cBCD Staff


 Cynthia N. Fuhrmann, Ph.D.

Cynthia Fuhrmann 

Assistant Dean, Career & Professional Development

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

(508) 856.1935


As Assistant Dean, Dr. Fuhrmann oversees educational programs focused on the career and professional development of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at UMass Medical School, including development of new initiatives funded by the National Institute of Health and Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Dr. Fuhrmann transitioned to UMMS in September 2012 from University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where she founded the Preparing Future Faculty program and oversaw professional skills programs for biomedical scientists. Dr. Fuhrmann received her Bachelors degree in Chemistry from University of California, Davis and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UCSF. Her scholarly interests now focus on career decision-making and preparation of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the biomedical sciences. In 2011, she published a research-based essay to encourage the incorporation of career development into the training of biomedical scientists. She is also co-author of myIDP on ScienceCareers, an award-winning interactive website designed to guide PhD scientists through the process of career planning via creation of an Individual Development Plan. Her work in these areas has been featured in Science, Nature Careers, the NIH Biomedical Workforce Report, Inside Higher Ed, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.


Sonia Hall, Ph.D.


Interim Assistant Director



As Interim Assistant Director, Dr. Hall oversees cBCD's Career Pathways-related programs, contributes to the continued evolution of our curriculum, and manages a variety of core functions for the office. As a Postdoctoral Associate for the cBCD, Dr. Hall developed curricula for Career Pathways Communities, a new program launched in Spring 2017, curated content for cBCD's weekly newsletter, and assisted in data analysis for UMMS’s NIH BEST-funded programs. Dr. Hall received her B.S. in Biology and Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of Kansas under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Ward. She continued her research training during a brief postdoctoral appointment at UMMS in the Cancer Biology department. While a graduate student and throughout her postdoc training, she realized the need to develop her career skills beyond the research lab. To accomplish this, she utilized an NSF-GK12 fellowship to design an educational outreach initiative to use the model organism Drosophila melanogaster as a tool to teach foundational concepts of genetics and cell biology to high school students. Her interests in career development and curriculum design led her to co-direct the Kansas DNA Day outreach program in the University of Kansas Office for Diversity in Science Training in collaboration with the Office of Graduate Education in the School of Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill, to enhance career development for early career scientists. Dr. Hall has organized and facilitated professional development events for domestic and international early career researchers in partnership with the Genetics Society of America where she served as the Trainee Advisory Representative for the Board of Directors, and is now Program Director for Early Career Scientist Engagement. Her research interests lie in understanding the intersection of science career training and national workforce demands.


Mindy Donovan


Mindy Donovan

Project Coordinator, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

(508) 856.5938


Ms. Donovan coordinates all aspects of program logistics for the cBCD. She also manages program logistics for GSBS Academic Affairs. She brings years of experience in project administration, including five years at UMMS prior to joining cBCD in 2014.


Former staff:


Morgan N. Thompson, Ph.D.

Morgan Thompson 




Dr. Morgan Thompson was Assistant Director 2014-2017, playing an instrumental role in founding cBCD and launching our initial NIH BEST-funded curriculum, programs, and services. She received her Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences from Wayne State University and her Ph.D. in genetics at Harvard Medical School (HMS). At Harvard, she led the expansion and national dissemination of the graduate student organization, Science in the News (SITN). SITN has orchestrated science outreach programming for the voting aged public as an exclusively volunteer, student-driven initiative for 15 years. Dr. Thompson was Project Manager for the Science and Social Justice Project – a collaboration between Kalamazoo College and HMS that champions integration of social justice and responsibility into science education and research. She has organized and facilitated professional development programs in science communication and media training for early career researchers nationally.  Dr. Thompson serves on the Public Outreach Committee of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) and is a member of the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS) and Voice of Young Science USA networks. 



Thi Nguyen, Ph.D.




As a project consultant for cBCD in 2014-2015, Dr. Thi Nguyen contributed to website content for cBCD and curated career-related events and resources for the cBCD weekly newsletter. She has been featured on NatureJobs blog for “Ask the Expert”, and served as a Guest Advisor for ScienceCareers online Career Forum. She holds a Doctorate of Neuroscience from UT Southwestern Medical Center and did postdoctoral work at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease in San Francisco. She is now Associate Dean for Graduate Career and Professional Development at Washington University in St. Louis.






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