"Life After the Ph.D." Alumni Networking Event


Saturday, May 2, 2020

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. |  iTLC Rooms on the 2nd floor of the School Building  *Event postponed; new date TBA*

This popular GSBS event returns in 2020 to bring together alumni and current students/postdocs to discuss topics at the intersection of science, career, and life. Participants rotate through tables in a small-group speed networking format to meet fellow alumni, students, and postdocs via discussion of common interests. This event culminates with informal networking and an opportunity to challenge new (or old) acquaintances in a variety of outdoor/indoor games. 

Table discussion leaders include:

  • Kamna Aggarwal, (PhD '10) Associate Director of Medical Writing at Rubius Therapeutics
  • Kenneth Campellone (PhD '03), Associate Professor, Molecular & Cell Biology, University of Connecticut
  • Brian Farley (PhD '12), Staff Data Scientist, Twist Bioscience
  • Rachel Roth Flach (postdoc '15), Senior Principal Scientist, Lab head at Pfizer
  • Jennifer Griffin (PhD '11), VP, Industry Strategy & Investments at Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
  • Susan Heilman (PhD '07), Program Manager, Community Initiatives at Museum of Science
  • Jennifer Ingemi (PhD '13), Assistant Director of the Behavioral Neuroscience Program at Northeastern University
  • Divya Iyer (PhD '17), Research Fellow at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/ Harvard Medical School/ Broad Institute
  • Sonal Jangalwe (PhD '17), Scientist at TScan Therapeutics
  • Zachary Maben (PhD '18), Senior Scientist at Pfizer
  • Karen Mruk (PhD '12), Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming
  • Jennifer O'Neil (PhD '04), VP, Translational Oncology, Akrevia Therapeutics
  • Pamela Savage (PhD '07), SVP, Creative Director at Area 23
  • Djade Soumana (PhD '15), Research Hardware Product Specialist, GE Healthcare
  • Aditya Venkatesh (PhD 16), Senior Scientist at Stoke Therapeutics
  • Kshama Worth (PhD '10), Consumables Sales Manager, North East at GE Healthcare

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

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 >