Luisa Salter-Cid

Luisa Salter-Cid, Ph.D.

Head of Immunology Discovery

Biology and Genomics


Luisa leads a Discovery Biology Group, which is comprised of teams of scientists focused on Immunology, Small Molecule Immuno-Oncology and Genomics. Luisa has oversight of preclinical development of small molecule and biologic drug candidates in immunology, and discovery of small molecule drug candidates in Immuno-Oncology. 


Luisa joined Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2005 to lead the Immunology in vivo pharmacology, where she established, managed and mentored the team responsible for driving in vivo strategy and conducting all in vivo preclinical studies in Immunoscience. Since joining the company, Luisa has held positions of increasing responsibility and her teams have delivered a number of preclinical candidates for clinical studies. In her current role, Luisa chairs the Immunology Target Strategy Team, and leads a team responsible for implementing genomics/proteomics tools to support target identification, validation and biomarker projects. Prior to joining Bristol-Myers Squibb, Luisa held scientific leadership positions in the pharmaceutical industry.


Luisa received her Ph.D. in Immunology from University of Miami School of Medicine, and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, CA. Luisa is the inventor on several U.S. Patents and has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed research publications.


In addition to other honors, Luisa was recently recognized by the Bristol-Myers Squibb R&D organization for excellence in leadership.

Interests and Expertise

Luisa’s interest in biology started early in her life; her mother’s work as a physician helped drive Luisa’s scientific curiosity. Exposure to comparative immunology through a Ph.D. mentor sent her on the path to study Immunology. Luisa is personally excited to be working at the time when the science of Immunology is flourishing and enabling meaningful advances in care across multiple diseases from autoimmunity to cancer and beyond.


Luisa is a passionate, results-driven leader. She works to foster collaboration within her teams through understanding that individuals bring different work styles, different ways of communicating, and different ways of getting things done. A champion for inclusion, she is a member of organizations focused on workplace diversity, and women in science.