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PhD Career Connections: Medical Science Liaisons

Posted by on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 in Upcoming BRET Office of Career Development Events .

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PhD Career Connections presents: 
Medical Science Liaisons
Friday, March 16, 2018
Light Hall 214
featuring a panel with:

Josh Neuman, PhD, Pediatric Endocrinology and Growth Hormone Disorder Medical Liaison at Novo Nordisk
Tom Plucinak, PhD,Medical Science Liaison at GlaxoSmithKline

Molly Seale, PhD, Medical Science Liaison Manager, Abbvie

Registration is requested

Josh Neuman, PhD
Pediatric Endocrinology and Growth Hormone Disorder Medical Liaison at Novo Nordisk

Josh is originally from the Northern Suburbs of Chicago and comes from a family of 5 kids, including a twin brother. Josh completed his B.S. at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign in Kinesiology with a minor in gerontology and then went on for his M.S. in nutritional sciences from Iowa State University with a research focus on folate metabolism. He then received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in nutritional sciences with a research emphasis in type 2 diabetes. After his graduate studies, Josh was a postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University before transitioning to his current position as a Pediatric Endocrinology and Growth Hormone Disorder Medical Liaison at Novo Nordisk. Josh currently resides in Franklin, TN with his wife and 2 1/2 year old daughter. 

Thomas Plucinak, PhD
Medical Science Liaison, Respiratory

Thomas joined the GSK Medical Affairs team in 2015. He received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he focused on genetic engineering. Prior to joining GSK, he conducted a postdoctoral fellowship at National Jewish Health in Denver, CO where he participated in the development of novel compounds for the treatment of respiratory infections. Thomas is currently supporting the Respiratory Franchise as a Medical Science Liaison.


Molly Seale, PhD
Medical Science Liaison Manager, Abbvie

Molly (Thoreson) Seale always knew she wanted to be a scientist – but never knew what path it would take her on in life. After moving around every few years growing up, she ultimately landed in the IGP program at Vanderbilt after college. After rotations, she chose a cancer research lab that set the course for the rest of her career. She worked in Dr Al Reynolds’ lab studying the role of p120 and  E-cadherin in cancer cell growth and metastasis. She knows the struggle of all-night time-courses, the uncertainty of when (or if ) you will ever graduate, and the fun of grad school parties. She earned her PhD in Cancer Biology at Vanderbilt 6 years later,  and knew she was interested in a job outside of the lab. She entered industry through a contract MSL position, and soon started a job with Amgen as a medical science liaison, working remotely from home. She spent seven years as an Oncology RML, supporting the launch of both supportive care and therapeutic agents including Neulasta, Imlygic, Xgeva and Blincyto. Then she accepted a position at Amgen as a Regional Field Director, managing a team of RMLs in the Central Region of the U.S., and serving on strategic medical teams. In 2016, she transitioned to a new role at Abbvie to establish a Solid Tumor MSL team. Her current focus is on training and coaching her team for the launch of new therapeutics and developing innovative communication tools to optimize remote teams. Molly has lived in Nashville for 22 years now. In her free time she enjoys traveling, camping and skiing with her husband Kevin, their four young children and their rescue dog. They are supporters of the beyond organic local food movement and sustainable agriculture. 


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