Career Exploration and Planning, Panel 1: Policy, Administration, and Scientific Journalism

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 4:30pm

Developing a career path after graduate school can be difficult, but there are a plethora of stories for us to gain inspiration from those who have already gone through the process. This is the first of three panels hosted by Dr. Sue Rhee with support from DPB and CIPA for Dr. Rhee's BIO380 class, "Career Exploration and Planning," in which established people doing diverse fields of work with their biology graduate degrees will be available for discussion and questioning regarding career options and expectations. Panelists will introduce themselves, then the floor will be open for questions from the audience, followed by a catered reception. This first panel showcases those who have taken their degrees to the fields of policy, administration, and scientific journalism. 

Mary Maxon

Biosciences Lab at UC Berkeley

Dr. Maxon earned her graduate degree in molecular cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley. Her work has spanned the realms of the private sector in biotech and pharmaceutical industries to the public sector, notably as the Assistant Director for Biological Research at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. As the Associate Laboratory Director, Dr. Maxon currently oversees Berkeley Lab’s Biosciences Area where research is coordinated through three Divisions and one User Facility. The Biosciences Vision focuses on using biology to solve energy and environmental challenges. The Biosciences Mission is to use integrated research teams to solve national challenges in energy, environment, health and biomanufacturing. 

Devaki Bhaya

Carnegie Institute for Science, Department of Plant Biology

Dr. Bhaya got her PhD in biochemistry from Cornell University and has rich experience regarding program management, helping to develop the master’s program at the new Center for Biotechnology at the Nehru University of Delhi, India, and currently on her sabbatical at the National Science Foundation as a Program Director in the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences. Her current position is as an Adjunct Staff Scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Plant Biology alongside a courtesy appointment as Professor for Stanford Biology, where her research focuses on cyanobacteria responses to environmental stressors.

Amy Adams

Science Communications, Stanford University

Adams received her MS from Cornell University in genetics and development, as well as a certification from UC Santa Cruz in science communications. Her experiences with news and feature writing regarding a range of scientific topics include freelance writing and editing for a number of notable publications and websites, such as Science, Natural History, and CBSHealthWatch.com; science writing for the Stanford University School of Medicine; communications manager for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and finally back to Stanford, where she currently serves as the Director of Science Communications.

Rieko Yajima

Dr. Yajima received her PhD in chemical biology from the Penn State University. Her interests lie at the intersections of science, policy, and design. Dr. Yajima’s postdoctoral work as a Science & Design Research Scholar at Stanford University’s Center for Design Research investigated how design practices can catalyze scientific research and innovation; additionally, she has been an Associate Program Director at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC, and served as a science policy fellow at the National Academy of Sciences. She currently works on human-centered drug discovery research and translational medicine as a Director at Stanford’s SPARK Translational Research Program while also serving as a member of the Global Young Academy, an organization for young scientists to lead intersectional dialogue to diversify global decision-making.