2019 Biochemistry Summer Seminar Series begins Friday, July 12

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The summer seminar series, hosted by the Graduate Biochemistry Student Association (gBSA), features alumni career talks & research talks by postdocs.

Starting July 12, 2019, the seminars will take place every Friday afternoon from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Cram Conference room in the Molecular Sciences Building, Room 3440. (There will be no seminar on August 30 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.) The last seminar of the summer will be held on September 13, 2018.  A PDF of the series schedule can be viewed here. All are invited to attend. 

Five biochemistry Ph.D. alumni will return to UCLA to give talks about their careers after graduate school. Students and postdocs will be given the opportunity to sign up to meet and dine with the alumni speakers to ask them questions and learn more about their career paths. 

Four postdocs will present their current research and both the August 23 and September 6  seminar will be a special “Amateur Hour” where incoming graduate students will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and present their previous research.

Biochemistry Ph.D. alumni speakers – Jesmine Cheung, Fernando Gomez, Elizabeth Guenther, Yen-Ting Lai, and Kennen MacKay.

Biochemistry Ph.D. alumni speakers – Drs. Jesmine Cheung, Fernando Gomez, Elizabeth Guenther, Yen-Ting Lai, and Kennen MacKay.

This year’s alumni speakers are:

July 12 – Dr. Yen-Ting Lai (Ph.D. ’13 Todd Yeates), Project Team Leader, NIAID, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

July 19 – Dr. Kennen MacKay (Ph.D. ’12 Steven Clarke), Managing Director & Co-head of Biotechnology Equity Research, RBC Capital Markets, New York, NY

July 26 – Dr. Fernando Gomez (Ph.D. ’12 Catherine Clarke), Assistant Director, UCLA Undergraduate Research Center (URC)

August 2 – Dr. Jesmine Chueng (Ph.D. ’17 Carla Koehler), Associate Consultant, Prescient Healthcare Group, San Francisco, CA

August 16 – Dr. Elizabeth Guenther (Ph.D. ’17 David Eisenberg), Senior Associate, McKinsey & Company, Los Angeles, CA

Research talks by current postdoctoral fellows are:

August 9 – Dr. Brendan Mahoney (Robert Clubb group) and Dr. Julia Stauber (Alex Spokoyny group)

September 13 – Dr. Muhammad Zenaidee (Joseph Loo group) and Dr. Lucia Fernandez del Rio (Catherine Clarke group).

The UCLA Graduate Biochemistry Student Association (gBSA) is a student-run organization whose goal is to “promote camaraderie between students, share knowledge, and offer opportunities to better prepare ourselves for future careers.”  For more information about the series or gBSA, contact Joseph Ong at jong2@ucla.edu.

Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, penny@chem.ucla.edu.