By: Nicole M. Baker SWAC’s First Monthly Seminar: Lauren Neighbours, PhD, RAC Wednesday, April 29th at 5:30 PM Bondurant Hall, Rm. G074        In my fourth year of graduate school, I decided that I did not want to pursue a career in basic research. Once I began exploring different career options at networking …read more

by Rebecca Bauer Biography: Jory Weintraub, PhD, is Assistant Director of Education and Outreach at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), a non-profit science center that is jointly operated by Duke University, UNC, and North Carolina State University and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Weintraub graduated from UNC with a Ph.D. in …read more

by Megan Meyer Biography: Dr. Dana Peles works for Stiefel, serving as an analytical representative for the dry skin franchise.  Stiefel is a global dermatological pharmaceutical company and was acquired by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in July 2009. Dr. Peles obtained her PhD in Biophysical Chemistry from Duke University in 2009 and was a North Carolina Biotechnology Center …read more

By Rebecca Bauer Biography: Dr. Brian Rybarczyk is the Director of Academic and Professional Development for the Graduate School at UNC Chapel Hill, where he coordinates professional development and academic training for graduate students. Dr. Rybarczyk received a Ph.D. in Pathology & Laboratory Medicine from the University of Rochester. Following graduate school, Dr. Rybarczyk was …read more

by Dana Walsh SPIRE Fellows Panel: Victoria Newton, Ph.D., Current SPIRE Fellow Christina Swanson, Ph.D., Current SPIRE Fellow Shannon Jones, Ph.D., Current SPIRE Fellow Jason Andrus, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Meredith College (Previous SPIRE Fell0w) Kim Monahan, Ph.D., Instructor of Biology at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (Previous SPIRE Fell0w) Summary: Former …read more

by Megan Meyer Biography: Dr. Donna Bailey is an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Nursing at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She received her PhD from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the School of Nursing as well as a master’s degree from The University of South Carolina. Additionally, Dr. Bailey works …read more

Dr. Johnson discussed how undergraduate laboratory classes are often in a “cookbook” format in which students perform an experiment where the hypothesis, procedure, and sometimes even the expected results are given to them. This makes the lab boring and gives students an unrealistic impression of true scientific research. Instead, he promotes an inquiry-based approach, in which you, the instructor, can take a traditional “cookbook” lab and re-formulate it to get the students asking questions and making conclusions from the data they generate.

by Rebecca Bauer Biography: Todd Zakrajsek, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Academy of Educators in the UNC School of Medicine. Dr. Zakrajsek received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Ohio University. He moved to Southern Oregon University, where he was a tenured associate professor in the psychology department and founded the …read more

by Megan Meyer Biography: Ed Neal obtained his PhD in Adult and Higher Education from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and served as the Director of Faculty Development at UNC-Chapel Hill, working in a variety of disciplines such as humanities, social sciences, STEM disciplines, dentistry, and nursing. After retiring in 2008, Dr …read more

by Megan Meyer Biography: Dr. Coble is a lecturer for the Biology Department at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her MS in Biomedical Science from The University of California at San Francisco and her PhD in Science Education from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, she teaches …read more

by Rebecca Bauer Biographies: Dr. Richard Felder, Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University. Dr. Felder received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Princeton University and has been a faculty member at N.C. State since 1969. He is an author on over 200 papers on chemical process …read more

By Megan Meyer Biography: Dr. Rawls works for American Journal Experts (AJE) serving as the Recruitment and Talent Development Manager.  AJE is a company that offers author-oriented solutions to the obstacles international researchers face during the publication process, offering editing, translation, and formatting services. In addition to employing full-time staff, AJE also provides opportunities for …read more

by Rebecca Bauer Biography:Dr. Shantá Hinton received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a PhD in Cellular and Developmental Biology from Howard University working with Dr. William Eckberg.  Following graduate school, she completed a postdoc at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, working with Dr. Nicholas Tonks …read more

By Dana Walsh Her path to NIEHS: Dr. Mercedes Arana is a Biologist at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). After completing her undergraduate degree at Florida State University, she was unsure if she wanted to go to graduate or medical school. She ended up working as a research associate with her bachelor’s …read more

by Rebecca Bauer Part 1 | Keynote Speaker: Ali Ghiassi, Account Manager, Aerotek Scientific, LLC Biography: Mr. Ghiassi works as an Account Manager for Aerotek Scientific, a division of Aerotek Inc., specializing in staffing and workforce solutions for the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, and healthcare sectors. Summary: Mr. Ghiassi informed the audience that despite nationwide …read more

by Dana Walsh Part I: Transitioning from a University Setting to Industry in a GLP Environment Keynote Speaker: Patricia O’Brien Pomerleau, M.S., RQAP-GLP Biography: Patricia O’Brien Pomerleau is a Registered Quality Assurance Professional in GLPs (RQAP-GLP) by the SQA. She has been in Quality Assurance (QA) for 30 years. Recently, she became a consultant. Before …read more

by Rebecca Bauer Part 1| MBTI Self-Assessment and interpretation Speaker: O. Ray Angle, Director of University Career Services, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Biography: Ray Angle has more than 20 years of experience in college career services and teaching. Ray was appointed Director of University Career Services in March 2010. He has served …read more

Part 1: Business Communication Keynote Speaker: Mary Bennett, MBA, Leadership Consulting Biography: Mary Bennett is a leadership consultant specializing in communications planning and training, strategic planning, strategic human resources, leadership development, media and investor relations, executive coaching, facilitation, conflict management, and organizational redesign. She has worked in large and small organizations primarily in the healthcare, …read more

by Rebecca Bauer Biography: Dr. Robert Cook-Deegan, MD is the Director for Genome Ethics, Law & Policy at Duke University. He  received a medical degree from the University of Colorado and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Harvard College. Following two years of postdoctoral research on the molecular biology of oncogenes at the University of …read more

By Rebecca Bauer Part 1| Culture Clash: Industry, Academia, and Biotech Keynote Speaker: William P. Janzen, Director, Assay Development and Compound Profiling, Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery, UNC Biography: William P. Janzen is the Director of Assay Development and Compound Profiling in the Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery at the …read more

By Dana Walsh On Tuesday, May 8th, Brandy Salmon, PhD, MBA, took some time out of her busy day to speak with UNC graduate students about her career as Innovation Advisor/Business Growth Manager at RTI International and offer advice to students interested in combining an interest in science and business. The conversation focused on tactics …read more

Most graduate students have heard of small biotech start-ups that “spin off” of a faculty member’s research. In recent years UNC professors have spawned more than 30 such companies such as Global Vaccines, Inspire Pharmaceuticals, and Therologics to name just a few. But how do these academic professors learn to start and manage a company, …read more

Have you ever wondered how venture capitalists decide which startup biotech companies are worth the risk of funding? This interview with Dr. Scott Horner will give you a glimpse into the career of the sole PhD scientist at Third Security, a venture capital firm with the goal of identifying high potential life science startups and …read more

Dr. Angelique Whitehurst joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in January 2009. Before coming to UNC, she was a postdoc in Dr. Michael White’s lab at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center. Her postdoctoral research, which is published in Nature and Molecular and Cellular Biology, involved using genome-wide …read more

Dr. Jan McColm earned a PhD in immunology in 1998 from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Following her graduation she came to the United States to receive postdoctoral training in an ophthalmology laboratory at Louisiana State University. After 18 months at LSU, the laboratory where Jan was studying moved to the University of North …read more

Welcome

Posted: 04.09.09

Welcome to Carolina Bioscience – a career exploration resource for life science PhDs on and off UNC campus. In my role as Associate Director of Biomedical Graduate Training Initiatives at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine I see an insatiable desire on the part of PhD students to gather as much information as …read more

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