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      Past Lectures


    Dr. Romain Harmancey
    Assistant Professor, Physiology and Biophysics
    University of Mississippi Medical Center

    Dr. Bradley Walters
    Assistant Professor, Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences
    University of Mississippi Medical Center

    How to Compete for the Perfect Tenure-Track
    Faculty Position in Academia


    Dr. Joanne Kamens
    Executive Director, Addgene


    Dr. Lique Coolen
    Professor, Physiology and Biophysics
    Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Studies
    University of Mississippi Medical Center
    "Communicating Science:  Crafting your Elevator Pitch"


    Erin Hines, PhD, D.A.B.T.
    National Center for Environmental Assessment
    United States Environmental Protection Agency
    Discussion on Alternative Careers with PhD


    Isaiah Hankel, PhD
    Founder, Cheeky Scientist
    "Transitioning to Industry"


    G. Lee Bidwell, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Neurology
    University of Mississippi Medical Center
    "Process of Tech Transfer and Intellectual Property"


    Samuel Dyer, PhD
    CEO and Chairman of the Board
    Medical Science Liaison Society
    "A Career as a Medical Science Liaison"


    Barbara Alexander, PhD
    Professor, Physiology and Biophysics
    University of Mississippi Medical Center
    "The First Step to Success:  Prepare a Competitive CV"


    Melissa Lea, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Director of the Neuroscience and Cognitive Studies Program
    Millsaps College

    Hanna Broome, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Mississippi College

    Career Track: Faculty in Teaching-Intensive University


    William Buras
    Senior Director of Life Sciences
    Tietronix Software
    Discussion on Alternative Careers with PhD

    Deborah L. Drazen, PhD
    Lawyer:  Patents and Intellectual Property
    Associate, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
    Discussion on Alternative Careers with PhD

    Natalie Farra, PhD
    Acquisitions Editor
    Elsevier/Academic Press
    Discussion on Alternative Careers with PhD

    Keisa Mathis, PhD
    James Rowlett, PhD
    Michael Lehman, PhD
    Panel Discussion on:
    "Applying and Interviewing for Faculty Positions"


    Jeff Hogan, PhD
    MP Biomedicals
    University of Georgia
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    "Viral and Bacterial Host-Pathogen Interactions"


    Kumar Bala
    Head of Global Marketing
    MP Biomedicals
    "Omics" and its Impact on Ensuring Food Safety and Security"

    Phil Clifford, PhD
    Associate Dean
    Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Professor of Anesthesiology and Physiology
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    "Planning for a successful career in science"


    Lucille McCook, PhD
    Coordinator of Pre-Professional Advising
    Lecturer in Biology
    Curator of the Herbarium
    University of Mississippi 
    "Q&A Session with students and postdocs"


    Jason Ritchie, PhD
    Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Research
    Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
    University of Mississippi 
    "Q&A Session with students and postdocs"


    Jeffery Steevens, PhD
    Senior Scientist in Biotechnology
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    "Solving Tough Environmental Problems: From Dirty Mud to Advanced Army Materials"

    Ed. Perkins, PhD
    Senior Research Scientist in Environmental Networks and Genetic Toxicology
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    "Understanding and Using Biological Complexity for Hazard Assessment and Novel Engineering Applications"


    Christine Schnackenberg, PhD, FAHA
    Sr. Scientific Investigator
    Heart Failure Discovery Performance Unit,
    Metabolic Pathways and Cardiovascular Therapeutic Area
    "A Research Career in the Pharmaceutical Industry"


    Joseph Donovan
    Director for Entrepreneurial Development
    Else School of Management, Milsaps College
    "How To Make a Great Life in the Private Sector"


    Deanna Jackson, PhD
    Executive Clinical Science Liaison, Medical Affairs, US Region
    Takeda Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.
    "Opportunities in the Pharmaceutical Industry"


    Dr. James Darnell
    Vincent Astor Professor Emeritus
    Rockefeller University
    2002 Albert Lasker Award for Special Achievement in Medical Science
    "Q&A Session with Students and Postdocs"


    Quincy Moore, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Biology
    Prairie View A&M University
    "From the Benchtop to the Classroom"

    Elizabeth Brandon, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Biology
    Mississippi College
    "From the Benchtop to the Classroom"


    Magdalena Alonso-Galicia, PhD
    Senior Principal Scientist, Pharmacology Department
    Forest Research Institute, Inc.
    "Career Opportunities Emerging in the Pharmaceutical Industry"

    Dr. Eric Mayoux
    Department of CardioMetabolic Diseases Research
    Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. Kg
    "Career Opportunities in the Pharmaceutical Industry"


    Scott Long, Ph.D., CUSECO
    Certified United States Export Compliance Officer
    Compliance Operations Administrator
    St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
    "Careers in Research Compliance"


    Daphne Ware, PhD
    Mississippi Public Health Laboratory
    "The Public Health Career Option"


    Doug Eaton, PhD
    Distinguished Professor and Chairman of Physiology
    Emory University School of Medicine
    "Responsibilities of Mentoring: I guess I didn't see the fine print on my diploma"


    Martin Frank, PhD
    Executive Director
    American Physiological Society
    "A Spectrum of Career Opportunities"


    David Brooks, PhD, FAHA
    Senior Director, Business Development and Licensing
    Jannsen Global Services, LLC
    "Interviewing for the Pharmaceutical Industry; what does it involve and how to succeed"


    George Hajduczok, JD, PhD     
    Special Council
    Phillips Lytle LLP
    Biotechnology Transfer and Commercialization
    "New Roles for a PhD"


    Michael Ryan, PhD       
    Associate Professor Department of Physiology and Biophysics       
    University of Mississippi Medical Center  
    "What an advanced science degree can do for you, why post-graduate work is important, and tips for landing that first job"