[ Thursday, May 29, 2014 ] 5–6pm HSB room T-733
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"Fair Balance: My career as a medical science liaison"
Shannon Payne, Ph.D.
Medical Science Liaison - Nephrology
Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Hayward, CA
As a Medical Science Liaison, Dr. Shannon Payne interacts with leaders in the pharmaceutical industry to identify emerging clinical issues and educate clinicians about pharmaceutics and medical devices. In this role, she actively manages investigator-initiated studies and clinical trial sites. Dr. Payne will provide her perspective on a career as a Medical Science Liaison. She will share the steps that she took to get there, from her Genetics PhD at UW, to her postdoc at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, to Program Manager and Senior Clinical Scientist positions at a molecular diagnostics company, and finally to her current position.
[ Thursday, May 15, 2014 ] 5–6pm HSB room T-733
"Grad, Grantee, Grantor: Navigating Non-Profit Career Paths in Global Health"
Jennifer Osborn, Ph.D.
Associate Program Officer in HIV Diagnostics
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA
Dr. Jennifer Osborn is an Associate Program Officer in HIV Diagnostics at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked at PATH as a Program Associate developing point-of-care diagnostics for low-resource settings. Drawing from these experiences, Dr. Osborn will discuss the differences of working at a grant-funded NGO compared to a funding organization and will highlight the different roles that a PhD can play in both of these types of organizations. She will also talk about her grad school experience and choices she made that helped prepare her for the non-profit positions that she has held.
[ Thursday, April 10, 2014 ] 5–6pm HSB room T-733
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"From Academia to Industry"
Sarah Sanowar, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate, Genentech
San Francisco, CA
Work environments are becoming more diverse involving
multidisciplinary collaborations in Academia and in Industry.
Although each has distinctive ways of research, work and
reward, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are well
prepared for scientific careers in either. Dr. Sarah Sanowar
will discuss her career path from graduate student and
postdocotoral fellow in microbial pathogenesis to Senior
Research Associate of Antibody Engineering at the biotech
Genentech, highlighting differences to consider and how to
successfully transition to Industry.
[ Thursday, March 6, 2014 ] 5–6pm HSB room T-747
"Scientific Communications: Building Bridges Between Science and Business"
Arun Divakaruni, Ph.D.
Senior VP of Element Scientific Communications and Acting General Manager at Weber Shandwick
Los Angeles, CA
As Senior VP of Element Scientific Communications™ and acting General Manager at Weber Shandwick, Dr. Arun Divakaruni works with over 20 former scientists and science writers around the world to incite change through science. Holding a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from UCLA, Arun now helps to define strategies, create dynamic content, and develop engagement platforms for science-driven organizations. He and his team provide high-level counsel and tactical support to diverse clients, including pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and medical device companies, as well as teaching hospitals and clean technology companies.
Arun will discuss specific challenges and experiences that have
allowed him to reach his position at Weber Shandwick and describe the intricacies of scientific communications.
[ Thursday, February 13, 2014 ] 5–6pm HSB room T-747
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“Weighing Career Advice in Trying Times: Finding your Path to Professional Satisfaction”
Paul Moran, Ph.D.
Research Geneticist, Northwest Fisheries Science Center
In the past three decades, the field of genetics has exploded and transformed the study of biology. Opportunities that unfolded for biologists in the past may not be available now, but new opportunities present themselves. Career paths can seem haphazard and accidental, but with some insight and hard work you can still “write your own ticket” to a rewarding and satisfying career. Dr. Paul Moran will discuss how you can position yourself to take advantage of “lucky breaks.”
Dr. Paul Moran is a Research Geneticist in the Genetics and Evolution Program of the Conservation Biology Division at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center. Moran's lab focuses on the application of genetic methods to explore the interface of basic and applied science in marine conservation.
[ Thursday, January 23, 2014 ] 5–6pm HSB room T-747 Download part one of Dr. Lyman's talk here
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"Looking Back: Lessons Learned from My First 35 Years in Research and Biotech"
Stewart Lyman, Ph.D.
Manager, Lyman BioPharma Consulting LLC
Looking for some inspiration to kick-start your research or job hunt in the New Year? Join us for an illuminating talk by Dr. Stewart Lyman as he reflects on the lessons he has learned in his 35 years' experience in biological research and biotechnology.
During his 14-year tenure at Immunex, Dr. Lyman identified many important growth factor genes and served as the Director of Extramural Research, where his group managed about 2,500 research collaborations with over 1,000 academic investigators worldwide. He holds 26 U.S. patents and has authored or co-authored 130 scientific publications. In 2004 he started Lyman BioPharma Consulting LLC, and he is a frequent contributor of op-ed pieces on research and biotechnology for the Xconomy website.
[ Thursday, December 5, 2013 ] 5–6pm HSB room T-747
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"A Biochemist's Career in the Wine Industry "
Bruce Watson , PhD.
Wine Consultant, Bruce Watson Wine Consulting
Do you enjoy drinking a nice glass of merlot, but never thought about how your bench skills could translate to the wine industry? A background in the field of Biochemistry or Microbiology provides a skill set that is valuable and by no means common in the field of wine production. Quality management and product analysis jobs provide unique career opportunities for individuals with scientific training. Wine production is particularly interesting as each vintage provides fruit with different character and new challenges, and a uniform, unchanging product is neither possible nor desirable.
Dr. Bruce Watson will talk about his experiences as a quality management supervisor for multiple wineries. Additionally, he has worked as a wine selector and community college teacher, and his expertise has led him to form his current wine consulting business.
[ Thursday, November 7, 2013 ] 5–6pm HSB room T-747
Download part one of Dr. Wesley's talk here
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"Tales from the 'Dark' Side: The truth about science in industry"
Johnna Wesley , PhD.
Research Scientist, Novo Nordisk, Seattle, WA
Ever wonder about the truth of working in a for-profit research environment and the differences between academia, biotech, and big pharma? Mystified by what you can do at or beyond the bench?
Dr. Johnna Wesley will de-mystify the reality of transitioning between these various research settings and discuss career options in industry, beyond the bench highlighting the differences and similarities of working in industry-based research versus academic research. She is currently the Senior Manager of Animal and Human Research at Novo Nordisk. This position allows her the opportunity to be close to the science and play a key role in translating basic research to a clinical setting.
[ Thursday, October 10, 2013 ] 5–6pm HSB room T-747
Download a video of Dr. Shaver's talk here
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"Ignite Curiosity! Be the Teacher or Mentor That You Had or Always Wanted."
Jeff Shaver , PhD.
Science Education, Research & Outreach Specialist, Exo Labs Seattle, WA
Ignite curiosity! That is the goal of what we do at Exo Labs. Therefore, it is the goal of my talk to ignite curiosity around the use of new technology for engaging students and the general public in science research, providing new ways to conduct research, and bringing back the love of science that you often see with a group of energetic elementary-aged kids. During my talk I will show you how our Focus Microscope Camera works to connect microscopes to Apple mobile devices, and also tell the story of how I evolved from a PhD student, to a high school teacher, to an entrepreneur.
[ Thursday, April 4, 2013 ] 5–6pm HSB room T-733
Download a video of Dr. Chertova's talk here
"Drugs, Money, and Trials: The Life of a Regulatory Medical Writer "
Cortney Chertova, Ph.D.
Medical Writer/Project Manager for Randstad Pharma, Seattle, WA
[ Thursday, May 9, 2013 ] 5–6pm HSB room T-625
Download a video of Dr. Parry's talk here
"Ph.D. to...High School? - One Teacher's Perspective"
Devin Parry , PhD.
Biology Teacher, Lakeside High School, Seattle, WA
[ Thursday, May 30, 2013 ] 5–6pm HSB room T-625
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"Preliminary Results - Observations on a Recent Transition from Graduate Student to Biotech Professional"
Sarah Warren , PhD.
Director of Research, Onofactor Corp., Seattle, WA
Sarah Warren is a founder and director of research for Oncofactor Corporation. Oncofactor is developing antibody therapeutics to overcome tumor-mediated immune inhibition. Sarah is responsible for leading the research efforts of the company, including project planning, target selection and prioritization, managing the scientific staff, and coordinating external research efforts. She is also involved in fundraising and presenting Oncofactor to potential investors and partners. Sarah founded Oncofactor while she was a fellow with the Accelerator Corporation, an investment group which funds and manages biotech companies in Seattle. As a fellow, Sarah was part of the team that identified and evaluated potential investments, and she assisted the existing Accelerator portfolio companies with their research efforts.
[ Thursday, January 17, 2013 ] 5–6pm HSB room T-747
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"Has It Really Been 30 Years? A Not So Straightforward Career in the Life Sciences "
John DesRosier , PhD.
WA Life Sciences Discovery Fund, Seattle, WA
[ Thursday, February 7, 2013 ] 5–6pm HSB room T-625
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"How a Microbiology Ph.D. Became an Editor, Science Writer and Book Author"
Alex Berezow, PhD.
Editor, RealClearScience; Co-author, Science Left Behind
[ Thursday, March 14, 2013 ] 5–6pm HSB room T-625
Download a video of Dr. Jeffress' talk here
"Getting Down to Business: Careers in Consulting"
Mara Jeffress , PhD.
Associate Consultant, Kantar Health, Foster City, CA
[ Thursday, October 11, 2012 ] 5–6pm HSB room T-625
Download a video of Dr. Freedman's talk here
"Career Opportunities in Academia, Industry and Government"
Toby Freedman, PhD.
Author, Founder/President of Synapsis Search
Program Chair for the BioScience Forum, San Francisco, CA
[ Thursday, November 15, 2012 ] 5–6pm HSB room T-625
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"Patent Agent: A Not-So Alternative Career in Science"
Julie Urvater, PhD.
Cooley, LLP, Seattle, WA
[ Thursday, December 6, 2012 ] 5–6pm HSB room T-747
Download a video of Dr. Ponce's talk here
"From Academia to Biopharmaceutical Development"
Rafael Ponce, PhD.
Scientific Director, Comparative Biology & Safety Sciences
Amgen, Seattle, WA
[ Thursday, May 24, 2012 ] 5–6pm HSB room T-733
" Informal Science Education Careers "
Wendy Hansen, PhD.
Project Manager, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
[ Thursday, April 19, 2012 ] 5–6pm HSB
Marion Dorer , PhD.
Sr. Research Scientist
Emerald biostructures, Seattle, WA
[ Thursday, February 23, 2012 ] 5–6pm HSB room T-747
" Looking out the lab window- A serendipitous path from academic research to science commercialization "
Christiana DelloRusso, PhD.
Director of Commercialization
Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association, Seattle, WA
[ Thursday, January 12, 2012 ] 5–6pm HSB room T-747
"Staying on Target: How to leverage a biomedical science career with a PhD"
Dr. Darren Begley, PhD.
Sr. Research scientist
Emerald biostructures, Seattle, WA
[Thursday, September 29th, 2011] 5–6pm HSB room T-625
Neile A. Grayson, Ph.D.
Vice President, Drug Development KinDex Therapeutics, Seattle, WA
[Thursday, October 20th, 2011] 5-6pm HSB room T-625
"From Amino Acids to Aircraft Fuel - Going Full Circle in Biology Applications."
Margaret McCormick, Ph.D.
Chief Operations Officer
Matrix Genetics, Seattle, WA
[Thursday, November 17th, 2011] 5-6pm HSB room T-625
Is my career compass broken? A post-doctoral journey from public health research to academia, then back again."
David Sue, Ph.D.
Fellow in Microbiology
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
[Thursday, December 1st, 2011] 5-6pm HSB room T-733
The science of dark chocolate. Why a molecular biologist ended up in the world of cocoa.
Andrew McShea, Ph.D.
Chief Operating Officer ("Dr. Choc")
Theo Chocolate, Seattle, WA
[Thursday, June 2nd, 2011] 5-6pm HSC Room T-733
"The Rollercoaster Ride of a Biotech Startup: The Rewards and Challenges of Taking an Idea to a Commercial Product"
Gary K. Geiss, Ph.D.
NanoString Technologies, Inc.
[Thursday, February 17th, 2011] 5-6pm HSC Room T-733
"Life after the Lab: Working in the Office of the Secretary of Defense"
or "What's a nice scientist like you doing in a job like this?"
Andrew Mara, Ph.D.
Operations Research Analyst
US Department of Defense (and former AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow)
[Thursday, January 20th, 2011] 5-6pm HSC Room T-733
"The Ups and Downs of a Career in the Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology Industry "
Dennis M. Miller, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Research and Preclinical Development
[Thursday, December 2nd, 2010] 5-6pm HSC Room T-739
"Scientific Communications: Translating and Communicating Data for the Public"
Arun Divakaruni, Ph.D.
Director, Scientific Communications
[Thursday, November 18th, 2010] 5-6pm HSC Room T-625
"Swimming with the Current: One Girl's Path from Biomechanics and Cartilage to Biomarkers and Global Health"
Jennifer Gardiner, Ph.D.
Associate Program Officer
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
[Thursday, October 21st, 2010] 5-6pm HSC Room T-739
"Biology is Technology: The Promise, Peril, and New Business of Engineering Life"
Rob Carlson, Ph.D.
Principal, Biodesic, LLC
[Thursday, May 20th, 2010] 5-6pm HSC Room T-625
"Career GPS: Planning Your Route From Academia to Industry"
Chris Palatucci, Ph.D.
Founding Partner, Palatucci Executive Search
[Thursday, April 29th, 2010] 5-6pm HSC Room T-625
"A Road Well Trampled: The Career Wanderings of a Cell Biologist"
Michael Carleton, Ph.D.
Director of Core Technologies, Targeted Growth, Inc.
[Thursday, April 8th, 2010] 5-6pm HSC Room T-625
"The Rollercoaster of Developing Biotech Products"
Claudia Jochheim, Ph.D.
Principal Consulatnt, CMC Consulting
[Thursday, March 4th, 2010] 5-6pm HSC Room T-625
"How to Write about Sex, Dogs, and Robots for Fun and Profit"
Bryn Nelson, Ph.D.
Freelance Science Writer & Editor
[Thursday, January 14th, 2010] 5-6pm HSC Room T-739
"Options Beyond Academia in Scientific Editing"
Laura Zahn, Ph.D.
Associate Editor, Science
American Association for the Advancement of Science
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