GeneticsCareers Center

Cypress Ballroom 1C

The GeneticsCareers Center is a designated space to discuss scientific careers and professional development. Open concurrently with the exhibits and posters, the GeneticsCareers Center will feature career coaching, job postings, networking, and potentially some on-site interviews. Career Coaching appointments can be scheduled on-site or in advance; coaches will be available to give attendees career advice, provide interview tips, and critique CVs/resumes.

Job Fair

Workshops

Career Coaches 

GeneticsCareers.org

Hours

Thursday, July 14: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, July 15: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Saturday, July 16: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Job Fair

Thursday, July 14: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Located near the GeneticsCareers Center, this intimate job fair features hand-selected career scientists representing different industries and career paths available in our field. Come talk one-on-one with representatives who can answer questions about their employer, their experiences, and the various types of positions available. Browse open positions on GeneticsCareers.org and then come talk to representatives from these companies in person:

Don't forget to bring your resume!

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GeneticsCareers Workshops

Friday, July 15, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm: Nailing the Job Talk

What are departments really looking for in a job talk? This workshop will explore how to structure your presentation, how much detail to include, what level to pitch to, and what other elements to consider.

Speaker

Laura Reed, PhD - Assistant Professor, University of Alabama
Dr. Laura Reed has lived in Oregon, Arizona and North Carolina in the course of her education. She is now a faculty member in Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama with expertise in Evolutionary Genomics. Dr. Reed uses fruit flies to research the evolution of complex traits such as obesity.

Saturday, July 16, 10:30 am - 11:15 am: Negotiating Job Offers

Congratulations, you got the job! …Now what? From negotiating salaries to agreeing on a startup package, coming to a consensus with a new employer can be complicated. Learn some advice for how to determine what’s fair in the current market.

Speakers

Susan Gerbi, MPhil, PhD - Professor of Biochemistry; Founding Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry, Brown University
Susan A. Gerbi obtained her PhD with Dr. Joe Gall at Yale University, did postdoctoral training at the Max Planck Institute in Tübingen, Germany, and then joined the faculty at Brown University were she is the George Eggleston Professor of Biochemistry and was the Founding Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry. Her lab does research in two areas: (i) DNA replication and (ii) ribosomes, using flies (including Sciara), yeast, Xenopus and human cells as model systems, and methodologies of molecular biology, genomics and bioinformatics. Dr. Gerbi has received several honors for her research, including the State of Rhode Island Governor's award for Scientific Excellence, election as President of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), and election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Dr. Gerbi is passionate about grad and postdoc training and has co-authored several publications on the topic.


Meleah Hickman, PhD - Assistant Professor, Emory University
The Hickman lab seeks to understand how eukaryotic pathogens generate genetic and phenotypic variation as a response to antifungal drugs and environmental stresses which have meaningful clinical and evolutionary implications. Specifically, we investigate the genomic plasticity of Candida albicans, an opportunistic fungal pathogen to examine how sexual and asexual shifts in ploidy promote genetic diversity within a population of cells.
"I am also interested in finding visually intuitive ways to display data and the intersection between art and science."

Dr. Amy Maddox, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 
(Profile Coming Soon)

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Career Coaching

Career Coaching appointments can be scheduled on-site or in advance; coaches will be available to give attendees career advice, provide interview tips, and critique CVs/resumes. 

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Thursday, July 14

1:30 - 2:30 pm

Andy Golden, PhD - Senior Investigator, NIH/NIDDK

Dr. Golden graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1982 and worked as research tech for 2 years at University of Pennsylvania. He went to graduate school at Stony Brook University, then moved to Caltech for his post-doc with Paul Sternberg to learn about C. elegans. His first job was at Frederick Cancer Center in Frederick, Maryland. Dr. Golden moved to NIDDK on the NIH campus in Bethesda in late 1999, where he studied meiotic divisions, early embryogenesis, and germ line development. He now models human diseases in C. elegans.

"I am proud of my post-baccalaureate mentoring at NIH; all grads have gone on to professional school."

Mark Johnston, PhD - Professor and Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Johnston received his BA from the University of Wisconsin, a PhD in molecular biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and did postdoctoral training in the Biochemistry Department at Stanford University. He was on the faculty of the Department of Genetics at Washington University in St. Louis for 25 years and 154 days before joining the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2009. He is the author of more than 100 papers and articles, and a co-author of Genetic Twists of Fate, a popular science book published September 2010 by MIT Press. A Past President of the Genetics Society of America (GSA), Johnston is Editor-in-Chief of GENETICS (a peer-edited journal of the GSA).
Dr. Johnston is the 2004 "B" flight champion of Gateway National Golf Links (St. Louis).

Thursday, July 14

2:30 - 3:30 pm

Andy Golden, PhD - Senior Investigator, NIH/NIDDK

Dr. Golden graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1982 and worked as research tech for 2 years at University of Pennsylvania. He went to graduate school at Stony Brook University, then moved to Caltech for his post-doc with Paul Sternberg to learn about C. elegans. His first job was at Frederick Cancer Center in Frederick, Maryland. Dr. Golden moved to NIDDK on the NIH campus in Bethesda in late 1999, where he studied meiotic divisions, early embryogenesis, and germ line development. He now models human diseases in C. elegans.

"I am proud of my post-baccalaureate mentoring at NIH; all grads have gone on to professional school."

Janna Bednenko, PhD - Head of Genetics, Tetragenetics, Inc.

Janna Bednenko started working on ciliated protozoa during her PhD in Dr. Dorothy Shippen's lab at Texas A&M University. Her academic research included discovery of developmental regulation of telomerase in a ciliate Euplotes crassus and characterization of novel factors involved in small RNA-mediated genome rearrangement in Tetrahymena thermophila. Currently, Dr. Bednenko is a Head of Genetics at Tetragenetics, Inc., developing Tetrahymena strains to produce difficult-to-express membrane proteins for drug discovery purposes.

Interests: Mentoring at AWIS; competitive intelligence; collaborative project management.

Cassandra Extavour, PhD - Professor, Harvard University

Cassandra Extavour received her BSc in Molecular Genetics from the University of Toronto. Though a Toronto native, her academic life has been international: she obtained her PhD at the Autonomous University of Madrid, and performed postdoctoral work at the Institute for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in Crete, Greece, and at the University of Cambridge. While at Cambridge, a BBSRC Research Grant allowed her to transition to Research Associate in the Department of Zoology. In 2007 she established her independent laboratory in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University; she was promoted to Full Professor in 2014.

Dr. Extavour is also a professional classical singer & currently performs with the Handel and Haydn Society and Emmanuel Music in Boston.

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Friday, July 15

1:30 - 2:30 pm

Audrey Gasch, PhD - Professor of Genetics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Gasch completed her PhD in Biochemistry at Stanford University before doing a postdoc at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab/UC Berkeley. She has been a faculty member at UW-Madison for 12 years; her lab's research combines comparative and functional genomics, systems biology, genetics, and molecular biology to study how eukaryotes deal with stress and disease.


Andrew Papp, PhD - President/CEO, Tritech Research
After getting his PhD at Harvard University in C. elegans Developmental Genetics and setting up a lab at UCLA, Dr. Papp founded Tritech Research in 1991. The company develops innovative lower-cost alternative products to save labs time, money, and to make bench science more fun and less tedious... for example, a new low-cost high-quality fluorescence dissecting scope.
Other interests include: science education; combating anti-science propaganda; ethical treatment of food and research animals; dog training.


Mara Schvarzstein, MSc, PhD - Assistant Professor, CUNY - Brooklyn College
Mara Schvarzstein obtained her PhD at the University of Toronto where she investigated mechanisms of sexual fate specification and gonadogenesis using the C. elegans model organism. She continued her interest in sexual reproduction during her postdoctorate at Stanford University, using C. elegans to investigate the regulation of several key steps in meiosis that are critical for accurate chromosome inheritance in oocytes, spermatocytes and the zygote. Schvarzstein arrived at Brooklyn College in 2014. The Schvarzstein lab focuses on uncovering mechanisms promoting accurate chromosome and centrosome inheritance in meiosis, and importantly, the consequences when errors in these mechanisms arise.

Friday, July 15

2:30 - 3:30 pm

Beth De Stasio, PhD - Professor of Biology, Lawrence University

Dr. De Stasio trained at Brown University, receiving a PhD in molecular biology, and completed a postdoc in genetics at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She undertook her first sabbatical with Bob Horvitz at MIT and her second as a Fulbright Fellow with Peter Swoboda at the Karolinska Institute outside of Stockholm, Sweden. She has been teaching and doing research with C. elegans at Lawrence University, a liberal arts college, since 1992. Her interests include: inclusive pedagogy, science communication, creating new tools and resources for teaching, social justice, & spreading more love and understanding in the world.

On being faculty at a liberal arts college: "It is a wonderful life!"

Jane Kenney-Hunt, PhD - Assistant Professor of Biology, Westminster College (Missouri)

A Michigan native, Jane Kenney-Hunt earned a BSc from Alma College and a PhD from Washington University in Saint Louis. Before joining the Westminster College faculty in 2011, she performed postdoctoral research at Washington University School of Medicine and the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Kenney-Hunt is also interested in undergraduate education and research experiences.

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Saturday, July 16

10:00 - 11:00 am

Elizabeth Ables, MS, PhD - Assistant Professor, Eastern Carolina University

Dr. Ables earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, North Carolina. She received a Master's in Biology at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington before completing her PhD at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Ables was a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, before joining the faculty at Eastern Carolina University.

Dr. Ables is interested in mentoring, undergraduate curriculum development, and undergraduate research.

Saturday, July 16

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Beth De Stasio, PhD - Professor of Biology, Lawrence University

Dr. De Stasio trained at Brown University, receiving a PhD in molecular biology, and completed a postdoc in genetics at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She undertook her first sabbatical with Bob Horvitz at MIT and her second as a Fulbright Fellow with Peter Swoboda at the Karolinska Institute outside of Stockholm, Sweden. She has been teaching and doing research with C. elegans at Lawrence University, a liberal arts college, since 1992. Her interests include: inclusive pedagogy, science communication, creating new tools and resources for teaching, social justice, & spreading more love and understanding in the world.

On being faculty at a liberal arts college: "It is a wonderful life!"

Mark Johnston, PhD - Professor and Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Johnston received his BA from the University of Wisconsin, a PhD in molecular biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and did postdoctoral training in the Biochemistry Department at Stanford University. He was on the faculty of the Department of Genetics at Washington University in St. Louis for 25 years and 154 days before joining the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2009. He is the author of more than 100 papers and articles, and a co-author of Genetic Twists of Fate, a popular science book published September 2010 by MIT Press. A Past President of the Genetics Society of America (GSA), Johnston is Editor-in-Chief of GENETICS (a peer-edited journal of the GSA).
Dr. Johnston is the 2004 "B" flight champion of Gateway National Golf Links (St. Louis).

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