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Ph.D. Connections Conference: Career Panel—Healthcare, Biotech, and Pharma

April 6, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT

The combined impact of the biotech, pharma, and healthcare industries on the future of human health outcomes is huge. Ph.D. degree holders have several career options in these industries in areas that are related, but not limited to, scientific research. Panelists will discuss lessons from their career trajectories, describe their daily professional lives, and provide tips and tools to best prepare for launching new careers in these industries.


Marta Gonzalez-Hernandez

Group Leader (Principal Scientist), Celsee, Inc.

Sibu Kuruvilla

Senior Manager, Portfolio Strategy and Planning, Genentech

Sibu Kuruvilla did his Ph.D. in the materials science and engineering department with his research lab being in biomedical engineering. He went on to do a postdoc at Stanford in oncology before transitioning to the business side of drug development at Genentech. He is currently a senior manager on the gRED Portfolio Strategy and Planning team, conducting portfolio and industry analyses to help shape Genentech’s R&D pipeline.

Marc Sze

Associate Principal Scientist, Merck

Marc Sze completed his postdoctoral studies at the University of Michigan under the guidance of Professor Patrick Schloss. He is currently an Associate Principal Scientist at Merck Research Labs where he is a computational biologist in early discovery oncology. His current work involves the support of targets moving to phase 1 clinical trial, target discovery, and helping to oversee the integration of single-cell RNA sequencing modalities into the Merck discovery pipeline.

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The Ph.D. Connections Conference is co-sponsored by the University Career Center, Rackham Graduate School, and the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at the University of Michigan Medical School. For more information about the conference visit the website.


April 6, 2021
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT
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