Research Associate role as the University of Rochester where, partnered with IONIS pharmaceuticals, he facilitated the translation of basic science research into clinical trials for novel therapeutics.


PhD, Cellular and Molecular Pathology, University of Pittsburgh, expected 2022
BS, Neuroscience, University of Michigan, 2013

Research Experience

Undergraduate Research, Department of Neuroscience, University of Michigan
Supervisor: Dr. Henry Paulson
  • Studied protein aggregation pathologies in the context of Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Research Associate, Department of Genetics, University of Rochester
    Supervisor: Dr. Charles Thornton
  • Developed novel genetic screening tools for repeat expansion disorders and helped translate basic scientific research on myotonic dystrophy into early stage clinical trials
  • Commercial Translation Experience

    Fourth River Solutions
    Vice-President of Business Development
  • Helped cultivate business relationships with local Pittsburgh start ups and Universities and write scope and organize engagements with the clients
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    Clinical and Translational Science Institute Program Manager

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