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The URBEST Career Story Q&A seminar series is specifically designed to motivate biomedical and health science trainees to consider research-related careers and initiate professional skills needed to become successful scientists. The monthly Career Story Q&A Seminar series will bring in successful scientists from diverse non-academic (and a few unique academic) careers to share their transitions and triumphs. These seminars will be guided interviews that use a common structure of pre-seminar readings (a blog post and a CV), a short seminar talk and a lengthy open-floor Q&A session. All posts are housed at the URBEST Blog.

All are welcome to attend the seminar. The session is rather interactive so bring all the questions you'd ever want answered. We will have some select opportunities to go to lunch with the speakers, and lunch invitations will be sent to URBEST trainees. First RSVPs will be selected for the lunch group.


Career Story - Michael Krupp, PhD

Michael Krupp, PhD (Zoom Meeting) - CEO at Xfibra Inc., previous Senior Vice President at Chugai Pharma USA, and previous Director of Licensing & Development at Pfizer Inc.

Blog Post: Scientist to Business Executive — An Unexpected Journey


Aug 22, 2017 - 2:00 p.m.
Medical Center Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555)

URBEST Retreat and Career Workshop

Randy Ribaudo, SciPhD; LeRon Nelson, UR; Ed Brydon, Weill Cornell Medicine; Kirk Macolini, IntelliSpark; Kurt Schilling, Estee Lauder; Judith Dunn, Roche; and therapy dogs.
Sep 14, 2017 - 8:30 a.m.
Medical Center Class of 62 and CEL Teaching Laboratories

Career Story - Brian O'Mara, MSc

Brian O'Mara, MSc - Senior Scientist at Bristol Myers Squibb
Sep 27, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.
Medical Center Northeastern Room (1-9525)

Career Story - Rick Lawless, BS, MBA

Rick Lawless, BS, MBA, - Associate Director of Biomanufacturing Training & Education Center (BTEC) at North Carolina State University
Oct 04, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.
Medical Center Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555)

Career Story - Jeffrey Harder, PhD and Candice Baker, PhD

Jeffrey Harder, PhD and Candice Baker, PhD (lunch will be provided to a small group of trainees) - Postdoc and Associate Study Director of Genetic Engineering Technologies, respectively, at The Jackson Laboratory
Oct 06, 2017 - 12:00 p.m.
Lattimore Hall Natapow Conference Room (1-9545)

Career Story - Kurt Schilling, PhD

Kurt Schilling, PhD - SVP Basic Science Research and Advanced Technologies at The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
Nov 03, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.
Medical Center CEL 2-7536

Career Story - Mike Fiske, MS

Mike Fiske, MS - Vice President at Gencure.
Nov 15, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.
Medical Center Northeastern Room (1-9525)