Elizabeth "Betty" Villar is a chemist who received her Ph.D. from Boston University, where she studied computational methods for assessing small molecule interactions with proteins. Her doctoral work focused on the class of compounds known as “macrocycles,” and their role in drug discovery. Elizabeth’s research on the interaction of natural product macrocycles with their protein targets lead to the development of a series of guidelines for synthetic macrocycle inhibitor design.
At Ixcela, Elizabeth works on the methodology for extraction, identification, and analysis of metabolites from blood samples, especially with regard to ensuring precision and accuracy of the process. She is also involved in the accretion and organization of current research publications concerning the microbiome and related metabolites, with efforts towards communicating developments in this new and important area of science to those outside of the field.
Before her Ph.D. studies, she also worked in the field of materials chemistry at BASF.