"Life After the Ph.D." Alumni Networking Virtual Series

Though the annual UMMS GSBS Alumni Reunion previously scheduled for May 2 has been canceled to support physical distancing, our Life After the PhD Committee is planning a series of virtual events to bring together alumni and the UMMS community.  Check back here for updates on event dates, topics, and alumni discussion leaders!  

How to prepare to be competitive for a scientist position in industry

Tuesday, June 30, 10-11 a.m. | Zoom information provided upon registration >

In this panel discussion, four UMMS alumni, who have diverse expertise in the biomedical sciences field and hold various industry scientist positions, will share with us their career path. They will also share tips and advice about how to prepare to be competitive for industry positions. 

Featuring:

  • Brian Farley, (PhD, '12), Staff Data Scientist at Twist Bioscience
  • Jennifer O'Neil, (PhD, '04), Vice President, Translational Oncology at Xilio Therapeutics
  • Alex Tamburino, (PhD, '15), Associate Principal Scientist at Merck
  • Aditya Venkatesh, (PhD, '16), Senior Scientist at Stoke Therapeutics

Getting the most of your postdoc experience in academia or industry

Friday, June 5, 3-4 p.m. | Zoom information provided upon registration >

We will have four UMMS alumni who did a post-doc in either academia, industry, or government. They will share with us their path to finding the post-doc, succeeding in their post-doc research, and pursuing their next career. They will also share with us their perspectives about the differences between the various types of post-docs.

Featuring:

Beyond the bench: Transitioning into non-research careers

Friday, May 22, 2-3 p.m. | Zoom information provided upon registration >

We will have three UMMS alumni  from diverse career paths as panelists. They will share their experiences and journey to their current position. The audience will be encouraged to ask the panelists questions about their careers and/or advice about seeking non-research careers.  

Featuring:

  • Susan Heilman, (PhD, 07), Program Manager, Community Initiatives at Museum of Science, Boston
  • Justine Larson, (PhD, '14), Associate Director, Disease and Product Training, Global Medical Affairs Oncology at Takeda Oncology
  • Cara Weismann, (PhD, '14), Director, Program of Excellence in MPS Diseases, Orphan Disease Center, Gene Therapy Program, University of Pennsylvania

The “Life After the PhD” Organizing Committee:

Graduate students:
Mennatallah Albarqi, Discussion leader coordinator
Peren Coskun, Discussion leader coordinator
Shuo Shan, Publicity coordinator
Michelle Mosqueda, Publicity coordinator
Sage Foley, Secretary
Sumeet Nayak, Event logistics coordinator
Silviana Lee, Event logistics coordinator
Betul Akgol Oksuz, Meeting coordinator

GSBS Center for Biomedical Career Development:   Cynthia Fuhrmann

UMMS Alumni relations:  Susan Ahearn

This event is hosted by the Graduate Student Body Committee in partnership with the GSBS Center for Biomedical Career Development and UMMS Alumni Relations. 

Life as a Scientist During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Friday, May 8,  2 - 3 p.m. |  Zoom information provided upon registration >

In this event, a panel of UMMS alumni will share how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting their work and field. Discussion will focus on topics such as transitioning away from bench work or shifting project focus, managing teams remotely, and self-care. We will also discuss impacts across diverse areas of biomedical science, such as the pharmaceutical industry, patient/public engagement, and higher education.

Featuring:

  • Randy Brutkiewicz (PhD, '93), Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Jennifer Griffin (PhD '11), VP, Industry Strategy & Investments at Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
  • Corrie Painter (PhD '11), Associate Director, Count Me In; Associate Director of Operations and Scientific Outreach, Broad Institute
  • Bob Talanian (PhD '89), Senior Director, in vitro Pharmacology, AbbVie Foundational Neuroscience Center

The “Life After the PhD” Organizing Committee:

Graduate students:
Mennatallah Albarqi, Discussion leader coordinator
Peren Coskun, Discussion leader coordinator
Shuo Shan, Publicity coordinator
Michelle Mosqueda, Publicity coordinator
Sage Foley, Secretary
Sumeet Nayak, Event logistics coordinator
Silviana Lee, Event logistics coordinator
Betul Akgol Oksuz, Meeting coordinator

Alumnus:
Cara Weismann (Ph.D. ‘14),  Susan Heilman (Ph.D. '07)

GSBS Center for Biomedical Career Development:   Cynthia Fuhrmann

UMMS Alumni relations:  Susan Ahearn

This event is hosted by the Graduate Student Body Committee in partnership with the GSBS Center for Biomedical Career Development and UMMS Alumni Relations. 

 

 Past years' alumni reunion networking events >