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.

2015 Graduates

Santosh Chandrasekaran, Ph.D.
Unbiased, High-throughput Electron Microscopy Analysis of Experience-dependent Synaptic Changes

Advisors: Alison Barth/Nathan Urban
Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh


Eugenio Gallo, Ph.D.
Innovations in the Field of Fluorogen-activating Proteins: Engineering scFv Biosensors as Universal Affinity Reagents, Multi-Specificity Activation
for Multi-Color Applications on Live Cells, and the Generation of scFv Multimer Assemblies for Advanced Fluorescence Detection
Advisor: Jonathan Jarvik
Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto


Andrew Kehr, Ph.D.
Structural and Biochemical Study of Two Nucleic Acid Binding Proteins: Human ADAR2 and EcoRV

Advisor: Gordon Rule
Postdoctoral Fellow at the NIH


Suchitra Ramachandran, Ph.D.
Visual Statistical Learning in Monkey Inferotemporal Cortex

Advisor: Carl Olson


Merissa Remus, Ph.D.
Contribution of Nucleus Accumbens to Reward- Seeking Behaviors: Role of Dopamine Mediated ERK Signaling

Advisor: Edda Thiels
Science Educator at BASIS.ed


Simran Saini, Ph.D.
Mechanistic Insights into Homotypic Fusion of ER Membranes by the Atlastin GTPase

Advisor: Tina Lee
Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco


Gregory Smith, Ph.D.
Unraveling the Role of Cellular Factors in Viral Capsid Formation 

Advisor: Russell Schwartz
Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ichan School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York


Amanda Soohoo, Ph.D.
Self-Controlled Regulation of Mu Opioid Receptor Trafficking
Advisor: Manoj Puthenveedu
Postdoctoral Fellow at the Monell Chemical Senses Center


Ritika Tewari, Ph.D.
Mechanism of Manganese-induced Protection against Shiga Toxicosis 

Advisor: Adam Linstedt
Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston


Idil Ulengin, Ph.D.
ER Network Formation and Membrane Fusion by Atlastin1/ SPG3A Disease Variants 

Advisor: Tina Lee


Yi Wang, Ph.D.
Labeling and Photomanipulation of Endogenous ErbB Receptors 

Advisor: Marcel Bruchez
Postdoctoral position with Dr. Marcel Bruchez, Carnegie Mellon University


Mingrui Zhang, Ph.D.
New Fluoromodules for Biosensing and in Vivo Imaging

Advisor: Alan Waggoner
















Postgraduate Plans

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Ph.D. Graduates (n=99)

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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