Man-Wah Tan

Man-Wah Tan

Vice President and Senior Fellow, Head, Infectious Diseases and Host-Microbe Interactions Genentech, A member of the Roche Group


Dr. Man-Wah Tan is the Vice President and Senior Fellow at Genentech Research and Early Development based in South San Francisco, California.

In his role, he heads the Infectious Diseases Therapeutic Area and Host-Microbe Interactions research.

He heads the teams responsible for the discovery and development of transformative therapeutics against hard-to-treat diseases and infectious agents of medical importance, with special emphasis on viral and bacterial pathogens.

He also leads discovery efforts in unraveling the molecular basis of host-microbe interactions and investigations into the roles of the microbiota in health and diseases, with focus on gastrointestinal diseases and immuno-oncology.

Prior to joining Genentech, Dr. Tan served on the faculty at the Genetics Department at Stanford University School of Medicine for over 10 years.

Dr. Tan received his MPhil from the University of Cambridge and PhD from Harvard University.

His first Principal Investigator position, prior to moving to Stanford, was as a Harvard Junior Fellow at Harvard Medical School.

He has published over 70 research articles and contributed to the discovery of 1 FDA-approved medicine and 5 other clinical assets.