Beyond the Lab: Video Series

Curious about what biomedical PhDs do for their career? In the “Beyond the Lab” video series, the BRET Office of Career Development interviews Vanderbilt PhD and postdoctoral alumni about their career path. Click on the links below to learn more about career options for scientists. Interviews will be added each month as the videos are produced. 

** denotes newest additions to the series

**Special Interviews:

The Academic Track Dual Career Search
featuring Leslie Kwakye and Gunnar Kwakye, and AJ Robison and Michelle Mazei-Robison

The Non-Academic Track Dual Career Search
featuring Lori Rudolph-Owen, PhD and JJ Owen, PhD, and Tara Gower Ruest, PhD and Paul Ruest, PhD


Academic Core Facility Management
Rob Carnahan, PhD, Director of Antibody and Protein Resource Core Facility, Vanderbilt University
Kim Dahlman, PhD, Director, Innovative Translational Research Shared Resource, Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center
Hayes McDonald, PhD, Co-Associate Director, MSRC Proteomics Laboratory, Vanderbilt University


Business Development
**Raymond Price, PhD, MBA, Vice President, Business Development, DiscoverX


Clinical Laboratory Science
Karissa Culbreath, PhD, Scientific Director, Tricore Laboratories


Clinical Research
**Amy Halseth, PhD, Vice-President, Clinical Development and Medical Affairs, Orexigen Therapeutics
Mary Kosinski, PhD, Clinical Director, Nusirt Biopharma
**Lori Rudolph-Owen, PhD, Vice President, Portfolio Management and Assessment, TESARO, Inc​



Competitive Intelligence
**JJ Owen, PhD, Partner, IntelliSight Partners


Walt Gall, PhD
, Strategy Consultant, Biotech
Erik Prentice, PhDSenior Engagement Manager, Proactive Worldwide
Meghana Rao, PhD, Consultant, Campbell Alliance
Laura Terry, PhD, Associate, McKinsey & Company


Data Science
**Janina Jeff, PhD, Global Bioinformatics Specialist, Illumina
Lindsey Morris, PhD, Director, Data Science and Analytics, Axial Healthcare


Drug Discovery
Nuruddeen Lewis, PhD, Scientist, Cellular and Translational Immunology group, EMD Serono
**Dario A. Gutierrez, PhD, Immuno-biology Lead, Merck
**Michael Zinda, PhD, Executive Vice President, Head of Research and Development, Repare Therapeutics USA


Josh Nickols, PhD, MBA, CEO, Invision Heart


Holly Algood, PhD
, Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology, Vanderbilt University
Cynthia Brame, PhD, Assistant Director, Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching; Instructor, Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University
Nikki Cheng, PhD, Cancer Biology, Principal Investigator, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center
Hugh Fentress, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology, Tennessee State University
Klarissa Jackson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy
**Gunnar Kwakye, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neuroscience, Oberlin College
**Leslie Kwakye, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neuroscience, Oberlin College
**Michelle Mazei-Robinson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Physiology and Neuroscience, Michigan State University
Puck Ohi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Harold Olivey, PhD, Associate Professor, Biology, Indiana University Northwest
**AJ Robison, PhD, Assistant Professor, Physiology and Neuroscience, Michigan State University
**Victor J. Torres, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, New York University School of Medicine


Government Administration
**Omari Bandele, PhD, Toxicologist,Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)
Hillary Carter, PhDSenior Advisor for Biosecurity and a Team Chief in the Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR), US Department of State
​Efrain Garcia, PhD, Senior Science Analyst, Project Officer, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, Department of Health and Human Services
**Kristen Herring, PhD, Project Officer, Division of CBRN Medical Countermeasures, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority



K-12 Teaching/Science Outreach
Abby Cheng, PhD, Volunteer Program Manager, Science Club for Girls
Paulianda Jones, PhD, Upper School Science Teacher, Ethical Culture Fieldston School


Medical & Regulatory Writing/Scientific Communications
Erin Flynt, PhD, Senior Medical Writer
Nicole Garbarini, PhD, Media & Communications Specialist, NIH Office of the Director/Office of Extramural Research
Kathleen Goss, PhD, Senior Science Writer, Director of Strategic Partnerships, University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center
**Kim Lickteig, PhD, Associate Director, Global Regulatory Affairs, Takeda Pharmaceuticals
**Cyrus Martin, PhD, Senior Scientific Editor, Current Biology
Leah Potter, PhD, Medical Writer, Synchrogenix
**Paul Ruest, PhD, Freelance medical writer and director
**Tara Gower Ruest, PhD, Vice President, Scientific Services, Scientific Pathways
Nicole Speed, PhD, Strategic Consultant


Medical Science Liaison
**Erin Henry, PhD, Medical Science Director/Medical Team Leader, US Medical Affairs, Genentech
Molly Seale, PhD, Director, Regional Medical Liaisons, Amgen Oncology


Nonprofit  Leadership
Jeremy Richman, PhD, Founder and CEO, Avielle Foundation​
Steve Roberds, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance


Nonprofit Grants Management/Research Administration
Jerome Jourquin, PhD,
 Scientific Grants Manager, Susan G. Komen Foundation
Amy Moore, PhD, Director of Research Programs at Georgia Research Alliance


Patent Law
Seth Ogden, PhD, JD
, Attorney, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, and Dunner


Program Management
Ashley Brady, PhD
, Director of Career Engagement and Strategic Partnerships, ASPIRE Program Manager, Office of Career Development, Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET), Vanderbilt University
**Sara Perlaky FitzGerald, PhD, Modality Leader, Dharmacon, GE Healthcare, Life Sciences
**Robert Lavieri, PhD, Project Manager, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Sydika McKissic, PhD, Managing Director, Institute for Research on Men's Health, Vanderbilt University
Dina Stroud, PhD, Executive Director, Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge Program, Research Scientist
Don Wyma, PhD, Assistant Director of Planning and Portfolio Support, Abbott/AbbVie


Research Administration (Academic)
Andrea Bauman-Carnegie, PhD,
 Director of Administrative Operations, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, University of Illinois at Chicago
**Rebecca Latimer, PhD, Research Program Officer, University of Virginia


Research and Development
JT Brogan, PhD, Manager, Global Emerging Markets Regulatory Affairs CMC, Biogen
Elizabeth Conrad, PhD, Junior Research Associate, Cumberland Pharmaceuticals
Emily Rubinson, PhD, Research and Development, Avon


Technology Transfer
**Lisan Smith, PhD, Technology Manager, Office of Technology Management, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Tom Utley, Licensing Analyst at Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization, Vanderbilt University


Like these videos? Check out the Career Videos from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Careers section of iBiology.