This activity provides Trainees and other graduate students early exposure to diverse career options and opportunities in the national biomedical workforce beyond academia. We invite speakers from a diverse array of careers to expose our students to the range of career opportunities available with a PhD in the biomedical sciences. During a public presentation, speakers talk about their current positions, how they got there, aspects of their job they enjoy and dislike, and how one goes about exploring career opportunities in these and related careers. This allows our students  to get a realistic perspective of the diverse career opportunities in the biomedical workforce. After a public presentation, students with a particular interest in that career interact with the speaker over lunch. These informal discussions provide an excellent platform for networking and are well attended and utilized.


May 10th, 2019
Dr. Kelly Fleming 
Energy and Transportation Policy Analyst, UC Davis

April 5th, 2019
Dr. Steven Lee 
Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Stanford University

February 22nd, 2019
Joe DiNunzio, MBA
Executive Director, UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

February 8th, 2019
Dr. Renee Hoch
Associate Editor, PLOS ONE

January 24th, 2019
Dr. Ashley White
Director of Communications, Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

September 17, 2018
Dr. Cynthia Shafer
Associate Director, Project Management, Novartis

September 14, 2018
Dr. John Riggs
Senior Scientist, Bio-Rad Laboratories


April 20, 2018
Dr. Shai Silberberg
Director of Research Quality and Program Director, NINDS, National institutes of Health

April 13, 2018
Dr. Kelly McDonald
Associate Professor and Assistant Chair, Biological Sciences, Sacramento State University

October 25, 2017
Mr. Richard Harris
Science Correspondent, National Public Radio

October 12, 2017
Dr. Steve Korn
‎Director of Training and Workforce Development, NINDS

2016 - 2017

April 7, 2017
Dr. Kristen Dietrcih
Senior Sales Specialist, Illumina

February 24, 2017
Dr. Brandon Zipp
‎Director of Research and Development, Scientific Co-founder at Vitality Biopharma

February 3, 2017
Dr. Erica Chedin
Grant Facilitator, UC Davis School of Medicine

2015 – 2016 

July 26, 2016
Dr. Danielle Mandikian
Scientist, Genentech

June 29, 2016
Dr. Stephen McConoughey
Project and Alliance Manager at the Allen Institute for Brain Science

June 14, 2016
Dr. Randall Stewart
Program Director, Extramural Research Programs - NIH/NINDS

February 26, 2016
Dr. Temina Madon
Executive Director for the the Center for Effective Global Action, UC Berkeley

February 4, 2016
Ms. Monya Baker
Editor and Writer, Nature Publishing Group

December 9, 2015
Dr. Cory Ellison
Patent Agent, Morrison Foerster, San Francisco

November 19, 2015
Dr. Timothy Jegla
Assistant Professor of Biology,  Penn State University

August 21, 2015
Dr. Emily Jocoy
Associate Study Director, Jackson Laboratory, Sacramento


May 7, 2015
Dr. Jon Lorsch
Director, NIGMS

October 24, 2015
Dr. Ron Breaker
Professor and HHMI Investigator, Yale University

September 29, 2014
Dr. Kamni Vijay
Global Marketing Director, Bio-Rad


July 28, 2014
Dr. Ryan Watts
Director of Neuroscience, Genentech

March 13, 2014
Dr. Jose Goin
Head, Quality control Network Operations at Genentech

November 22
Dr. Ross Fredenburg
Director of Invitro Pharmacology, Mitokyne

November 7
Dr. Justin Shaffer
Lecturer, PSOE, University of California, Irvine

2012 – 2013

April 18, 2013
Dr. Mansour Bassiri
Founder and CEO of Bioxiness Pharmaceuticals

January 18, 2013.
Dr. John Beynon, PhD, JD. 
Patent attorney, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Redwood Shores CA

2011 – 2012

February 22, 2012
Dr. Tina Cowan, PhD.
Director, Clinical Biochemical Genetics Laboratory, Stanford School of Medicine.

January 26, 2012
Dr. Gary Ward, PhD.
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Public Library of Science, San Francisco, CA

November 2, 2011
Dr. Randall Stewart, PhD.
Program Director, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

October 7, 2011
Dr. Robert Scannevin, PhD.
Associate Director, Biogen Idec, Cambridge MA