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November 19, 2019

Dr. Theonie Anastassiadis, 2017 alumna of CAMB/Cancer Biology, thought she knew what she wanted to do after graduate school. Theonie always pictured herself on the academic track and eventually running her own lab. However, in the summer of 2017, Theonie pursued an opportunity that changed the course of her career by participating as a Summer Fellow at a biotechnology venture creation firm known as Flagship Pioneering in Cambridge, Mass. After her summer at the company, she was offered a full-time position, where she now works as part of an entrepreneurial team to originate, resource, manage and grow bioscience companies that create breakthroughs in healt...

August 16, 2019

Dr. Rinho Kim started his Ph.D. in the Fall of 2010 as part of the Genetics and Epigenetics graduate group. He joined Dr. Klaus Kaestner’s lab for his thesis work in studying the epigenetic regulation of intestinal stem cell differentiation. Dr. Kim was always interested in Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies and started working on developing his wet and dry lab skills in the field early on in his thesis project.

After graduating in the fall of 2016, Dr. Kim wanted to apply his skills to human disease research. He also wanted to explore opportunities in Europe, having spent the previous 8.5 years in the US after moving here from South Korea. He t...

July 10, 2019

For Dr. Michael Convente, a 2016 alum from DSRB, a professional move out of academia didn’t mean giving up on the scientific enterprise. After finishing his doctoral training in the Shore Lab, Michael began working as a medical writer for Scientific Pathways, a medical communications agency within the Nucleus Global network. His office is based in nearby Hamilton, NJ, so Michael is even able to stay local in Philadelphia, and makes the daily commute by train. Scientific Pathways may be relatively new on the scene, but it already has offices in the U.S. and the U.K., producing deliverable content and consulting on medical communications strategy for both a...

July 3, 2019

Dr. Rachel Leibman graduated from CAMB (Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology) in 2017 after completing her training in Dr. Jim Riley’s laboratory. After two years in her current position as a Clinical Scientist, she is excited to share her experience with current students, and tell us how CAMB graduates are undoubtedly qualified for this translational-focused field.

Rachel works for Stemcentrx, an oncology biotech startup acquired by AbbVie, a global pharmaceutical company and spin-off of Abbott Laboratories. As a Clinical Scientist, she supports clinical trials and clinical program development. Rachel describes herself as the right-hand woman to the M...

November 27, 2018

Dr. Skye Geherin describes herself as a scientific translator. The CAMB (Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology) 2014 alumna and former student of Dr. Gudrun Philomena Fiona Debes is the Associate Director of Scientific Communications and a Senior Medical Writer at the Vaniam Group, a virtual network of healthcare and communications agencies.

The Vaniam Group provides four services: strategic consulting, external expert engagement, insights gathering initiatives, and scientific communications. In essence, the agency partners with pharmaceutical companies or biotech devices to help them publish their data. Skye reviews the client’s raw data and translates...

March 1, 2018

Dr. Samantha Falk, CAMB (G&E) 2016 alumnus and former student of Dr. Ben Black, loves her new job. She learns about cutting-edge science, daily. She collaborates with industry insiders and diverse professionals, constantly. She works from home, frequently. It’s creative, interactive, engaging. Most likely, you’ve heard of it already. She is a medical writer for the Scientific Pathways medical writing agency (Hamilton, NJ), which is owned by Nucleus Global, a UK-based group of medical communications agencies.

Scientific Pathways and Nucleus Global call on their teams to act as scientific resources for clients, providing consulting and generating deliverable...

August 27, 2017

Outreach programs are essential for sparking young students’ interest in scientific research. Spreading the knowledge, importance, and awareness of biomedical research is a passion that CAMB-GGR alumnus David Garbe has been pursuing as an outreach educator at the Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research (PSBR) for the past year.

David began his scientific training in the laboratory of Dr. Greg Bashaw, where he studied developmental axon guidance in the central nervous system of fruit flies. After defending his thesis in 2007, he worked for the pharmaceutical company Wyeth for a couple of years. While he was there, Wyeth was acquired by Pfizer. During...

August 27, 2017

“What do you want to do with your PhD?”

Both dreaded and inescapable, this question seems to crop up at every gathering of family, old friends, and new acquaintances. For those of us who mark “industry” in our tentative list of potential careers, it can seem a daunting path to an endpoint with uncertain responsibilities. What are some of the jobs available in industry? How does a PhD student gain the experience and seek out opportunities that lead into those positions? The best way to answer these questions is to ask people who have walked that path before: people like Wenny Lin, a CAMB-GTV alumna who now works as a Senior Real World Data Scientist (or ep...

May 20, 2017

Traditionally, the format of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) consists of two years of medical school, approximately four years of graduate school, and another two years of medical school. However, Karla Leavens, M.D., Ph.D. is proof that the traditional path is not the only route to achieve a dual degree.

Although Karla always liked research, she did not consider pursuing a career in medicine until her senior year of college when she became interested in endocrinology. However, she did not apply to medical school at the time because she had already committed to attend graduate school the upcoming fall. Karla joined the CPM program in CAMB wh...

May 19, 2017

Clinical microbiology is the application of research for the prevention, direct diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases. Clinical microbiology may be a viable career option for those who want to apply their knowledge of infectious disease in clinical settings to promote public health. Two recent CAMB graduates, Jamie Lemon and Alexandra Bryson, pursued this path after leaving Penn. Jamie Lemon was an MVP student in Dr. Jeffrey Weiser’s lab, where she studied the immune response to Streptococcus pneumoniae colonization using a mouse model. She defended her thesis in March 2015 and is currently a second-year Clinical Microbiology Fellow at the NIH....

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