Panel Descriptions

Monday, March 16: Panels (AM)

The Recruiter’s Perspective

Hear about the hiring process directly from recruiters representing various industries: what recruiters are looking for in advanced degree candidates, preparing resumes and job talks, and general interview advice.

Jenny Irwin – Moderator

Ron Kim – Dean of Faculty and an Instructor in History at Phillips Exeter Academy

3929-02bRon 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.

Jeff D’Andria – Assistant Director of Career Ventures for STEM at the Stanford Career Development Center

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Jeff connects Stanford students to opportunities by creating inroads for Science, Technology, and Engineering employers on campus. Before his time on the farm, he was a technical recruiter at Microsoft for universities across Canada and the Pacific Northwest and other positions where he focused on talent acquisition. Jeff’s first job out of college was at UC Berkeley, where one of the many hats he wore was one as an undergraduate admissions reader. Over the years, Jeff developed a passion for helping students “get in” to opportunities and worked hard to learn the mechanics of how to make this happen. He is glad to bring what he’s learned to the Career Ventures team at Stanford and to you today at the Beyond Adademia conference. He earned his B.A. at UC Davis and M.S. in Student Affairs Counseling at Syracuse University. Jeff is a big fan of the 49ers, SF Giants, pho and Mexican food.

Ania Erdogan

Ania ErdoganAnia Erdogan is an HR professional with years of experience in the pharma/biotech industry. She has recently joined the Talent Acquisition team at Medivation Inc. in San Francisco as a Recruiter. Medivation, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the rapid development of novel therapies to treat serious diseases for which there are limited treatment options. The company is experiencing considerable growth and Ania is currently supporting numerous R&D departments with their hiring needs. Ania holds a double Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Human Resource Management as well as in English. Born and raised in Europe, she has lived and worked on three different continents and speaks six languages.

Theresa Shek (Genentech)

theresa shek_2Theresa is a Staffing Consultant at Genentech supporting Research and Early Development (gRED) and university intern/MBA recruitment.  Before becoming a Staffing Consultant, she was a researcher within the gRED organization for over 10 years.  Theresa has a BS in Psychology with a separate emphasis on Genetics from UC Davis.

Science Communication/Media

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

Kishore Hari – Moderator

kishoreKishore Hari is a science educator with more than a decade’s experience in producing live science events and experiences. He’s the director of the Bay Area Science Festival ( based out of UC – San Francisco. Follow his musings about science, hockey, and other nerdery @sciencequiche.



Amy Ross (editor at PLOS)

Ross_AmyAmy Ross is a Senior Editor at PLOS Medicine. She graduated from the University of New South Wales, Australia with a PhD in Neuroscience before moving to Boston for a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. She then moved to the Bay Area to work as a Research Scientist at a Biotechnology start-up and transitioned to work in publishing 2.5 years ago.



Jyoti Madhusoodanan 
Jyoti headshotJyoti Madhusoodanan is a recent graduate of the UC Santa Cruz Science Communication program. She completed her PhD in microbiology from SUNY Buffalo, New York, in 2010 before moving to California. She started her science writing career as the communications manager for a genomics start-up company, then managed media outreach for the scientific journal PLOS ONE. She now freelances from her home in San Jose. Her work has appeared in Nature, The Scientist, Chemical & Engineering News, and other outlets.


Hilleary Osheroff

hosheroffHilleary Osheroff is the staff biologist for the Teacher Institute at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, providing professional development in science content and practices to middle and high school teachers. Prior to joining the Exploratorium, she was a program manager at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City running a science research program for high school students, and has worked as a consultant developing informal science curriculum and workshops for teachers and students. She earned a PhD in neurobiology and developmental biology at the Rockefeller University in 2008.


Adam Becker – Freelance Astrophysicist

SONY DSCAdam Becker is a freelance astrophysicist, doing contract work as as a science communicator, open science publishing consultant, and research software developer, among other things. He previously worked at PLOS, developing new ways for scientists to share research results. He has also worked at New Scientist, writing news articles and developing interactive online features. He has a PhD in computational cosmology from the University of Michigan, which he finished in 2012. His work has appeared in New Scientist and BBC Earth, as well as his blog,

University Administration

Interested in providing university services without being a faculty member?  Hear about exciting opportunities for PhDs in a variety of university administration positions, including career services, fundraising, and specialty programs and centers devoted to teaching and the promotion of diversity in science.

Arne Bakker – Moderator


Arne is Assistant Director of Career Communities at the Stanford University Career Development Center, with a focus on PhDs and Postdocs in the Natural & Social Sciences. As a member of the Humanities & Sciences team, he is dedicated to helping graduate students and postdocs with their career development. Arne strongly believes there is a wide variety of career options for PhDs in Academia as well as beyond, and he is passionate to help PhDs be successful in all their career choices. Arne holds a PhD in Tumor Immunology from the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam. After completing his PhD, Arne was Director of the Discovery Festival in Amsterdam and then worked as a postdoc in the Life Sciences at UC Berkeley for several years. At Berkeley, he was the board member for career and professional development of the Berkeley Postdoc Association and was also one of the co-organizers of last year’s Beyond Academia conference. In his free time Arne loves organizing fun events – especially science-themed parties – as well as hosting dinners for friends.

Annette A Angus 

AngusAnnette A. Angus is a California native with roots both in the inland area of Los Angeles in the south and the East Bay area of the San Francisco Bay in the north. She attended California State University, Northridge where she earned a B.S. in Microbiology in 2004. While there, she participated in the NIH funded Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program where she got her start as a research scientist. This experience inspired her to dedicate her life to both science and mentorship of underrepresented minorities in STEM fields, as she is a first-generation immigrant of West Indian parents and the first in her family to graduate college.
Annette then attended the University of California, Berkeley, earning her Ph.D. in Microbiology in 2009 with a focus on the intracellular bacterial pathogenesis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in epithelial cells. Her graduate research was funded by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program and supported by the Berkeley Edge/AGEP Program. Concurrent with her PhD research at Berkeley, Annette was passionate about
helping others from disadvantaged backgrounds find success as young scientists. She championed underrepresented minority students in STEM, becoming a leader within various mentorship programs at UC Berkeley and a local non-profit, the Level Playing Field Institute.Annette returned to Southern California after finishing her studies in the Bay Area and completed a post-doc as a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA, studying the interactions between beneficial symbiotic soil bacteria and legume plants (2009-2012). Her work was also awarded the prestigious Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. After completing her postdoc, Annette started a career in industry at the Procter & Gamble Company as a Scientist in the Global Microbiology Capability Organization, based in Mason, OH. Within the Applied Microbial Innovation Technology Platform, she was responsible for leading the development and implementation of rapid microbial methods for product sterility and quality and the discovery and evaluation of new methods to facilitate the assessment of microbial susceptibility of new products. During her time at P&G, Annette remained close to her peers and colleagues at Cal State Northridge and UC Berkeley, often returning home as a guest lecturer or event volunteer for various education programs aimed at fostering the success of under-represented minorities in STEM fields. Ultimately she decided to return to her home state and alma mater to pursue her career passions as the Academic Director of the California Alliance, a new statewide initiative funded by the NSF to advance the careers of underrepresented graduate students and postdocs in STEM.

Rachel Henderson 

RachelHenderson_pic_cropped_Jan2015Rachel Henderson is a Science Education Consultant whose business focuses on making science accessible and engaging to diverse audiences through content creation, student development programs, outreach, and science writing. Her clients include the CK-12 Foundation, a STEM education non-profit. Dr. Henderson is particularly interested in promoting equity in science and higher education. Previously, Dr. Henderson was the Student Services Coordinator for the Biology Scholars Program (BSP) at UC Berkeley. BSP is a nationally recognized science diversity program that helps students from traditionally underrepresented groups achieve success in biology-related careers through advising, peer community, tutoring, professional development, and internships. Dr. Henderson’s role was to guide and oversee all of the student training and support activities of BSP and its associated research programs, including the NIH-funded Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Scholars Program and the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Undergraduate and Graduate Programs. Dr. Henderson has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Stanford University and a B.A. in Biology from Wesleyan University. She has also taught science courses at UC Berkeley Extension, Cal State East Bay, and Stanford University.

Jeff Jackanicz 

Jackanicz_Jeff_HeadshotsJeff Jackanicz is Executive Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations & Leadership Gifts in University Relations at UC Berkeley. In this role, he’s responsible for two areas in Berkeley’s fundraising: Corporate and Foundation Relations, which represents broad campus priorities with the goal of developing and strengthening strategic partnerships and alliances with local, national, and international corporations and foundations; and Leadership Gifts, Berkeley’s campus-wide effort to reach major gift level individual donors across the country. He holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas, Austin.

Tim Randazzo

timrandazzoTim Randazzo is the Assistant Director for Tutoring and Teaching Programs at Stanford University’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). At CTL, Tim manages tutoring programs and oversees teaching support for graduate students, including TA orientations, teaching and professional development workshops, and teaching consultation services. Prior to his current role, Tim completed his Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, where he later worked as coordinator of the university’s McNair Scholars Program, an undergraduate research program providing mentoring and research opportunities to low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented college students. He has also worked as an Academic Program Coordinator at UC Berkeley, where he was in charge of a residence-based academic center and tutoring program.


Patricia Lin

patlinPatricia Lin earned her PhD in European History from UC Berkeley and her B.A. from Princeton University and was a Fulbright Scholar in England. Her career has varied widely including working in high tech as a computer programmer and in marketing, serving on the faculty of Berkeley and the University of San Francisco and working as a researcher at a think tank. For the past 15+ years, she has worked in higher education in areas including grant writing (successfully raising $4+ million in large-scale awards including from the National Institutes of Health), Program Management, Research and Analysis. Despite “leaving academia”, she has taught, e.g., by serving as a Director of Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs), published scholarly works and written for general audiences, e.g.  The New York Times. She currently works as an Analyst, Writer and Career Specialist in STEM at the UC Berkeley Career Center and is passionate about access and excellence.

Technology Industry

Discover opportunities in the technology industry such as user experience, marketing, data analytics, and statistics.

Cathy Edwards – Moderator

cathyedwardsCathy Edwards is an entrepreneur specializing in mobile and algorithmic big data products. She was the CTO and co-founder of Chomp, an app search engine, and then became a Director of Engineering at Apple running search and analytics for iTunes, the App Store and Maps after Chomp was acquired by Apple in 2012. Before moving to America Cathy was based in Australia, doing machine learning and natural language processing research for Telstra, the leading telecommunications carrier. Cathy has degrees in computer science, pure mathematics and linguistics from the University of Western Australia and is currently working on her next startup idea.


Natalia Hernandez-Gardiol (Apple) 

Natalia Hernandez GardiolNatalia H. Gardiol received her PhD from MIT in 2008, where she conducted work in reinforcement learning, sequential decision making under uncertainty, and robotic path-planning algorithms. Since leaving MIT, she has done research work in behavioral finance, taught as a visiting professor, started a consulting firm focusing on applied machine learning problems, and joined an early-stage start-up building a search engine. Her current research focuses on information retrieval, recommendations, and text modeling. For fun, she turns the pedals as a competitive cyclist.


Aude Hofleitner (Facebook)

audeaudeAude studied applied maths at the Ecole Polytechnique (France). She arrived at UC Berkeley for a year long internship and decided to stay for a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. She was working with Pieter Abbeel and Alex Bayen on statistical models of urban traffic to make inferences from crowdsourced GPS data. During her PhD she interned at Facebook and decided to go back full time at the end of her PhD. She joined the Core Data Science team in August 2013. At Facebook, she works on Identity Research & Modeling. More specifically she works on the project to understand and improve the access to connectivity in the world. She is also interested in studying migration patterns.

Joaquin Quinonero Candela (Facebook)

joaquin candelaJoaquin is an Engineering Director at Facebook for Machine Learning and Ads Optimization. Joaquin almost did not do a PhD in favor of a highly paid at Procter & Gamble right out of school. But then he decided to do the PhD after all, though he almost quit half way through. He was a postdoc for a couple of years at places like the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany, before joining Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK. Within Microsoft Joaquin took a job with Bing to lead an engineering team.  Joaquin keeps giving lectures at summer schools every year, and is program committee at many conferences. Somehow it’s hard to cut the ties. At Facebook he manages the team that has build the Machine Learning platform the whole company uses, as well as the teams that do Ads Optimization (and ranking). These days he considers himself a hobby researcher.

Monday, March 16: Panels (PM)

Non-Academic Research

Love research, but not sure the ivory tower is for you? Learn about research opportunities in think tanks, non-profits, and R&D.

Chris Tsang –  Moderator

christsangChristopher 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.

Z. Jane Wang 

Jane WangZ. Jane Wang received her BS degree in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 2007. She was awarded the Hertz graduate fellowship in 2007 and performed her doctoral studies in organic and organometallic chemistry with Professor F. Dean Toste at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focused on the development of new methods for forming C-O and C-N bonds with coinage-metal complexes. From 2012-2014, Jane returned to Caltech to perform postdoctoral research with Professor Frances H. Arnold and worked on evolving cytochrome P450s for unnatural chemical transformations.  In 2014, she joined Google Life Sciences to work on nanoparticle platforms for continuous physiological monitoring.

Cathy O’Hare

cathyohareCathy received her undergraduate education at UC Berkeley (Go Bears!), in Molecular and Cell Biology, with an emphasis in Neuroscience. She then went on to do her graduate work in Neuroscience at UCSF, studying drosophila models of neurodegeneration. After graduating, she traveled to England to do a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge where she investigated nervous system development in zebrafish and xenopus. In 2013, she returned to UC Berkeley to continue her postdoctoral work, before deciding to make the transition to industry.

She is currently working as a Scientist in Predictive Diagnostics at the pharmaceutical company Medivation. Her job is to develop and validate biomarkers and diagnostics that can help us understand our drug’s mechanism of action and select the appropriate patient populations to ensure success of our clinical trials. As Medivation outsources all of its bench work, she spends her day designing and managing studies at offsite labs and working with cross-functional teams across all areas of drug discovery and development.

Bryan L. Jackson

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Dr. Bryan L. Jackson is manager of IBM’s Brain Inspired – Hardware group at IBM Research – Almaden. In this role, Dr. Jackson lead the team of hardware engineers who designed, built, and tested the worlds largest neuromorphic processor: TrueNorth. TrueNorth can simulate 1 million neurons and 250 million synapes while consuming many orders of magnitudes less power and space than today’s computers. Dr. Jackson joined IBM in 2008 under the DARPA funded SyNAPSE program. His first assignment was to develop nano-scale synaptic technologies for neuromorphic electronics in the storageclass memory group at Almaden. In 2010, he became a Research Staff Member and Technical Project Manager for Hardware Design in the Cognitive Computing (SyNAPSE) group at Almaden. In 2013, he became manager of the Cognitive Computing – Hardware team. This team is tasked with designing, building, and testing new silicon architectures under the SyNAPSE program. Prior to joining IBM, Dr. Jackson received his PhD from the University of California – Berkeley with Jay T. Groves and holds an Advanced Bachelor of Arts from Occidental College.

Alit Stark-Inbar

Alit Stark-InbarAlit Stark-Inbar is a scientist at Posit Science Corporation in San Francisco and a postdoc fellow at Rich Ivry’s Cognition and Action Lab at UC Berkeley. She received her PhD in neuroscience from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, using fMRI to study the human motor system. Posit Science is a fully functioning research lab as well as a rapidly evolving enterprise, dedicated to the mission of applying breakthroughs in brain research to enhance human performance and to promote brain health. It was co-founded by Michael Merzenich, a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research. During her work at Posit Science, Alit studies, develops and tests computerized assessments and training programs for people with Parkinson’s disease. She will lead clinical trials using these programs, working with many academic collaborators. At UCB, Alit studies individual differences in motor learning. She initiated the collaboration between the Ivry lab and Posit Science with the goal of combining basic and applied research to study functional plasticity in clinical populations and to develop tools to improve the lives of the many people in need.

Technical and Specialized Consulting

Use your technical knowledge and problem-solving skills to help clients solve science problems and provide strategic consulting for specialized industries.

Chris Holdgraf – Moderator

chrishChris Holdgraf is a graduate student in Bob Knight’s cognitive neuroscience laboratory. He uses computational modeling and machine learning to study the ways in which our internal assumptions affect the way that we perceive and understanding the world around us. He’d like to think that brains are more similar to computers than we’d all like to imagine, and hopes to discover ways in which we can improve our knowledge of the brain by drawing inspiration from machine learning and computational methods (and vice versa!). He is also an avid science writer, blogging, editing, and managing for the Berkeley Science Review, a student-led publication and blog that covers science at Berkeley and Beyond. He believes that scientists should be skilled communicators as well as researchers, and has a particular love of making complex ideas understandable to everyday people.

Anna (Ania) Urban – Health Scientist with Cardno ChemRisk

annaurbanDr. 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.

Albert Lang – International Strategic Insights Manager at Genentech


Albert recently transitioned to a new position at Genentech as an International Strategic Insights Manager on the Anti-PDL1 Team. Before starting at Genentech, Albert was a Senior Consultant at C1 Consulting, a life sciences consulting firm focused on helping clients prioritize market opportunities, launch new brands, develop market strategies, and improve sales and marketing effectiveness.

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.

Craig Brozinsky – Human factors scientist at Exponent

craigbrozinskyCraig 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.

Nick Halpern-MannersAssociate Consultant at IMS Consulting Group

Nick grnickhalpern-mannersaduated from the California Institute of Technology in 2006 with a B.S. in chemistry. Following this, Nick completed his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, developing novel magnetic resonance methodology with Professor Alex Pines. His work has been published in numerous journals.

After completing his Ph.D., Nick decided to pursue a career in consulting, organizing what has now become the Ph.D. Consulting Club and serving as VP for Non-MBA Affairs in the Haas Consulting Club. He currently works as an Associate Consultant at IMS Consulting Group, a leading firm in the area of healthcare and life science consulting. As a consultant, Nick has applied his analytical background to solve issues of business and strategy within the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, involving a diverse range of therapeutic areas such as oncology, schizophrenia, and antibiotics.

What Now? How? (Current & Recent Grads)

Find out how current graduate students and recent PhDs are transitioning out of academia. What can you do NOW?

Tchiki Davis – Moderator

Tchiki DavisTchiki Davis is a PhD student studying social psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her career goals include: 1.) Conducting research to understand people’s emotions, motivations, and behaviors, and 2.) Turning research findings into actionable user centered products, tools, and interventions that improve people’s quality of life. To meet these goals, she is transitioning into the role of CEO and Co-founder of Lifenik – Online games that grow emotionally healthy kids.


Erin LeDell

erin ledellErin is a PhD candidate in Biostatistics at UC Berkeley with a research focus in machine learning and statistical computing. She holds a B.S. and M.A. in Mathematics and has worked for 10 years in industry as a software engineer and data scientist. Formerly, she was the Principal Data Scientist at and Marvin Mobile Security (acquired by Veracode in 2012). Erin is also the founder of DataScientific, a machine learning and data science company, and the founder of the Bay Area Women in Machine Learning & Data Science meetup group.

Mark Godwin (Uber)

Mark GodwinDr. Mark Godwin has been working with drones, self-driving cars and fleet automation since 2004. His experience includes a 5+ year project with drones for the Office of Naval Research and a team member at a startup acquired by Google’s self driving car project.

Since graduating from UC Berkeley with his PhD he started Automa Systems. The Berkeley based startup built machine learning algorithms to fully automate dispatch and maximize vehicle utilization. This technology was applied to on demand bus systems for the US Department of Transportation, taxi and limo fleets and trucking fleets. This experience has led to a deep understanding of the technology that will transform our transportation systems.

Mark now works at Uber building next generation logistics technology.

Chris Williams (Interana)

Chris WilliamsChris received a BA in Chemistry from Grinnell College then went on to get a PhD in Cell Biology and Computational Genomics at UCSF in summer 2014. Interested in technology companies, he then completed the Insight Data Science program to help leverage his computational and quantitative skillsets and transition into a career related to data science.

He recently began working as a data visualization software engineer at Interana, a business analytics startup founded by the team that built Facebook’s internal big data analytics platform.

Levi Gadye

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Levi is a 5th year Neuroscience PhD student. He studies the adult neural stem cells that give the olfactory epithelium (the tissue responsible for smell) its capacity to regenerate. He is an editor, writer, and blogger for the Berkeley Science Review, and he works part-time as a science editorial researcher for the science and science fiction blog, io9. He’s also worked on and off as an instructor and tutor for the Prison University Project at San Quentin. Follow Levi on Twitter @TheEmpiriSylum.


Carla Espana (Facebook)

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Carla España, Ph.D., is a user experience researcher at Facebook and explores ways to improve people’s experience on Facebook using both quantitative and qualitative research methods. As an undergraduate, Carla attended UC Santa Barbara and double majored in psychology and French, and had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in France for a year. In 2014, she received her Ph.D. in social psychology from UC Berkeley, where she studied intergroup relations and individuals’ perceptions of immigrants and immigration policy in the U.S. During summers in graduate school, Carla worked in user experience research at Google X as well as at Mozilla. She speaks Spanish and French, and loves traveling and playing soccer.


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

Erica Warp  – Moderator


  • Erica 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.


Michael Oliver

Michael OliverMichael Oliver received his PhD in Vision Science from UC Berkeley in 2014. He is a founder and CEO of, a startup developing a wearable brain-reading device. The company is currently incubated by the Foundry@CITRIS at UC Berkeley. He is also currently working as a post-doctoral researcher in Jack Gallant’s lab.




Eric Mayefsky 

Eric MayefskyEric is Co-founder & CEO of WeFinance, a peer-to-peer crowdlending platform that allows individuals to borrow money primarily from their own personal networks at attractive rates. Since most borrowers and lenders have some connection, repayment rates will be higher than through other lending channels, creating a valuable opportunity for both sides.

Previously, Eric worked as a monetization, data and product manager on Facebook’s ads products, focusing primarily on optimization and product stability. Eric has a BA/BS and Economics PhD from Stanford, where he studied behavioral market design.

Paul Bulakowski

Paul Bulakowski bio picPaul Bulakowski went beyond academia to co-found Mind My Education, LLC after serving as a professor at a small liberal arts college and postdoc at Cal. Through this education startup, he’s been channeling his passion for mind and brain science to help cultivate a more thoughtful K-12 school experience that inspires young learners to seek and creatively explore their own educational paths. He also continues his work with the local visually impaired community and actively researches best practices in teaching and learning. Paul is looking forward to actionable conversations about how to make our education, and beyond, more purposeful.

Chris Ategeka

C-AtegekaChris is an engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur at heart. He is the Founder and CEO of Rides for Lives. Chris was born and raised in rural Uganda. He lost both parents to HIV/AIDS. Motivated by his own experiences growing up in rural Uganda, Chris started Rides for Lives with a mission to manufacture locally sourced medical vehicles to improve medical access and economic opportunities to those that are the most vulnerable. Rides for lives builds mobile health units (“Bus hospitals”) and use small unmanned drones to deliver emergency supplies in hard to reach areas. Rides for Lives has successfully offered medical services in rural East Africa since June 2011.Chris is a 2014 Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs in the world for founding Rides for Lives.  Chris has strong ties and insight within the developing world, and understands the product development cycle and commercialization in low-resource settings. He has won numerous awards for this work including echoing Green fellowship. He gave a TEDTalk, spoke at the United Nations and the WhiteHouse . He has been featured in major media publications BBC, NPR, HuffingtonPost, KQED, FastCompany, Forbes, and on the front page of SF Chronicle to mention but a few.

Tuesday, March 17: Panels (AM)


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

jodidavenportJodi 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.

Kate Garrett – Academic Dean and an Instructor of English at San Francisco University High School


  • Kate 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 Brooks

jasonbrooksJason Brooks received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the Pennsylvania State University, where he remains a Lecturer of Classics. His dissertation reevaluated the place of poet Innokentii Annenskii in Russian Modernism through a feminist reading of his translations of Greek tragedy. Jason has published on the intersection of film and poetry, Russian émigré literature, and Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Jason is formerly a 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 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 is an English and History teacher at Kirby School (Santa Cruz, CA), and Editor-in-Chief at Enlighten (a Bay Area education journal).

Kara Helmke

KaraHelmkeKara Helmke is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology at UCSF. She received her PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology at the UC Berkeley where she investigated mechanisms of cell division in Rebecca Heald’s lab. In her position at UCSF she coordinates all the education and outreach activities for a group of basic research labs, including organizing scientific seminars and meetings, teaching both at local high schools and students at UCSF, mentoring undergraduates in laboratory research as the coordinator for the UCSF iGEM team, and developing materials to improve scientific communication to the general public.


Considering a career in federal or state government?  Come learn from PhDs who utilize their research skills in the public sector.

Allison Miller-Singley – Moderator


Alison is a Psychology graduate student and Fellow in Research in Cognition and Mathematics Education. She is working across the fields of Neuroscience, Education and Psychology to investigate how reasoning training can improve math proficiency and cognitive performance in general. Having had a first career in business consulting, Alison hopes to make her research applicable to a variety of learning industries.



Stefan Minasian (LBNL)

stefan minasianStefan Minasian received his M.A. in 2003 from Reed College and Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry in 2009 from UC Berkeley with John Arnold. He devoted the early part of his professional career to organic chemistry, where he held positions at Oregon Health and Sciences University, Amgen Biotechnology, and Exelixis Pharmaceuticals. Following a postdoctoral appointment at Los Alamos National Laboratory, he joined Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a Staff Scientist in the Chemical Sciences Division. His current research involves inorganic synthesis and synchrotron spectroscopy, and is focused on how theories of chemical bonding can be leveraged to control the desirable physical properties inorganic compounds that are needed for development of sustainable and renewable energy sources.

William Orts (USDA )

bill ortsDr. William Orts is Research Leader at the USDA’s Western Regional Research Center, directing a team that provides biorefinery strategies relevant to the Western U.S. He has more than 30 years of experience in multi-disciplinary research related to bioproducts and biofuels at government, academic and industrial settings. He received his BSc (Honours) in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, and his MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Toronto, part of which was completed while working at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada. Dr. Orts has co-authored more than 160 peer-reviewed journal publications, filed 9 patents, and been honored with multiple awards in the field including the USDA’s Secretary Honor Award for Outstanding Technology Transfer.

Jenna McKenzie (CA Dept of Pesticide Regulation)

Jenna McKenzieJenna attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha and received BS in Biology in 2003. She worked as a formulation chemist for a personal care products company in Omaha, NE while completing her undergraduate studies. She received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Iowa in 2009. Her AHA-Fellowship funded graduate work focused on the intracellular transport of Shiga toxin in mammalian cells. Continuing to study intracellular transport, she then took a postdoctoral position at the University of California, Berkeley. Wanting to transition into a pharmacology/toxicology regulatory career, Jenna accepted a position as an Associate Toxicologist in the Worker Health and Safety Branch of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. Here, she focuses on drafting occupational and residential human exposure assessments on pesticides used in California.

Daniel S. McKenna

DanielSMcKennaDaniel S. McKenna was educated at the University of Glasgow, Scotland where he earned a 1st Class Honours degree in chemical physics with a minor in advanced applied mathematics in 1980. He was awarded his doctorate in theoretical chemistry in 1983 from the same institute, completing the experimental component at the University of Zurich and the Swiss Institute for Nuclear Physics. McKenna began his training in atmospheric science after joining the United Kingdom Meteorological Office in 1983, eventually assuming leadership of the Atmospheric Chemistry Group in 1990. During his time at the Met Office, McKenna participated in and assumed leadership roles in United Kingdom, European, and U.S. field campaigns including the first NASA-lead airborne polar campaigns to investigate the destruction of the ozone layer in 1987 and 1989 and the Met Office campaign to the Persian Gulf at the end of the first Gulf War in 1991that made the first estimates of the environmental impacts of the oil well fire pollution. In 1994, McKenna moved to the Forschungszentrum Juelich (FZJ) in Germany as the founding director of the Institute for Stratospheric Chemistry (ICG) and as associate professor in the Department of Physical Chemistry of the University of Bonn where he taught courses in atmospheric physics and chemistry. As ICG director, McKenna developed an integrated program of instrument and model developments, field deployments and model analysis. During his tenure at FZJ, he served as program coordinator of the Ozone Research Program of the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, and served on the International Ozone Commission. At the beginning of 2001, McKenna moved to the National Center for Atmospheric Research as director of the Atmospheric Chemistry Division where he was instrumental in the development of the Megacity Impact on the Regional and Global Environment and the Upper Troposphere and Lower Stratosphere programs. In 2010 McKenna moved to Oak Ridge as the group leader of the Computational Earth Sciences group of the Computer Science and Mathematics Division and a principle component of the Climate Change Science Institute. In 2013 McKenna accepted the position as manager for the new ORNL Postdoctoral Program.

Skills R Us: D-Lab

The D-Lab, or Social Sciences Data Lab, supports social science research efforts with trainings, working groups and consultations on qualitative and quantitative research methods, tools, and technologies. A panel of D-Lab staff and associates will discuss ways in which these methods and tools can support your career goals. Topics include: investing in software and programming tools. Python or R? What are the best computer programs for Humanities majors? Choosing the right tools for your needs, figuring out how to use them, and incorporating them into your research.  We’re here to help you find the support and gain the skills you want!

Jon Stiles

jonstilesJon Stiles has supported secondary data use and users as a data archivist at UC Berkeley since 1995. He received his PhD in Sociology from UC Berkeley, and his research interests include educational and population dynamics, immigration, and inequality and stratification. He is campus representative for ICPSR, the Roper Center, and the Census State Data Center network, and he serves as the Executive Director of the Census Research Data Center (RDC).


Susan Grand

susangrandSusan Ayasse Grand is a data archivist and project manager at D-Lab. She provides data access support to the California Opinion Polls, manages the undergraduate staff and works with the Services to team deliver training workshops in the D-Lab. After getting her degree in Demography from UC Berkeley, Grand cut her teeth working with large extracts of Medi-Cal data to evaluate the effects of the Clinton Administration’s welfare reforms in California.


Patty Frontiera

pattyfPatty Frontiera is the D-Lab Academic Coordinator. Patty received her Ph.D. in Environmental Planning from UC Berkeley where her dissertation explored the application and effectiveness of generalized spatial representations in geographic information retrieval. Her work has focused on the design and development of web-based environmental planning and information systems. Specific areas of interest include web mapping, spatial databases, environmental informatics and the development of web-based geospatial analysis tools.


Leora Lawton

leoraDr. Leora Lawton is Executive Director of the Berkeley Population Center, a lecturer in Demography and Sociology, and the Project Director of a 5-year multi-mode/mixed mode study on personal networks. She also owns a boutique consulting company that offers survey research design and analysis to commercial and non-profit clientele, with a special focus on internet research.  She has been conducting survey research for over 20 years and fully believes that you can adjust and adapt your career path.


Dav Clark

davDav Clark received his Ph.D. from Berkeley Psychology, and is now working full time in the D-Lab and BIDS. His primary responsibility is the development and support of software tools for accessible and open science. His own research focuses on developing and assessing educational and wellness interventions. He likes Python a lot, but did most of the statistics and graphs for his dissertation in R. He also thinks web technology is really cool. He thinks it’s important to know that your choice of a data storage back-end can be the most important speed-related decision you can make!

Cait Unkovic

caituBefore entering the JSP program at UC Berkeley, Cait earned her J.D. at Yale Law School and spent a few years skydiving.  She’s currently a fourth year doctoral student studying law and economics.  Her research interests include judicial decision making, contract formation, and family law, with a focus on quantitative methods and machine learning.  In her life, “cause” is the c-word.


Tony Hale – Moderator

Tony HaleAn IT leader with a background in enterprise technology, Dr. Tony Hale worked in a range of corporate and educational organizations, as well as both private non-profit and public institutions, before establishing himself as an environmental science technologist. While completing his doctorate at UC Berkeley, Tony consulted in technology for several years before eventually launching a career at Mills College where he moved steadily into roles of increasing management responsibility. At the end of his Mills tenure, he served as an IT Director, collaborating with his colleagues to reshape the IT organization.
He then progressed to become head of the applications team for Peralta Community College District, the second-largest educational organization in the San Francisco Bay Area.
For the California Ocean Science Trust, Tony led the development of OceanSpaces, a new online community to foster new knowledge of ocean health. He also consulted on a broad portfolio of projects serving the interests of California’s natural resource management.
As Program Director for Environmental Informatics, Tony contributes his talents to the vibrant and exciting San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI). SFEI originates and manages innovative projects designed to link the management of California’s aquatic resources to science. Through his leadership of four technical teams, Tony always pursues compelling ways to promote technology initiatives, environmental stewardship, and meaningful innovations.

Larry Lewis

Larry Lewis Larry Lewis new 150 x 200 (2)is a research scientist at The CNA Corporation. Larry took his background in experimental physical chemistry and applied that same mindset to advising the government, yielding an evidence-based approach to national policy and practice. His focus areas include drones and counter-terrorism, reducing civilian casualties during military operations, and helping the military and government to be a better learning organization. He was selected to write Lessons from a Decade of War for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), and he coauthored The Joint Civilian Casualty Study with Dr. Sarah Sewall (Undersecretary of State), which was hailed by General David Petraeus, Commander of U.S. Central Command, as “the first comprehensive assessment of the problem of civilian protection.” Larry earned his BS from the College of William and Mary and his PhD from Rice University.”


Mary Hiland 

MHiland headshot hi resMary Hiland, Ph.D. has forty years of experience in the nonprofit sector – both as an executive (26 years) and a board member (16 years). After leading two mergers, her executive experience resulted in her being the CEO of a nonprofit with 530 employees. Mary has been consulting with and coaching nonprofit leaders for over 13 years, unleashing the potential of nonprofit boards and strengthening board-executive relationships. Mary assists with board and leadership development and strategic alliances.

Mary has a Ph.D. with a focus on nonprofit leadership and governance and three Masters’ degrees. Mary is a published author, speaker, and researcher. She has presented at numerous conferences, conducts workshops, and has taught nonprofit management and governance at San Jose State University. Mary has received numerous honors including Tribute to Women in Industry and the Silicon Valley Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Award. Mary can be reached at Her website is

Renato Almanzor 

Renato Almanzor headshotRenato P. Almanzor’s experience emerges from many years consulting and training groups committed to multicultural organization development and social justice. His clients have included universities, non-profit organizations, medical clinics, and government agencies. His services range from executive coaching and strategic planning to change management and team development. He has delivered keynote addresses, conference workshops, and panel presentations on issues related to leadership for equity, cultural diversity, community development, and organizational change with a social justice agenda.

Dr. Almanzor received his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, his M.S. in counseling from San Diego State University, and his B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Davis. Recently an assistant professor at Argosy University, he has also taught at CSU East Bay, Alliant International University and the University of San Francisco.

Renato currently runs a two year fellowship program for nonprofit executive  directors in the Bay Area for LeaderSpring ( In addition, he oversees the organization’s consulting group. He provides executive coaching to organizational leaders in support of organizational development efforts – strategic planning, program development and team capacity building. Previously he served as the Director of the Family and Community Office in the Oakland Unified School District, and as the Associate Director of the Dean of Students Office at UC Berkeley.

Dr. Almanzor served as Chair of the School Site Council for his son’s school, on  the Planning & Oversight Committee for the Oakland Fund for Children & Youth; and was President of the Board of Directors for the Oakland Asian Student Educational Services (OASES), Board of Directors for Filipino Advocates for Justice, and Board of Directors for the San Francisco Coalition of Essential Small Schools. Renato actively supports many Community and Multicultural groups.

Lauren Broder

LBroder-HeadshotPhotoLauren Broder is the Director of Research and Evaluation at 826 National, which provides strategic leadership, administration, and other resources to ensure the success of its network of seven writing and tutoring centers dedicated to serving under-resourced students as they find their voice. Broder joined 826 National in 2013 after earning her doctorate in developmental psychology from the University of Connecticut. At UConn, Broder conducted research on the effects of early childhood experiences on later development—including a short-term, longitudinal investigation of temper tantrums, and analysis of NICHD data on compliance and self-regulation—while also teaching a variety of undergraduate courses and serving as a trainer to fellow graduate student teachers. Prior to UConn, Broder was a professional research assistant, managing a cognitive development lab at the University of Colorado. In addition to her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, Broder holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado, and a M.A. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut.

Tuesday, March 17: Panels (PM)

Non-Academic Research

Love research, but not sure the ivory tower is for you? Learn about research opportunities in think tanks, non-profits, and R&D.

Sahar Yousef – Moderator


Sahar is a 3rd 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.

Caren Arbeit (RTI)

carbeit photoCaren Arbeit is currently a Research Analyst in the Postsecondary Education Center and the division of Education Workforce Development at RTI International (Berkeley, CA). She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology (2014), with minors in Education Sciences and Population Studies (MA) from the University of Minnesota. At the University of Minnesota she worked at the Minnesota Population Center on the IPUMS-USA project. As a graduate student she was also an IES-predoctoral fellow, a visiting graduate student scholar at the U.C. Davis Center for Poverty Research, and earned a semester long fellowship to support her dissertation writing. Her research interests are education, stratification/inequality, family demography, social policy, and non-traditional postsecondary education.

Joshua Gutwill (Exploratorium)


Josh Gutwill is Director of Visitor Research and Evaluation at the Exploratorium, the museum of science, art and human perception in San Francisco. His work includes research on learning in informal environments as well as evaluation of exhibits and programs to improve visitors’ experiences. He is interested in fostering and studying learners’ self-directed inquiry in science museum settings. His current projects include a qualitative study of STEM learning in the Tinkering Studio (the Exploratorium’s “Maker” space), an investigation of the impact of a single museum visit on young adults’ interest in science and on their self-efficacy beliefs about learning science, and a comparative study of metacognition at social psychology exhibits. Recent projects include quasi-experimental research on spatial reasoning at whole-body immersive exhibits in Geometry Playground, and an experimental study of “inquiry games” in the Group Inquiry by Visitors at Exhibits (GIVE) project. Before joining the Exploratorium in 1998, Josh was Director of Assessment and Evaluation for a UC Berkeley-based consortium of university faculty creating an innovative college chemistry curriculum. He received his PhD from UC Berkeley in 1996.

Ingrid Nieuwenhuis (Nielson Neuro)

ingridnieuwenhuisDr. 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.

Elizabeth Seiver (PlosONE)

eseiverElizabeth is a researcher at the Public Library of Science (PLOS), an open access, non-profit science publisher. She received her PhD in psychology from UC Berkeley in 2013, studying how culture shapes emerging attributional biases in young children. She has used her skills from graduate school to design user experience research protocols, lead a research team, conduct surveys and interviews, analyze data, write research reports, and develop projects. Elizabeth’s research at PLOS has focused on peer review, open science, and understanding how scientists work.

Data Analytics

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

Jake Klamka – Moderator

jake_klamka_headshotJake 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. Over 200 Insight Fellow alumni are now data scientists at top tech companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Apple, Yelp 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.


Berian James

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.



Jessica Kirkpatrick

jessicakirkpatrickJessica 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 (acquired by Chegg). 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.


Katrina Glaeser (Pandora)

Katrina GlaeserKatrina is a Berkeley native and UC Berkeley Alum. She left the Bay Area for a short time to attend UC Davis for a graduate degree in Mathematics, before returning to the Bay Area. After working in San Francisco and London as a Data Scientist at Microsoft, she returned to the East Bay and spends her time using data to connect artists with their listeners at Pandora. In her spare time she can be spotted playing Capoeira, running in the Oakland hills and out on the water with the Lake Merrit Rowing Club.


Krystal St. Julien (Facebook)

Krystal picKrystal St. Julien is an Operations Analyst at Facebook. Krystal is responsible for manipulating data, automating reporting, and deriving predictive models to help Facebook’s Small and Medium Business team function in an optimized and efficient manner. Before switching industries, she completed her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Stanford University. In order to smooth her transition, Krystal joined the Insight Data Science program, which helped bridge the gap between academic science and industry analytics. Krystal spent her first year in the tech industry as a Data Analyst for ModCloth, an online women’s fashion e-tailer, where she focused on projects to aid the growth and efficiency of the business, from testing effectiveness of marketing efforts to predicting higher value merchandise selection and more.


Help translate research into real results by advocating improvements to healthcare, education, environmental policy, and more. Share your love of science with general audiences through writing, editing, and outreach programs.

Veronica Miller – Moderator

vm0310-6-2Veronica Miller is the Executive Director of the Forum for Collaborative HIV Research (the Forum), a public/private partnership addressing cutting edge science and policy issues through a process of stakeholder engagement and deliberation.

Dr. Miller has extensive experience in working with all major global and U.S. organizations and agencies involved in HIV research and policy. She is a leading expert in the process of engaging stakeholders from both sides of the Atlantic to resolve significant health policy and public health issues. Under her leadership the Forum’s deliberative process to advance regulatory science applied successfully to HIV was extended to drug development for hepatitis C infection in 2007, and starting in 2014, to the treatment of liver diseases (NASH and fibrosis), and human cytomegalovirus disease in solid organ and stem cell transplant patients. Efforts led by Dr. Miller to advance public health policy through stakeholder engagement include the National Summit program, which focuses on the implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan; and the Bay Area Health Disparities Program.

Additionally, Dr. Miller is a Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. She developed and teaches a course on FDA and Drug Development based on case studies from the Forum’s rich history in facilitating drug development to Berkeley and Bay Area graduate students and post-docs. She mentors interns and fellows pursuing regulatory, biotech and translational medicine careers. Dr. Miller has served on numerous industry and government advisory boards.She has published over 90 peer-reviewed publications on HIV treatment strategies and regulatory strategies for HIV and HCV. She joined the Forum in 2001 after having directed the interdisciplinary HIV Research Group at the HIV Outpatient Clinic of the JW Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. Together with Joep Lange, she co-founded and chaired the Euro-Guidelines Group on HIV Drug Resistance, the first pan-European group established for the purpose of assuring a common standard-of-care for patients in all European states. Dr. Miller obtained a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Manitoba, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Immunology from the University of Manitoba.

Cory Ellison

Cory MOFOCory Ellison is a Patent Agent in the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster LLP. Cory’s practice involves patent application drafting, patent prosecution, matters pertaining to plant variety protection both in the U.S. and abroad, freedom-to-operate analyses, and other due diligence matters, particularly in the agricultural biotechnology space. Cory received his Ph.D. in plant biology from the University of California, Davis in 2012 with a particular emphasis on plant molecular biology and plant genetics. His doctoral research focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms that modulate the circadian system in higher plants. This research allowed Cory to gain broad experience in diverse aspects of plant biology including plant responses to the environment, hormone signaling, epigenetics, and chromatin regulation.


Ben Rubin – Associate at Children Now

benrubinBen 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.


Carl Sumi, Senior Education Researcher, Center for Education and Human Services

carlsumiCarl Sumi, Ph.D., is a Senior Education researcher in the Center for Education and Human Services at SRI International. He conducts research to address emotional and behavioral disabilities among children and youth. Dr. Sumi is the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on several randomized controlled trials investigating the efficacy and effectiveness of various school-based behavioral and mental health interventions spanning the age range from elementary to high school aged youth.

Dr. Sumi has worked with families and children with emotional and behavioral disabilities in a variety of capacities for over 25 years, from direct service in the classroom to research and statewide policy development in the fields of education and mental health. He is the author or coauthor of numerous articles, monographs, and presentations on research and evaluation in systems of care, intervention strategies, and long-term outcomes for children with severe emotional and behavioral disturbances.

Before joining SRI, Sumi was the behavior specialist for the State of Hawaii, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division. His primary responsibilities included providing statewide consultation and training on evidence-based interventions, positive behavior interventions and supports, functional behavioral assessments, and individualized behavior intervention plans to education and mental health professionals who provided a wide range of services for families and children with emotional and behavioral disabilities.

Dr. Sumi received his Ph.D. in special education from the University of South Florida, Tampa, while working at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute.


Management Consulting

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

Ashley Gibb – Moderator

ashleygibbAshley Gibb is a graduate student in chemistry at UC Berkeley in the lab of Alex Zettl.  Her research focuses on the synthesis and atomic scale characterization of low dimensional nanomaterials including graphene, nanotubes, and hexagonal boron nitride.  In addition to her research she has worked on various projects involving water purification, low-cost/off-grid medical devices, science education, and nanoscale physics in Guatemala, Kenya, Singapore, and Brazil.  Prior to arriving at Berkeley, she completed her B.S. in chemistry at Penn State and then spent a year in Indonesia as a Fulbright fellow in Salatiga, Central Java.  After she finishes her PhD, Ashley is excited to join the San Francisco office of Bain & Company!

Els van der Helm 

els_van_der_helm_headshotEls 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.

Lana Lau


Lana holds a B.S. with Highest Honors (Departmental Citation) in Chemistry from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford University working with the 2014 Chemistry Nobel Laureate Prof. W. E. Moerner. Her Ph.D. research involved constructing one of the first super-resolution biological microscopes in North America. At Stanford, Lana directed The Stanford Optical Society, where she organized student-run technical and entrepreneurship conferences.

Lana is currently developing enterprise software as a Product Manager at Capital One. As a consultant, she has advised biotech companies across multiple therapeutic areas with a focus on pricing and market access.

Lane Weaver

Lane Weaver

Lane is currently a Life Sciences Specialist (LSS) Consultant in L.E.K.’s San Francisco office.  He has completed >10 projects across the life sciences sector for many types of clients, including  biotech, pharmaceutical, life science tools, provider, venture capital, and PE clients.  His casework mainly focuses on providing strategic recommendations for companies (e.g.,  helping them grow, enter into new markets, make well-informed investment decisions, prioritize product portfolios, etc.).  Prior to L.E.K., Lane was a Bioengineering graduate student in the UC Berkeley / UCSF Joint Bioengineering Program.  He worked in Jay Keasling’s lab, where his research focused on the metabolic engineering of E. coli for the production of renewable biofuels, biochemicals, and pharmaceuticals.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer, snowboarding, and riding around the city on his ridiculously vintage Triumph Bonneville.

Amit Desai

amitdesaiAmit is a Consultant for Bain & Company in their San Francisco office.  He completed his B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering at N.C. State University followed by an M.Phil in Physics from Trinity College, Cambridge. Amit then attended Stanford University where he pursued his M.S. in Management Science and his Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering. While in grad school Amit founded and led several student organizations as well as a national student energy non-profit, Energyfolks.

At Bain, Amit has worked with technology clients on both strategy and performance improvement efforts. In addition to case work, Amit supports our Advanced Degree recruiting efforts. Outside the office he enjoys volleyball, hiking, and cooking.

Tina Rosemblum

tinarosenblumTina Rosenblum helps people and organizations see patterns, identify goals and solve problems. And while she attributes much of her success in these endeavors to her rigorous academic training and experience as an advisor to Fortune 500 companies, she also credits her years of athletic competition.

Variously a fencer, softball catcher, field hockey and lacrosse goalkeeper, Tina learned early on to read people, spot patterns, develop strategy, work as a team and respond quickly to changing circumstances – all skills that proved critical in the academic and the corporate arenas.

“I excel in helping people zero in on what they’re really trying to achieve, and in explaining ideas in ways that people can relate to, learn and then put to work in their own work and life.

Tina, who graduated with high honors from Dartmouth College and later earned a PhD in Developmental Psychology form Cornell University, began her career working for internal and change management consultancies whose clients included Delta Air Lines, Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, Georgia Pacific, Pharmacia Corporation, the New York Times, the World Bank, and Young & Rubicam. Later, she launched The Rosenblum Group, a boutique consulting firm, also focused on internal communication and change management.

After moving to California, she spent a decade as a consultant at ROI Communication, the nation’s leading employee communication consulting firm, where she rose to become a Senior Vice President and created the company’s measurement practice. In this capacity, Tina led a team that produced the ROI Communication Benchmark Report – an annual survey of Fortune 500 companies – to assess the effectiveness of their employee communication and quantify its impact on financial performance.

Tina’s interests, however, extend far beyond the corporate world. She has taught at all levels, from elementary school through the collegiate level, plays piano and has sung in choirs around the world, from Carnegie Hall in New York to Notre Dame in Paris. A competitive golfer and active scuba diver, she also loves to cook regional Mexican dishes. She also volunteers as a tutor, helping area adults learn English as a second language.

“Like most people, I learn best when I’m challenged and having fun,” she said. “When we can get rid of the anxiety associated with uncertainty, we free people to become more creative and productive. The world is full of untapped potential.”

Tina lives in Palo Alto with her husband Jay and Labradoodle Ollie.