Biotechnology PhD Training Program

UVa

 

All Graduates since 2000
- time to PhD degree 5.5 yrs*

Graduated (56)

Joanna Adadevoh
University of Delaware
Chemical Engineering
Major Mentor: Roseanne Ford
Minor Mentor: Cassandra Fraser
Externship: AbbVie
Current: Process Technology Development Engineer, Intel Corp
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Kaity Allen #
Clemson University
Biological Sciences
Major Mentor: Michele Sale
Minor Mentor: Jason Papin
Externship: Mobidiag (Finland)
Current: Postdoctoral Fellow, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
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Ernie Perez Almodovar #

University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Industrial Biotechnology
Major Mentor: Giorgio Carta
Minor Mentor: James Landers
Externship: BioRad
Current: Senior Manager Manufacturing (Operations Leadership Program), Amgen
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Caren Petrie Aronin #
University of Virginia
Chemical Engineering
Major Mentor: Ed Botchwey
Minor Mentor: Tom Skalak
Externship: Luna Innovations
Current: Patent Agent, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
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Anthony Awojoodu #
University of Maryland
Bioengineering
Major Mentor: Ed Botchwey
Minor Mentor: Kevin Lynch
Externship: AstraZeneca (Sweden)
Current: Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company
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Lorin (Henrich) Bachmann #
Virginia Tech
Microbiology
Mentors: David Brautigan
& Deborah Lannigan
Externship: BD Diagnostics
Current: Co-Director, Clinical Chemistry at VCU Health System
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Aaron Bailey #
University of Colorado
Biology/Biochemistry
Major Mentor: Don Hunt
Minor Mentor: Erik Fernandez
Externship: Genentech
Current: Senior BioPharma Marketing Specialist, Thermo Fisher Scientific
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Alex Bailey #

Tufts University

Mechanical Engineering

Major Mentor: Shayn Peirce

Externship: Tissue Genesis

Current: Associate Director of Regulatory Affairs, Regenxbio
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Alex Baras #
Georgetown University
Biology
Major Mentor: Chris Moskaluk
Minor Mentor: Jason Papin
Externship: Novartis Institutes of
Biomedical Research
Current:
Assistant Professor of Pathology, Urology and Oncology, Johns Hopkins University
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Jaymes Beech #
University of Akron
Biomedical Engineering
Major Mentor: Kim Kelly
Minor Mentor: Kevin Janes
Externship: New England Biolabs
Current: Management Consultant, Oliver Wyman
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Matthew Biggs
Brigham Young University
Bioinformatics
Major Mentor: Jason Papin
Minor Mentor: Martin Wu
Externship: Dow Agrosciences
Current: Computational Biologist, AgBiome
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Paul Bonthuis #
University of Washington
Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Mentor: Emilie Rissman
Minor Mentor: Jill Venton
Externship: Luna Innovations
Current: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Utah
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Samantha Clark #
Bucknell University
Biomedical Engineering
Major Mentor: Jeffrey Holmes
Minor Mentor: Doug DeSimone
Externship: UVa Licensing & Ventures Group
Current: Engineer, Product Performance Evaluation, Ethicon Inc. (of J&J)
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Emily Cushnie
Villanova University
Chemical Engineering/Chemistry
Major Mentor: Cato Laurencin
Externship: Tissue Genesis
Current: Orthopedic Resident, University of Virginia

Rooshin Dalal ^
Johns Hopkins University
Biomedical Engineering
Major Mentor. A. Rick Horwitz
Minor Mentor: Klaus Ley
Externship: Entelos
Current: Radiologist at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro, California
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Gary Davis #
Washington & Lee University
Chemistry
Major Mentor: Milton Brown (now at
Georgetown U)
Current: Monomer Technical Service and Application Technology Scientist, Evonik Industries
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Robert Deitcher #
University of Delaware
Chemical Engineering/Philosophy
Major Mentor: Erik Fernandez
Minor Mentor: Bill Pearson
Externship: Biogen
Current: Downstream Development & Operations, Teva Biopharmaceuticals
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Gregory Faust #
University of Michigan
Computer Science
MIT (MS)
Computer Science
Major Mentor: Ira Hall
Minor Mentor:  Kevin Skadron
Externship: Hemoshear
Current: Chief Technical Officer at Variantyx
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Jace Fogle
Penn State University
Chemical Engineering
Major Mentor: Erik Fernandez
Minor Mentor: Zygmunt Derewenda
Externship: MedImmune
Director, Bioprocess Operations, Eli Lilly & Co
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Tom Gervais
Penn State University
Chemical Engineering
Major Mentor. John Gainer
Minor Mentor: John Herr
Externship: Merck
Current: Associate Director, Bristol-Myers Squibb
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Erwin Gianchandani #
University of Virginia
Computer Science
Major Mentor: Jason Papin
Minor Mentor: David Brautigan
Externship: Novartis Institute for
Biomedical Sciences
Current: Deputy Assistant Director, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, NSF
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Stacey Gorski #
University of the Sciences Philadelphia
Biology
Major Mentor: Tom Braciale
Minor Mentor: Norbert Leitinger
Externship: Vaxine (Australia)
Current: Assistant Professor, University of the Sciences at Philadelphia
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Katie (Horsman) Hall
Hope College
Bioanalytical Chemistry
Mentor: James Landers
Minor: John Herr
Externship: Orchid Cellmark
Current: Research Scientist, Virginia Department of Forensic Science
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Glen Hirsh
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Microbiology/Bioinformatics
Mentor: Deborah Lannigan (mentor move to Vanderbilt summer ‘12; new mentor Doug DeSimone
Minor Mentor: Kevin Janes
Externship: TransTissue (Germany)
Current: Postdoctoral Fellow, Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania
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Sarah Johnson #
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Chemical Engineering
Major Mentor: John Hudson
Minor Mentor: Jaideep Kapur
Externship: MedImmune
Current: Manager, Production at Celerion
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 Tara (Tibbs) Jones #
Ohio University
Chemical Engineering
Major Mentor. Erik Fernandez
Minor Mentor: Jay Fox
Externship: Merck Research Lab
Current: Executive Director, Amgen
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Jacob Jordan #
Vanderbilt University
Chemical Engineering
Major Mentor: Erik Fernandez
Minor Mentor: Zygmunt Derewenda
Externship: Biogen
Current: Scientific Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton
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Perry Kennedy #
Randolph-Macon College
Chemistry/Biology
Major Mentor: Kevin Lynch
Minor Mentor: Shayn Peirce-Cottler
Externship: Allergan
Current: Biomedical Research and Therapeutics Development, Moffitt Cancer Center
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Joseph Kilroy #
Stevens Institute of Technology
Electrical Engineering
Major Mentor: John Hossack
Minor Mentor: Brian Wamhoff
Externship: Phillips Research Europe (Holland)
Current: Co-Founder at SoundPIpe Therapeutics
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Michelle Kofron
Bucknell University
Biology
Major Mentor: Cato Laurencin
Minor Mentor: Gary Balian
Externship: Tissue Genesis
Current: Research Manager at Zimmer Biomet
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Kristina (Little) Kruglyak ^
College of William and Mary
Mathematics/Physics
Major Mentor: Klaus Ley
Minor Mentor: Don Hunt
Externship: Biosite
Current: Manager, Oncology Bioinformatics, Illumina
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Larry Lanning
Ohio University
Chemical Engineering
Major Mentor: Roseanne Ford
Minor Mentor: Rick Horwitz
Externship: Protein Solutions
Current: Analyst NGIC

Dan Leslie
Colorado State University
Chemistry
Major Mentor: James Landers
Minor Mentor: Chris Moskaluk
Externship: ATCC
Current: Staff Scientist, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard
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Patrick Martin #
Virginia Union University
Biology/Chemistry
Major Mentor: Ann Sutherland
Minor Mentor: Erik Fernandez
Externship: UVa Patent Fdn
Current: Interim Associate Dean, Colege of Sciences and Technology, NCA&T
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Tom Mendel #
Duke University
Economics/Chemistry/Biology
Major Mentor: Paul Yates
Minor Mentor: Shayn Peirce-Cottler
Externship: The GID Group (Spain)
Current: Ophthalmology Resident, Vanderbilt University
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Barbara Merk #
Sweet Briar College
Major Mentor: Isa Hussaini
Minor Mentor: Inchan Kwon
Externship: Indoor Biotechnologies
Current: Assistant Professor of Biology, Mary Baldwin College
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Rosalind Mott #
Johns Hopkins University
Biomedical Engineering
Major Mentor: Brian Helmke
Minor: Amy Bouton
Externship: ReNeuron (England)
Current: Assistant Scientific Editor, Cell Press
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Rebekah Neal #
Georgia Institute of Technology
Biomedical Engineering
Major Mentor: Ed Botchwey
Minor Mentor: Roy Ogle
Externship: Stemgent
Current: Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
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Dan Nelson
Colorado State University
Chemistry
Major Mentor: James Landers
Minor Mentor: Dede Haverstick
Externship: Beckman-Coulter
Current: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, UVa
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Matthew Oberhardt #
University of Virginia
Physics
Mentor: Jason Papin
Minor Mentor: Joanna Goldberg
Externship: Glaxo Smith Kline
Current: Program Director for Research Science, New York-Presbyterian Hospital
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See Matt in
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Olugbemisola Oredein-McCoy
University of Virginia
Biomedical Engineering
Major Mentor: Cato Laurencin
Minor Mentor: Ed Botchwey
Externship: LifeNet
Current: Urology Resident, Medical University of South Carolina
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Kyudam Oh
Sungkyunkwan University
Genetic Engineering
Major Mentor: James Landers
Minor Mentor: Mario Geysen
Externship: Georgia Tech/MicroLab
Current: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, King Saud University

Tim Pabst
Michigan State University
Chemical Engineering &
Biomedical Engineering
Major Mentor: Giorgio Carta
Minor Mentor: Jay Fox
Externship: Pfizer
Current: Senior Scientist, MedImmune
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Eric Park #
Duke University
Biomedical Engineering
Major Mentor: Michael Lawrence
Minor Mentor: Rick Horwitz
Externship: Human Genome Sciences Postdoc: Rutgers U
Current: Project Lead, Shire HGT
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Brian Schmidt #
University of Pittsburgh
Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Michael Lawrence
Minor Mentor: Joel Linden
Externship: Phillips Research Europe (Holland)
Current: Associate Director (Quantitative Systems Pharmacology), Bristol-Myers Squibb
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Scott Seaman #
Georgia Tech
Biomedical Engineering
Major Mentor: Shayn Peirce-Cottler
Minor Mentor: Cassandra Fraser
Externship: LifeNet
Current: Product Development Engineer, Bioventus
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Michael Smith #
University of Memphis
Mechanical Engineering/Mathematics
Major Mentor: Klaus Ley
Minor Mentor: Roseanne Ford
Externship: Genentech
Current: Associate Professor, Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies, Boston University
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Michael Smoot ^
Colby College
Systems Engineering
Major Mentors: Stephanie Guerlain
& William Pearson
Externship: The Institute for
Genomic Research
Current: Principal Software Engineer, Synthetic Genomics
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Michael Stadnisky #
Clemson University
Microbiology
Major Mentor: Michael Brown
Minor Mentor: Giorgio Carta
Externship: Nabi Biopharmaceuticals
Current: Chief Executive Officer at FlowJo, LLC
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Matthew Stark #
University of Colorado
Biomedical Engineering
Mentor. Klaus Ley
Externship: Amgen
Current: Vice President of Regulatory and Clinical Affairs, Bolton Medical
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Qin Sun #
Nanjing University
Chemistry
Major Mentor: H. Mario Geysen
Minor: David Brautigan
Current: Research Investigator Bristol Myers Sqibb
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Antonio Ubiera #
North Carolina State University
Chemical Engineering
Major Mentor: Giorgio Carta
Minor Mentor: Gary Balian
Externship: Amersham (Sweden)
Current: Director, GSK
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Meng Wang #
Zhejiang University
Biomedical Engineering
Major Mentor: Roseanne Ford
Minor Mentor: Tom Skalak
Externship: Geosyntec Consultants
Current: Data Innovation Leader, OBrien & Gere
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Jason Yang #
Johns Hopkins University
Biomedical Engineering/Electrical Engineering
Major Mentor: Jeffrey Saucerman
Minor Mentor:  Ian Macara
Externship: AstraZeneca (Sweden)
Current: Postdoctoral Associate, MIT Broad Institute
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Phillip Yen
Johns Hopkins University
Biomedical Engineering/Applied Mathematics/Statistics
Major Mentor: Jason Papin
Minor Mentor: Erik Hewlett
Externship: Sapphire Energy
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Celeste (Goh) Yergin #
University of Melbourne
Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Major Mentor: Young Hahn
Minor Mentor: Jeffrey Saucerman
Externship: Coridon (Australia)
Current: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Hawaii

Academia                    19
Biotech/Pharma           21
Service Industry             4
Consultant                      4
Government                   3
Medicine                         2
Foundation                     1
Patent Law                     1
Science Writing              1

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