2021 Biochemistry Summer Seminar Series begins Friday, July 23

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The summer seminar series, hosted by the Graduate Biochemistry Student Association (gBSA), features a career coach guest speaker and five alumni career talks. 

Starting Friday, July 23, 2021, the Biochemistry Summer Seminars will take place every Friday afternoon from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. online via Zoom. (There will be no seminar on September 10th due to the MBI retreat.)  A career coach guest speaker and five biochemistry Ph.D. alumni will give talks about their careers after graduate school. The last seminar on September 3rd will be a special “Amateur Hour” where incoming graduate students will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and present their previous research. All are invited to attend. 

Students and postdocs will be given the opportunity to sign up to meet with the alumni speakers to ask them questions and learn more about their career paths. 

2021 Biochemistry Summer Seminar Series Speakers

This year’s speakers – Dr. Alex Bradley, Dr. Alexander Patananan, Prof. Phil McFadden, Dr. Kristen Koch, Dr. Sean Shen, and career coach Fran Zone.

Here is this year’s schedule:

July 23 – Dr. Alex Bradley (Ph.D. ’19 Margot Quinlan group) Senior Life Science Specialist, L.E. K. Consulting, Los Angeles, CA

July 30 – Dr. Alexander Patananan (Ph.D. ’14, Steven Clarke group), Medical Communication Manager, Amgen, Palmdale, CA

August 6 – Prof. Phil Mc


(Ph.D. ’83, Steven Clarke group) Associate Professor, Oregon State University, Corvalis, OR.

August 13 – Dr. Kristen Koch (Ph.D. 07, Carla Koehler group) Senior Business Analyst, CGH Technologies, Inc., Manassas, VA.

August 20 – Dr. Sean Shen (Ph.D. 16, Joe Loo group) Process Development Scientist, Amgen, Camarillo, CA.

August 27 – Guest Speaker – Fran Zone, Career Coach and Leadership Communications Strategist, Zone Communication, San Francisco, CA

September 3 – 

Amateur Hour!

A great opportunity to meet our incoming first-year students and learn about their research.

September 10 – no meeting due to MBI retreat.

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.” 

Please contact Hannah Bailey & Natalie Schibrowsky, hmbailey@ucla.edu or schibrowsky@ucla.edu for more information about the series, such as:

  • To obtain the Zoom logon information, which will change each week.
  • To be added to the email list for the series so that you will automatically receive the Zoom logon information each week
  • To learn how to meet with the speakers
  • For more information about the UCLA Graduate Biochemistry Student Association (gBSA).

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