Erin Quirk, M.D., is the President and Chief Medical Officer of Terns Pharmaceuticals. During her 15-year pharmaceutical industry career, she has worked on dozens of clinical-stage drug and vaccine projects and has personally contributed to the development of 14 approved new drug products to date, including initial marketing applications for five novel fixed-dose combinations. Prior to joining Terns in 2019, Dr. Quirk was Vice President of Clinical Research at Gilead Sciences, where she oversaw clinical development activities for investigational HIV treatments, as well as the development strategy and post-marketing studies for the company’s HIV portfolio. Prior to joining Gilead, Dr. Quirk was Director of Clinical Research at Merck Research Laboratories, where she advanced clinical trials for HIV vaccines and small molecules for hepatitis C virus infection. 

Dr. Quirk holds a bachelor’s degree from Drew University and an M.D. from the University of Colorado. She completed training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Washington University in St. Louis