Career Exploration and Planning, Panel 3: Research

Thursday, May 16, 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 last 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 third panel showcases those who have taken their degrees to the many biological research fields and environments.

Ashby Morrison

Stanford University

Dr. Morrison graduated with a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the Baylor College of Medicine. Her lab at Stanford studies an essential aspect of eukaryotic life: the regulation of chromatin structure. Dr. Morrison combines a wide variety of experimental approaches – computational, biochemical, molecular, cellular – in a number of model systems – yeast, mammalian, and even plant – to elucidate the roles of chromatin- and histone-associated components. The importance of this research is highlighted by their broad potential towards the creation of epigenetic therapies for diseases regarding genomic and/or metabolic dysfunction: a recent 2018 paper published by Dr. Morrison and others in Nature Communications details the importance of a particular chromatin remodeler in vascular health.

Rebecca Shaw

World Wildlife Fund

Dr. Shaw attained an MA in environmental policy and a PhD in energy and resources from UC Berkeley alongside an executive MBA certification from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her career has spanned the academic realm as a postdoctoral researcher at the Carnegie Institute for Science’s Department of Global Ecology to global organizational work, as a director at The Nature Conservancy, lead author of the UNEP’s 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the Associate Vice President and Senior Lead Scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund. She currently serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist of the World Wildlife Fund, collaborating with partners around the world to identify scientific targets within global conservation.

John Vogel

Joint Genome Institute

Dr. Vogel received his PhD in molecular biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His postdoctoral work at the Carnegie Institute for Science Department of Plant Biology studying plant susceptibility to pathogens stemmed his accomplishments as a research molecular biologist at the USDA, where he established the widespread adoptions of Brachypodium distachyon as an experimental model for grasses. Currently, alongside holding positions as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology and Deputy Director for the Science, Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology Division at Berkeley, Dr. Vogel is a Staff Scientist at the Joint Genome Institute of the Department of Energy, focusing his efforts upon B. distachyon as a model organism to develop tools for optimizing biomass crop growth.

Jesse Miller

Stanford University

Dr. Miller completed his PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying the ecological influences upon plant community composition and structure in the glades of the Ozarks. As an ecologist, he seeks to understand the effects of global change on ecological communities to inform conservation decisions, completing postdoctoral work at UC Davis investigating the effects of fire on plant and lichen. With an additional interest and passion for teaching and communication, Dr. Miller has taught ecology, botany, lichenology, and biology classes in several settings, currently collaborating with the Fukami Lab at Stanford to design and teach an inquiry-based ecology course.