Launch Week!!!

Professional career development for biomedical graduate students & postdocs!  Please come join us for some or all of the events.  Events will be held on both MED and CRC so please feel free to attend on either campus!  RSVP to!

On the MED campus:

April 27th

ePortfolios: Building a Richer Resume
Amod Lele, Ph.D.
12:30pm – 1:30pm | L1105

April 28th

Diverse Careers in Science Panel Discussion
Rebecca Leshan, Ph.D. |  Senior Officer, Science and Innovation, British Consulate-General
David Lough, Ph.D. | Director of Business Development for Life Sciences, BU Office of Technology Development
Marta Murcia, Ph.D. | Academic Research Manager, Academic Relations and Collaborations, Roche
2:30pm – 4pm | R115


April 29th

Keynote Address“Addressing Systemic Problems in the Biomedical Research Enterprise”
Marc Kirschner, Ph.D. | Chair of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School

Marc W. Kirschner, Ph.D. graduated from Northwestern University in 1966 and received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1971. Following postdoctoral research at Berkeley and at the University of Oxford, he was appointed as Assistant Professor at Princeton University in 1972 and full Professor in 1978. In 1978, he moved to the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco as a Professor. After fifteen years at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Kirschner moved to Harvard Medical School in 1993 to become the founding Chair of the Department of Cell Biology. In 2003, he established the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School and became its first Chair.  In 2009 he was named University Professor, Harvard’s highest professorial distinction.

Dr. Kirschner is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Member of the Royal Society of London and the Academia Europaea. He has received numerous honors and awards.

Diverse Careers with Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development: A Panel Discussion
Michael Nagle, Ph.D. | Applied Human Geneticist, PTx CVMED Genetics
Ka Ning Yip |Senior Associate Scientist, Material Sciences, Drug Product Design
David C. Ebner, Ph.D. | Principal Scientist, Chemistry, CVMED Medicinal Chemistry
Keith Dlugolenski | Scientist, Biology, NPRU Psychiatry and Behavioral Disorders

Please join us after the panel discussion for a hors d’oeuvres and drinks reception!
4:30pm – 7: 30pm |*Hiebert Lounge ( 14th floor of the School of Medicine) PLEASE NOTE THE ROOM CHANGE


April 30th

Industry Scholars Lunch & Learn: “Supporting the Product Development Process from Ideation to Launch”
Marisha Godek, Ph.D. | Principal Research Scientist, Covidien Surgical Devices
12-2pm | Registration is required for this event.  Please email to register.
Lunch will be provided.


On the Charles River Campus:

April 27th

Careers in Science Policy Seminar
Sarah Hokanson, Ph.D.
1:30 pm – 2:30pm | PSY B33


April 28th

Keynote Address: “Massachusetts: Preparing the Next Generation of Life Sciences Leaders”
Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D. | President and CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC)

Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister is an internationally recognized innovation expert and the founding President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC). The MLSC is administering Massachusetts’ 10-year $1-billion Life Sciences Initiative that was signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick in June 2008. The Center’s mission is to build the state’s innovation capacity and accelerate economic growth through investments in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical diagnostics and bioinformatics. As founding President and CEO, Dr. Windham-Bannister has been responsible for the overall implementation of the Life Sciences Initiative, including formulating the investment strategy, creating a brand, staffing the organization, developing policies and procedures and building national and international partnerships.

Before assuming her role at the MLSC, Dr. Windham-Bannister co-founded Abt Bio-Pharma Solutions (ABS), a boutique consulting firm serving life sciences companies. Within ABS, Dr. Windham-Bannister managed the Commercial Strategy Group.

Dr. Windham-Bannister has co-authored two books:  Competitive Strategy for Health Care Organizations, and Medicaid and Other Experiments in State Health Policy. She also has written numerous articles on competition in today’s health care marketplace.

Dr. Windham-Bannister received a B.A. from Wellesley College, a doctorate in health policy and management from the Florence Heller School at Brandeis University, and a Doctor of Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2012 (honoris causa). She completed her doctoral work under a fellowship from the Ford Foundation and was also a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School.

Diverse Careers in Science Panel Discussion:
Beth M. Hovey, Ph.D. | Analyst, Decisions Resources Group
Magdalena James-Pederson, Ph.D. | Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Biology, Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Stonehill College
Craig M. Sorenson, Ph.D. | Business and Corporate Development, Vice President, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Kathleen M. Williams, Ph.D., J.D. | Partner, Sunstein Law

Please join us after the panel discussion for a hors d’oeuvres and drinks reception!
3pm – 6pm | 100 Bay State Rd Rm 613


April 29th

Teaching in the Biosciences: A Panel Discussion
Dianne D. Rees, Ph.D. | Director of Science K-12, Braintree Public Schools
Christine Oslowski, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor, Wentworth Institute
Belinda L. Kadambi, Ph.D. | Professor, Department of Science and Engineering, Bunker Hill Community College
1 pm – 2:30pm | SOCB57


April 30th

Converting Your CV to a Resume Workshop
2pm – 3pm | Registration is required for this event as space is limited.  Please register at
*Please bring your CV on a flash-drive or have an electronic copy available so that you can work on it during the workshop.