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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 - Nan Tracy Zheng, PhD

Nan Tracy Zheng, PhD, Senior Research Public Health Analyst, RTI (Research Triangle Institute) International

 Nov 02, 2018 @ 11:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | Anderson Room (G-8534)

Career Story - Tim Bassler from Merck

Tim Bassler - Executive Director of West Point Quality At Merck

 Oct 04, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | CEL 2-7534

Career Story - Rick Lawless, BS, MBA

Rick Lawless, BS, MBA, - Associate Director of Biomanufacturing Training & Education Center (BTEC) at North Carolina State University. He will also discuss upcoming internship opportunities at BTEC. -

Blog Post: Working in the Valley of the Shadow of Death - Transferring New Technologies from the Research Lab to Commercial Manufacturing


 Oct 03, 2018 @ 9:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | 1-9525 & 1-9535 Combined Northeastern Room

Career Story Plus

Chris Kovacs, PhD Candidate - Chris Kovacs will be transitioning to West Point Academy to undertake a postdoctoral fellowship sponsored by the National Academies called the NRC Research Associateship Program. At this Career Story Plus, he will talk about how he found his opportunity, how he worked with his future mentor to develop a proposal, and what his postdoctoral position will be like. Chris is also open to sharing hard copies of his resume and abstract to help you formulate your own plan of action.

Blog Post: Consider a Postdoctoral Fellowship In A Federal Laboratory – Consider NRC RAP


 Oct 02, 2018 @ 12:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | 1-9525 & 1-9535 Combined Northeastern Room

Gerhard Bauer, PhD

Gerhard Bauer, PhD, professor of hematology and oncology, and director of GMP laboratory at UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures - Blog Post: A Career Filled with Opportunity, Therapeutics, and Music!

 Sep 05, 2018 @ 9:00 a.m.

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

Career Story - Katrina Korfmacher, PhD

Katrina Korfmacher, PhD, URBEST Policy Leader - Katrina Korfmacher, URBEST Policy Leader, will share her Career Story and enlist your help to evaluate interest and topics for creating a student-led Science Policy Course for 2019. Pizza will be provided.

Blog Post: Bringing science into policy
Video: "Get the Lead Out"

 Aug 31, 2018 @ 12:00 p.m.

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

(in the works) Career Story - Natalie Cain, PhD

Natalie Cain, PhD, Scientific Editor at Cell Reports. She will also lead a seminar about the submission process at Cell Reports and Cell Press - a look behind the scenes at the journal

 Jul 11, 2018 @ 12:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | 1-9555 Louise Slaughter Conference Room

Career Story - Aslihan Ambeskovic, PhD

Aslihan Ambeskovic, PhD, Data Scientists @ Point of Care -

Blog post: From PhD to Data Science

CV: LinkedIn

 Jun 05, 2018 @ 3:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 1-9525 Northeastern Conference Room

Career Story - Sarah Goodwin, PhD

Sarah Goodwin, PhD, Director of iBiology -

Blog post: From Grad Student to Director and Executive Producer

CV: LinkedIn

 May 22, 2018 @ 12:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | 1-9525 Northeastern Conference Room (ZOOM)

Career Story - Alison Billroth-MacLurg, PhD

Alison Billroth-MacLurg, PhD, Scientific Sales Representative for STEMCELL Technologies -

Blog Post: A Secret Cloaked By Stereotype: Sales Is A Great Career


 May 11, 2018 @ 12:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | CEL 2-7536/2-7544

Career Story - Kavita Berger, PhD

Kavita Berger, PhD, Scientist at Gryphon Scientific and previous Associate Director of The Center for Science, Technology, and Security Policy -

Blog Post: Learning New Things Opens Up New Opportunities


 Apr 04, 2018 @ 12:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | SRB 1406

Career Story - Michael Brady, PhD

Michael Brady, PhD, Scientist at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Wilmot Cancer Institute, and past Clinical Research Coordinator -

Blog Post: Seeing Career Options Outside The Laboratory


 Mar 06, 2018 @ 9:30 a.m.

 Medical Center | 1-9555 Louise Slaughter Conference Room

Career Story - Stephen Tajc, PhD

Stephen Tajc, PhD, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Nazareth College. From 4:00 - 5:00 pm, he will discuss what small undergraduate colleges are looking for in their future faculty members. -

Blog Post: Unexpected results can occasionally lead to the best discoveries!


 Feb 20, 2018 @ 3:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | 1-9525 Northeastern Conference Room

Career Story - Teresa Long, MS

Teresa Long, MS, Undergraduate Research Project Coordinator at University of Rochester - Undergraduate Research Project Coordinator at University of Rochester
Blog Post: Bringing Science To Life In A Way That Is Authentic, Meaningful, And Contextualized

 Feb 06, 2018 @ 9:30 a.m.

 Medical Center | 1-9525 Northeastern Conference Room

Career Story - Joan Adamo, PhD, and Scott Steele, PhD

Joan Adamo, PhD, and Scott Steele, PhD - University of Rochester, URBEST Regulatory and Policy Leaders
Blog Post: Regulatory Affairs Brings Human Relevance
Blog Post: Science and Policy: Pathways and Transitions

 Jan 10, 2018 @ 10:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | 1-9525 Northeastern Conference Room