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Our Team


Brian Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Brian is a passionate scientist, entrepreneur advocate, and outreach educator with over 10 years of research experience in biomedical sciences. He obtained his Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from Indiana University in 2010 and continued his research as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2014, he transitioned to a role within the private sector. As a co-founder, chair, leader, and member of several organizations, Brian is a very active member of the postdoctoral, entrepreneurial, and outreach communities in Madison.

Carie web developer

Carie is a seasoned web developer with over 10 years of experience. She specializes in custom Java web applications, CMS customizations, and open-source (Android) application development. As an example, Carie created ThePostdocway using Drupal, an open source content management system. She is currently multi-tasking several jobs ranging from eCommerce websites to mobile applications. If you'd like to contact Carie, please use our contact form.

Contributors

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Uyen

Michelle

Kurt

Halina

Neilia

Johnna

Adam

Deborah

Bill

Jennifer

David

Kwadwo

Cathy

Albert

Dora

Katherine

Viraj

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ThePostdocWay is always looking for creative postdocs with strong communication skills to contribute to our site in various ways. Please contact us via the website forms or email and connect with us via our LinkedIn group to determine the best way to contribute. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Uyen earned her Ph.D. in Pharmacology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011. She is currently a PhRMA Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison working on the identification of novel compounds that enhance cardiovascular functions. Her research expertise spans the areas of medicinal chemistry to protein biochemistry of membrane chaperones.

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Michelle earned her Ph.D. in Physiology in 2010 and was an AHA-funded postdoctoral fellow until 2013, when she transitioned into a private sector role as a scientific recruiter. As such, she has a unique perspective on the challenges facing academicians looking to transition into industry--both from the side of the job hunter, and as a recruiter trying to match candidates' skill sets with available industry positions. Michelle has now ventured out on her own to found Adeptify, the brain-child of her dual passions for career advice and freelance writing

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Kurt earned his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Marquette University in 2011. He accepted a postdoctoral research associate position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Neuroscience and Anesthesiology department. His research activities over the past 10 years have included studying the role of oxidative stress in neurodegenerative diseases, characterizing the interactions of drugs with ligand-gated ion channels, and investigating the actions of inhaled anesthetics on excitatory synaptic transmission.

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Halina is a full-time professional freelance writer who graduated with a Ph.D. in genetics from George Washington University. She spent two years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a postdoc before moving on to industry. Halina currently specializes in writing and marketing biotech content to industry clients, writes investment and e-commerce content, and works as a freelance newspaper reporter.

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Neilia earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2010. She is a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University in New York in the Taub institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain researching the importance of intra-axonal protein synthesis in axon pathfinding. As a foreign postdoc, Neilia wishes to educate foreign graduate students about surviving the academic experience in the US.

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Johnna received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Washington University in St. Louis in 2008. Currently, she is a postdoctoral researcher at Louisiana State University studying the light reactions of photosynthesis in plants and pond scum. She also blogs about her work, plant-related research, and general science on her blog New Under The Sun.

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Adam received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2012. Currently, he is a postdoctoral fellow at the Children’s Research Institute in Milwaukee Wisconsin conducting drug discovery-based research focused on the treatment of childhood vascular diseases. In addition to his research, Adam is part of a team of biotech consultants, Postdoc Industry Consultants (PICO).

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Deborah earned her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology in 2012. She studied the biophysical properties of voltage-gated sodium channels. Currently, as a postdoctoral fellow she focuses on investigating the electrical properties of human embryonic stem cells. 

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Dr. Bill Sullivan is an Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology/Microbiology & Immunology at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. His research centers on cellular signaling and gene expression control in the opportunistic parasite Toxoplasma gondii

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Jennifer earned her Ph.D. in Molecular and Medical Genetics in 2011 after receiving her Masters of Clinical Research. In addition to running her own blog, she is also a featured writer on Microscopy & Imaging Channel at BitesizeBio, oral communications tutor at Stanford Univeristy, and instructor at Excel Test Prep

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David earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology in 2012 from the Simon Frasier University in British Columbia, Canada. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison focused on studying the biophysical properties of voltage-gated potassium channels encoded by the human Ether-a-go-go-Related Gene, or hERG1.

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Kwadwo is a recent Ph.D. graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy (2010), and an alumni of NC State University (2003). He serves as the Chief Technical Officer of Satori Labs and is also the Laboratory Operations Manager for the Milwaukee Health Department Public Health Laboratory.

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Cathy is the co-founder of The Engaged Scientist and currently a postdoctoral fellow in anthrax research in Bethesda, MD (previously working at the USDA in prion disease research in Ames, IA, where she explored prion structure-function and disease diagnostics in cattle, sheep, and elk systems). She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 2008 and will receive her Certificate in Management for Science Professionals from Oregon State University in summer 2014.

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Albert received his Ph.D. in 2012 in neurobiology from University of Chicago. After a fleeting moment as a postdoc, he decided to abandon academics wholesale and jump headfirst into the job market with no prospects and no idea what he wanted. Over the past few years, he has filled his time with various volunteer positions, regular consulting work as a statistical consultant, and work as a business to business outside sales representative. He is currently working for Origent Data Sciences, Inc. as a business development consultant.

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Dora Farkas earned her Ph.D. in Toxicology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2004 before moving on to her postdoctoral appointment at Tufts University. She then transitioned into industry working as a senior scientist at Abbott and AbbVie. Currently, she is a thesis and career coach for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Dora is the author of the The Smart Way to Your Ph.D.: 200 Secrets from 100 Graduates, which has sold thousands of copies worldwide, and founder of FinishYourThesis, a site devoted to help graduate students and postdoctoral fellows succeed in academia and industry. To receive a free copy of Dora’s e-book “Secrets to Success in Graduate School” or to get the latest job searching tips, click here. You can contact Dora directly at dora@finishyourthesis.com to learn more about how to succeed in academia and industry.

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Katherine received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2013. Upon completion of graduate school she never thought once about a postdoc but rather naively entered the job market. Serendipity ran its course. Currently, she is an applications scientist at Thermo Fisher Scientific in Madison, WI. 

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Viraj Mane earned his Ph.D. in Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. He patented a molecular assay at the FDA and tested oral delivery of targeted nanoparticles at the University of Maryland before becoming a medical countermeasures consultant to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. He is currently operating as co-founder and chief design officer of two tech startups, Pulsa8 (an online biography and social platform) and Steelo (a fashion-related mobile app). He is also pursuing commercialization opportunities for diagnostic medical equipment he designed and patented. 

 

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