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PhD Career Connections

PhD Career Connections is a monthly seminar series about career options for PhD scientists. Speakers from a diverse range of exciting scientific careers present their career path and share insights from their professional experiences. The series is run by VUMC PhD students and postdoctoral fellows and sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development.

For more information on the series, to suggest a speaker, or to become a member of the PhD Career Connections Planning Committee, please contact Angela Zito

2018-2019 Series Schedule

AUGUSTAugust 30, 2018Management ConsultingMallori Burse, PhD, and Ben Diop, PhD, Putnam Associates
SEPTEMBERSeptember 10, 2018Entrepreneurship, Politics, and Python: Balancing greed, empathy, and curiosity in the 21st CenturyChris Moth, PhD, Scientific Software Developer and Entrepreneur
OCTOBEROctober 26, 2018Defense and IntelligenceEfrain Garcia, PhD, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, US Department of Health and Human Services
NOVEMBERNovember 9, 2018Biotechnology and DiscoveryShannon Harlan, PhD, BioTechnology Discovery Research, Eli Lilly and Company
DECEMBERNovember 30, 2018Technical Sales and SupportJuliana Lewis, PhD, Miltenyi Biotec
JANUARYJanuary 18, 2019The tenure track at teaching (PUI) and minority institutions (MSI, HBCU, HSI)Steven Damo, PhD
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,
Co-director MARC U*STAR Program, Coordinator, Chemistry,
Department of Life and Physical Sciences,
Fisk University
FEBRUARYFebruary 15, 2019EntrepreneurshipMargaret Read, PhD,
General Manager, Corporate Alliances, Vanderbilt Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization
March 22, 2019
Data SciencePeter Wiebe, PhD
Manager, Data Analytics
Abbott Diagnostics
APRILApril 12, 2019BioinformaticsAkshata Udyavar, PhD,
Senior Bioinformatics Scientist at Arcus Biosciences