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Ph.D. Career Stories


Ph.D. Career Stories is a monthly seminar series about career options for Ph.D. scientists. Speakers from a diverse range of exciting scientific careers present their career path and share insights from their professional experiences. Come hear about the career journey from Vanderbilt Alumni and professionals working in the field and see if this is a career path that could suit you.

The series is 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 Ph.D. Career Stories Planning Committee, please contact Angela Zito.

*Sessions are on Fridays at 10a unless otherwise noted

Upcoming Schedule

September 8, 2023Janice Ascano, PhD and Phil Ko, PhD, Vanderbilt Research Development and SupportResearch DevelopmentLight Hall 208
October 6, 2023Courtney Copeland, PhD
Senior Consultant | Strategy and Analytics
Deloitte Consulting LLC
ConsultingLight Hall 208
November 3, 2023Chastity Bradley , PhD, Founder and President, BioMed Writers, LLC and Emily Wooward, Ph.D., Director, Customer Engagement at Synchrogenix, a Certara company Medical WritingLight Hall 208
December 8, 2023Salma Cruz, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Tyler Perfitt, Ph.D., Scientist, Atalanta Therapeutics
Francis Prael, Ph.D., Scientist, Cheminformatics/AI/MLScientist, Cheminformatics/AI/ML, Bristol Myers Squibb
Industry PostdocsZoom
January 29, 2024
Tiffany Guess, PhD, DABMGG, Clinical Cytogenomics Director Clinical, Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network, Inc. (MPLN)
Nicole Putnam, PhD, D(ABMM), Assistant Professor of Pathology, Assistant Director of Clinical Microbiology, University of Maryland Medical Center
Clinical Laboratory MedicineZoom
March 1, 2024
Aaron Chaloner, J.D., Ph.D., Associate, Baker Donelson
Seth Ogden, J.D., Ph.D., Share Holder, Patterson Intellectual Property Law
Patent LawLight Hall 411
*Wednesday March 6, 2024 10am
Amicia Elliott, Ph.D., Product Manager at Form BioEntrepreneur, Scientific Advisor and Product ManagerLight Hall 214
April 19, 2024Jacob Brown, Ph.D. Product Development ScientistMars PetCareThe Evolution of Purpose: A Scientist’s Journey from Basic Research to Scientific & Regulatory Affairs to Product Design & Development at Mars, an International Food CompanyLight Hall 202