Our panels and speakers for the 2014 Berkeley Conference are listed below. Click on panel names to see the panelists, and click on panelists to see their biographies.

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    • Keynote Speakers
      • Thursday: Peter FiskeScientist and co-founder of RAPT Industries
        • Peter FiskePeter Fiske is a Ph.D. scientist and co-founder of RAPT Industries, a technology company in Fremont, California. Prior to starting RAPT, Fiske led a research team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In 1996 Fiske was awarded a White House Fellowship and served one year in the Clinton Administration as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Special Projects. 
          Dr. Fiske is also a nationally-recognized author and lecturer on the subject of leadership and career development for young scientists and engineers. He is the author of To Boldly Go: A Practical Career Guide for Scientists(AGU Press, 1996). A new edition, Put Your Science to Work, was published in December of 2000. From 1996 to 2000 he wrote the career advice column Tooling Up, read by over 60,000 scientists and engineers monthly. He has lectured on the subject of career development for scientists to over 8,000 young scientists and engineers in the US and the UK. Presently, he writes the monthly column Opportunities on AAAS’s website

          Fiske received his Ph.D. in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford University in 1993 and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley in 2002.

      • Friday: Ellen LevyManaging Director of Silicon Valley Connect
        • Ellen LevyEllen is Managing Director of Silicon Valley Connect, working with organizations and entrepreneurs on opportunities for “networked innovation.” Additionally, she is an active angel investor, board member, and public speaker. Ellen spent most of the past decade working with LinkedIn, including having served as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, head of Corporate & Business Development, and her original role as Advisory Board member when the company was founded.
          Prior to LinkedIn, Ellen spent two years running a groundbreaking program at Stanford University, facilitating collaborationbetween the university research community, industry partners, and Silicon Valley by championing questions having to do with people, technology & innovation. Over her career, Ellen has held formal roles in venture capital (Softbank Venture Capital; NeoCarta; DFJ), startups (WhoWhere, sold to Lycos; Softbook Press, sold to Gemstar; LinkedIn), technology think tanks (Interval Research), large corporations (Apple Computer; PriceWaterhouse), and universities (Harvard; Stanford).

          Recently referred to as the “Most Connected Woman in Silicon Valley,” Ellen now focuses much of her time on the dynamics of social networks within “the enterprise”, social productivity and the consumer Internet, innovation ecosystems and supporting organizational models.

          She has a BA from the University of Michigan, and MA/PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Stanford University.

    • Thursday, February 20 – Morning Session

    • Science and Social Policy
      Help translate research into real results by advocating improvements to healthcare, education, environmental policy, and more.

      • Bryan Alvarez (moderator) – Co-founder at Mind My Education™
        • Bryan AlvarezBryan earned his PhD from UC Berkeley studying an unusual sensory blending called synesthesia. He has committed his life to education. In 2008 he co-founded Mind and Brain Outreach, which hosts large collaborative in-school events that teach mind and brain science to thousands of K-12 students in local unrepresented schools in the East Bay. Since assisting Els in founding Beyond Academia in 2013, he has transitioned to his most recent start-up, Mind My Education™ that aims to cultivate a society of attentive, curious, and empowered learners through metacognitive explorations of the mind and brain. Bryan has also loves creative design, Argentine tango, and plays a mean trombone.
      • Dena VallanoOak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Research Fellow at the U.S. EPA
        • Dena VallanoDena is an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Research Fellow at the U.S. EPA, where she works to advance federal government partnerships related to technological innovation and community sustainability. Prior to her ORISE Fellowship, Dena worked briefly for the non-profit California Coastkeeper Alliance, where she advanced clean waterways and healthy marine and freshwater ecosystems by ensuring that policy decisions were being made based on sound scientific information. As an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow hosted by the U.S. EPA, she advanced collaborative efforts related to water quality and conservation, air quality, and resource management. Dena conducted her postdoctoral work at the University of California, Santa Cruz on the environmental and policy impacts of air pollution on California biodiversity hotspots. She holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University and is a recipient of the Ecological Society of America’s Graduate Student Policy Award, an opportunity that greatly influenced her desire to work at the interface of science and policy.
      • Ben RubinAssociate at Children Now
        • Ben RubinBen helps to research and analyze policy issues affecting children’s health in California, and frequently travels between Oakland and Sacramento to advocate for child-friendly public policies. Prior to joining Children Now, he served as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the California State Legislature, working in the Senate Health Committee and in the personal office of the Committee chair on analyzing and staffing an eclectic mix of health-related bills. Ben holds a B.A. in biology and psychology from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in neurobiology from Duke University, and as a postdoctoral researcher at Caltech and Brandeis University used a variety of techniques to study how the brain processes information from the chemical senses to guide adaptive behavior.
      • Beau KilmerSenior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation
        • Beau KilmerBeau Kilmer is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, where he codirects the RAND Drug Policy Research Center. His research lies at the intersection of public health and public safety, with a special emphasis on substance use, illicit markets, crime, and public policy. His research has appeared in leading journals including Addiction, American Journal of Public Health, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and his essays have been published by the BBC, CNN, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal. His co-authored book, Marijuana Legalization, was published by Oxford University Press in 2012 ( Beau earned his BA from Michigan State University, MPP from UC Berkeley, and PhD from Harvard University.
      • Temina MadonExecutive Director of the Center for Effective Global Action at UC Berkeley
        • Temina MadonTemina Madon is executive director of the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), a research network headquartered at UC Berkeley. CEGA focuses on rigorous evaluation of anti-poverty programs and economic development interventions, primarily in low-income countries. Madon is also managing director of the Development Impact Lab, a consortium of universities leveraging science and engineering to accelerate global development. Her interests include scientific capacity in developing countries, research incentives for challenges neglected by the private sector, and the emerging field of implementation science. She has served as an advisor to the World Health Organization on implementation research and teaches a course at Berkeley on global health disparities. Earlier, Madon served as founding executive director of the Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases at UC Berkeley. From 2006 to 2008, she was the science policy analyst for the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Prior to this, she led a portfolio of global health initiatives for the U.S. Senate HELP Committee (under the leadership of the late Senator Edward Kennedy), serving as a AAAS Congressional fellow. She received her PhD in 2004 from UC Berkeley and her BS in 1998 from MIT.

    • Non-Academic Research (Psych/Neuro)
      Love research, but not sure the ivory tower is for you? Learn about research opportunities in think tanks, non-profits, and R&D. Speakers in this panel will have a neuroscience/psychology background.

      • Jane Hu (moderator) – Psychology PhD Student
        • Jane HuJane is a 5th year Psychology PhD student. Her research focuses on social cognition and learning in preschool-aged children. A consultant for Little Spark, an early childhood development company, and an editor of the Berkeley Science Review, she is passionate about science outreach and communication. 
          Follow Jane on Twitter @jane_c_hu, or check out her cogsci blog:
      • Joe HardyVice President of research and development at Lumos Labs
        • Joe HardyDr. Joe Hardy, MBA, Ph.D., works with an international team of researchers to uncover the secrets of cognitive enhancement and build cognitive training experiences based on the science of neuroplasticity. He has over 8 years of R&D experience in the field of cognitive training. Dr. Hardy received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and performed his postdoctoral research fellowship at the the University of California, Davis Medical Center. He also has an MBA from the Haas School of Business at Berkeley.
      • Glen MorganPsychologist, National Institutes of Health
        • Glen MorganGlen Morgan joined the Tobacco Control Research Branch within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute in 1998 as a Clinical Psychologist and Program Director. Prior to joining NIH, he was the Director of Behavioral Sciences and Research at the Wyoming Valley Family Practice Residency and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Milton Hershey College of Medicine of the Pennsylvania State University for 14 years. Glen has been the lead Program Official for the Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Centers and co-directed NCI’s Tobacco Intervention Research Clinic. Programmatically, he oversees a portfolio of research grants focusing on etiology of tobacco use and adult treatment interventions. Glen’s research has centered on smoking interventions in primary care, cessation among chronically diseased patients, and interdisciplinary research in the treatment of tobacco use and nicotine addiction. After undergraduate work at the University of Maryland, he earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis.
      • Ingrid NieuwenhuisDirector Neuroscience at Nielsen Neuro
        • Ingrid NieuwenhuisDr. Ingrid Nieuwenhuis is Director Neuroscience for Nielsen Neuro in San Francisco. She uses EEG and eye tracking to determine consumers’ pure, instantaneous, and unfiltered response to brands,packaging, advertising, and entertainment content. Nielsen is active in over 100 countries, employs approximately 35,000 people worldwide and 15 full time PhD level neuroscientist in the Neuro division. Ingrid works in a team with consumer research experts where she is responsible for the scientific rigor of the design, execution, interpretation and presentation of the research. She heads up a neurolab in San Francisco where over 20 participants are measured per day. She worked as a post-doctoral researcher at UC Berkeley, where she used EEG to study what goes on in our brains while we sleep, and specifically the effect of sleep on memory and emotion. During her PhD research at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in the Netherlands she investigated how the network of brain areas supporting memory changes over time, while new information gets extracted and integrated into existing memory networks.
      • Justin ElstrottScientific Manager at Genentech
        • Justin ElstrottJustin Elstrott received his PhD in Computational Neuroscience from UC San Diego in 2009. His research with Prof. Marla Feller and Prof. EJ Chichilnisky focused on the development of motion sensitive cells in the retina. As a postdoc, he studied cortical sensory processing using electrophysiology and 2-photon imaging in the laboratory of Prof. Dan Feldman at UC Berkeley. While a postdoc, he co-founded the Postdoc Industry Exploration Program (PIEP: and the Berkeley Postdoc Entrepreneur Program (BPEP: In August 2013 he accepted a Scientific Manager position in the Biomedical Imaging group at Genentech, where he uses in vivo imaging techniques to study animal disease models.

    • Non-Academic Research (Biotech)
      Love research, but not sure the ivory tower is for you? Conduct research in the biotech industry, non-profits, and R&D. Speakers in this panel will have a bioengineering/biology background.

      • Chris Tsang (moderator) – Scientific Affairs Manager at Anaspec
        • Chris TsangChristopher Tsang received his PhD in Biochemistry and has over 15 years of academic research experience across several institutions, including University of Toronto, The Hospital for Sick Children, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and University of California Berkeley. Chris made the transition from Academia to Industry and currently works at Anaspec, a biotechnology company building research tools for the life sciences industry. His industry career began as a Technical Business Developer where he was responsible for identifying and securing new business opportunities for the company’s broad portfolio of life science research products. He now holds the position of Scientific Affairs Manager where he coordinates efforts between external collaborators, R&D, production, legal, marketing, and sales to facilitate the development of new products. Chris is proud to have founded the Postdoc Industry Exploration Program, which exposes postdocs and students at the University of California Berkeley to industry careers through site-visits and professional development workshops.
      • Patty CulpAbbVie Biotherapeutics
        • Patty CulpPatty Culp, PhD, has worked in the biotech industry for over 10 years, developing antibody-based therapeutics to treat cancer. She received her PhD from MIT, studying early development of zebrafish, and her postdoctoral training at UCSF was in the area of translational control in Xenopus laevis. She currently works at AbbVie Biotherapeutics, leading a team of researchers in a highly matrixed organization. While in industry, Patty has co-authored a number of papers and patents and led one drug program into Phase 1 clinical studies.
      • Jacob CornScientist at Genentech
        • Jacob CornJacob is a Scientist at Genentech in the department of Early Discovery Biochemistry. He received his doctorate in the lab of James Berger at UC Berkeley, where he studied structure-function relationships at the bacterial replication fork and received the Nicholas Cozzarelli and Harold M. Weintraub graduate student awards. He then computationally designed protein-protein interactions from scratch as a Jane Coffin Childs postdoctoral fellow with David Baker at the University of Washington. In his own lab at Genentech, Jacob is interested in understanding how proteins encode interaction specificity, the design of novel binding partners, and the influence of dynamics upon binding events. Since protein interactions are central to intra- and extracellular communication, uncovering these mechanisms that underly their misregulation is central to understanding disease states. Jacob’s lab currently focuses on unraveling how the regulation of ubiquitin signaling determines a myriad of cellular processes.
      • Brian SimisonCurator of Comparative Genomics at the California Academy of Sciences
        • Brian SimisonBrian Simison, Ph.D., is a curator of Comparative Genomics and the Director of the Center for Comparative Genomics at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. His research focuses on understanding the processes that create and maintain biodiversity. Brian uses genomic data such as transcriptomes, reduced representation genomes, and whole genomes to characterize genetic structure of populations, in particular, populations that hybridize. His research gets at the heart of evolution by improving our understanding of the processes that lead to speciation. Brian received a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley’s Integrative Biology department and did postdocs at the Australian Museum in Sydney and at the Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, CA.
      • Teresa MillerMedical robotics researcher at Optimedica
        • Teresa MillerTeresa Miller, Ph.D., works on algorithms for medical robotics. She currently is working to develop improvements in image processing and laser trajectories for a laser cataract system at Optimedica. Before that she developed control algorithms for a robotic catheter at Hansen Medical. Her Ph.D. research was to design an novel control algorithm for a rock climbing robot in the Aeronautics and Astronautics program at Stanford University. She also holds a BSE from Princeton University in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

    • Thursday, February 20 – Afternoon Session

    • Communication
      Think science is awesome? Share your love of science with general audiences through writing, editing, and outreach programs.

      • Kishore Hari (moderator)
      • Sandra AamodtScience Writer
        • Sandra AamodtSandra Aamodt is the coauthor of two books with Sam Wang, most recently Welcome to Your Child’s Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College. A former editor in chief of Nature Neuroscience, she has read over 5000 neuroscience papers and given talks to scientists, parents, students, and lawyers. She has a bachelor’s degree in biophysics from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Rochester and did postdoctoral research at Yale University in the lab of Martha Constantine-Paton. Her science writing has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, El Mundo, and the Times of London. Her first book, Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys But Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life, was named science book of the year in 2009 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
      • Peter BinfieldCo-Founder and Publisher at PeerJ
        • Peter BinfieldPete has worked in the academic publishing world for almost 20 years. Since gaining a PhD in Optical Physics, he has held positions at Institute of Physics, Kluwer Academic, Springer, SAGE and most recently the Public Library of Science (PLOS). At PLOS he ran PLOS ONE, and developed it into the largest and most innovative journal in the world. He is a respected authority in the academic publishing and Open Access worlds and has made numerous presentations to industry and academia. He is currently a member of the International Advisory Committee of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE) as well as being on Board of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA). He is passionate about academic publishing and believes that publishing needs to be in service to the academic community to best facilitate the rapid and broad dissemination of research findings.
      • Katja BroseEditor of Neuron
        • Katja BroseAs Editor of Neuron, Katja represents the journal within the scientific community and is responsible for all aspects of the journal’s management, operations, and strategic vision. Katja received her PhD from UCSF, where she studied biochemistry and neuroscience. Katja joined Cell Press/Elsevier in 2000 as a Senior Editor and was appointed Editor in Chief in 2004. In 2007, with Cell Press’ acquisition the Trends group of review titles, Katja was appointed as Executive Editor of the Neuroscience Portfolio, which includes, in addition to Neuron, the review journals Trends in Neurosciences and Trends in Cognitive Sciences. She currently also serves as Editorial Director for Reviews Strategy for Cell Press and is a member of the Cell Press Senior Management Team. She speaks frequently on topics related to scientific publishing and communication, including publication ethics.
      • Julie YuStaff Scientist at the Exploratorium
        • Julie YuJulie is a staff scientist at the Exploratorium, a museum of science, art, and human perception in San Francisco. She works in the museum’s Teacher Institute, which provides professional development to middle and high school teachers, and gives content support throughout the museum. She received her PhD in chemical engineering with a minor in molecular biology from the University of California, Berkeley, but these days prefers doing science in her kitchen, pursuing a tender roast or the perfect souffle.
      • Eva AmsenOutreach director at F1000Research
        • Eva AmsenEva Amsen is the Outreach Director for F1000Research, an open science journal offering rapid publication, transparent peer review (post-publication) and full data deposition and sharing. Eva holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto, and is interested in all aspects of communication between researchers, from hallway conversations to academic papers. Before joining F1000Research, she launched and ran several initiatives for scientists to connect with each other and the wider community, both for academic publishers and in independent collaborations.

    • Careers in Education
      Learn from PhDs who use their problem solving skills as secondary education teachers, to improve access to and efficacy of education through researching best practices, and creating curricula.

      • Jodi Davenport (moderator) – Senior Project Director at WestEd
        • Jodi DavenportJodi L. Davenport is the Director of Research for the National Center on Cognition and Mathematics Instruction and a Senior Project Director in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Program at WestEd. Davenport’s innovative work includes collaborations with leading scientists and educators to develop educational interventions based on cognitive science research. She is the PI on multiple grants, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences and the National Science Foundation, that total four million dollars. 
          Prior to joining WestEd, Davenport was a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University in the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center. She has a PhD in Cognitive Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in Cognitive Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Davenport has published in the areas of education, learning science, and cognitive psychology. Her work in visual cognition has been cited over 100 times.
      • Ron KimDean of Faculty and an Instructor in History at Phillips Exeter Academy
        • Ron KimRon is the Dean of Faculty and an Instructor in History at Phillips Exeter Academy, the leading college preparatory boarding school in the country. In his career at Exeter, he has taught US History and Asian History survey courses, as well as courses on Modern and Pre-Modern Japan and Pre-Modern China. He has also served as the Associate Dean of Faculty and was a member of the steering committee of the school’s curriculum review. Ron will discuss how his academic training and studies in the humanities prepared him for these various responsibilities. Ron graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from Cal and then proceeded to the University of Chicago with plans to complete a Ph.D. and begin a career in higher academia. His published works include “How Faculty Run Should a School Be? Lessons Past and Present,” NAIS Magazine Online Feature, Summer 2012; “The Power of Tradition, The Imperative of Change,” The Exeter Bulletin, Exeter, New Hampshire, Winter 2004; Life on the Quads: A Centennial View of the Student Experience at the University of Chicago, Chicago: The University of Chicago Library, 1992; and”Korea and Austria Between Great Powers,” Chicago Occasional Papers on Korea, Bruce Cumings, ed., Chicago: The University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies, 1991. Ron lives in Exeter, New Hampshire but still roots for the Bears.
      • Cynthia D’AngeloEducation Researcher at SRI International
        • Cynthia D’AngeloCynthia D’Angelo, Ph.D., is a researcher specializing in science education, simulations, games, and learning. She is very interested in how we can leverage large amounts of data gathered through online technologies (such as simulations and games) to better understand how it is that students learn science and other STEM concepts and practices. She has a background in physics and science education. She has experience working with large sets of data, especially data coming from technology-enhanced learning environments. Dr. D’Angelo’s postdoctoral work was focused on designing and evaluating quantitative methods to analyze qualitative student data, such as interviews and scientific discourse. Her dissertation work at Arizona State University with Douglas Clark involved looking at how students’ understanding of vectors, vector addition, and Newtonian mechanics was mediated by representations and scaffolding questions in a specially designed physics game called SURGE.
      • Kate GarrettAcademic Dean and an Instructor of English at San Francisco University High School
        • Kate GarrettKate is the Academic Dean and an Instructor of English at San Francisco University High School, where she has worked for 18 years. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies and spent eight years at Cal pursuing a Ph.D. in English before a serendipitous call from the chair of UHS’s English Department sent her career down an unexpected and rewarding new path. In her time at UHS, Kate has designed and taught upper division English electives in topics such as the literature of World War I and gender identity in fiction. She served on the committee that wrote the school’s mission statement, a vision that still guides the institution’s direction more than 10 years later. As an administrator, she led the school’s implementation of a 1:1 iPad program, redesigned the daily schedule, and participated in the creation of the mentoring program, a cutting edge approach to student support currently being studied by researchers at Stanford and Boston University. Kate is looking forward to coming back to Cal to discuss the joys and challenges of independent school work.
      • Jason BrooksPrivate tutor and academic coach
        • Jason BrooksJason Brooks is a PhD candidate (ABD) in Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University, where he is also a Lecturer of Classics. His dissertation reevaluates the place of poet Innokentii Annenskii in Russian Modernism through a close reading of his translations of Greek tragedy. Jason has published on the intersection of film and poetry, Russian émigré literature, and Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Most recently Jason was Visiting Professor of Great Books at Pepperdine University, where he won the Brett J. Love Award for Teaching Excellence. At Pepperdine Jason taught the full Great Books curriculum, Russian literature, Shakespeare, English Composition, Latin, and early Western Civilization. Jason has also taught at the Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School (Santa Cruz, CA), Cabrillo College (Aptos, CA), and at two lycées in Limoges, France. Having recently finished a two-year advisory board position with the Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts, Jason remains on the association’s prize committee. At present Jason owns a private tutoring and academic coaching service. He lives in Sunnyvale, CA.

    • Scientific Consulting
      Use your research knowledge and problem-solving skills to help clients solve science problems!

      • Claire Oldfield (moderator) – Neuroscience PhD Student
        • Claire OldfieldClaire is a 4th year Neuroscience PhD student. Her research is focused on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of learning using state of the art optogenetic techniques. A Boehringer-Ingelheim Fonds fellow, she has a BA in Biology and a Masters in Neurobiology (Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris). Claire feels strongly about bridging the gap between academic and non-academic career paths. She is excited about bringing Beyond Academia back to Berkeley for the 2nd time.
      • Craig BrozinskyHuman factors scientist at Exponent
        • Craig BrozinskyCraig is a scientist in the Human Factors practice at Exponent, an engineering and scientific consulting firm. His work at Exponent weaves together his expertise as a psychologist with the analytical, teaching, and management skills he acquired in academia. He contributes to teams that assess the adequacy of safety information. This work involves analyzing databases to identify patterns of behavior associated with injury. He is also interested in how humans respond to risk communication. He has recently managed projects related to driver distractibility, clothing safety, appliance usage, and automobile purchasing decisions.
          Craig’s post-doctoral work at University of California Berkeley examined components of visual working memory retrieval that were sensitive to focal brain lesions and distraction. This NIH funded work was an extension of his dissertation at University of California, Davis, and incorporated data from fMRI and behavioral testing in healthy adults and brain injured patients. He holds a B.S. in Cognitive Science from Carnegie Mellon University.
      • Albert LangConsultant at C1 Consulting
        • Albert LangAlbert currently works as a Consultant at C1 Consulting, an integrated marketing and market research consulting firm for the life sciences industry. At C1, he has worked across multiple brands in the biotech and pharma industries and in multiple therapeutic areas. 
          Albert graduated from UC Berkeley in 2012 with a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology and a Certificate in Management of Technology from the Haas School of Business. While at Berkeley, he also developed and taught a careers course to prepare undergraduates for graduate school in the sciences. In 2005, Albert obtained a B.A. in Biology at The University of Pennsylvania, where he also became an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan.
      • Anna UrbanHealth Scientist with Cardno ChemRisk
        • Anna UrbanDr. Urban is a Health Scientist with Cardno ChemRisk. She completed her Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of Minnesota. Her primary area of expertise is carcinogenesis and chemoprevention. Dr. Urban’s doctoral work focused on elucidating the role of DNA adducts in lung cancer formation. During her doctoral work she used both in vivo and in vitro models to investigate the formation and repair of DNA adducts following exposure to tobacco-specific nitrosamines. Dr. Urban also received an MPH in Environmental Health Sciences, during which she developed methods to detect the formation of DNA adducts following exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). She has extensive experience in the development of analytical techniques for the detection of metabolites and DNA adducts.
      • Heather WatsonBiostatistician at Exponent
        • Heather WatsonDr. Watson specializes in biostatistics and has extensive experience in the statistical analysis of hospital discharge databases, medical claims databases, and accident databases. She also has experience in spatial analysis, sampling methods, experimental design, data mining, and risk analysis. 
          Dr. Watson has collaborated with biomechanical engineers to investigate injury patterns of pedestrians in motor vehicle accidents using the National Automotive Sampling System; she has worked with scientists in health on epidemiologic studies examining the incidence and treatment of glaucoma patients, studying revision rates after insertion of cardiovascular stents, or looking at treatment patterns by cancer type from electronic medical records. In addition, she has teamed with engineers to inspect failure trends of identification cards issued. She has experience using Medicare claim records, claims databases, NASS CDS, NASS GES, NFIRS, NEISS and other hospital discharge datasets, such as NIS, NHAMCS and NAMCS.

          Before joining Exponent, Dr. Watson attended New York University and served as a graduate assistant in the Division of Biostatistics at New York University, School of Medicine. Her background is in biology and mathematics. Her thesis research includes the application of statistical methods to local clustering of disease, focused clustering of disease near a putative hazard, and disease mapping utilizing Bayesian hierarchical modeling.

    • Friday, February 21 – Morning Session

    • Startups
      Learn about the exciting and fast-paced environment of start-up companies.

      • Sahar Yousef (moderator) – Vision Science PhD Student
        • Sahar YousefSahar is a 2nd year PhD student in Vision Science. Her research interests are centered mostly on neuroplasticity—the possibility of the brain changing for the better, and applications for tools and therapies stemming from these changes, specifically aiming to train attention and memory. Before and during her BA in Cognitive Science at UC Berkeley, she was active in community building and leadership, elected as the youngest student member of the Ohlone College Board of Trustees to date. Sahar co-founded and directed the California Cognitive Science Conference, served as President to multiple organizations, and was granted several awards for leadership excellence. Sahar has also been facilitating a course at Cal teaching Tamarkoz® (Sufi meditation) since 2010.
      • Ken GreenbergCo-Founder and CSO at Spiral Devices
        • Ken GreenbergKen is Chief Scientific Officer at Spiral Devices, a startup company he co-founded in 2010 to develop innovative tools for translational gene therapy and basic neuroscience research. With a strong interest in neurodegeneration, he received his Ph.D. in Vision Science from UC Berkeley in 2007 where he investigated molecular approaches for cell specific gene targeting in the diseased retina using viral vectors. During his postdoctoral fellowship in MCB Neurobiology, he applied optogenetics to restore vision in models of severe blindness and used optical reporters, electrophysiology, and in silico modeling to asses visual function following therapeutic intervention. This work led him to invent and develop the BioDriverTM, a novel particle bombardment instrument for targeted intracellular delivery of diverse biologically active molecules into the body. He has also served as a scientific consultant for Eos Neuroscience and Phoenix Research Labs, and is actively engaged in the QB3 and BayBio startup biotech clusters.
      • Andro HsuDirector, Product Marketing at Syapse
        • Andro HsuAndro leads product management at Syapse, a startup that builds software enabling molecular diagnostics labs to manage, assemble, and deliver clinical test results via the web. He received his PhD in molecular and cell biology from UC Berkeley, where he studied the structure and function of proteins involved in the homing of immune cells. Since graduating, he has worked in a variety of product and business development roles at 23andMe, NextBio, and GigaGen, all small startups in the genomics space.
      • Melissa FardyStaff Scientist at Eve Biomedical
        • Melissa FardyMelissa Fardy, Ph.D, is a Staff Scientist at Eve Biomedical. She received her doctorate in physical chemistry from UC Berkeley where she worked in the lab of Peidong Yang studying nanomaterials for renewable energy applications. After graduation she moved directly into the world of startups. At Svaya Nanotechnologies she led the nanoparticles team, optimizing the chemistry of aqueous nanoparticle inks for spray layer-by-layer of anti-reflective and solar control films. Her current position at Eve Biomedical focuses on developing a new platform for DNA sequencing with accurate read lengths up to 5000 base pairs and costs of only $100 per human genome. Melissa has co-authored 11 peer-reviewed publications and holds 7 patents.
      • Erica WarpFounder of Kizoom
        • Erica WarpErica Warp is a neuroscience PhD, award-winning educator and creative professional with a passion for bringing science to the public in order to improve people’s lives. She received her Masters in neuroscience from King’s College London and her PhD in neuroscience from UC Berkeley. Erica created Ned the Neuron and founded Kizoom in 2012 to bring the science of the brain to kids using interactive media and relatable characters. She is a teacher and curriculum designer at the hands on science studio Celsius and Beyond in San Francisco and has worked as an educator with the California Academy of Sciences, the Bay Area Science Festival and The Girl Scouts. Erica studies art at the Rhode Island School of Design and Goldsmiths College and has exhibited in the United States and United Kingdom.

    • Senior Science Management
      PhDs with 10+ years of experience in industry who have transitioned to leadership or management positions.

      • Margaux Bennet (moderator)
      • Adam GazzaleyAssociate Professor at UCSF, Co-founder and Chief Science Advisor of Akili Interactive Labs
        • Adam GazzaleyDr. Adam Gazzaley obtained an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, completed clinical residency in Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania, and postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at UC Berkeley. He is the founding director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center at the UC San Francisco, an Associate Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, and Principal Investigator of a cognitive neuroscience laboratory. His laboratory studies neural mechanisms of perception, attention and memory, with an emphasis on the impact of distraction and multitasking on these abilities. His unique research approach utilizes a powerful combination of human neurophysiological tools, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG) and transcranial stimulation (TES). A major accomplishment of his research has been to expand our understanding of alterations in the aging brain that lead to cognitive decline. His most recent studies explore how we may enhance our cognitive abilities via engagement with custom designed video games, neurofeedback and TES. Dr. Gazzaley has authored over 80 scientific articles, delivered over 300 invited presentations around the world, and his research and perspectives have been consistently profiled in high-impact media, such as The New York Times, New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, TIME, Discover, Wired, PBS, NPR, CNN and NBC Nightly News. Recently, he wrote and hosted the nationally televised, PBS-sponsored special “The Distracted Mind with Dr. Adam Gazzaley”. Awards and honors for his research include the Pfizer/AFAR Innovations in Aging Award, the Ellison Foundation New Scholar Award in Aging, and the Harold Brenner Pepinsky Early Career Award in Neurobehavioral Science. Adam is also the Co-founder and Chief Science Advisor of Akili Interactive Labs, a Boston/SF- based company building and validating therapeutic video games.
      • Alvaro Garcia NetoSenior Director of Professional Services at Nuance Communications
        • Alvaro Garcia NetoAlvaro received a MSc in Physics from University of São Paulo, Brazil, and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Manchester, UK, researching quantum time modeling on parallel computers. He worked for 16 years as professor at the Institute of Physics of the University of São Paulo, leading a research group in high-speed computing for Physics instrumentation and creating pioneer undergraduate and PhD programs in Computational Physics. Fourteen years ago he transitioned to the private sector, joining the management team of a small start-up in California. Nuance Communications has since grown to become a $4 billion company with over 7,000 employees, and is changing how people and machines interact. He currently is the Senior Director of Professional Services for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America, leading teams in 11 countries and three continents.
      • Charles JankowskiLead Neuro-linguistic programming Scientist at Gamgee
        • Charles JankowskiCharles received his SB (1988), SM (1992) and PhD (1996) degrees from MIT, all in Electrical Engineering. His graduate research focused on signal processing and feature generation for speech recognition and speaker verification. His first position after graduate school was with early-mid startup Voxware, developing novel algorithms for voice transformation. In 1997 he switched to then mid-startup Nuance, and made a career change from R&D/product development to professional services. He spent 13.5 years in professional services at Nuance, eventually becoming Manager and Director of both functional and geographic-based teams, and working with R&D and Marketing teams to bring advanced technologies such as Natural Language, Call Steering, and Speaker Verification to the marketplace. After spending almost 2 years a small professional services company focusing on deploying speech recognition applications, in September he returned to advanced product development, where he leads natural language and speech recognition development for Gamgee, where their “22otters” platform coaches patients through preparation for medical procedures.
      • Michelle ChernockDirector of Medical Affairs at Santen
        • Michelle ChernockBio coming soon!

    • Technology Industry
      Discover opportunities in the technology industry such as user experience, marketing, and strategy.

      • Anna Goldstein (moderator)
      • Maria StoneVP of User Research at Yahoo
        • Maria StoneMaria Stone is a veteran of search engine industry, having worked at Alta Vista, Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft. Most notably, she started and grew UX Research team at Google, from its inception in 2001 until 2008. She also worked as Data Scientist at Yahoo and Microsoft. Prior to her work in search industry, she was an academic researcher and lecturer at Stanford and NASA-Ames, focused on studying human memory and attention. She holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from UC Berkeley, where she worked with a Nobel Prize winning psychologist, Daniel Kahneman. She has authored publications in Cognitive Psychology, HCI, and Information Retrieval. Maria also worked in startup advising, consulting, and angel investing, and is currently a VP of User Research at Yahoo.
      • Ellen KonarChair of Mindset Works
        • Ellen KonarDr. Konar is a social-organizational psychologist by training and a data scientist and tech industry executive by vocation. Ellen is currently a visiting scholar at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences and board chair of Mindset Works. 
          Ellen was drawn into an emerging tech industry early from academia early in her career by the quick pace and data-driven imperatives of the nascent industry. Her work at industry giants such as Google, Intel and IBM have changed the way these companies acquired and used data to understand and communicate with consumers, manage their brand, and optimize employee and customer happiness. Her team, in collaboration with engineering and product management, garnered the prestigious Google Executive Management Group (EMG) Award. At Intel, she was appointed an Intel Fellow, the first outside the ranks of engineering to receive this honor. She has taught marketing courses at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and participated in the launch of the Lean In Foundation.

          Dr. Konar received her B.S degree from Case Western Reserve University and MA and PhD in Social Organizational Psychology from SUNY at Buffalo.

      • Elizabeth SeiverResearcher at PLOS Labs
        • Elizabeth SeiverElizabeth works at the Public Library of Science (PLOS) as a researcher in the new Labs division headed by Jonathan Dugan. Within the context of open access publishing, she develops and tests new software tools to improve science communication. Elizabeth received her PhD in psychology from UC Berkeley in the spring of 2013. Her dissertation research explored how culture shapes emerging attributional biases in young children. After graduation, she began working as a freelance editor, specializing in academic and scientific editing, including dissertations. Her first project at Labs was to develop an online tool for scientists to quickly and easily evaluate articles in their field. Using research skills from her graduate career, she designed and implemented novel protocols for user experience testing. She works with scientists and science advocates across a wide variety of disciplines to make science research a better process for everyone involved. 
          Elizabeth was an attendee at the 2013 Beyond Academia conference and is thrilled to be returning as a panelist.

    • Friday, February 21 – Afternoon Session

    • Entrepreneurs
      Do you have the next big idea? Learn how these PhDs founded new companies.

      • Anna Schneider (moderator) – Co-founder and CTO at WattTime
        • Anna SchneiderAnna is the CTO and co-founder of WattTime, a cleanweb social venture that connects people and smart devices to cleaner electricity. She received a PhD in Biophysics in 2013 from UC Berkeley, and BS degrees in Mathematics and Biochemistry with Honors from the University of Washington in 2007. Anna is passionate about addressing climate change by using data, software, and computational research to increase the effectiveness of renewable energy resources. Before leading software development at WattTime, her work ranged from analyzing weather at wind farm sites to simulating the organization of photosynthesis proteins. She is also a science communicator and worked with the Berkeley Science Review for 2.5 years.
      • Ethan PerlsteinIndependent scientist and founder of Perlstein Lab
        • Ethan PerlsteinEthan O. Perlstein, PhD., is an independent scientist and founder of Perlstein Lab, B-corp, a mission-driven biotech startup in the San Francisco Bay Area that focuses on personalized drug discovery for rare/orphan diseases. From 2007-2012, Ethan was an independent postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University, where his lab developed a novel approach to drug discovery called evolutionary pharmacology. Ethan received a PhD in molecular and cellular biology from Harvard University in 2006, and a BA in sociology from Columbia College in 2001. Ethan is originally from South Florida, and now resides in Oakland CA.
      • John WaldeisenCEO and a co-founder of Diassess Inc.
        • John WaldeisenJohn Waldeisen is CEO and a co-founder of Diassess Inc. He graduated summa cum laude from Penn State University in Engineering Sciences and Mechanics, received his PhD in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley, and a Management of Technology certificate from the Haas Business School. John has 10+ published technical articles in peer-reviewed journals, 5 pending patents/invention disclosures, and co-authored more than $2.5M in diagnostic grants from DARPA and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and DARPA. His passion lies in the development of point-of-care diagnostic devices that enable the early detection of disease and the affordable self-monitoring of individual health. Diassess was founded towards this purpose and to alleviate the health disparities that are prevalent in our world.
      • Bret WatersEntrepreneur and CEO of Tivix, Inc.
        • Bret WatersBret Waters is an experienced Silicon Valley executive and entrepreneur. He has founded three Silicon Valley companies, and is currently a venture partner in a small seed fund. He is a regular lecturer on business strategy at Stanford University, where he teaches a popular course in the Stanford Continuing Studies program called “Getting from an Early Idea to a Real Business” (BUS-217). He also serves as an entrepreneurship mentor in the Global Social Benefit Incubator program at Santa Clara University’s Graduate School of Business. He currently serves on the board of the Stanford University School of Education, where he is active in the efforts to bring technology innovation to the field of K-12 education. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
      • Chris HaskellHead of Bayer’s U.S. Science Hub
        • Chris HaskellDr. Christopher Haskell leads Bayer’s U.S. Science Hub, based in the company’s U.S. Innovation Center located at Mission Bay, San Francisco. Haskell and his group support Bayer’s Global Drug Discovery through developing and managing partnerships with U.S. academic research institutions and emerging life science firms, including the master agreement signed with UCSF in 2010. Haskell is also responsible for the development of the CoLaborator, a biotech incubator space adjacent to the company’s U.S. Innovation Center that opened in the fall of 2012 in San Francisco. The CoLaborator houses a number of startup life science firms, and has been developed as a vehicle to foster collaboration between Bayer and these emerging innovators. 
          After his graduate work at the University of California, Davis and a postdoctoral fellowship at The Gladstone Institute in San Francisco, Haskell joined the Immunology group at Berlex Biosciences. Since joining Bayer in 2007, Haskell has served in various scientific leadership roles, including the Acting Head of Applied Research, the unit responsible for hemostasis research and drug development. In late 2009, Haskell was named head of Bayer’s newly formed Science Hub.
      • Sudip ChakrabartiVice President, Osage University Partners
        • Sudip ChakrabartiSudip joined Osage in 2009 where he leads the firm’s investments in Technology sectors. His most recent investments include companies in infrastructure software, IT security, data analytics, and wearable electronics. Previously, he was an entrepreneur, engineer and a product manager in the technology industry. Sudip has also co-founded two startups, one of which (a data analytics company) is doing well, while the other one failed. Sudip holds Computer Engineering degrees from Georgia Tech (PhD) and Indian Institute of Technology (B.Tech), and an MBA from The Wharton School where he was a Joseph Wharton fellow.

    • Management Consulting
      Come learn about how PhDs can help companies improve their performance.

      • Els van der Helm (moderator) – Founder of Beyond Academia; Consultant at McKinsey & Company.
        • Els van der HelmEls received her PhD in Psychology at UC Berkeley with a research focus on sleep, emotion, and memory. As a Fulbright scholar from the Netherlands, she has authored articles in Current Biology, PNAS, PLos One, and Psychological Bulletin. Els was the founder and lead organizer of the Beyond Academia 2013 conference and now serves a member of the Beyond Academia advisory board. She currently works as a consultant in the Amsterdam office of the strategy and management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. Els hopes Beyond Academia will continue to help fellow-PhD students and post-docs find their way in the non-academic world.
      • Erik SmithPrincipal with Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy Practice
        • Erik SmithErik D. Smith, PhD is a Principal with Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy Practice. For more thana dozen years, he has worked across health care, including life sciences, payers, providers and others in between, in the US and around the world. The majority of Erik’s work has focused on the commercial side of bio-pharma, covering corporate, BU, country, franchise, and product levels, across numerous therapeutic areas. Erik has delivered new strategies for clients, and tested those already in use. He has updated and installed risk management programs, and launched (then institutionalized) innovation initiatives. Erik brings particular expertise in understanding uncertainty, both for long-term strategy and for short-term tactics and planning. He is an advanced user of scenario planning approaches, has published on the subject, and taught training courses. Within Deloitte, Erik is the current Bay Area Champion for Strategy and Operations, and co-heads the Bay Area Strategy Community. Before Deloitte, he led Monitor’s San Francisco office, sat on the US Life Sciences Practice leadership team, and was part of the management team for Global Business Network.
      • Rachel ZeldinAssociate at Oliver Wyman
        • Rachel ZeldinRachel Zeldin joined Oliver Wyman’s Health and Life Sciences practice in 2011, where she works with clients across several healthcare sectors (e.g. Pharmaceuticals, Payer, Provider). A Bay Area native, Rachel holds a B.S. in chemistry from Stanford University and a Ph. D. in Synthetic Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. Her graduate work, conducted in the lab of Prof. Dean Toste, concerned novel transition metal-catalyzed organic reactions and their application to the total synthesis of complex natural products.
      • Lana LauAssociate Consultant at IMS Consulting
        • Lana LauLana holds a B.S. with Highest Honors (Departmental Citation) in Chemistry from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford University. Her Ph.D. research involved constructing one of the first super-resolution biological microscopes in North America and publishing in Nature Communications. At Stanford, Lana directed The Stanford Optical Society, where she organized student-run technical and entrepreneurship conferences. 
          Lana is excited to work at IMS Consulting Group, a leading life sciences consulting firm. She has advised pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies across multiple therapeutic areas with a focus on pricing and market access.
      • Tom BakerProject leader at BCG
        • Tom BakerThomas Baker is a project leader at the San Francisco office of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). At BCG, his focus and expertise is energy, with a specific focus on clean-tech, working with clients on topics ranging from solar to energy efficiency. Prior to joining BCG, Thomas worked in the strategic marketing department of First Solar and prior to that as a post-doctoral researcher in the Martin Head-Gordon group in the chemistry department at UC Berkeley. Thomas holds a Ph.D. in chemical physics from Harvard University and a B.S. in chemistry from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
      • Jesse NoffsingerEngagement Manager at McKinsey
        • Jesse NoffsingerJesse holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley where his primary research focus was first-principles calculations of the electron-phonon interaction in metals and semiconductors. He has been with McKinsey & Company for three years, and is currently an Engagement Manager at their Seattle office. At McKinsey he has focused his work on improving operations at manufacturing and transport companies, although he has spent time in a broad array of other industries including healthcare, high tech, energy, financial, and basic materials.

  • Data Analytics
    Is big data your thing? Explore opportunities in data analytics and statistics.

    • Jake Klamka (moderator) – Founder of Insight Data Science Fellows Program
      • Jake KlamkaJake Klamka is the founder of the Insight Data Science Fellows Program, a post-doctoral fellowship that helps quantitative PhDs transition from academia to careers in data science. Insight Fellows are now data scientists at top tech companies like Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, Square and many others. Jake was an entrepreneur in the Y Combinator winter 2011 session and prior to that was a particle physicist at the University of Toronto, working on the Large Hadron Collider experiment. As a panel speaker at Beyond Academia 2013, Jake will provide an introduction to data science and share stories of scientists who have transitioned from academia to the tech industry.
    • Jacob BollingerSenior Data Scientist at Bright Media
      • Jacob BollingerJacob is a Senior Data Scientist for Bright Media Corporation and He received his Ph.D. in integrative neuroscience from UCSF where he studied the influence of norepinephrine on cortical plasticity with Michael Merzenich. As a postdoctoral fellow, Jacob examined the neural mechanisms of expectation and memory and their deterioration during cognitive aging using EEG and fMRI, and developed several novel methods including adaptive liner spatial filtering and complex sources using EEG time series. At Bright, Jacob is on a team of scientists and engineers who are streamlining the labor market via several integrated tools and algorithms, including the Bright Score, a data-driven relevancy algorithm that allows employers to immediately identify the most qualified candidates and helps job seekers immediately find the best available job openings. He is also the founder of Bright Labs, a destination for reporters and recruiters to gather novel information and analysis of the employment space.
    • Jessica KirkpatrickDirector of data science for InstaEDU
      • Jessica KirkpatrickJessica Kirkpatrick received her PhD in Astrophysics from Berkeley in 2012. After an exhaustive job search within academia and beyond, she accepted a job as a data scientist / analyst for the social network Yammer (acquired by Microsoft) and recently became the Director of Data Science for InstaEDU. Now instead of spending her days finding patterns in the large scale structure of galaxies, she finds patterns in the behaviors of people. She’ll talk about her transition from astrophysics to tech, compare and contrast the two fields, and give tips about how to land a tech job.
    • Berian JamesData Science Lead at Square
      • Berian JamesBerian was a post-doc in the UC Berkeley Astronomy Dept. & the Dark Cosmology Center in Copenhagen between 2009 and 2012. He joined the first group of Insight Data Science fellows in June 2012 and went to work for Square, where he is a founding member of the Analytics Team.
    • Rehan KhanStatistician at Google
      • Rehan KhanRehan is a Statistician in the Ads Quality team at Google where he tries to understand user behavior, and works on improving the quality of ads shown to users of Google’s search engine. Before joining Google, he was a neuroscientist at UC Berkeley where he studied the olfactory system, and was Chief Scientist at MoodLogic, Inc., a San Francisco based company, where he developed audio fingerprinting and emotional content identification systems for music. He holds degrees from Queen’s University, Canada, and Stanford University, and is sometimes described as being like the sound of one hand clapping, only more so.