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Career Stories

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.

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Career Story – Elizabeth Evans, PhD

Elizabeth Evenas, PhD - Vice President of Preclinical Research at Vaccinex, Inc
Blog post: Follow The Science – A Critical Path Toward Translational Research
CV

 Jan 10, 2019 @ 11:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | Center for Experiential Learning 2-7536

Career Story – Teresa Sukiennicki, Ph.D.

Teresa Sukiennicki, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Biology at Genesee Community College

Blog Post: How Being Open to Change Can Lead to an Unexpected Place - Teaching at a Community College

CV

 Feb 01, 2019 @ 10:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | Center for Experiential Learning 2-7544

Career Story – Matt Kennedy, Ph.D.

Matt Kennedy, Ph.D. - Associate Director of Molecular Virology at Oncorus

Blog post: Unique Combination of Training Leads To A Unique Career Opportunity
CV

 Mar 01, 2019 @ 11:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | Center for Experiential Learning 2-7544

Career Story – Alicia Henn, Ph.D.

Alicia Henn, Ph.D. - Chief Scientific Officer at BioSpherix

Blog Post: No Matter Where You Go, There You Are
CV

 Mar 20, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Natapow Conference Room (1-9545)

Career Story – Sarah Beachy, Ph.D.

Sarah Beachy, Ph.D. - Senior Program Officer with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Blog post: Sharpening your skillsets for a successful career in science policy: How I moved from the bench to impact health and medicine in a different way, and you can too.
CV

 Apr 02, 2019 @ 11:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | Natapow Conference Room (1-9545)

Career Story – Amy Hein, Ph.D.

Amy Hein, Ph.D. - Director of Scientific Workforce at Ripple Effect Communication

Blog post: Don’t Take No for an Answer
CV

 Apr 09, 2019 @ 11:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | Center for Experiential Learning 2-7544

Career Story – Margaret Hill, Ph.D.

Margaret Hill, Ph.D., M.S. - Genetic Counseling Program Intern at UNC-Greensboro
Blog post: From PhD to MS: A step forward, not backward
CV

 May 15, 2019 @ 11:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | Anderson Room (G-8534)

Career Story – Sesquile Ramon, Ph.D.

Sesquile Ramon, Ph.D. - Director of Science and Regulatory Affairs at BIO
Blog post: D.C. Needs Scientists And They Are Hiring!
CV

 May 16, 2019 @ 11:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | Center for Experiential Learning 2-7544

Career Story – Ehsan Yazdi, Ph.D., M.P.H

Ehsan Yazdi, Ph.D., M.P.H. - Founder and CEO of NomoCan Pharmaceuticals LLC.

 Jun 06, 2019 @ 10:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | CEL 2-7544

Career Story – Annabelle Kleist, Ph.D.

Annabelle Kleist, Ph.D. - Director of Teen Health and Success Partnership at the Center for Community Health & Prevention at the University of Rochester

 Jun 19, 2019 @ 10:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | CEL 2-7544

Career Story – Bryan Vought, Ph.D.

Bryan Vought, Ph.D. - Principal Research Scientist at Alkermes in Boston

 Oct 24, 2019 @ 11:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | TBD

Career Story – Eden Fucci, M.S.

Eden Fucci, M.S. - Vice President of Biologics Manufacturing at Torque in Boston

 Oct 31, 2019 @ 11:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | TBD

Career Story – James Clements, Ph.D.

James Clements, Ph.D. - Director of Project Management at Athenex in Buffalo.

 Nov 05, 2019 @ 11:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | TBD

Career Story – Fabio Fachin, Ph.D.

Fabio Fachin, Ph.D. - Head of Cell Therapy Engineering and Automation at Takeda in Cambridge

 Nov 07, 2019 @ 11:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | TBD