Lydia Greenlees


Lydia Greenlees is Trellis Arch’s Secretary, Treasurer, and co-founder.  She was born in Jackson, Mississippi and spent most of her childhood in Pascagoula. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Mississippi State University in 1987 and works in the field of biotechnology.

Lydia began her career in science at the National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR), served as a Research Associate with Genetic Therapy, Inc. (GTI) from 1988 to 1993 and spent two years with the Laboratory of Cell Biology in the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). A move to the West Coast took her to the biotechnology firm of Selective Genetics (SGTx), where she utilized her molecular biology expertise in a variety of gene therapy programs, including nerve regeneration, dermal wound healing and musculoskeletal studies.


One of the highlights of Lydia’s career was participating in the Grand Challenges in Global Health program through a grant awarded Neurome, Inc/UC Riverside by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Under the guidance of her principal investigator, she contributed to research aimed at developing a needle-free mucosal vaccine delivery system to be utilized by developing nations. Realizing her research might directly benefit those with extraordinary need and few resources was tremendously fulfilling and instilled within her a desire to work abroad or contribute to research that would benefit others around the globe.

Selected for a six-month Centers for Disease Control (CDC) contract to coordinate the set up and operation of the Palau Food Microbiology Laboratory, Lydia established laboratory tests for foodborne pathogens, developed specimen handling procedures and quality assurance guidelines, prepared a laboratory manual and trained local staff. Lydia’s Palau experience was a monumental opportunity in her career, for which she is extremely grateful.

After returning to the United States, Lydia contributed to new product development for Oxford Biomedical Research in Rochester Hills, MI and is currently employed with MedImmune in Gaithersburg, MD, where she studies the role of microRNA in disease.

Lydia loves spending time with her family working on craft projects, listening to music, attending plays, traveling and spending time outdoors. She enjoys kayaking, cycling, snorkeling, camping and hiking. Lydia looks forward to tackling some of the world’s toughest challenges by helping those in need both at home and abroad.