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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 - Stephen Dewhurst, PhD

Stephen Dewhurst, PhD - Chairman of Microbiology and Immunology, and Vice Dean for Research, University of Rochester
Pre-seminar readings for Dr. Dewhurst:
Blog Post: What I love about my job

 Jan 23, 2015 @ 2:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | 2-6424(Whipple Auditorium

Career Story - Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, MPH

Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, MPH - Executive Director for the Children's Environmental Health Network
Pre-seminar readings for Ms. Witherspoon:
Blog Post: I want to be a change agent for our children

 Feb 12, 2015 @ 1:30 p.m.

 Saunders Research Bulding | 1.412

Career Story - Melony Sorbero, PhD

Melony Sorbero, PhD - Policy Researcher at RAND Corporation
Blog Post: Your Career: A Work in Progress

 Mar 25, 2015 @ 1:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 1-9576 Ryan Case Method Room

Career Story - Don Moir, PhD

Don Moir, PhD - Chief Scientific Officer at Microbiotix, Inc
Blog Post: Scientific Careers: The Big Picture

 Apr 17, 2015 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Natapow Conference Room (1-9545)

Career Story - Christine (Crisy) Sanfilippo, PhD

Christine (Crisy) Sanfilippo, PhD - Manager, Pharmaceutical Medical Affairs at Bausch & Lomb, a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals
Blog Post: A Day in the Life of a Scientific Jack-of-all-Trades

 May 07, 2015 @ 1:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | Center for Experiential Learning 2-7520

Career Story - Joe Petrosino, PhD

Joe Petrosino, PhD - President and Founder of Metanome and Director, Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research at Baylor College of Medicine
Blog Post: The Best of Both Worlds-Insights Toward Establishing an Academic Center and a Biotech Company, from One Perspective

 May 18, 2015 @ 11:15 a.m.

 Medical Center | Upper Auditorium (3-7619)

Career Story - Jennifer Head Wheeler, PhD

Jennifer Head Wheeler, PhD - Research Investigator II at Bristol-Myers Squibb
Blog Post: Traveling the winding road, perspective from an early career PhD

 Jun 19, 2015 @ 1:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555)

Career Story - Patricia Labosky, PhD; Stephen J. Korn, PhD

Patricia Labosky, PhD; Stephen J. Korn, PhD - Program Leader Office of Strategic Coordination at National Institute of Health (NIH); Director, Office of Training, Career Development and Workforce Diversity at National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at NIH
Pre-seminar readings for Drs. Labosky and Korn:
Science Careers at the NIH and Other Government Positions

 Jul 08, 2015 @ 2:15 p.m.

 Medical Center | Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576)

Career Story - Ernest Smith, PhD

Ernest Smith, PhD - Chief Scientific Officer at Vaccinex
Blog Post: Evolution of a Company and a UR PhD Graduate Student

 Jul 23, 2015 @ 3:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | CEL 2-7534

Career Story - Tracey Baas, PhD

Tracey Baas, PhD - URBEST Executive Director
Blog Post: Three Data Points: Two Cold Calls and One Connection, Plus a Hat Trick

 Aug 27, 2015 @ 3:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | Natapow Conference Room (1-9545)

Career Story - Amy Donner, PhD

Amy Donner, PhD - Director of Communications at RA Capital Management, LLC
Blog Post: Communications 101

 Sep 21, 2015 @ 12:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555)

Career Story - Andrew Tomaras, PhD

Andrew Tomaras, PhD - Vice President and Director of Microbiology at BacterioScan Inc.
Blog post: Life is Hard: Keep Your Eyes Fixed on the Prize

 Oct 05, 2015 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Upper Auditorium (3-7619)

Career Story - Weimin Kaufman, PhD

Weimin Kaufman, PhD - Licensing Manager at UR Ventures
Blog Post: Road to Technology Transfer

 Nov 06, 2015 @ 12:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Anderson Room (G-8534)