BU’s BEST Leadership Team
BU’s BEST Staff
Amanda Bolgioni-Smith, Ph.D.
Director, Professional and Career Development, Graduate Medical Sciences
Assistant Professor, Medical Sciences & Education
Dr. Bolgioni-Smith is a graduate career educator responsible for career exploration of over 800 biomedical PhD trainees and Postdoctoral scholars. She has worked one-on-one and in group settings with trainees to identify strengths and assist in filling skill gaps needed for their chosen career paths. Integral to her role, she is a course director for the Introduction to Leadership for Biomedical Education. Amanda has implemented over 70 career exploration and skill development opportunities to over 700 attendees since beginning her role in career development in September 2018. Amanda has created strong connections with the career and professional development practitioners campus wide and nationally. She designs and implements programming that will allow trainees to discover and enhance their training opportunities. Amanda works with Ph.D. trainees and postdoctoral researchers to identify strengths and assist in filling skill gaps needed for their chosen career paths. She works with T32 and Graduate Program Directors to enhance grant applications and stay up to date on national requirements and trends relevant to biomedical research training. Amanda looks forward to collaborating with faculty members, institutional leaders, and scientists in the Greater Boston area to develop programming and assist trainees in achieving their desired careers.
Dr. Bolgioni-Smith completed her Ph.D. research in the Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics at Boston University. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Vermont.
Deborah Fournier, Ph.D., M.S.
Assistant Provost of BUMC Institutional Research & Evaluation
Dr. Fournier performs the evaluation and assessment for BU’s BEST. She works to help innovate and improve programming for BU’s BEST.
Dr. Fournier received her Master’s and doctoral degree from Syracuse University.
Jean L. Spencer, Ph.D.
Instructor of Biochemistry
Dr. Spencer performs the data analysis for BU’s BEST. She generates the trends in biomedical workforce needs using software from Burning Glass Technologies, and she tracks the career outcomes for GMS graduates.
Dr. Spencer received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and her doctoral degree in chemical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University. Before joining the Department of Biochemistry at Boston University, she worked in industrial research for 4 years at General Motors Research Laboratories and for 16 years at The Gillette Company.
BU’s BEST PIs
BU’s BEST employs a multi-PI leadership team with each PI bringing unique talents and perspectives to the table.
Linda E. Hyman, Ph.D.
Associate Provost, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences
Professor of Microbiology
Dr. Hyman is responsible for the administrative elements of the program including managing the budget, serving as the point of contact for the NIH, supervising support personnel, and representing the program to stakeholders outside of BU’s BEST program. Dr. Hyman earned her undergraduate degree at the State University of New York at Albany, followed by a master’s and doctoral degree at Brandeis University. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Tufts University School of Medicine. She began her professional career at Tulane University School of Medicine, where she became a tenured associate professor in 2003. Dr. Hyman assumed the position of Associate Provost for the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences in 2009.
Barbara M. Schreiber, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biochemistry
Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Schreiber serves as the contact for all curricular activities, coordinates all efforts on the development of software with Burning Glass Technologies, and aides in managing and coordinating all workshops and seminars. A longtime member of the Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Schreiber is well positioned to serve as the face of the alumni mentoring network. Dr. Schreiber earned her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY followed by her doctorate at Boston University in the department of Microbiology.
BU’s BEST Steering Committee
The Steering Committee guides operational and strategic decision-making for BU’s BEST. The steering committee provides administrative oversight and integrates all resources needed to make BU’s BEST impactful, transferable, and sustainable for Boston University biomedical trainees.
- Lauren Celano, M.B.A., Co-founder and CEO, Propel Careers, Boston, MA
- Deborah M. Fournier, Ph.D., M.S., Assistant Provost for Institutional Research and Evaluation, Director BU-CTSI Evaluation, Boston University School of Medicine
- Sarah Hokanson, Ph.D., Assistant Provost, Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs, Boston University
- Farrah A. Belizaire, M.S., Manager of Diversity and Inclusion, Boston University School of Medicine
- Kimberly A. McCall, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Boston University
- M. Isabel Dominguez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
BU’s BEST Internal Advisory Committee
The Internal Advisory Committee guides strategic decision-making by assessing the overall effectiveness of ongoing and emerging opportunities that may arise during program implementation.
- Beverly Brown, Ph.D., Director of Development, Industry, School of Public Health, Boston University
- David Center, M.D., Professor of Pulmonary Medicine, Medicine, and Biochemistry; Chief of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
- Jennifer Grodsky, Vice President, Federal Relations, Boston University
- David A. Harris, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Biochemistry, Boston University School of Medicine
- Sarah Hokanson, Ph.D., Assistant Provost, Office of Professional Development and Postdoctoral Affairs
- Elissa Everton, Doctoral Student Representative, Boston University
- Daniel Kleinman, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Graduate Affairs, Professor of Sociology, Boston University
- Kristyna Kotynkova, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Representative, Boston University
- Julie H. Sandell, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy & Neurobiology, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, Office of the Provost, Boston University
- Marc Scatamacchia, MBA, Associate Vice President, Industry Engagement, Boston University
- Tom Tullius, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Chemistry, Boston University
- Joyce Y. Wong, Ph.D., Professor of Bio-medical Engineering, Boston University
- Alex Bloom, Ph.D., Past Doctoral Student Representative, Boston University
- Sarah Mazzilli, Past Postdoctoral Representative, Boston University
BU’s BEST External Advisory Committee
The External Advisory Committee helps steer the direction of BU’s BEST program by providing insight to program end users, those who represent the areas of the workforce that our trainees hope to enter.
- Susan Doctrow, Ph.D., Research and Development Consultant to Biotech/Pharma Companies
- Amy Donner, PhD, Associate Director, Strategic Scientific Publications at Wave Life Sciences
- Erika Ebbel Angle, Ph.D., CEO and Co-founder of Ixcela and founder of Science from Scientists
- Eric Furfine, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Ohana Biosciences, Inc.
- Anne Granger, Ph.D., Head, Postdoctoral Program at Novartis Institues for BioMedical Research (NIBR)
- Magdalena James-Pederson, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Biology, Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Stonehill College
- Daniel J. Pomeroy, Ph.D., Program Manager, International Policy Lab, Center for International Studies, MIT, Cambridge, MA
- Dominic Yee, Ph.D., J.D., Corporate Counsel, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Boston, MA
- Karla Talanian, MS, MBA, Manager of Labor Market Research Development, MassBioEd
- Kathy Williams, PhD, JD, Partner, Co-Chair Life Sciences, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP