a wholly owned subsidiary of La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company

People and Culture

If the idea of working at a small, dynamic company with a critically important mission and a team that supports your success sounds appealing, take a closer look at Tetraphase.


Our culture is best characterized by collaboration and mutual support as we passionately pursue our work and life goals. We abide by the philosophy that our mission to fight antibiotic resistance is best achieved together — through collective thinking and problem-solving.

Work-Life Balance

We believe a healthy work-life balance correlates with business performance and increased productivity — and keeps everyone fulfilled. Flexible work schedules and venues focus on results and meeting deadlines, rather than when or where the work gets done. Our smaller company size facilitates communication and mentorship between employees and our senior leadership team, helping ensure our employees get the most out of their time with us.


We offer competitive compensation packages that provide all employees an opportunity to share in our success with an annual bonus program and annual equity grants.


We provide a comprehensive range of healthcare, disability, and savings benefits for employees and their families. But it doesn’t stop there: we also provide an employee stock purchase plan and commuter reimbursement.

Employee Highlights

Kenneth Lawrence

Senior Director,
Field Medical Affairs

Kenneth Lawrence

Joined September 2017
"I've worked in the Infectious Disease field for years and seeing a company committed to putting an ambitious strategy around a marketable drug and pipeline for treatment of resistant pathogens was intriguing. It drew me in immediately. It is very rewarding to be part of a talented medical affairs team and help further build a team of like-minded individuals with diverse skill sets. Ensuring we all understand that patients come first and working together to help them serves as a source of constant motivation for me."

Shana Mendozza

Senior Director,

Shana Mendozza

Shana Mendozza
"I began working at Tetraphase from virtually the start of the company and have had the opportunity to grow and develop alongside it. I was able to contribute to the cultivation and advancement of a department from the ground up, maturing and evolving it as the company expanded. Today, with multiple responsibilities and a larger Operations team, it's rewarding to look back and recognize the growth and accomplishments of our group."

Olga Gilicky

Associate Director,
Analytical Sciences

Olga Gilicky

Joined January 2011
"I've always liked working for smaller companies, and at Tetraphase, there's something special about the collaborative group feel in the science departments. I'm able to work for and with a group of highly intelligent individuals whom I learn from daily. It's exciting to be part of a truly teamwork-driven lab. I've been fortunate to have several mentors through the years who have made a significant impact on my career growth. And it's refreshing to train interns who are learning about the biotechnology field. Being part of our internship program is very rewarding. I'm always impressed with students who want to enter the field and I encourage them to do so."


Please enter a valid email address.


Please enter a valid email address.

Share information about Tetraphase


Thank you!
Your email has been sent.

Thank you for your request.

Someone will contact you shortly.