It’s all about family for Rudy Christmas. And for him, the Kernal team felt like the semi-pro football team he was part of, before he tore his ACL and switched careers to his alternate love, science. They work and rely on each other to defeat the competition (Yes, Rudy maintains his competitive spirit) and have a few laughs along the way. For Rudy, science is a contact sport and the countless critical in- and ex-vivo experiments and analyses he’s designed, directed, and performed in his decade-plus career demonstrate that he is hands-on. Most recently, Rudy served as an in vivo pharmacologist at Entrada Therapeutics. Previously, he led IND studies at Synlogic. He’s also had key roles at Takeda, Immunogen, Moderna, and Merck, among others. Rudy received his certificate in biomedical laboratory science through Boston University School of Medicine’s CityLab Academy, with additional biotech and surgical training at Northeastern and MassBay College, respectively. Rudy has joined up with Tom Colace to form Kernal’s ad hoc “culture / social committee,” with a sense of humor that transcends the very diverse team, they will make sure the family journey is always fun.