Stanford Biosciences students talking

School of Medicine Career Center



Friday, May 15, 2015
5:30pm - 8:30pm

Some feedback from previous years' event:

"This event was really great. The speaker was engaging and inspiring, and the conversation with my fellow biosciences students was a lot of fun!"

"Great experience to talk with people in many career stages and types of careers."

"This event is worth it just for the opportunity to network with colleagues about opportunities…I didn't think I'd have that opportunity and I was pleasantly surprised."

"Enjoyed my time relating to students and reconnecting with a couple of former classmates." —Alumnus

"I would definitely recommend the event to others! I had a chance to talk to someone who recently became faculty at Stanford and ask questions about how they knew academia was right for them. It was a wonderful networking opportunity."



Cantor Arts Center

Cantor Arts Center
Main entrance, North Patio

328 Lomita Drive, Stanford, CA 94305
Parking information


Event Details & Attending Alumni


Celebrating Future Careers: Celebrate, Connect, Imagine is a special, annual student/alumni event for our fourth year graduate students. Together with fellow alumni, faculty and staff, we will celebrate the knowledge and skills that students have developed over these past four years, provide them with a fun venue to reconnect with their peers and an opportunity to meet and talk with a variety of alumni. Our hope is that students will leave with ideas and connections to help gain a deeper appreciation of their academic accomplishments, see how others have transitioned from their PhD to career, and take steps toward pursuing their career of choice. Casual dress is welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!

See Alumni Attending

Name Home Program Affiliation Current position
Carolina Albers Biosciences Director of Core Lab Operations, IschemaView
George W. Bailey Biosciences Retired
Karen Bailey Not in School of Medicine Retired from SRI
Ian Brennan Biochemistry Market Analysis & Strategy Manager, Genentech
Jeremy Chang Chemical & Systems Biology Postdoc, University of California, San Francisco
Clare Chung Chemical & Systems Biology Senior QA, Abbott
Erin Davis Molecular & Cellular Physiolgy Senior Manager Product Marketing and Communications, Adaptive Biotechnologies
Antonia Dominguez Bioengineering Postdoc, Stanford
Lisa Eli (DeFazio) Biochemistry Principal Scientist & Scientific Liaison, N-of-One Inc
Juliette Faraco Genetics Senior Research Scientist, Stanford
Gregory Frank Immunology Entrepreneur
Natalia Gomez-Ospina Chemical & Systems Biology MD/PhD, Stanford Hospitals
David Hansen Cancer Biology Scientist, Genentech
Olivia Hatton Immunology Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University School of Medicine
Lindsay Hinck Cancer Biology Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz
Dustin Hite Biochemistry Protocol Development Scientist, Counsyl
Greg Hogan Biochemistry Scientist, Counsyl
Sharon Horton Biosciences Senior Director Project/Alliance, Pharmacyclics
Jessica Kao Cancer Biology Senior Marketing Manager Demand Generation, Guidespark
Viktoria Kheifets Chemical & Systems Biology Sr Group Leader, Edison Pharmaceuticals
Seun Kim Biochemistry Professor, Stanford University
Yuya Kobayashi Genetics Clinical Genomics Scientist, Invitae
Mary Lee Mackichan Cancer Biology Life Sciences Consultant
Brian Maples Biomedical Informatics Data Scientist, Nuna Health
Christopher Murriel Chemical & Systems Biology Senior Scientist, OncoMed Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Barbara Nguyen-vu Molecular & Cellular Physiology Scientist, Circuit Theraputics
Michael Ollmann Genetics Principal Scientist, Amgen
Elizabeth Ponder Microbiology & Immunology Associate Director, Stanford ChEM-H
Suraj Pradhan No Home Progam Associate Consultant, C1 Consulting
Susan Prohaska Immunology Assoc Director Translational Programs, Stanford Stem Cell Institute
Terry Reyes Cancer Biology Regulatory Affairs, DuPont/Genencor Industrial Biosciences
Anja Scholze Developmental Biology Biotech Experience Designer, The Tech Museum of Innovation
Nicolas Tilmans Biochemistry Data Scientist, Hampton Creek
Ricardo Valenzuela Molecular & Cellular Physiolgy Biosample Operations Manager, Genentech
Alfred Wang Biosciences Senior Manager Pipeline Marketing Sciences, Gilead Sciences
Kirsten White Microbiology & Immunology Sr. Research Scientist, Gilead
Ann Wright Microbiology & Immunology Professor, Hartnell College
Lena Wu Biosciences CEO, Rogne Bioscience
Yue Xu Cancer Biology Senior Research Scientist, Stanford
Gary Zweiger Genetics Head of Business Development, Purigen Biosystems


Joanna L. Mountain, PhD

Joanna L. Mountain, PhD
Senior Director of Research, 23andMe

Joanna joined 23andMe in 2007 as a senior member of the Research Team. She served on the faculties of the Anthropological Sciences and Genetics Departments at Stanford University. Dr. Mountain's professional and research interests include the patterns of genetic etiology across a broad range of human traits, the prehistory underlying human genetic diversity, and the nature of the relationship between genetic diversity and categories of race and ethnicity.

Joanna has been awarded multiple grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health and has published over 40 papers in the field of human genetics. She spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching at a community school near the Kenyan coast and continues to be particularly interested in the genetic diversity of Africa. Dr. Mountain earned a PhD in Genetics and a BS in Mathematical Sciences, both from Stanford, and conducted postdoctoral research on human evolutionary genetics at the University of California, Berkeley.



Catering by Jesse Cool



Catering By

Pamela Keith
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Registration required by 4:00pm, May 15th, 2015

4th Year PhD Graduate Students: Register here

Biomedical and Life Sciences Alumni: Register here

VIP Guest: Register here

Unable to attend? Alumni can Join the Career Advisory Network (CAN), our new online networking tool.



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