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Fall 2017- Genetics Career Workshop

Non-traditional Career Forum

Friday, October 13, 2017, 3-5PM in BPS 1400


We have a fantastic panel of scientists who have found fulfilling careers both inside and outside academia. Come hear about how they navigated life outside the PI route, and how you can too.

Panel members will briefly introduce themselves, and then we’ll open the floor for questions from the audience until 5pm.

After the panel discussion, we’ll adjourn for dinner (provided), where you can mingle with our guests and get answers to any lingering questions.

We hope to see you there!


Fall 2017 Panelists:


Sarah Bodbyl Roels

Sarah is a research associate/senior scientist at Michigan State University.

She works in the Teacher Education Department, College of Education, for Carbon TIME (Transformations in Matter and Energy), a K-12 science education curriculum based on learning progression research. She investigates how teachers teach and students learn about carbon-transforming processes – chemical changes that are responsible for the structure and functions of all living systems and support our lifestyles. 

Sarah earned a Ph.D. with honors from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. and holds a B.S., honors. in Biology from Calvin College. Most recently, she was the project manager for the MSU W.K. Kellogg Biological Station’s NSF GK-12 program (BEST – BioEnergy SusTainability).


Sean Law

Sean Law is a senior data scientist currently working with a multi-talented advanced technology and innovation team. He has experience producing cutting edge methodologies, building high-performance predictive models, and developing rapid prototypes. Occasionally, he gives talks about making the transition from academia into industry.

Sean holds an Honours B.Sc. degree from York University in Applied Mathematics and Biology, received his doctorate from Michigan State University, and worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Michigan. As a scientist, his work focused on protein-protein interactionsprotein-nucleic acid interactions, and developing state-of-the-art computational tools for understanding complex biological systems. An up-to-date list of his peer-reviewed scientific publications can be found on Google Scholar and his code contributions can be found on Github


Madiha Khalid

Madiha works at MMS Holdings in Canton, MI as a medical writer.  In this position she combines her background in scientific research with technical writing skills to support pharmaceutical companies with their drug development processes.

Madiha is a Michigan native who received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan – Dearborn, majoring in Chemistry with double minors in Psychology and Applied Statistics. As an undergraduate student, she worked in a nanotechnology lab, refining the process of generating surfaces for fuel cell applications. She went on to earn her PhD in Analytical Chemistry at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Her thesis work focused on using electrochemistry to understand the effects of manganese on the dopaminergic system. Most recently, Madiha was funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to conduct postdoctoral research at Michigan State University to elucidate the mechanism of action of the environmental neurotoxicant methylcercury on the dopaminergic system.


Tony Schilmiller

Tony has been the Assistant Manager of the Mass Spectrometry and Metabolomics Core at MSU since 2015. During his postdoctoral research, Tony studied specialized metabolism in tomato trichomes with Dr. Robert Last.

Tony received his B.S. in biochemistry from Purdue University in 2000 where he did undergraduate research on phenylpropanoid metabolism in Arabidopsis. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2005 studying the biosynthesis of jasmonic acid and other oxylipins in tomato and Arabidopsis in the lab of Dr. Gregg Howe.


Su Jun Lim

Su Jun joined MSU Technologies as a Technology Manager in June 2017. She works with faculty members and researchers in biomedical and life sciences to advance MSU’s intellectual property and facilitate technology commercialization.

Su Jun holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Rochester Medical Center and conducted her postdoctoral research work at the National Institutes of Health in genomics and epigenetics. She is highly driven by her passion in science and aims to assist scientists to transform innovations in research laboratories into either products in the marketplace or solutions to unmet needs. Prior to joining MSUT, she also served as a Licensing Associate at the University of Hawaii Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development and Business Intelligence manager at Tech Launch Arizona, at the University of Arizona.


Nestor DeOcampo

Nestor is a Data Research Analyst with Michigan State University. He’s held this position for the last four years, but in his more than twenty years at MSU he has also been an Assistant Professor, Professional Aide and a Genetics graduate student.

Nestor earned his undergraduate degree from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, followed by his graduate work at MSU. He was a post-doctoral fellow with the Mayo Clinic in the Department of Urology, before returning to MSU as an Assistant Professor in 2004.


Diana Bello-DeOcampo

Diana is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology (IBIO) at Michigan State University. She is currently the chair of Faculty Advisory Committee of the College of Natural Science. As a faculty member in the IBIO department, Diana is responsible for teaching upper level courses to mainly pre-professional students. In addition to teaching, Diana researches tumor biology with a focus on normal prostate development, prostate carcinogenesis and progression, and chemoprevention. Her research is aimed at examining the mechanisms involved in a TGF-beta/Smad signaling shift which may lead to the identification and development of better prognostic markers and more effective treatment strategies.

Diana carried out her undergraduate work (BS in Biological Sciences and BA in International Relations) at Florida International University, followed by graduate research at Michigan State University (MS & PhD in Zoology). She did her postdoctoral training at Department of Urology at Mayo Clinic prior to joining the IBIO faculty at Michigan State University.