Bioscience Careers

About Bioscience Careers

What is it?

Bioscience Careers is a truly interdepartmental endeavor to educate graduate students and postdoctoral fellows about career options. The student-initiated and organized series has hosted speakers representing many different scientific careers since it began in October 2000.

Why do we organize these seminars?

According to a 1997 report by the NSF, only a minority of all Ph.D.s in the biological sciences have tenured or tenure-track positions in academia. However, graduate students have very little exposure to scientists working in careers outside of academic research. This seminar series is the only organized career development resource for biological scientists at the University of Washington.

Who supports us?

The 2016-2017 seminar series is only possible because of generous support from the:

The Departments of Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biology, Biomedical Informatics & Medical Education, Comparative Medicine, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Genome Science, Global Health, Immunology, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology and Biophysics, the Office of Research and Graduate Education, the Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant, the Molecular and Cellular Biology Program, the Graduate Program in Neuroscience and the Graduate School.

Who organizes?

2016-2017 Bioscience Careers Committee Members:

  • Ta Yi Yu (Bioengineering)
  • Charles Roco (Bioengineering)
  • Emily Bain (Biology)
  • Josh Swore (Biology)
  • Kelly Duong (Neuroscience)
  • Rachel Stein (Neuroscience)
  • Hannah Thomasy (Neuroscience)
  • Christina Jones (Pharmacology)
  • Sabrina Kamran (Pharmacology)
  • Connie Tzou (Environmental and Occupational Health)
  • Lisa Voelker (Molecular and Cellular Biology)

2015-2016 Bioscience Careers Committee Members:

  • Koji Abe (Bioengineering)
  • Emily Bain (Biology)
  • Samantha Byrnes (Bioengineering & Global Health)
  • Kelly Duong (Neuroscience)
  • Anna Engstrom (Environmental Toxicology)
  • Nan Jiang (Biology)
  • Christina Jones (Pharmacology)
  • Sabrina Kamran (Pharmacology)
  • Kristin Mussar (Pharmacology)
  • Ta Yi Yu (Bioengineering)

2014-2015 Bioscience Careers Committee Members:

  • Amanda Chung (Pharmacology)
  • Carly Holstein (Bioengineering)
  • Maryelise Cieslewicz (Bioengineering)
  • Nathaniel Peters (Molecular and Cell Biology)
  • Megan Cartwright (Environmental Toxicology)
  • Anna Engstrom (Environmental Toxicology)
  • Christina Sanford (Pharmacology)
  • Jody Wright (Genome Sciences)
  • Samantha Byrnes (Bioengineering & Global Health)
  • Dan Berman (Biology)

2013-2014 Bioscience Careers Committee Members:

  • Carly Holstein (Bioengineering)
  • Jamie Levin (Pharmacology)
  • Vinayak Vittal (Biochemistry)
  • Maryelise Cieslewicz (Bioengineering)
  • Amanda Chung (Pharmacology)
  • Yasmeen Hussain (Biology)
  • Nathaniel Peters (Molecular and Cell Biology)
  • Megan Cartwright (Toxicology)
  • Corey Clemons (Immunology)
  • Anna Engstrom (Toxicology)

2012-2013 Bioscience Careers Committee Members:

  • Karlyn Beer (Molecular and Cell Biology)
  • Jamie Levin (Pharmacology)
  • Julie Shi (Bioengineering)
  • Carly Holstein (Bioengineering)
  • Vinayak Vittal (Biochemistry)
  • Nuvala Tofig (Bioengineering)
  • Maryelise Cieslewicz (Bioengineering)
  • Amanda Chung (Pharmacology)
  • Yasmeen Hussain (Biology)
  • Simina Popa (Molecular and Cell Biology)
  • Nathaniel Peters (Molecular and Cell Biology)
  • Megan Cartwright (Toxicology)

2011-2012 Bioscience Careers Committee Members:

  • Scott Mackenzie (Neurobiology & Behavior)
  • Michelle Wahlin (Medicinal Chemistry)
  • Julie Shi (Bioengineering)
  • Carly Holstein (Bioengineering)
  • Karlyn Beer (Molecular and Cell Biology)
  • Vinayak Vittal (Biochemistry)
  • Lauren Richard (Molecular and Cell Biology)
  • Jamie Levin (Pharmacology)
  • Nuvala Tofig (Bioengineering)
  • William Conrad (Pharmacology)
  • Maryelise Cieslewicz (Bioengineering)

2010-2011 Bioscience Careers Committee Members:

  • Michelle Wahlin (Medicinal Chemistry)
  • Berit Jacobson (Neurobiology & Behavior)
  • Jen Osborn (Bioengineering)
  • Josh Bishop (Electrical Engineering)
  • Julie Shi (Bioengineering)
  • Nuvala Tofig (Bioengineering)
  • Sara Reardon (MCB)
  • Scott Mackenzie (Neurobiology & Behavior)
  • Shyamala Iyer (Microbiology)
  • Vinayak Vittal (Biochemistry)

2009-2010 Bioscience Careers Committee Members:

  • Sarah Domnitz (Physiology & Biophysics)
  • Jarrett Egertson (Genome Sciences)
  • Laura Icenogle (Microbiology)
  • Berit Jacobson (Neurobiology & Behavior)
  • Ralph Lin (Bioengineering)
  • Drew MacKellar (MCB)
  • Tom Schmidlin (Biochemistry)
  • Matt Smith (MCB)
  • Dean Stevens (Bioengineering)
  • James Urton (MCB)
  • Michelle Wahlin (Medicinal Chemistry)
  • Kara White (Pathology)
  • Manda Williams (Bioengineering)

2008-2009 Bioscience Careers Committee Members:

  • Shameek Biswas (Genome Science)
  • Jeff Chamberlain (Bioengineering)
  • Sarah Domnitz (Physiology and Biophysics)
  • Eric Herbig (MCB/FHCRC)
  • Laura Icenogle (Microbiology)
  • Ralph Lin (Bioengineering)
  • Drew MacKellar (MCB)
  • Tom Schmidlin (Biochemistry)
  • Dean Stevens (Bioengineering)
  • Michelle Wahlin (Medicinal Chemistry)
  • Manda Williams (Bioengineering)

2007-2008 Bioscience Careers Committee Members:

  • Deidre Golej (MCB/Pathology)
  • Vivian Hawkins (MCB/Genome Sciences)
  • Eric Herbig (MCB)
  • Jonathan Reed (Global Health)
  • Sabrina Richards (Immunology)
  • Tom Schmidlin (Biochemistry)
  • Kevin Schutz (MCB)
  • Dean Stevens (Bioengineering)
  • Manda Williams (Bioengineering)

2006-2007 Bioscience Careers Committee Members:

  • Clarence Dunn (Pathobiology)
  • Floyd Karp (Bioengineering)
  • Heather Brown (MCB)
  • Tom Schmidlin (Biochemistry)
  • Vivian Hawkins (MCB)
  • Valerie Morris (MCB)
  • Deidre Golej (MCB)
  • Sabrina Richards (Immunology)

2005-2006 Bioscience Careers Committee Members:

  • Mirna Mujacic (Bioengineering)
  • Clarence Dunn (Pathobiology)
  • Floyd Karp (Bioengineering)
  • Heather Brown (MCB)
  • Jennifer Foley (Bioengineering)
  • Kim McClure (Biology)
  • Tom Schmidlin (Biochemistry)

2004-2005 Bioscience Careers Committee Members:

  • Michelle Baranski (Biochemistry)
  • James Carey (MCB/Microbiology)
  • Clarence Dunn (Pathobiology/FHCRC)
  • Bree Mitchell (MCB/FHCRC)
  • Kim McClure (Biology)
  • Mirna Mujacic (Bioengineering)
  • Patricia Sadate-Ngatchou (Genome Sciences)
  • Dhileep Sivam (Biomedical and Health Informatics)

2003-2004 Bioscience Careers Committee Members:

  • Mara Jeffress (MCB/Genome Sciences)
  • Michelle Baranski (Biochemistry)
  • Deepika Singh (Pathobiology/FHCRC)
  • Kellie Plow (MCB/Biochemistry)
  • Clarence Dunn (Pathobiology/FHCRC)
  • Meher Anita (Bioengineering)
  • Bree Mitchell (MCB/FHCRC)
  • James Carey (MCB/Microbiology)

2002-2003 Bioscience Careers Committee Members:

  • Sarah Allred
  • Michelle Baranski
  • Mara Jeffress
  • Melanie Roberts
  • Deepika Singh
  • Heather Van Epps

2001-2002 Bioscience Careers Committee Members:

  • Michelle Fischer
  • Kelly Grant
  • Jessica Green
  • Melanie Roberts
  • Joy Sebe

2000-2001 Bioscience Careers Committee Members:

  • Michelle Braun
  • Garth Fowler
  • Melanie Roberts
  • Christie Robertson