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Thursday, January 5, 2017
Biotech + Design Workshop (a collaborative “do-it-yourself biotech” experience)

Bori Mazzag (Workshop Designer; CSUPERB Quantitative Biology Network Lead, Strategic Planning Council member, and Associate Professor, Mathematics, Humboldt State University)

Sandra Sharp (Workshop Designer) is Professor Emerita in the Department of Biological Sciences at Cal State Los Angeles, which she joined in 1986. She has taught courses in cell and molecular biology, gene manipulation, molecular diagnostics, and cell culture. She has been actively involved in the development of both campus and inter-university biotechnology programs, and serves as the LA campus liaison for the Cal Poly Pomona/Cal State LA Bridges to Stem Cell Research program, in its final year. Her favorite activity has always been and still is working with her research students on the study of muscle development at the molecular level. Sandy has been with CSUPERB since its inception, is currently a member of the Faculty Consensus Group and Strategic Planning Council, and chairs the CSUPERB genomics analysis and technology committee (GATC), a loose network of CSU faculty interested in teaching and research in genomics. 

Workshop for Students; Graduate Research Fellowship Program Proposal Writing 

Edgar Campbell (Workshop Designer) grew up in Turlock, CA and stayed close to home for his undergraduate career at CSU Stanislaus. During his time there, he participated in summer internships at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. After graduation, he left America for an internship at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Grenoble, France. After nearly 2 years abroad, Edgar returned to California with a first-author publication and was accepted into graduate school at Stanford University School of Medicine. Edgar was awarded the NSF GRFP in 2016 and now works on understanding prion biology in the lab of Daniel Jarosz.

Kevin M. Johnson (Workshop Designer) is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara. As an undergraduate at CSU Monterey Bay, Kevin studied cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms with Dr. Aparna Sreenivasan. With the mentorship of his advisers, Kevin won awards at both the state and national level for presentations of his research. In 2012, he was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and began his graduate studies in the lab of Prof. Gretchen Hofmann where he studies the effects of ocean acidification and ocean warming on marine invertebrates. 

Sally Pasion (Workshop Designer) received a B.A. in Chemistry from Harvard-Radcliffe College, a Ph.D. in Biology from UCLA in 1995, and completed her postdoctoral training at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in 2000. In 2001, she joined the faculty at San Francisco State University, where she is currently an Associate Professor of Biology, and teaches Genetics and Molecular Genetics to biology undergraduates, introductory biology to non-major students, and Cell & Molecular Techniques to graduate students. Her research interests include DNA replication and repair in the fission yeast, Schizosaccharomyces pombe. Her research has been funded by a NIH-NCI UCSF/SFSU Collaborative-Cancer Research and Research Training Grant and a NIH MBRS-SCORE Grant.

Koni Stone (Workshop Designer) received her BA in Chemistry from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. She earned a PhD in Chemistry with an emphasis in Biochemistry from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. After several research gigs: Vanderbilt, University of Iowa and Lousiana State University, she landed her first real job, with her own phone and her own office at CSU Stanislaus. Her research students are analyzing tobacco smoke from second-hand and third-hand smoke. They are also developing a method to detect trans fats in donuts. She takes every opportunity to infuse writing into her teaching. More writing = better learning. [CSUPERB Strategic Planning Council member]

CSU I-CorpsTM: Preliminary Lessons Learned Presentations

Jim Cooper has a deep, broad and rich, 15 years of experience in commercialization and concentrates on bringing to market novel early-stage technology startups in emerging market segments. He specializes in customer and market validation, competitive analysis, business modeling and go-to- market strategy. Educated in both Australia and the United States, his background in economics and the life sciences, as well as experience in both the public and private sectors, positions him well to assist companies in the Ag and Food Tech, Biotech, Aerospace, Advanced Manufacturing, Transportation, Marine and Maritime spaces at his company, Braid Theory. When not incubating startups, Jim enjoys soccer, ice cream, and playing drums.

Daniel Forer is a Silicon Valley native with over five years of technical experience as a systems engineer for telecommunication and semiconductor start-ups in the San Francisco Bay Area. Daniel received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a focus in wireless communication and bio-medical signal analysis from CSUS. He has been involved in developing cutting edge technologies such as non-line-of-sight solutions for wireless fiber extensions and fixed wireless access. Daniel currently works on high-speed connectivity solutions for data centers, enterprise and WLAN applications. His professional work includes system verification and integration, digital signal processing, firmware development and testing automation.

Tommy Martindale is the Director of the Technology Transfer Office at San Diego State University (SDSU), responsible for the protection and commercialization of technologies developed at SDSU. He supports SDSU by evaluating the patentability and market potential for faculty inventions, managing the protection of faculty-developed intellectual property, and commercializing campus technologies through licensing. Tommy is a member of the State Bar of California and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Hon Wong. As a founder, executive, angel investor, and active board member of technology start-ups, Hon has led multiple start-ups through their entire life-cycle from conception and growth to exits through IPOs and M&As. Hon has extensive hands-on experience with all aspects of the start-up process. He has worked with and guided many management teams through the challenges faced by all technology start-ups. These include fund raising, team building, competitive positioning, market and partnership development, pivoting, and go to market strategy formation and execution. Hon has worked with enterprise software, SaaS, cloud infrastructure and manufacturing service companies.

Zarina Munshi earned an MS degree from San Diego State University and is now a first-year Ph.D student at Colorado State University. Her master’s thesis was about detecting nicotine in tobacco smoke studies using laser spectroscopy. She moved to the US when she was a freshman in high school and did not know how to speak English. Last year she participated in CSU I-Corps and presented a potential method to detect Multiple Sclerosis using laser spectroscopy. Her team was voted Crowd Favorite and won Special Recognition from the evaluation panel.

Plenary Session: AstroBiology Showcase

Penelope (Penny) Boston is the director of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute (NAI), at NASA Ames, Moffett Field. She leads the scientific activities of the institute’s member teams and all operational aspects of the organization. Penny leads the NAI in fulfilling its mission to perform, support, and catalyze collaborative interdisciplinary astrobiology research; train the next generation of astrobiologists; provide scientific and technical leadership for astrobiology space mission investigations; and develop new information technology approaches for collaborations among widely distributed investigators. Prior to joining NASA, Penny, in 2002, founded and directed the Cave and Karst Studies Program at New Mexico Tech, Socorro, New Mexico, where she also served as a professor and led their Earth and environmental sciences department as chair. She also served from 2002 to 2016 as associate director of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute, a congressionally mandated institute in Carlsbad, New Mexico. She holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Rakesh Mogul (Session Moderator) is the founding lead for the Astrobiology Science at the CSU (AbSciCSU) Network and Director for the NASA/CSU Spaceward Bound program. He is a Professor of Biological Chemistry in the Chemistry Department at Cal Poly Pomona (CPP), where his research group specializes in Biochemical and Microbial Ecology, with a particular focus on microorganisms found in spacecraft assembly facilities and arid environments. Prior to CPP, he was research scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center working in bionanotechology and on the development of new sterilization procedures for planetary protection. His doctorate from UC Davis concentrated on organic chemistry and radiation biochemistry, and his postdoctorate work at UC Santa Cruz focused on metalloenzyme kinetics and structure. [2007-2008 CSUPERB Faculty Seed Grant Recipient]


Friday, January 8, 2016
Plenary Session: When Research-based Ideas Leave Campus

Margaret E. Black is a Professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences at Washington State University (WSU). She earned a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Oregon State University. After a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Washington she was worked as a Senior Scientist at Darwin Molecular Corp. in the Seattle area. Currently, Dr. Black is the Director of an NIH pre-doctoral training grant in Protein Biotechnology at WSU and has served on numerous NIH grant review panels. In 2013 she received the Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award. Dr. Black’s research employs molecular evolution techniques to enhance the activity of suicide enzymes for cancer gene therapy. Several key improved enzymes developed in her lab have advanced to human clinical trials.

Sebastian Kraves co-founded the Cambridge-based start-up miniPCR to help bring DNA analysis technology to the masses. Kraves was previously a principal at BCG, where he spent more than six years working on health care challenges, such as how to make biomedical technology accessible in sub-Saharan Africa. A molecular neurobiologist who trained at Harvard, Dr. Kraves has published research on optogenetics and the genetic regulation of behavior, but is now focused on his dream to make DNA analysis tools accessible to everyone, everywhere.

Diego Rey founded GeneWEAVE in 2010 during while perusing his PhD at Cornell University. GeneWEAVE went on to develop in vitro diagnostics for detecting bacteria and determining their antimicrobial susceptibility. From 2010-2015 Diego Served as GeneWEAVE’s Chief Technology Officer during which time the company raised $25MM in venture capital and grew to 50 employees. In August 2015, Roche acquired GeneWEAVE for $425MM. Diego currently serves as the Head of Research for GeneWEAVE where he continues to develop simple to use and cost-effective diagnostics with the goal of reducing infections caused by multi-drug resistant organisms worldwide.

 Short Talks Session (CSUPERB-funded Principal Investigators) – Friday

Troy Cline’s research interests are in the field of host-pathogen interactions, focusing on influenza viruses. Dr. Cline joined the Biological Sciences department at Chico State in 2013 after completing a PhD in the lab of Dr. Joan Durbin at Ohio State University and a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Stacey Schultz-Cherry at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. At Chico State, Dr. Cline has recruited graduate and undergraduate students to work on discovering cellular mechanisms of influenza virus pathogenesis and on surveillance of avian influenza viruses in wild waterfowl.  [2014-2015 CSUPERB New Investigator Grant Recipient]

Rachael French uses the common fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as a research model. The French lab at San Jose State University seeks to identify the neurodevelopmental pathways that are altered by exposure to alcohol during development, and the genes underlying those pathways. Understanding these pathways may lead to future therapeutics to treat fetal alcohol syndrome. Dr. French mentors both undergraduate and graduate students, and students from the lab have achieved exceptional levels of success, winning awards for outstanding presentations and going on to promising academic careers of their own.  [2011-2012 and 2012-2013 CSUPERB New Investigator Grant Recipient]

Jason Schwans is an assistant professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at CSU Long Beach. After graduating from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and music, he received his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Chicago and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at Stanford University. Research in our lab focuses on understanding how enzymes work using site-directed mutagenesis and newer approaches based on the synthesis and application of unnatural amino acids to investigate enzyme function. Our lab is also interested in synthesizing and evaluating specific inhibitors of the enzyme butyrylcholinesterase, an enzyme suggested to be associated with the progression of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. [2012-2013 CSUPERB New Investigator Grant Recipient]

Student Workshop: Career Networking Session Mentors

Kick-off Speaker:

Ryoko L. Kawashima (also staffing the “Product Development” Table) is a Scientist II at Becton, Dickinson, and Company in La Jolla, San Diego. She develops in vitro diagnostic immunoassays for the Veritor Plus System designed to provide health care providers with accurate test results within minutes to assist in determining the appropriate treatment for a patient in a single consultation. She is also a leader within BD for their Women’s Initiative Network, which helps provide tools and experiences for career development and advancement. Prior to joining BD, she had successfully developed a lateral flow assay for troponin using whole blood samples (detection of myocardial infarctions), and three paper-based microfluidic assays for the quantitation of liver enzymes in serum for a NASA-sponsored project. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry from California State University, Northridge. Her talk is titled, “Deterrents and Determination Create Success.”

Table Mentors:

Candace Engelsen (BioMed Marketing) is currently a marketing consultant focused on medical product commercialization for medical device and diagnostics companies. She has extensive experience working within firms and consulting to them, in both Fortune 500 and venture capital-backed startups. Her expertise is delivering marketing programs in strategic market evaluation, physician relationship development, and new product launch. Her education culminated with an MBA from UCLA.

Nicci Fortuné  (Life Sciences Patent Law) is a biotechnology patent attorney at King & Spalding, one of the top law firms in the world. She has over 15 years of experience in preparing and prosecuting domestic and foreign patent applications, strategic counseling, due diligence, and opinion work regarding infringement, invalidity, and freedom-to-operate analyses. Her practice relates to the biotechnological and pharmaceutical arts, immunology and vaccine development, and clinical and research diagnostics. Ms. Fortuné previously was corporate patent counsel at Chiron Corporation (now Novartis). She has a BS in Biochemistry, from UCLA; a Masters degree in Biochemistry, from UNLV; and a JD from UC Berkeley.

Toby Freedman (How to Search & Interview for a Job) is a recruiter, author and career development expert. Her recruiting company, Synapsis Search, is focused on life science R&D and business positions. She also provides career development programs for academics ready to transition to the life sciences industry. Toby is the author of Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development (www.careersbiotech.com), which is a comprehensive overview of the many careers in the life sciences industry. Toby previously worked at BioQuest and SLIL Biomedical. She received a Ph.D. in biology/molecular biology from UNC Chapel Hill and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University.

Tonja Green  (Regulatory Affairs) joined San Jose State University in July, 2008 as Director of the newly established Master of Science in Medical Product Development Management program. She is responsible for administration of the program, including admissions, student advisement, faculty and guest speaker recruitment, industry collaborations, developing and teaching a core series of clinical courses, overseeing curriculum content and program direction. Prior to SJSU, she held multiple hands-on clinical operations and leadership roles in biopharma, medical device & diagnostics companies. The clinical trials she managed were in cardiology, peripheral/neurovascular interventions, oncology, endocrinology, rheumatology, gastroenterology, neurology, hematology, psychiatry, infectious disease, and immunology.

Chris Haskell (Business Development) leads Bayer’s U.S. Science Hub, based in the company’s U.S. Innovation Center located at Mission Bay, San Francisco. Haskell and his group support Bayer’s Drug Discovery through developing and managing partnerships with U.S. academic research institutions and emerging life science firms. Haskell is also responsible for the development of the CoLaborator, a biotech incubator space adjacent to the company’s U.S. Innovation Center that opened in 2012 in San Francisco. The CoLaborator houses a number of startup life science firms,and has been developed as a vehicle to foster collaboration between Bayer and these emerging innovators. After his graduate work at the University of California, Davis and a postdoctoral fellowship at The Gladstone Institute in San Francisco, Haskell joined the Immunology group at Berlex Biosciences, later acquired by Bayer.

Ken Hitchner (Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Quality/Compliance) is Vice President, Development Sciences Quality, BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. Ken has 30+ years of biotech experience in Project Management, Pharmaceutical Collaborations and Product Development in numerous leadership and management roles at BioMarin, Monogram Biosciences, Gilead Sciences and Genentech. Ken started his career in the Drug Studies Unit at U.C. San Francisco after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology from DePauw University and a Master’s Degree in Biology from San Francisco State University.

Jeffrey Jackson (Medicinal Chemistry) recently completed his PhD in chemistry at UC Santa Barbara working in the area of organic synthesis. His thesis focused on the total synthesis of natural products such as dragmacidin D, tatanans A-C, and pinnatoxins A & G. He also worked on methodology projects including the asymmetric alkylation using chiral amide bases. Prior to studies at UCSB, he completed his B.S. in chemistry at CSU Fresno while performing undergraduate research. He is currently working in the field of drug discovery as a medicinal chemist in the Bay Area pharmaceutical industry.

David Lau (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) is an officer in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps as a Senior Supervisory Research Regulatory Officer in the San Francisco Laboratory. CAPT Lau’s work includes participation in collaborative studies and validation studies, foreign inspections, and method development. He has worked on isolation and detection methods for Helicobacter pylori, Listeria monocytogenes, Shigella sp., and Cryptosporidium parvum. CAPT Lau is also the FDA Office of Regulatory Science Liaison for the US Pharmacopeia Microbiology Expert Committee and a member of the US Technical Advisory Group for ISO TC34 SC9 (US-European Methods Harmonization).

Nola Masterson (Venture Capital) is the Managing Director of Science Futures Management Company. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Repros Therapeutics Inc, Zivo Biosciences, Inc, Nativis Inc, Resonance Medical and Juno Medical. She advises at Singularity University and teaches in the Business School at University of San Francisco. She has been a venture capitalist, a CEO, an entrepreneur, and a Wall Street analyst. She is the co-founder of Sequenom, Inc. She has 40 years of industry experience in Life Sciences with corporate roles at Millipore Corporation and Ames Company.

Jordan Molina (Navigating the Job Market) is an Account Manager and Outside Sales representative from the On Assignment organization, better known in the biotech industry as Lab Support. Jordan graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in the biological sciences, after which he transitioned into his role within the Lab Support organization. In his role, Jordan is uniquely positioned for extensive contact with a broad range of biotech and pharmaceutical companies of all types, sizes, and stages of development including some of the most internationally recognizable names. Jordan can offer insight into broad market trends, company hiring expectations, and common career paths within the industry.

Eben Ogundiwin (Product Development) is a Technology Integration Scientist with Bayer Vegetable Seeds, ensuring adoption and utilization by breeders of molecular breeding technologies and novel integrated breeding schemes in North, Central and South America. He has conducted research on fruit and vegetable crops such as tomato, melon, watermelon, carrot, onion, pepper, plantain, bananas, cowpea, peach and almonds, publishing several papers and a few patents. He mentors undergraduate and graduate students as well as colleagues in the industry. My passion is to connect the lab to the field for development of superior hybrids and feed the world’s population.

Bill Prince (Process Development). After obtaining a BS in general biology, Dr. Prince worked as a research assistant at 2 companies, first performing routine “assays” (tests of biological products) and then helping develop new assays. Then he went to grad school and got a Ph.D. in Biochem & Molecular Biology from UC Davis in 1991. He then returned to industry as an associate scientist at Genentech where he developed and performed assays on patient samples to find out how well the company’s products worked. In 1999 the chance came up to start an analytical chemistry group at BioMarin Pharmaceutical, where I have been ever since. The group is heavily involved in testing BioMarin’s products for purity and potency, setting up assays for use in other groups, and supporting the efforts of groups throughout the company (Process Development, Formulation, Regulatory Affairs).

Lieutenant Commander Diyo R. Rai  (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) is a Health Service Officer in U. S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. He has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from Rosalind Franklin University North Chicago. He is currently assigned to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, San Francisco Laboratory as a Microbiologist. Previously he was in Indian Health Service, Paker, AZ. He served in the U.S. Army for 6 years before Commissioned Corps. LCDR Rai is a Board Certified Medical Technologist as well as Clinical Microbiologist. He analyzes a variety of FDA regulated food and feeds, produce, cosmetic products, and environmental samples for regulatory monitoring and enforcement purposes. Other than his daily regular job as a Health Service Officer, he has been deployed for number of health related critical missions, like hurricane Matthew response, Great Plains area Indian Health Service, tropical storms Soudelor, Goni and Atsani.

Patrick Reichenberger (Sales & Marketing) has been a leader in biotech Commercial Operations, Planning, and Business Development for over 25 years. He has launched major blockbusters and orphan disease products across numerous therapeutic areas. These include what was once the world’s leading pharmaceutical, Lipitor, down to an orphan product for only five hundred people in the United States. He has had global responsibility for marketing, sales, distribution, pricing, patient advocacy, and market research. His executive management has resulted in satisfied patients, physicians, employees, and investors. He holds a BS in biology from UCLA, and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Brandon Rosen (Discovery Research) is a Scientist in the Department of Chemistry at Arcus Biosciences based in Hayward, CA. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan in 2011 before completing his Ph.D. in chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla in 2015. He has also participated in industrial internships at Amgen in South San Francisco and Eli Lilly in Indianapolis. Since moving to Arcus, Brandon has worked on the development of novel small molecules for the treatment of cancer. He is passionate about the biotech and pharmaceutical industry and applying synthetic organic chemistry to tackle challenging problems in medicine.

Susan Stewart (Environmental Law) is a Senior Corporate Counsel at Genentech in South San Francisco. She received her J.D. from University of Alabama School of Law and her L.L.M. Environmental Law from George Washington University School of Law. Sue started her legal career as a Navy JAG and retired from the Navy in 2012. She then held a position as Senior Counsel for the Environmental and Safety Law Group at Chevron Corporation in San Ramon, CA. As an environmental lawyer, Sue assists in house clients with lab safety and OSHA issues, wastewater and hazardous waste questions, environmental planning and sustainability, and remediation of legacy manufacturing sites.

Kunal Sampat (Clinical Trials Management) is part of the Clinical Research team at Abbott Vascular and the founder of the Clinical Trial Podcast, a podcast and blog platform for clinical research professionals. His goal is to interview leading experts in clinical trial management to help you accelerate your career and be a more effective leader. He enjoys connecting like-minded people, introducing new ideas, and immersing himself in an environment of continuous learning.You can learn more about his work at www.clinicaltrialpodcast.com.

Uli Schindler (Biotech/Biomed Product Development) has close to 30 years of research experience in various therapeutic areas. Currently,Dr. Schindler holds a position as Vice President Biology at Arcus Biosciences, a start-up biotech company in the Hayward that focuses on immune-oncology. Dr. Schindler headed the Biologics research team at Amgen, Thousand Oaks, and she served as Managing Director for Amgen Research GmbH in Germany. Dr. Schindler received her Ph. D. from the University of Freiburg, Germany and completed her work at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Subsequently, she had her first experience with the Biotech industry in the Bay Area where she joined Tularik, a start-up company which was subsequently acquired by Amgen.

David Spellmeyer (Informatics) has close to 30 years of research experience in various therapeutic areas. Currentlyhe is an Independent Professional at Interlaken Associates advising startup companies on technological, scientific, quality, and business issues. He brings broad business and technical expertise from companies large (IBM, DuPont) and small (Chiron, CombiChem, Signature BioScience, Nodality). David has worked closely with business development teams in establishing over 20 non-dilutive strategic corporate partnerships, 4 mergers and acquisitions, several rounds of venture financing, and two joint ventures. David received his Ph.D. in theoretical organic chemistry from UCLA. He completed his post-doctoral training in pharmaceutical chemistry at UCSF, where he remains an active Adjunct Associate Professor.

Vivan Tran (Drug Safety) is a Post-Marketing Vendor Manager in the therapeutic area of Oncology currently focused on B-cell lymphoma. She started her career at Medimmune as a Clinical Services Associate focused on the flu vaccine called. Then she held a position at Gilead for three years, first as a Drug Safety coordinator for adverse events management and then as a Drug Safety Specialist responsible for global health authority submissions of individual case reports for post-marketing and clinical trial cases. Currently, at Pharmacyclics as a Vendor Manager in the Post Marketing area of Drug Safety. Vivan has been at Pharmacyclics for over 4 years, moving within the different areas of drug safety such as Clinical Trials Case Management, Drug Safety Project Management, and now Post-Marketing. Vivan holds both a B.S in Microbiology and an M.S in Medical Product Development Management from San Jose State University.

Sarah Vais (Navigating the Job Market) is an Account Manager at Lab Support in Santa Clara. She received her degree in biology with a concentration in Anatomy and Physiology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2015. She has been working at Lab Support for over two years assisting clients in industries such as biotech, medical device, pharmaceuticals as well as many others.

Vivienne Watson (Discovery Research) is a Scientist in Discovery Research in Oncology and Immuno-Oncology at Amgen Inc. She completed her PhD in Molecular biology at the University of Edinburgh in 1994, and then embarked on a career in cancer genomics starting with a postdoc with the Imperial Cancer Research Fund studying the genomics of ovarian cancer. In 2000 she moved to the US to work on prostate cancer at the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center, generating data from tumor RNA and DNA to identify novel cancer biomarkers. Transitioning into industry Vivienne joined Amgen as a scientist in 2004 working in early stage projects first in Lead Discovery, and then in the areas of Oncology and Inflammation. Throughout her 12 years at Amgen, she has been involved in target discovery and patient stratification through the application of high-throughput functional screens, and cancer genomics. She uses bioinformatics tools to integrate public and proprietary datasets, and most recently is applying her skills to the area of tumor immunotherapy.

J. Christopher Yee (FDA Emergency Response). Initially an FDA investigator in 2002, CDR Yee has joined the Commissioned Corps of HHS and has responded to many disasters since Hurricane Katrina (2007). He is one of the starting members of the California Food Emergency Response Team (CalFERT), the nation’s first foodborne outbreak rapid response team. Currently, CDR Yee coordinates with other Federal agencies and States on the west coast. He is certified in Public Health, earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of California at Davis, an MS in Physiology from Cal Poly Pomona, and an MPH from Drexel University.

Luciano Zamora (Corpus Medical, Inc.) was raised and educated in San Jose, CA. Son of migrant farm workers, and ex-farmworker, US NAVY Veteran, he attended San Jose State University obtaining a B.SC. in Industrial Technology Concentration in Quality Assurance with a Minor in Cybernetic systems. He worked at NASA Ames Research Center as a student Intern during his university years. Upon graduation, he has worked in the medical device industry for over 23 years with over 13 startups, serving a pivotal role in positioning the companies for expansion, merger, or acquisitions. He has worked with some of the largest medical device companies in the world, such as Johnson and Johnson, Boston Scientific, Stryker. Currently, he serves as Vice-President of Quality Assurance at Corpus Medical, Inc., a medical device contract manufacturer assisting in the development, testing and manufacturing of the next generation of medical devices for various medical device companies in the Bay Area. He is a certified ISO13485:2003 Lead Auditor. He is also the President and Co-founder of a 501c3 non-profit program in East San Jose for low income-high risk youth, assisting them to stay on the path to obtain higher education using soccer as a method to motivate and focus academically.

Student Workshop: Graduate School Information Session

Paula Matheus Carnevali is a postdoctoral scholar in the Banfield Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, where she investigates soil microbial communities using metagenomics. The Masters program in Molecular Biology and Microbiology at San Jose State University was the platform that better prepared her to pursue a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Nevada, Reno. As a Ph.D. student she conducted research at the Molecular Microbial Ecology Lab at the Desert Research Institute. She studied geochemistry and microbial ecology of arctic thermokarst lakes in the context of the Astrobiology of Icy Worlds Project, lead by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Mohammad Samie is a Senior Scientific Researcher at Genentech. Mohammad obtained his Master of Science at California State University Fullerton, where he characterized the expression mechanism of lysosomal ion channels in immune cells. During his PhD training at the University of Michigan, he identified lysosomal factors regulating phagocytic events in macrophages underlining neurodegenerative disorders. After obtaining his PhD, he attended Yale University School of Medicine to complete his postdoctoral training where he characterized how the lysosomal transcription factor regulates antigen presentation in immune cells during cancer and infectious disease. Currently at Genentech, he is utilizing the immune system as a potential target to develop new immunotherapy strategies against cancer.

Faculty Workshop: Effective Tools for Developing Faculty Careers and Mentoring Students

 Jill Adler-Moore (Workshop Designer, CSUPERB Professional Development Taskforce Lead, Strategic Planning Council member, and Professor, Biological Sciences, Cal Poly Pomona)

Koni Stone (Workshop Designer, CSUPERB Strategic Planning Council member & Professor, Chemistry, CSU Stanislaus)

Ed Lyon  engages in teaching, scholarship, and service to address how middle and high school science teachers can best implement instructional and assessment practices that promote scientific sense-making and literacy development in multilingual classrooms. He is currently Co-Principal Investigator for the NSF-funded Secondary Science Teaching with English Language and Literacy Acquisition (SSTELLA) Project to develop and investigate innovative approaches to better prepare new science teachers to teach English learners. Dr. Lyon also studies science teachers’ use of formative assessment to support student learning. Dr. Lyon teaches science methods (credential program) and graduates courses on educational research paradigms.

Faculty Workshop: Achieving Inclusive Student Success through Purposeful Collaborations between Academic and Student Affairs

Deidre Sessoms (Workshop Designer) is Professor of Education at California State University, Sacramento, where she is in her 20th year on the faculty. She is Co-Director of the CSU Student Success Network, which is co-sponsoring this session. She earned a BS in biology and coordinated a student success program for under-represented students before earning a PhD in science education. In addition to leading faculty professional development workshops on effective teaching, grant proposal writing, and research, she has also procured over $5 million in federal, state, and philanthropic grant funding for STEM student success initiatives at Sacramento State.

Amy Sprowles (Workshop Designer) is a molecular-cell biologist with a broad genetics background and has focused her career at HSU on training students through interdisciplinary, project-based curriculum. As co-Principal Investigator of the HSU CIRM Bridges Program , Dr. Sprowles prepares HSU students interested in pursuing careers in regenerative medicine. As co-Principal Investigator of the HSU STEM Collaboratives Program , she has worked to design and implement a place-based learning community for first-year students. Both projects have required extensive collaborations with HSU faculty, staff, and administration, as well as diverse community partners that include Stanford University, UCSF, and Native American Tribes.

Stephen St. Onge (Workshop Designer) completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Vermont in Business Administration, his master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse University. His dissertation focused on developing a model to support student learning through learning community programs. Dr. St. Onge is the Director of Housing and Residence Life at Humboldt State University and he has published over 25 works in the areas of learning communities, assessment and putting student development theory to practice.

Andrea Venezia (Workshop Designer) Associate Professor in the Public Policy and Administration Department and Executive Director of the Education Insights Center (EdInsights) at California State University, Sacramento. Her work focuses on improving student readiness for, and success in, some form of postsecondary education, particularly for students who are traditionally underserved. Before she joined Sacramento State, Andrea worked at WestEd and oversaw a line of work focused on such issues as high school reform, state and federal policy with regard to college and career readiness, and community college readiness and success. Prior to that, Andrea worked in a variety of state, federal, and nonprofit organizations, including at Stanford University, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Education Goals Panel, and the American Institutes for Research.


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Short Talks Session (CSUPERB-funded Principal Investigators) – Saturday

Cory Brooks is a structural biologist interested in understanding fundamental principles of molecular interactions. He obtained his Ph. D at the University of Victoria (Canada) in 2009 where he examined the structures of carbohydrate-specific antibodies. During his post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta (Canada), he elucidated the mechanism of a membrane protease. He is currently an assistant professor of biochemistry at Fresno State where he uses X-ray crystallography to identify the interactions that contribute to the binding affinities of therapeutic antibodies. In his spare time Dr. Brooks is an avid rock climber and alpinist. [2013-2014 CSUPERB New Investigator Grant Recipient]

Rob Crawford‘s training background includes receiving a PhD in 2009 under the mentorship of John Gunn at The Ohio State University and completing a four-year postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Andreas Baumler at the University of California, Davis. He joined the faculty at California State University Sacramento in the fall of 2013 and currently teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the field of host-microbe interactions. His research laboratory investigates mechanisms by which bacterial species of the skin microbiome potentiate wound chronicity by persisting in poly-microbial biofilm communities. [Team-member, 2011-2012 CSUPERB Curriculum Development Grant]

Rachel Mackelprang earned a B.S. in biology from the University of Utah and a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Washington. Her postdoctoral fellowship was in computational biology at the Joint Genome Institute/Lawerence Berkeley National Laboratory.  [2012-2013 CSUPERB New Investigator Grant Recipient]

Student Workshop: “Wow me” Elevator Speech Workshop

Katherine Kantardjieff is in her sixth year as founding dean of the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) at California State University San Marcos, with 28 years experience in the CSU. Under her leadership, CSM has almost doubled in size, and the College continues to develop innovative programs in Biotechnology, Cybersecurity, EngiBeering™, and Engineering. “Dean K.” directs the Keck Center for Molecular Structure (CMolS), a comprehensive X-ray diffraction facility serving the CSU as a core facility of CSUPERB. She is a biophysical chemist whose research interests lie in understanding how structure controls chemical and physical properties of biomolecules, and applying this knowledge in drug design and development, as well as in engineering molecules with defined properties.  Kantardjieff received B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Southern California, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physical Chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles.  She is also a member of the CSUPERB Strategic Planning Council.

Bianca Mothe was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She spent her K-12 years between the US and Brazil, getting to experience a varied set of educational landscapes. She graduated from Beloit College with degrees in Biochemistry and Theatre Arts.  She then completed her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison working on vaccines for AIDS. She spent time in industry, working at a biotechnology company before joining CSU San Marcos in 2003. She currently serves as the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, assisting with the learning centers on campus as well as the newly launched Academic Success Center. She is also a member of the CSUPERB Strategic Planning Council.

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Elise Brownell, PhD. joined Amarantus in December 2014 and has more than 20 years of biotechnology and pharmaceutical project management experience with a proven track record of advancing programs through clinical development. She serves as a Life Sciences entrepreneurial advisor for ASTIA, the nation’s premier entrepreneurial organization focused on women-led businesses. Dr. Brownell is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Contract Pharma Magazine, and previous Chair of the Leaders Network program of Women in Consulting. She is the co-founder of ZephyrBiotech, LLC, a project management firm dedicated to advancing therapeutic candidates through development to key inflection points for clients. Earlier, Dr. Brownell was a founding member, head of project management and senior director of Aerovance, Inc., a venture-backed biotechnology company spun out from Bayer Healthcare, where she created and managed effective team processes to bring product candidates into full-scale clinical Phase 1 and 2 development. Prior to Aerovance, Dr. Brownell acted as head of project management for Bayer’s Biotechnology Unit, where she integrated project strategies to meet therapeutic and market needs. Other roles included building and negotiating partnerships with third parties to support development programs, leading research teams through early bench-to-clinic development phases, as well as entrepreneurial investment experience with Angel’s Forum. Dr. Brownell received her M.S., M.Phil. and Ph.D. in biology from Yale University and her B.S. in biology from Allegheny College.

Luanne Meyer is the Principal of Meyer and Associates, a market research consulting firm specializing in basic and applied life sciences, diagnostics and food testing. Prior to engaging in independent consulting, her specialization in biotechnology laboratory instrumentation led her to be invited to join a pioneering company in genomics, Applied Biosystems. During Luanne’s tenure at Applied Biosystems, she focused on market research for new product development, working from concept to launch. Her work covered basic research science applications as well as those targeting applied markets such as forensics, food safety and bioterrorism. Luanne continues this work today, both nationally and internationally.

Craig Pritsky (Invuity, Inc.) is a veteran sales and marketing professional in the medical device space having worked in both Fortune 500 and venture capital backed startups (Stryker Orthopaedics and Invuity, Inc. respectively). With a strong understanding of sales and marketing practices necessary to introduce paradigm shifting technology to the market, Craig has earned recognition for his strong business development skills, ability to navigate the evolving healthcare economic arena and ability to grow companies regardless of the product being represented. His educational background includes studies at Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Sandra Thompson (Slater Hersey & Lieberman LLP) has spent the last 18 years counseling domestic and international clients—from Fortune 50 companies to startups to universities—on patent, trademark, copyright, licensing and new media transactional and litigation matters. Sandra drafts, files, prosecutes and licenses patent applications and trademark applications. She also reviews and enforces clients’ new media rights, including drafting, reviewing and updating privacy policies and terms of use, takedown procedures, and social media-related issues. Sandra has a successful patent appeal and reexamination practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office. Dr. Thompson earned her J.D. at Campbell University and her B.S. and M.A. at the College of William & Mary. She earned her PhD from the Department of Chemistry at North Carolina State University.