Inspirational “Beyond the Lab” career videos

Today, I have the pleasure of hosting Kate Stuart, the Program Manager for the Vanderbilt Office of Career Development. Her team has created a series of videos called “Beyond the Lab”, which feature Vanderbilt graduates in various careers they have followed. No matter where you are in your graduate school path-learning the fun of biomedical research, applying to graduate programs, rotating through labs your first year, or further along in your thesis work-these videos are a great resource for understanding different career paths on a personal level. Kate has separated the videos by different career paths for ease of navigating. Take a look…I know you’ll enjoy them!

-by Kate Stuart

One of the greatest joys of working in the Office of Career Development is helping our graduate students and postdocs find meaningful careers after their time at Vanderbilt. We prepare them in a number of ways – through seminars, workshops, individual coaching and more – and it is exciting to see them engaged in career exploration and self-discovery.

Additionally, one of my favorite projects is the Beyond the Lab video series. We interview our alumni, ask them about their current job, how they got there, what they learned from their Vanderbilt experience, and to share their words of wisdom for current trainees. All videos are under 20min, professionally edited, and available on YouTube. Currently there are over 40 videos available (and always growing!) which highlight alumni representing diverse backgrounds, different professional roles, and a multitude of career pathways. One thing that resonates in each one? The interviewee is so proud of their time at Vanderbilt.

Some of my favorite interviews?

  • Tune in for Mary Kosinski’s interesting path of discovery– in her research, career, and development of her own skill set– which has taken her from technology transfer to the biopharma start-up world.
  • Watch as Tom Utley talks about his role within the Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization at Vanderbilt and his quick words of wisdom for current graduate students and postdocs.
  • Listen to Jeremy Richman, a postdoc alumnus, share his story of turning tragedy into promise as he left his successful industry research career to funnel his energy and love of discovery into creating a nonprofit research foundation in honor of his daughter.

Academic Core Facility Management
Rob Carnahan, PhD, Director of Antibody and Protein Resource Core Facility, Vanderbilt University
Kim Dahlman, PhD, Director, Innovative Translational Research Shared Resource, Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center
Hayes McDonald, PhD, Co-Associate Director, MSRC Proteomics Laboratory, Vanderbilt University

Clinical Research
Mary Kosinski, PhD, Clinical Director, Nusirt Biopharma

Consulting
Walt Gall, PhD, Strategy Consultant, Biotech
Erik Prentice, PhD, Senior Engagement Manager, Proactive Worldwide
Meghana Rao, PhD, Consultant, Campbell Alliance
Laura Terry, PhD, Associate, McKinsey & Company

Data Science
Lindsey Morris, PhD, Director, Data Science and Analytics, Axial Healthcare

Drug Discovery
Nuruddeen Lewis, PhD, Scientist, Cellular and Translational Immunology group, EMD Serono

Entrepreneurship
Josh Nickols, PhD, MBA, CEO, Invision Heart

Faculty
Holly Algood, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology, Vanderbilt University
Cynthia Brame, PhD, Assistant Director, Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching; Instructor, Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University
Nikki Cheng, PhD, Cancer Biology, Principal Investigator, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center
Hugh Fentress, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology, Tennessee State University
Klarissa Jackson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy
Puck Ohi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Harold Olivey, PhD, Associate Professor, Biology, Indiana University Northwest

Government Administration
Hillary Carter, PhDSenior Advisor for Biosecurity and a Team Chief in the Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR), US Department of State
Efrain Garcia, PhD, Senior Science Analyst, Project Officer, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, Department of Health and Human Services

Grants Management/Research Administration
Jerome Jourquin, PhD, Scientific Grants Manager, Susan G. Komen Foundation
Amy Moore, PhD, Director of Research Programs at Georgia Research Alliance
Steve Roberds, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance

K-12 Teaching and Learning
Paulianda Jones, PhD, Upper School Science Teacher, Ethical Culture Fieldston School

Medical Genetics
Karissa Culbreath, PhD, Scientific Director, Tricore Laboratories

Medical & Regulatory Writing/Scientific Communications
Erin Flynt, PhD, Senior Medical Writer
Nicole Garbarini, PhD, Media & Communications Specialist, NIH Office of the Director/Office of Extramural Research
Kathleen Goss, PhD, Senior Science Writer, Director of Strategic Partnerships, University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center
Leah Potter, PhD, Medical Writer, Synchrogenix
Nicole Speed, PhD, Strategic Consultant

Medical Science Liaison
Molly Seale, PhD, Director, Regional Medical Liaisons, Amgen Oncology

Nonprofit/Outreach
Abby Cheng, PhD, Volunteer Program Manager, Science Club for Girls
Jeremy Richman, PhD, Founder and CEO, Avielle Foundation

Patent Law
Seth Ogden, PhD, JD, Attorney, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, and Dunner

Program Management
Ashley Brady, PhD, Director of Career Engagement and Strategic Partnerships, ASPIRE Program Manager, Office of Career Development, Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET), Vanderbilt University
Sydika McKissic, PhD, Managing Director, Institute for Research on Men’s Health, Vanderbilt University
Dina Stroud, PhD, Executive Director, Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge Program, Research Scientist
Don Wyma, PhD, Assistant Director of Planning and Portfolio Support, Abbott/AbbVie

Research Administration (Academic)
Andrea Bauman-Carnegie, PhD, Director of Administrative Operations, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, University of Illinois at Chicago

Research and Development
JT Brogan, PhD, Manager, Global Emerging Markets Regulatory Affairs CMC, Biogen
Elizabeth Conrad, PhD, Junior Research Associate, Cumberland Pharmaceuticals
Emily Rubinson, PhD, Research and Development, Avon

Technology Transfer
Tom Utley, PhD, Licensing Analyst at Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization, Vanderbilt University

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