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 15, 2020
Dr. Steve Bertolani
Data Scientist, RelationalAl

April 10, 2020
Dr. Devin Horton
Graduate Diversity Officer, UC Davis

March 13, 2020
Dr. Candice Clay
Medical Science Liaison and Regional Manager, Theravance Biopharma

February 21, 2020
Dr. Slava Bekker
Assistant Professor, American River College

January 24, 2020
Dr. Jeffrey Song
Fellow, California Council on Science and Technology

September 10, 2019
Mr. Michael Fanelli
Business Development Executive, Metabolon Inc.

September 23, 2019
Dr. Byron Roberts
Intellectual Property Officer, UC Davis Office of Research


May 24th, 2019
Ms. Ann Veneman and Dr. Eric Schulze
Ms. Venneman was former Secretary of USDA and former Executive Director at UNICEF; Dr. Schulze is Vice President of Product and Regulation at Memphis Meats

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


April 7, 2017
Dr. Kristen Dietrich
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

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 22,2014
Dr. Ross Fredenburg
Director of Invitro Pharmacology, Mitokyne

November 7, 2014
Dr. Justin Shaffer
Lecturer, PSOE, University of California, Irvine