Career Day

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College of Graduate Studies Annual Career Day
November 19, 2021
Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital 7th Floor Conference Room 

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Welcome and Introduction

Paula Traktman, PhD, Dean, College of Graduate Studies, Hirschmann Endowed Professor

Cynthia Wright, PhD, Associate Dean for Admissions and Career Development, College of Graduate Studies

 9:15 - 10:30am

 At the Bench: Focus on Research-Intensive Careers

  • Vineet KewalRamani, PhD– Chief, Model Development Section, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute

  • Richard Trager, PhD– Scientific Software Engineer at Genentech

  • Susan D’Costa, PhD – EVP, Technology Development, Alcyone Therapeutics:Biotech, CNS delivery

  • Codruta Chiuzan, PhD – Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Northwell Health Institute of Health System Science




Keynote Speaker Yvette Seger, PhD,
Deputy Director, Public Affairs and Director, Science Policy

11:30-12:00pm  Panel discussion with the morning speakers


 Lunch Break 

1:15- 2:30pm

 The World Beyond the Bench

  • Sverre Aune, PhD – Medical Director at MERGE

  • Ashley Smith, MS – Kiatek, Research Scientist and Clinical Affairs scientist

  • Nikolina Babic, PhD, DABCC, FAACC– Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, MUSC, Medical Director, Clinical Chemistry Laboratories

  • Jessica Bohonowych, PhD - Associate Director of Research Programs, Foundation for Prader-Willi Research


 Panel discussion with afternoon speakers


 Raffle and Wrap-Up