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.

2014 Graduates

Jineta Banerjee, Ph.D.
A Study of the Different Phases of Refinement of an Inhibitory Circuit in the Mouse Auditory Brainstem

Advisor: Karl Kandler
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, Kennedy Krieger Institute

Jigar Desai, Ph.D.
The role of glycerol in Candida albicans biofilm formation and invasion
Advisor: Aaron Mitchell/Fred Lanni
Postdoctoral Fellow at the Fungal Pathogenesis Unit led by Dr. Michail Lionakis, Lab of Clinical Infectious Diseases at NIAID/NIH

Emily Furbee, Ph.D.
Investigating the Role of Hsp27 in Drosophila Genetic And Phospho-mutant Analysis
Advisor: Jon Minden

Michael Gamalinda, Ph.D.
Ribosomal Proteins Orchestrate teh Biogenesis of Eukaryotic Large Ribosomal Subunits in a Sequential Fashion
Advisor: John Woolford
Postdoctoral position with Dr. Thomas Jenuwein, Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology

Alys Jarvela, Ph.D.
Evolution of DNA Recognition in a Tbrain Transcription Factor and Its Impact on Larval Neurogenesis in Echinderms
Advisor: Veronica Hinman
Postdoctoral position with Dr. Veronica Hinman, Carnegie Mellon University

Ezgi Kunttas-Tatli, Ph.D.
Role of APC proteins in regulating Wnt signaling and cytoskeletal organization in Drosophila

Advisor: Brooke McCartney
Postdoctoral postition with Dr. Marianne Bronner, California Institute of Technology

Phu Van, Ph.D.
Improving 2D Gel Proteomics with the Structured Illumination Gel Imager
Advisor: Jon Minden
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington

Rachel Vistein, Ph.D.
Hierarchical Sorting and Trafficking of β-2 Adrenergic Receptors via Endosomal Microdomains
Advisor: Manoj Puthenveedu
Works at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh

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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=93)

Alumni Key


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