Ph.D. in Biological Sciences: Alumni Career Paths & Recent Alumni-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

Ph.D. in Biological Sciences: Alumni Career Paths & Recent Alumni

Career paths of Ph.D. graduates of the Department of Biological Sciences have led to research, teaching, and administrative positions at renowned academic institutions. Graduates are also leaders in industry and government.

2013 Graduates

Ashrifia Adomako-Ankomah, Ph.D.
A Molecular Analysis of Skeletal Morphogenesis in the Sea Urchin Embryo
Advisor: Charles Ettensohn
Research Associate at Dr. Charles Ettensohn's Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University

Shantanu Bhattacharyya, Ph.D.
Relaxation Dynamics of Single Chain Variable Fragment Light Chain M8Vlg
Advisor: Gordon Rule
Research Associate at Dr. William Schief's Laboratory, The Scripps Research Institute

2012 Graduates

Bradley Yates, Ph.D.
Directed Evolution of a Fluorogen-Activating Single Chain Antibody for Function and Enhanced Brightness in the Cytoplasm
Advisor: Peter Berget

Kaitlyn Dykstra, Ph.D.
Yip1A Structures the Endoplasmic Reticulum
Advisor: Tina Lee
Postdoctoral Fellow at Dr. Robert Tarran's Laboratory, UNC Chapel Hill

Kalin Vasilev, Ph.D.
Novel Biosensor System for Reporting Membrane Protein Proximity and Cell Surface Contacts in Living Cells
Advisor: Jonathan Jarvik
Postdoctoral Fellow at Cambridge University

Qi Yan, Ph.D.
FAP Based New Applications for Super-resolution Imaging and Quantification of Receptor Trafficking
Advisor: Marcel Bruchez
Scientist at Sharp Edge Labs

Brenna McCauley, Ph.D.
Gene Regulatory Network Changes Associated with the Evolution of a Novel Cell Population in Sea Urchin Embryos
Advisor: Veronica Hinman

Kristen Yankura, Ph.D.
Mechanisms of Ectodermal Patterning in a Dipleurula-like Sea Star Larva and the Evolutionary Origins of Centralized Nervous Systems
Advisor: Veronica Hinman
Postdoctoral Fellow at Dr. Elissa Hallem's Laboratory, UCLA

Jing Wen, Ph.D.
Experience-dependent Plasticity of Layer 2/3 Circuits in Developing Somatosensory Neocortex
Advisor: Alison Barth
Postdoctoral Fellow at Dr. Nathan Urban's Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University

Elmer Ker, Ph.D.
Monitoring and Engineering of the Stem Cell Microenvironment: Inkjet Printing of Growth Factors onto Novel Scaffolds for Controlling Musculoskeletal Stem Cell Differentiation and Alignment and Development of a Computer Vision-based System to Characterize Stem Cell Growth

Advisor: Phil Campbell
Postdoctoral Fellow at Dr. Yunzhi Peter Yang's Laboratory, Stanford University

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Postgraduate Plans

70% Postdoctoral Position (Blue), 20% Industry, Government or Consulting Position (Red), 9% University Teaching (Purple), 1% Further Education (Green)

Ph.D. Graduates (n=80)

Red Industry, Government or Consulting

Blue Postdoctoral Work

Green Further Education

Purple University Teaching


University Positions

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Brown University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Emory University School of Medicine
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • The Max-Planck Institute
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Princeton University
  • Salk Institute
  • Stanford University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Texas
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Woods Hole Marine Biology Lab
  • Yale University

Industry Positions

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Biogen
  • Celerant Consulting
  • Cellomics
  • ID Business Solutions
  • Immunetrics
  • J.Craig Venter Institute
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Lucent Technologies
  • Managed Objects
  • Merck & Company, Incorporated
  • Pitney Bowes
  • Precision Therapeutics
  • Roche Pharmaceuticals
  • Shandon Lipshaw
  • Wyeth Laboratories

Government & Private Institutions

  • Johnson Space Center
  • Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse
  • Vaccine Research Center, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases