About Us

The Corporate Relations service looks to assist Feinberg faculty and industry to achieve their shared goals through strong, mutually beneficial partnerships.

Jeff Masters, Ph.D.

Jeff Masters

Senior Director, Corporate Partnerships & Business Development

Jeff heads up the service. Jeff is trained as a biochemist/molecular biologist/ endocrinologist and has professional experience in both academic and industrial realms. Jeff was on faculty at Ohio State University and has 17 years of Pharma drug discovery experience at multiple organizations (Abbott, Pfizer, and Astellas) in the areas of bioinformatics, neuroscience, immunology, urology, kidney disease, ADME, and translational science.

Please contact Jeff Masters at 312-503-1917.

Terry Nakagawa, Ph.D.

Terry Nakagawa

Director of Corporate Partnerships and Business Development

Terry brings over twenty years of research leadership in academic and business organizations to the Feinberg Corporate Relations team.  Her career spans across scientific entrepreneurship with biotech cell therapy startups (Dendreon, Geneius Biotechnology), large scale diagnostics manufacturing (Abbott Laboratories), and multidisciplinary research team management within global pharmaceutical drug discovery (Astellas Pharma).  Terry received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her Ph.D. in Immunology from Yale University with postdoctoral training at the University of Washington/HHMI. 

Please contact Terry Nakagawa at 312-503-5365.

About Feinberg Research

$706 Million

Feinberg received $706M in research funding and awards in 2023.


A total of 349,332 participants enrolled in clinical trials and research studies at Feinberg.


Feinberg generates 70 percent of all research dollars at Northwestern University.

Foundation Relations

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine offers assistance to private foundations looking to engage Feinberg researchers. Foundation Relations, led by Michelle Melin-Rogovin, senior associate director, supports Feinberg faculty in connecting with foundations in research that is mutually beneficial.

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