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

Anmol Grover, Ph.D.
Toward Single Molecule Measurements of Cotranslational Folding in Eukaryotic Lysates: Labeling Ribosomes and Ribosome-bound Nascent Peptides
Advisor: Marcel Buchez

Timothy Jarvela, Ph.D.
Acutely Controlled Inactivation Reveals Requirements for Maintenance and Subcompartmentalization of the Mammalian Golgi Ribbon
Advisor: Adam Linstedt

Kiran Rafiq, Ph.D.
Analysis of a Developmental Gene Regulatory Network Driving Skeletogenesis in the Sea Urchin Embryo
Advisor: Charles Ettensohn

Ayshwarya Subramanian, Ph.D.
Inferring Tumor Progression Using Computational Phylogenetics
Advisor: Russel Schwartz

Jason Talkish, Ph.D.
Hierarchical Assembly of Subcomplexes Drives pre-rRNA Folding during Ribosome Biogenesis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Advisor: John Woolford

David Whitney, Ph.D.
Functional Organization and Plasticity of Visual Cortex over the Lifespan of the Ferret
Advisor: Justin Crowley

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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