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MICaB Career Development Program 8 Ball

Coordinator: Kaylee Schwertfeger, Ph.D.

Committee Members

Tim Starr, Ph.D.

Nick Dillon
Tijana Martinov
Sarah Namugenyi
Josh Thiede

Mission Statement

The mission of the MICaB Committee for Graduate Career Development is to promote education, opportunity, inclusion, and excellence surrounding the exploration of available career paths. Key elements of our mission include promoting open and candid discussions of career path options, providing a realistic rationale for choosing a given path that considers both the professional and personal needs of each student, and providing mentorship, resources, and guidance that will equip our students with the best tools to succeed within a given career path choice. Recognizing that career development is influenced by professional interests and opportunity as well as life-style and life-stage considerations, our goal is to assist our students in making the “next-steps” upon completion of our program as new PhDs.

Calendar of Events

Friday, November 6, 2015
12:15-1:15 pm
1-125 CCRB
Joanne Bartkus, PhD
Director, Public Health Laboratory
Minnesota Department of Health
"Careers in public health"
Friday, December 4, 2015
12:00-1:00 pm
1-125 CCRB
Jon Badalamenti, PhD Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Kristin Renkema, PhD Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Thu Truong, PhD, Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Medicine
"Postdoc in Academic: Strategies for Success"
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
12:15-1:15 pm
2-260 Moos Tower
Michael Osterholm, PhD
Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
"Public Health: Opportunities and Challenges"
Friday, April 1, 2016
12:15-1:15 pm
2-102 CMRR
Megan Flynn, PhD, Medical Science Liaison, Actelion

Sonja Nodland, PhD, Senior Scientist, Kerry

Cara Skon, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Genentech
"Careers in Industry: Strategies and Success"
Thursday, May 19, 2016
12:15-1:15 pm
2-102 CMRR
Jennifer Brulc, PhD
Senior Scientist

General Mills
Paul Score, PhD
R&D Associate
"Careers in Food Industry"
Monday, October 17, 2016
1:15-2:30 pm
1-125 CCRB
Jennifer K. Richer, PhD
Professor of Pathology
University of Colorado
"Forget Work/Life Balance: Science is a way of life - challenging, but NEVER boring! and "Translational Team Science"
Friday, December 2, 2016
1-125 CCRB
Johanna Reed, PhD (MICaB alum)
Contractor Quality Specialist, Upsher Smith LAboratories

Anne Weber-Main, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Minnesota

Julia Hatler, PhD
Commercial Development Manager, Biotechne
"Careers in Science Writing"
Thursday, February 2, 2017
2-102 CMRR
Lee A. Jones, B.S., CEO and Co-founder, Rebiotix Inc

Ross Fulton, PhD, Senior scientist, Biothera

Britnie James, PhD, VP Imm/Onc Preclinical Lab, MD Biosciences
(MICaB alum)
"Careers in Pharmaceutical Industries"


Events Spring 2008/Fall 2008 and MICaB Student Survey May 2008 (PDF)

Events February 2011/July 2011

Events Fall 2011 - Spring 2012

Events Fall 2012

Events January 2013-December 2013

Events February 2014 - June 2015

Links to Useful Information:

General Information for Graduate Students

General Career Information

General Information for Mentors





"A career is not a point in the space you have to get to, it is a journey, and you are allowed to change directions".

Dwight Nelson, Ph.D.