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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 - Alan Wahl, PhD

Alan Wahl, PhD - Principal of Westwahl LLC and previous VP of Discovery at Ambrx Inc.
Blog Post: Discovering a Career Path on the Road to Drug Discovery

 Nov 01, 2016 @ 11:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | 1-9555 Louise Slaughter Conference Room

Career Story - Rashpal Bhogal, PhD

Rashpal Bhogal, PhD - Medical Science Liaison at Novartis
Blog Post: Life Beyond The Lab

 Oct 04, 2016 @ 9:30 a.m.

 Medical Center | 1-9545 Natapow Conference Room

URBEST Retreat and Career Workshop

Avery August, Michael Baranello (UR15), Sheila Bello-Irizarry (UR15), Ana Goyos (UR10, Elisa Konieczko,and Alex Thome (UR15) - (please register for this event)

 Sep 15, 2016 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Class of ‘62 Auditorium (G-9425)

Career Story - Athena Petrides, PhD

Athena Petrides, PhD - Assistant Medical Director of Chemistry and Director of Toxicology at Brigham and Women's Hospital (select individuals will go to lunch with Athena)
Blog post: You Have More Choices Than You Think

 Aug 08, 2016 @ 11:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | K-307 Auditorium (3-6408)

Career Story - Jenny Hadingham, PhD

Jenny Hadingham, PhD - Assistant Director & Lecturer, Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) at University of Rochester
Blog Post: My Path Wasn’t Linear: The Story of a Reluctant Educator

 Jul 18, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 1-9555 Louise Slaughter Conference Room

Career Story - Lauren Brooks, PhD

Lauren Brooks, PhD - Medical Technologist (ASCP) Trainee Rochester General Hospital/University of Rochester Medical Center
Blog Post: Research bench to clinical bench: two sides of the same coin

 Jun 16, 2016 @ 12:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | 1-9555 Louise Slaughter Conference Room

Career Story - Benson Cheng, PhD

Benson Cheng, PhD - Investment Analyst at Center for the Advancement of Science in Space
Blog Post: Developing the Skills to Pay the Bills

 May 17, 2016 @ 12:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | 1-9545 Natapow Conference Room

Career Story - Helene McMurray, PhD

Helene McMurray, PhD - Director of the Bioinformatics Consulting and Education Service of the Edward G. Miner Library and Assistant Professor of Biomedical Genetics
Blog Post: The Hybrid Academic

 Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | 1-9545 Natapow Conference Room

Career Story - Sesquile Ramon, PhD

Sesquile Ramon, PhD - Health Policy Specialist and AAAS Fellow (special Peer Mentoring session
Blog Post: Science Policy and the Road Ahead

 Apr 01, 2016 @ 11:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | 1-9545 Natapow Conference Room

Career Story - Brad Smith, PhD

Brad Smith, PhD - Director of Policy at FasterCures, a center of the Milken Institute
Blog Post: Building a Career in Science Policy

 Mar 29, 2016 @ 12:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | 1-9545 Natapow Conference Room

Career Story - Michael Baranello, PhD

Michael Baranello, PhD - Industry Postdoctoral Affiliate at Alexion Pharmaceuticals
Blog Post: How to Build Career Preparation in Your Ph.D. Experience

 Mar 24, 2016 @ 12:00 p.m.

Career Story - Elizabeth Perry, PhD

Elizabeth Perry, PhD - Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology
Blog Post: Alchemy

 Feb 25, 2016 @ 12:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Natapow Conference Room (1-9545)

Career Story - Elaine Hill, PhD

Elaine Hill, PhD - Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences and Health Economist at University of Rochester
Pre-seminar Readings for Dr. Hill
Blog Post: Give Yourself Permission To Believe That You Can Accomplish Whatever You Put Your Mind To

 Jan 28, 2016 @ 12:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Northeastern Conference Room (1-9525)