Previous Workshops

2018 Workshops


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Seminar by Andrew Green, Associate Director of the Career Center at UC Berkeley, on the topic of:

Successfully Engaging Employers: Translating your CV into an Effective Resume + Profile


Employers are overwhelmed with applicants and have very short attention spans. Learn how to convert your academic CV into a compelling resume and LinkedIn profile that will get you the job you want.



2017 Workshops



October 19th, 2017

Insight Data Science Seminar - Careers in Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Health Data Science

September 21, 2017

Salary Negotiation Workshop!

You just had your best interview ever, and your dream company wants to hire you. Now what?

PIEP and BPEP hosted a workshop that helped postdocs and graduate students understand the total benefits package in both startups and large companies. Our speakers discussed industry negotiation strategies, options such as compensation for lower salary, and telecommuting or other flexible schedules.


Maggie Wong is a HR and Recruiting Consultant for Life Science Companies. Maggie was the Director of Talent Acquisition at HealthTell and the Director of Talent Management at Twist Bioscience. Prior to that she was a recruiter for several companies of the SF Bay area in the field of Biosciences. Maggie holds Bachelors in Molecular and Cell Biology/Economics from UC Berkeley.

Zack Girgis is an HR Business Partner Manager at Linkedin. He leads a team of HR partners supporting the R&D organization. Prior to joining Linkedin in 2015, Zack was an HR Business Partner at Qualcomm for 4+ years. Zack began his career as a Talent Analyst at Qualcomm and has a Master's in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from San Diego State University.

Brandon Gantus is a senior associate in the employee benefits and compensation practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. His practice focuses on the representation of companies in their compensation and employee benefits matters.



September 7th, 2017

Exponent EcoSciences Seminar - Learn About Career Opportunities in Consulting

Ecological & Biological Sciences Ph.D. Seminar


Discover a non-academic career that will allow you to take full advantage of your engineering, scientific, and analytical background. Exponent is an engineering and scientific consulting firm that hires doctoral students in a variety of engineering disciplines. We work on the most contemporary and prominent engineering problems in the world. We are looking for graduate students with strong communication skills who are willing to learn on the job and apply their education in unexpected ways. Learn more about how your background can fit into the exciting world of engineering and scientific consulting.


Speaker: Alicia Taylor, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
Ecological and BiologicalSciences

Dr. Taylor has 10 years of experience in a broad range of biological sciences, with a primary focus in environmental toxicology and microbiology. Her specialty is investigating changes in microbial community function in disturbed ecosystems (wetlands, wastewater treatment, and human intestines). Dr. Taylor uses traditional and emerging toxicity assays, water quality monitoring, and phenotypic/genotypic characterization of microbial communities to monitor system changes caused by newly occurring contaminants, such as nanomaterials.

Dr. Taylor has an interest in science education and has guest lectured at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, Riverside. She has also developed material for science outreach/education at the California Academy of Sciences. 



Doug Calhoun, Recruiter



May 11th, 2017

Denali Therapeutics

Neurodegenerative diseases are one of the largest medical challenges of our time. Denali Therapeutics is dedicated to defeating neurodegenerative diseases through rigorous therapeutic discovery and development. Founded by a team of former Genentech executives, Denali has quickly grown to become one of the leading companies in field, focusing on diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, and others. Come hear about the work going on at one of the Bay Area’s most innovative companies!


Denali covers a wide range of job disciplines. To learn more, go to their website at






Joe Lewcock serves as the Head of Biology Discovery at Denali. Prior to joining Denali Joe spent 9 years at Genentech, where he helped to build the neuroscience research team and portfolio. In his role as Director of the Department of Neuroscience, he was responsible for generating the disease area strategy and management of the neuroscience portfolio, which included both large and small molecule programs. Joe also served as a project team leader, where he led a small molecule program from target discovery to IND filing. His lab focused on identification of new therapeutic drug targets for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Joe received his B.S. from University of California, San Diego, a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Salk Institute.




Zach Sweeney leads the Therapeutic Discovery group at Denali. Previously, he was a Director of Global Discovery Chemistry and Head of Analytical Chemistry at Novartis Emeryville. Zach also worked as a scientist at Genentech and Roche. His project teams have contributed to the identification of clinical candidates for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, inflammatory disorders, and infectious disease. Zach's teams have also authored over 40 patent applications and 30 scientific articles. He graduated with a degree in chemistry from Stanford University, received a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University.


April 19th, 2017

UC Berkeley Startup Job Fair 2017 

The best innovative companies need to hire the best people, and we are organizing the 2017 UC Berkeley Startup Job Fair to make the match happen. If you are a postdoc or a graduate student finishing up you PhD and are looking for an exciting job in a startup, as an employee or even co-founder, please join us for this event featuring companies from various fields of research (computer science, biotech, chemistry, etc.). This is meant to be an information session followed by an informal career fair where job seekers can network directly with founders and HR managers. A panel of startup employees will answer questions from the audience ranging from day-to-day activities to the great things and hard things about working in a startup. Startups looking to fill open positions will then be given 2-3 minutes each to describe the overall goals of their company and what the company is looking for in an employee/teammate/co-founder (both personal and technical qualities).


February 22nd, 2017


 "Writing an Effective Resume for a Job in Industry"


First impressions are important, and your resume will likely be the first thing an industry recruiter sees when you apply for a job. This workshop will help you start on a good note, with a resume that showcases your skills and accomplishments while being clear, concise, and accessible to a non-academic audience. The focus will be on translating your experiences from highly-technical academic jargon and 10-page-long CV to a short, punchy resume while using terminology that will make you marketable in an industry setting. While this presentation will provide specific guidance on creating your resume, Andrew Green will also give advice on how to effectively communicate with industry employers through other mediums, such as cover letters and interviews, with a particular focus on the online service LinkedIn.


2016 Workshops

Careers in Startups: Meet Hiring Startups and Learn the Ins and Outs!

An Event for Graduate Students, Postdocs and Faculty

Berkeley Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Program (BPEP) fosters entrepreneurship in the Berkeley postdoctoral and graduate student community. They provide basic tools, mentoring, and a platform for science-business entrepreneurship. All events are free of charge and come with food and a beer networking session.

This event will be held September 29th, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at 105 Stanley Hall, Berkeley.  This is meant to be an information session followed by an informal career fair where job seekers can network directly with founders and HR managers.

Have a beer together! Let's make this event phenomenal!

David Kirn, co-founder and CEO of QB3 startup 4D Molecular Therapeutics has a deep track record of entrepreneur innovation through multiple companies, is a UC Berkeley Alum, and an excellent speaker who will discuss hiring employees from the Founder's side. Adam Sterling of Berkeley Law will discuss some of the corporate laws and procedures for employees and founders.

Startups looking to fill open positions will then be given 2-3 minutes each to describe the overall goals of their company and what they are looking for in an employee/teammate/co-founder (both personal and technical qualities).



David H. Kirn, MD

Co-Founder, CEO & Chairman, 4D Molecular Therapeutics

David Kirn is a biotechnology entrepreneur, physician-scientist and leader in biotherapeutics R&D. He is co-founder & CEO of 4D Molecular Therapeutics, a leader in gene therapy vector discovery and development.  He received the Johnson & Johnson Entrepreneur Innovator Award. He was Founder & CEO of Jennerex Biotherapeutics, a pioneer in oncolytic immunotherapy for cancer. At Onyx Pharmaceuticals, he was the first development employee and VP of Clinical Research; he co-authored the first clinical development plan for sorafenib, the first targeted agent approved for kidney and for liver cancers. He consulted on biotherapeutics R&D for Biogen Idec, Novartis, Bayer and others. Dr. Kirn held faculty positions at UCSF, Oxford and Imperial College, London. He has co-authored over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He earned his B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley; M.D. at UCSF; internal medicine at Harvard Medical School; and oncology fellowship at UCSF.


Adam Sterling

Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy (BCLBE) at Berkeley Law. 

Previously he was a startup attorney at Gunderson Dettmer and the co-founder and director of the Sudan Divestment Task Force and Conflict Risk Network (CRN).



Exploring Careers in Scientific Communications

Over the course of your PhD training, you develop a wide array of skills, of which, one of the most useful and important is your ability to communicate your work. For science to be truly effective, it is required that your work and the work of the scientific community at large is accessible to all interested parties. Scientific communications is therefore integral to the progress of science and as such is always at its leading edge. From social media to podcasts and scientific journals, scientific communications takes on many forms and spans many platforms. If you are curious as to what it takes to be a communications professional, or just plain curious, join us and our panel of speakers in exploring careers in the exciting world of scientific communications! 


Dr. Karen Ring (CIRM) has enjoyed working in science communications for the past five years as a contract science writer and blogger. She is currently the website and social media manager for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and writes for their Stem Cellar Blog. Karen received her Ph.D. from the University of California San Francisco in 2012 in biomedical science and did a two-year postdoc at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. Her research expertise is in regenerative medicine, stem cells, and neuroscience.

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Dr. Nicholas Weiler (Public Information Officer at UCSF) grew up in Oakland, then studied neurobiology and behavior as an undergraduate at Columbia University. His favorite class in college was Ignorance (he got an A+), a class whose message has always stuck with him: data is the domain of experts, but everyone can appreciate a really beautiful question. He got his PhD in neuroscience at Stanford, where he imaged synapses in mouse brains in the lab of Stephen Smith.

He is currently a public information officer at UC San Francisco, where he works with researchers in stem cell biology, human genetics, drug development, cancer research, and other fields to share their fundamental discoveries and clinical insights with the public. As a freelance writer and podcaster, he has covered subjects ranging from food security to galactic collisions.

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Dr. Jennifer Huber (LBNL) is a Ph.D. physicist who worked in the field of medical imaging research for 19 years. She helped develop new medical imaging scanners for improved cancer detection. She is now a full-time freelance science writer and editor. She is highly proficient at synthesizing complex technical information and translating it for a general audience. As a testament to this, she has a science blog “Scientists Talk Funny” which talks about science news in a more conversational way. She also writes for the Stanford School of Medicine, TOMA Biosciences, and Convey.

Additionally, she has years of educational experience as a science and writing instructor. She specializes in teaching scientists how to effectively communicate clearly, concisely, and accurately for the general public. She teaches science-writing courses for UC Berkeley Extension, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and Genentech. 

She believes that good science communication is important and can help build a better future, and she is passionate and has been very successful in promoting a public understanding of science.

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Careers in Technical Consulting, with Exponent

June 7, 2016

Dr. Juan F. Perri, Dr. Mary W. Louie

Ever heard of technical consulting? Curious, but don't know what to expect? Join us for an evening with Exponent Consulting and learn more about this exciting alternative career path! Work with a range of clients, from private industry to government agencies to legal professionals, and solve real world problems. Work in a multi-disciplinary setting with hundreds of bright, like-minded engineers and scientists from around the world. Our speakers will discuss their experiences as consultants and present examples of their previous projects. Attendees are encouraged to bring a resume and talk to representatives about current openings! Attendees of this event will be given priority for spots on the upcoming Exponent Site Visit in early July!


Dr. Juan F. Perri specializes in soil mechanics, geotechnical engineering, foundation engineering, and earthquake engineering. He has extensive experience in the evaluation of flood control systems, including canals, dams, and levees. He has performed canal inspections, and worked on the expansion of the Panama Canal. Dr. Perri also has experience in conducting studies on ground vibrations, site amplification, wave propagation, liquefaction, and lateral spreading. He has worked on the design of static and seismic ground improvement systems, deep excavations, embankments, and deep and shallow foundations for hospital buildings. Dr. Perri’s doctoral research focused on geotechnical earthquake engineering, deep foundations for offshore structures, geotechnical constitutive modeling, and human factors in geotechnical engineering failures. At the University of California, Berkeley, he served as a graduate student researcher and was the teaching assistant for six graduate and undergraduate courses in soil mechanics, waste containment systems, risk assessment, and strong motion seismology.

Dr. Mary W. Louie's general area of expertise is materials characterization and failure analysis of consumer electronics and medical devices, including contamination analysis, display failure, and corrosion testing. She has over 8 years of research experience studying ion transport and electrocatalysis in fuel cell and electrolyzer systems, and is well versed in many electrochemical techniques such as AC impedance spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, and electrodeposition. In addition, Dr. Louie has extensive experience with developing characterization tools for interrogating electrochemistry under operating conditions, including electrochemical conducting atomic force microscopy (AFM) and confocal Raman microscopy. Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Louie was a postdoctoral researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where she examined structure-activity relationships of oxide catalysts for aqueous water splitting. During her graduate studies at Caltech, she studied the phase transformation properties of anhydrous proton-conducting membranes and reaction kinetics at gas-electrode-electrolyte interfaces in solid acid fuel cells. Additionally, Dr. Louie has worked at the Dow Chemical Company determining the mechanical and optical properties of polyethylene films and at the NASA Glenn Research Center characterizing the air separation capabilities of hollow-fiber membranes for suppressing airplane fuel tank fires. 


Getting a Job in the New Robotics Industry

February 18, 2016 

Thomas Glaser  Dr. Gregory Crutsinger  Melonee Wise

The global robotics industry is at a critical turning point, at which new and upcoming non-industrial markets like autonomous vehicles, enterprise robots, and unmanned aerial vehicles are expected to overshadow traditional markets like industrial robot arms. It is estimated that the global robotics industry will grow from $28.3 billion worldwide in 2015 to $151.7 billion by 2020. The years between 2016 and 2020 will redefine the way humans think about robots. 

As a postdoc researcher or a graduate student who is interested in robotics, you may be wondering what exactly is happening on a daily basis in the new industry, and what skills you will need to succeed. In this workshop, we will hear from three different robotics companies--Bosch, 3D Robotics, and Fetch Robotics--on what the future holds for robotics.



Thomas Glaser serves as the Senior Manager for Automated Driving at Robert Bosch GmbH’s Research and Technology Center North America located in Palo Alto, a sub division of Bosch’s global Corporate Sector Research and Advanced Engineering division. In this function he is responsible for research efforts in Situational Awareness and Localization.Beginning June 2008 through March 2014, Thomas Glaser was responsible for several projects within the field of Advanced Driver Assistance System and Automated Driving in Bosch’s Corporate Sector Research and Advanced Engineering division in Stuttgart, Germany.Thomas Glaser studied Engineering Cybernetics at the University of Stuttgart and worked as a research scholar at the University of California Santa Barbara and University of Queensland Australia.


Dr. Gregory Crutsinger is the academic program director at 3D Robotics. He joined 3DR from a tenure-track faculty position in the ecological sciences where he became excited about drones for time series spatial data collection. 


Melonee Wise is the CEO of Fetch Robotics, which is delivering advanced robots for the logistics industry.  The company introduced their robot system, including Fetch and Freight, in May of 2015.  Prior to joining Fetch, Melonee was CEO and co-founder of Unbounded Robotics.  Before then, Melonee was Manager of Robot Development at Willow Garage, where she led a team of engineers developing next-generation robot hardware, including the PR2 and TurtleBot from Willow Garage.  Melonee also has extensive experience in the growth of ROS as a research and commercial platform.  Melonee is currently a Mentor in the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator.


Getting Your Foot in the Door: Making the most of your contacts through LinkedIn, site visits, and informational interviews

February 2, 2016 

Andrew Green, Assistant Director of the Career Center at UC Berkeley


You've heard all about the importance of networking. You've set up a LinkedIn profile and started collecting business cards... now what? Networking is a core component of a successful career, but while it can be easy to make new connections, utilizing them effectively is much less straightforward. In this presentation, Andrew Green will explore the different ways your professional contacts can help further your career, as well as guidelines for meeting and staying in touch with new contacts. Dr. Green will also cover the increasingly important "informational interview," how to set one up, and how such interviews can help expand your career options and even increase your chances of getting hired! 







2015 Workshops

The Inside Scoop: Google Life Sciences

November 5, 2015

Joesph Lehar 


Are you excited to hear what new technology Google will come up with next? Have you wondered what it would be like to conduct research at one of the most innovative tech companies in the world? We invite you to join us to learn more about the exciting world of Google Life Sciences with Dr. Joseph Lehar, Head of Computational Biology.



Dr. Joseph Lehar is the Head of Computational Biology at Google Life Sciences. He is a computational biologist with an astrophysics background and over 30 years of research experience. Dr. Lehar has trained at Brandeis University, MIT, and the University of Cambridge and has held multiple senior roles in industry, at companies such as Novartis and CombinatoRx. 


Transitioning from Academia to a Career in Data Science

October 8th, 2015

Jake Klamka, Wafa Soofi, Zach Gazak


Insight Data Science program is a post-doctoral training fellowship that aims at bridging the gap between academia and data science. Based in Silicon Valley and New York City, the program enables scientists to learn the industry specific skills needed to work in the growing field of big data. Their fellows came from a variety of research fields and now work at over 100 of top companies including Apple, Netflix, New York Times, Yelp, and many others.



Jake Klamka is the founder of the Insight Data Science Fellow program. Prior to that, Jake was an entrepreneur in the Y Combinator winter 2011 session and a particle physicist at the University of Toronto, working on the Large Hadron Collider experiment.


Wafa Soofi is program director of the Insight Data Science program at Silicon Valley. She is an Insight fellow at 2014. During the fellowship training, she developed CrowdSkipper, a web application for predicting the size of crowds at national parks by analyzing photo metadata from She graduated of Georgia Institute of Technology in Biomedical Engineering.


Zach Gazak is currently program director at Insight Data Science program. He is an alumnus from Insight in 2014, where he worked with startup Embedly to develop a video recommendation system. He holds a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Hawaii.




How recruiters would apply for a job in industry

September 1, 2015

Julie Hylton, Paul Korn, Regina Roodhouse, Theresa Shek 

There is a growing number of postdocs and PhDs in the sciences who want to pursue a career in industry. How do you transition from academia to industry and start building a successful scientific career? 


We are pleased to host a panel discussion with recruiters from a broad range of disciplines to share their thoughts on the job search. You will gain insight into the recruitment process in industry, including tips on how to get noticed, what recruiters are looking for, and how to prepare for an interview.



·   Julie Hylton, Recruitment Manager at Novartis 

·   Paul Korn, Founder & Chief Recruiter at SearchNet

·   Regina Roodhouse, Senior Recruiter at Gilead

·   Theresa Shek, Staffing Consultant at Genentech




Julie Hylton

Julie started her career in human resources at UC San Diego. She then entered the tech industry 16 years ago by working at Gateway and Websense. In 2012, she transitioned to the pharmaceutical industry, first by working at Shire and now at Novartis where she is a recruitment manager. Julie is passionate about engaging top talent at all levels.


Paul Korn

With 20+ years of engineering recruiting experience, Paul is currently building Searchnet, a boutique technical recruiting firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. Previously, Paul sourced and recruited top engineering talent to help build R&D development teams for Raytheon, Medtronic, Nokia, Illumina, Bio-Rad and Genapsys. Prior to recruiting, Paul worked as Sr. Systems Engineer in the defense/aerospace industry for General Dynamics for 5+ years. Paul earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Davis.


Regina Roodhouse

Regina is a Senior Recruiter in the Talent Acquisition team at Gilead where she manages the full cycle of the hiring process. Prior to her current position, she worked as a recruiter at Genentech, Celera Diagnostics and Novartis, amongst other companies. At Genentech, she won numerous awards for Top Recruiter. She loves interacting with all levels of candidates but finds great pleasure with working with Post Docs/ PhD level candidates. This is the future of science and enjoys being a part of the introduction into the pharma world.


Theresa Shek

Theresa is a Staffing Consultant at Genentech supporting Research and Early Development (gRED), and previously university intern and MBA recruitment.  Before a career in Human Resources, she was a researcher within Genentech's gRED organization for over 10 years years. Theresa really enjoys her role where she has the ability to see many individuals excitement and interest in the sciences, and their desire to help patients who can benefit from the great work we do.




How a staffing agency can help you find a job

June 18, 2015

Brad Sibbald 

This workshop will discuss how a staffing agency, like Kelly Services, can help you get a job, how to navigate the job market, and also some insight in writing resumes. We will ask you to upload a resume as our speaker will include current job openings fitting your resumes in his presentation. Also, recruiters will join us for a networking session afterwards, so please bring your resumes to our event!

Here is a short description of our speaker; Brad Sibbald: 

My name is Brad Sibbald, I am the Director of Sales for Kelly Scientific and Kelly Services for Northern California. I, like many others, knew that I wanted a career in the sciences but had no idea what exactly I wanted to do or how to go about getting there. Now after 10 years from finishing grad school, I have started a biotech company which went public, joined Kelly Services and climbed the ladder to Director while putting more than 4500 people to work every year in the Bay Area. In my one hour lecture, I will review how to work with agencies and recruiters, how to specialize your search, leverage contacts and networking to your advantage and streamline your approach to how you find you next career move.


Careers in the Life Sciences — Finding Your Way

April 8, 2015

Toby Freedman 

Given the large number of careers in the life sciences (biotech, pharma, biofuels, medical devices, academia, non profits, government and research institutes), how do you decide which career best matches your interests, skills, and your personal and professional goals? Join us to hear Toby Freedman discuss the findings of her book, Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development, based on interviews with over 200 industry executives and professionals.

Toby will provide a high level overview of the over 100 different careers in the life sciences, ranging from careers in venture capital, to marketing and discovery research. She will speak about steps that you can do now to help you in your transition and will discuss entrepreneurship.


Toby Freedman is an author and Founder/President of Synapsis Search. A scientist by training, she transitioned into business as a recruiter, writer, and entrepreneur. Her book Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development was published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press and provides a comprehensive overview of the many careers in the life sciences industry. Her book covers over 20 vocational areas ranging from venture capital to marketing to discovery research.

Toby founded her own recruiting firm, Synapsis Search, which is focused on life science R&D and business placements. Previously she worked at BioQuest, an executive retained recruiting firm, and before that was Director of Business Development at SLIL Biomedical, a drug discovery company developing therapeutics for cancer and other diseases.

Toby earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology/biology from UNC Chapel Hill, a B.S. from the University of California, and as an NIH Fellow, conducted postdoctoral research at Harvard University and at the University of Texas-Austin. She is the Program Chair for the BioScience Forum, a non-profit educational forum serving the San Francisco Bay Area biotechnology community. 


Writing an Effective Resume for a Job in Industry

February 2, 2015 

Andrew Green, Assistant Director of the Career Center at UC Berkeley

First impressions are important, and your resume will likely be the first thing an industry recruiter sees when you apply for a job. This workshop will help you start on a good note, with a resume that showcases your skills and accomplishments while being clear, concise, and accessible to a non-academic audience. The focus will be on translating your experiences from highly-technical academic jargon and a 10-page-long CV to a short, punchy resume while using terminology that will make you marketable in an industry setting. While this presentation will provide specific guidance on creating your resume, Andrew Green will also give advice on how to effectively communicate with industry employers through other mediums, such as cover letters and interviews, with a particular focus on the online service LinkedIn.

Presentation slides    Sample resume 1    Sample resume 2    Sample resume 3    Sample resume 4    Sample resume 5



2014 Workshops


Careers in Intellectual Property: panel discussion and Q&A

September 16, 2014 

Lynne Hollyer, Otis Littlefield, Ph.D., J.D.,  Terri Sale, J.D.

Are you interested in applying your scientific knowledge, logical thinking, and writing skills in a career that will never require you to pick up a pipettor again? This workshop will introduce the breadth of opportunities available to scientists in the field of intellectual property. Speakers include members of UC Berkeley’s Intellectual Property office and patent lawyers with experience in law firms and biotech companies. Come to get an overview of intellectual property and ask your questions directly to the experts.


Lynne Hollyer

Lynne Hollyer is an associate director in the Industry Alliances Office.  In that capacity she works with companies in the life sciences, engineering, software and chemical industries.  She came to Berkeley in 2005 after nearly twenty years of working in the private sector. She worked as a negotiator for Pacific Gas and Electric Company in alternative energy development and has worked in the software industry and as a business consultant.  Lynne was the Chief Operating Officer of Professional Management Concepts, a firm specializing in the implementation of start-up companies.

Otis Littlefield, Ph.D., J.D.

Otis Littlefield is a partner in Morrison & Foerster's San Francisco office. Dr. Littlefield's practice focuses on representing life science clients, including biotechnology, pharmaceutical, agricultural biotechnology, and medical device companies.Dr. Littlefield's practice includes drafting and prosecuting patent applications, including interferences and re-examinations, and conducting due diligence studies in connection with venture capital, private and public financing, and mergers and acquisitions. Dr. Littlefield received his PhD from UC Berkeley and holds a JD from the UC Berkeley school of law.

Terri Sale, J.D.

Terri Sale is a Senior Licensing Officer at UC Berkeley’s Office of Technology Licensing where she licenses UC Berkeley’s innovations in medical devices, research tools, microfluidics and other life science technologies. 

Prior to joining UCB, Terri was Patent Counsel for Exelixis for two years where she worked with pharmaceutical, biotechnology and plant genetic technologies.  Terri later became Associate General Counsel at Bio-Rad Laboratories for eight years, where she licensed life science and diagnostic technologies and was responsible for managing the company’s worldwide patent and trademark portfolios. Prior to joining Bio-Rad, Terri was a patent attorney with the law firm Fulbright & Jaworski and with the U.S. Navy, Office of General Counsel. 

Terri holds a J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center and a B.S. in Biotechnology – Genetics from the University of Maryland. Terri is also a member of the California State Bar and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


Info session about L'Oreal California Agile Research Center

August 27, 2014 

Guive Balooch, Ph.D., Rafal Pielak, Ph.D.

The California Agile Research Center is a new initiative from L'Oreal Research & Innovation that combines a startup-like, high-paced environment with large-organization resources to collaborate with top Universities and start-ups in California. The Agile Center was created to nurture innovation, cutting edge technologies and research. The projects range from flexible electronics, non-linear optical tools for in vivo imaging, tissue engineering, biophysics, synthetic biology/biotechnology, biochemistry, clinical biology, and new functionalized cell models. The mission is to grow/build scientific programs, publish in scientific journals, and foster collaborations with key academic laboratories and start-ups. The center is located in a new QB3 startup incubator at Mission Bay.

L’Oreal is the world’s largest cosmetic company with the highest investment in R&I in the industry. Founded in 1909 by a young chemist, Eugene Schueller, L’Oreal continues to excel in science and innovation. L’Oréal’s Research and Innovation employs over 4,000 people of approximately 60 nationalities. Working in some thirty disciplines, more than half of these employees have doctorates or engineering degrees, and they are responsible for about 600 patents filed per year.

At the L’Oreal California Agile Research, Rafal manages projects related to skin biophysics, devices development for in vivo skin evaluation, and sensors development with collaborators at Stanford, UC Berkeley and different startup companies. Rafal earned his Ph.D. in biophysics from Harvard University and did his postdoctoral training at the department of Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) at University of California, Berkeley. Rafal also worked with Business and Development team at Agios Pharmaceuticals. 

Learn about exciting career opportunities: an opening for a senior scientist - engineering (see description below) and multiple openings for PhD-level research scientists that will be posted in the very near future.  At this event you will also learn about the exciting developments being planned for this Center, meet L'Oreal leaders associated with the Center and be introduced to the types of positions being created.  If you are currently job hunting, bring a generic copy of your resume/CV to share during the time for networking with Dr. Balooch and Dr. Pielak and team.


The Art of Asking Questions

June 10, 2014 

Marianne Neuwirth, Ph.D. 

Effective communication includes not only what you say and hear, but also the types of questions you ask, or encounter. In this workshop, participants will learn various functions of questions, how to identify different types of questions, and how to use effective and creative questions to enhance teaching, presenting, and interviewing. We will also address answering various types of questions, including those from potential funders, advisors, critics, and colleagues. Regardless of your discipline, this workshop will give you tools to help your communication be more refined and engaging. For each participant, the goals of this workshop are to strengthen confidence during Q/A after public presentations, improve performance skills during job talks and interviews, and increase ease during informal conversations with professional and personal contacts.


Marianne Neuwirth, PhD, is a Communication Consultant and Trainer at Stanford University. Dr. Neuwirth has been teaching for 18 years in the field of Communication, with an emphasis on the effective use of one’s voice and physicality to connect with others in interpersonal and public contexts. Her ability to integrate physical expression into presentations stems from her medical background; she earned her undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy with a minor in Anatomical Sciences. She directs the IRITE-ISPEAK program at Stanford, in which researchers are trained to explain what they do in a succinct and clear fashion to a lay audience. She also consults with students and postdoctoral fellows in preparing and presenting job talks, dissertation and oral defenses, and job interviews, and teaches specialized workshops on public speaking, negotiation, and storytelling.


Career Perspectives: Working at BASF – The Chemical Company

May 27, 2014 

Agustin Izquierdo, Pulakesh Mukherjee, Christian Schildknecht

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of about €74 billion in 2013 and over 112,000 employees as of the end of the year.


Agustin Izquierdo is the General Manager of BASF Temperature Sensing Division based in Fremont, California. Most recently, Agustin was the Chief of Staff to BASF North America CEO (Florham Park, NJ). Agustin joined BASF in July 2009 as part of the MBA Leadership Development Program. 

Pulakesh Mukherjee is the Principal for BASF's Venture Capital (BVC) in Fremont, CA. Pulakesh joined BASF Venture Capital in 2009 and is based in Silicon Valley, California, USA. He began his career in 2002 in Polymer Research at BASF in Germany where he was responsible for development and scaling up of novel water based polymers. After his stint in research he joined the Intermediates Division and was delegated to India where he was Head of New Business Development of the Intermediates Division as well as responsible for marketing and sales of specialty chemicals for the Pharmaceutical Industry. 

Christian Schildknecht is a current CARA (California Research Alliance) Innovation Manager based on the UC Berkeley Campus. Christian joined BASF in 2005 in Germany as a research scientist working in the field of organic electronics, building up a new cleanroom lab and establishing OLED device research.


Building on Innovation: Employees in Early Start-ups

April 15, 2014 

Adriana Tajonar, Ph.D., Chao Zhang, Ph.D., Jerry Jariyasunant, Ph.D., Marcus Carr, Ph.D.
Have you ever heard of the quote “The best way to do a start-up, is to join a start-up!”?
Have you ever asked any of the following questions.…
Start-up or corporate, which is better for my career?
How can I land a job at a start-up?
What is it like to be an employee at an early start-up?
How can I grow with a start-up and "build the beast" with my peers?

Join a lively discussion on this topic about the joys and sorrows of working at and growing with a start-up.

Our Panelists Include:

Adriana Tajonar, Ph.D., Entrepreneurship Program Manager at QB3

Adriana Tajonar manages the QB3 Startup in a Box and QB3 Accelerator programs, a core part of QB3’s initiative to launch life science companies and set them up for operational success. The QB3 Startup in a Box Program allows entrepreneurs to form well-structured companies and prepare competitive SBIR applications. In 2 years, the program has formed over 150 companies, 31 of which are already operational. Adriana also runs the QB3-BayBio Accelerator Program, which aims to make companies operationally efficient by providing advice, checklists, and connections to best-in-class service providers. Adriana holds a PhD in Biological and Biomedical Sciences from Harvard University and a BS in Biology from MIT.

Chao Zhang, Ph.D., VP research @ Plexxikon

Dr. Zhang earned his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Boston University, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Berkeley for 2 years before joining industry. Dr. Zhang has been with Plexxikon since its inception in 2001. He helped build the scaffold-based drug discovery platform at Plexxikon, and has been a key contributor to the company’s discovery efforts. Dr. Zhang was instrumental in the discovery of Zelboraf®, Plexxikon’s first oncology drug now approved in the U.S. and many other countries. He has been the head of research at Plexxikon since 2013.

Jerry Jariyasunant, Ph.D., Co-founder @ Automatic

Jerry is a co-founder of Automatic ( He completed his PhD in Civil Engineering (Systems) from UC Berkeley in 2012, working on tracking and influencing transportation behavior. He received his MS in Civil Engineering (Transportation) from UC Berkeley and BS in Computer Engineering from UC San Diego.

Marcus Carr, Ph.D., Scientist at Kiverdi

Marcus has worked on strain development and metabolic engineering at Kiverdi since January 2014, where he is developing a microbial gas-fermentation platform to produce commodity chemicals. While at Berkeley, he participated in the Cleantech to Market program at Haas on a biofuels project. He recently received his PhD in chemistry for work with Judith Klinman (UC Berkeley) on the relationship between side-chain and active-site structure in enzymes.


Persuasion: Communications and Sales Skills for PhDs

March 11, 2014 

Peter Fiske, Ph.D.

Communications and Sales Skills: Many PhDs believe that their technical work and publications are the main modes by which they will build their reputation and gain advancement. And most PhDs think that “selling” involves slick manipulation of facts and tiresome schmoozing. In this lecture, Dr. Fiske examines some of the science of persuasion, and reveals how some of the most important technical communication you do may be more effective when you appreciate things from the listeners’ perspective. 


A serial entrepreneur and CEO of PAX Water Technologies, Inc. in Richmond, CA, Dr. Fiske is a nationally-recognized author and lecturer on the subject of leadership and career development for young scientists and engineers. Dr. Fiske is the author of “To Boldly Go: A Practical Career Guide for Scientists” (AGU Press, 1996). A new edition, “Put Your Science to Work” was published in December of 2000. From 1996 to 2000, Dr. Fiske wrote the career advice column Tooling Up, read by over 60,000 scientists and engineers monthly, and has lectured on the subject of career development for scientists to over 8,000 young scientists and engineers in the US and the UK. Dr. Fiske presently writes the monthly on-line column Opportunities for the American Association for the Advancement of Science and, with fellow scientist/entrepreneur Dr. Geoff Davis, keeps an active dialogue with the science community through his blog Engineering Scientists. 

Dr. Fiske received his Ph.D. in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford University in 1993 and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley in 2002.


Building Your Brand and the Biosketch

February 18, 2014 

Andrew Green, Ph.D.,PhD counselor
UC Berkeley Career Center

The Biosketch is a document that is required to apply for a PIEP site visit. But for many postdocs interested in making a transition to industry, whether in a bench or a non-research capacity, it is also a first attempt to articulate the skills one has acquired as a grad student and postdoc, and communicate them in a clear and effective manner to a non-academic audience. This presentation will provide specific guidance on creating your PIEP Biosketch, but will also talk about how you can begin to think about how to convey to a future employer the valuable skills and experience you have to offer whether through a cover letter, resume, interview, etc.



2013 Workshops


Building Your Brand and the Biosketch

March 5, 2013

Andrew Green PhDPhD counselor

UC Berkeley Career Center

The Biosketch is a document that is required to apply for a PIEP site visit. But for many postdocs interested in making a transition to industry, whether in a bench or a non-research capacity, it is also a first attempt to articulate the skills one has acquired as a grad student and postdoc, and communicate them in a clear and effective manner to a non-academic audience. This presentation will provide specific guidance on creating your PIEP Biosketch, but will also talk about how you can begin to think about how to convey to a future employer the valuable skills and experience you have to offer whether through a cover letter, resume, interview, etc.


Finding the Right Career in the Life Sciences Industry

April 25, 2013

Toby Freedman PhD

Founder/President, Synapsis Search

Given the large number of career opportunities in the life sciences industry, how do you decide which career will be the best match for your interests, skills, and your personal and professional goals? Join us to hear Toby Freedman discuss the findings of her book, Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development, based on interviews with over 200 industry executives. Toby will provide a high level overview of the over 100 different careers in the life sciences, ranging from careers in venture capital to discovery research. She will also talk about which careers offer a work/life balance, and which careers do not. Given the challenging job market for graduates and postdocs, Toby will speak about the current economy and its impact on jobs.


Taking Greater Control of your Professional Future through myIDP

June 19, 2013

Andrew Green PhD

PhD counselor, UC Berkeley Career Center

You don’t need to be a physicist to understand the power of inertia. Data shows that postdocs who articulate and commit to an Individual Development Plan (IDP) are more satisfied and productive in moving towards their career goal regardless of whether they are pursuing faculty positions or careers in the broad range of opportunities beyond academia.

This session is designed to provide you with online tools that will enable you to create a plan for moving forward, and act in a systematic way toward the accomplishment of your goals. Harnessing the power of the myIDP instrument, developed at UCSF and hosted on, will give you a stronger sense of agency about your future. While it is not a pre-requisite, participants are encouraged to create a (free) online account (, and review the myIDP site before the presentation.


Beyond Academia: the Industry Landscape for Ph.D and postdocs

July 2, 2013

Yvonne Klaue PhD

Administrative Director, PPM, KGI

Over the last decades, a wide gulf has emerged between the number of postdoctoral fellows and the availability of academic faculty positions. For many postdocs, industry offers a promising alternative. Careers in industry can be both exciting and rewarding, offering real world application of cutting edge science and making a beneficial impact upon people’s lives.

What skills do postdoctoral scientists need to enter the corporate workforce?

Why isn’t a PhD sufficient, especially to work for companies where science is the fundamental currency of the business?

This talk will discuss the career landscape facing postdocs interested in moving into industry. Some tips for applying to industry positions. It will also provide an introduction to KGI’s Postdoctoral Professional Master Degree.



September 26, 2013

Charles Voliva, Director of Cancer Biology at Novartis

Maria Chen, Postdoctoral researcher at Genentech

Michael Armbrust, Postdoctoral researcher at Google

Jake Klamka, Founder of Insight Data Science Fellowship Program

More frequently, graduate students and PhDs are considering alternatives to the conventional academic experience. Pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship at a company is a great way to gain experience and transition into a career in industry. Please join us Thursday, September 26 2013 in Stanley Hall Room 106 for our next PIEP workshop to learn more about several industry postdoctoral training programs and find out answers to common questions including: How does the program differ from academia? What are the program’s expectations? What are the benefits and opportunity costs? What is industry postdoc culture like? Where do industry postdocs end up? What is the best way to apply for an industry postdoc?


Smooth Transitions - A Top 10 List of Things Scientists Ask About Finding an Industry Job

October 22, 2013

Joanne Kamens PhD

Executive Director, Addgene

These days, staying in academia is really the "alternative" career for scientists. The majority of young scientists will not end up in a traditional academic research position. This presentation will outline criteria to consider in deciding if embarking on an industry science career is right for you and will provide concrete tools and resources for preparing for this transition.



2012 Workshops


Preparing your Biosketch for Site-Visits and Using LinkedIn Strategically

February 15 2012

Andrew Green
Associate Director of the Career Center
University of California Berkeley

During this workshop, you will learn how to produce a Biosketch, which is your personal profile of career interest, skills and accomplishments that will be used by the company and PIEP committee to select postdocs and graduate students for site-visits, should space become limiting. Subsequently, you will discover how your Biosketch can be easily used to create or improve upon your Linked-in profile, which is the largest on-line network of working professionals.

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Informational Interviewing

April 18 2012

Mark Friedfeld
Assisant Director and Career Advisor
Haas Business School

Planning and carrying out an informational interview is one of the best ways to explore career options, answer questions you may have about your career choice, and gain feedback and advice about how to succeed in your chosen profession. Mark Friedfeld will help you learn how to build contacts and execute an informational interview. This skill is an absolutely must-have for today’s job search in industry and will be useful for any PIEP site-visit follow-up with company employees.

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What to Expect in Biotech

July 17 2012

Doug Kalish

The number of job opportunities for PhDs in Biotech and Pharma dwarfs the academic job market.  Are you aware of these opportunities, and more importantly, of the differences between academic research and drug development?  Doug Kalish, entrepreneur and educator, will describe the drug and medical device development processes and enumerate the roles that life and physical sciences PhDs can play.  He’ll also detail the realities of working in a non-academic environment and introduce you to the different types of business cultures you will encounter.  Finally, he’ll focus on what life is like at a biotech startup – the good, the bad, and the ugly.  This workshop will help you make the decision to pursue a non-academic career and give you vital insights into how the industry works.Her workshop

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Sweaty Palms: Interviewing Skills and Etiquette

August 8 2012

Dawn Block
HR Consultant for Start-ups
Block Talent Partners

Her workshop - entitled “Sweaty Palms” - will cover some of the hidden goings-on in the world of recruitment. You’ll learn the keys to uncovering where the jobs are, how to land an interview and how make a lasting impression on the interviewer. Told from an agency’s perspective, you’ll gain transparency into the recruiting process and begin to understand what’s behind the magic curtain of hiring. And there will be plenty of time for questions and discussions on the issues most important to you!

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Introduction to the Dow Chemical Company

September 10 2012

Steve Hahn
Research Fellow, Ventures and Business Development
The Dow Chemical Company

The Dow Chemical Company is a leading science and technology company based in Midland, MI in 1897 by Herbert H. Dow.  Dow is now a global manufacturer and industry leader in the areas of specialty chemicals, advanced materials, agrosciences, and plastics, supplying products and services in 160 countries and operating manufacturing facilities in 36 countries around the globe.  Dow manufactures more than 5,000 individual products and had sales of $60 billion in 2011.  Dow is also well known for it’s robust focus on innovation, and regularly launches game-changing innovations.  This presentation will focus on Dow’s current capabilities and portfolio of innovative new products that are currently being presented to the market.

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2011 Workshops


The Savvy Site Visitor or How to Become One

Andrew Green
Associate Director of the Career Center
University of California Berkeley

During this workshop, you will learn how to create a biosketch. This document is your personal profile of career interest, skills and accomplishments and is used by companies and PIEP committee to select postdocs and graduate students for site visits should space become limiting. You will gain a better understanding of how to communicate your sources of value to create a professional image which appeals to industry.


Informational Interviewing and the Job Search

Lynne Hollyer
Assistant Director of Intellectual Property and Industry Research Alliances
University of California Berkeley

Informational interviewing is a valuable strategy for exploring career fields. It is essential for learning about a field and job functions which fit your talents as well as evaluating organizations that could be a good match for you. You will learn how to plan, prepare and conduct an informational interview in this workshop through group participation and role plays. At the end of the workshop, you will get useful resources to take home with you.

Getting the Offer You Want: Strategies and Tactics for Negotiating Your Job Offer

Peter Fiske
Author, To Boldly Go: A Practical Career Guide for Scientists and Put Your Science to Work: A Take-Charge Career Guide for Scientists

Industrial Career Options in Life Sciences

Victoria Sharma
Program Director of Biotechnology
University of California Berkeley Extension

In Dr. Sharma’s lecture, the following topics will be broached:

  • Thinking Outside the Lab
  • Career Paths in Academia, Industry and Government Research Institutes and Non-Profits
  • The BioTech Industry:  The Pros and Cons
  • An Overview of Product Development
  • The Wide Variety of Careers in Research and Where the Demand Is
  • How to Break into BioTech
  • How to Identify the Career Path You Most Want
  • Finding Positions that Fit Your Path
  • How to Ensure that You are Competitive
  • Getting the Training You Need
  • How to Demonstrate Your Skill Set
  • Getting the Experience You Need
  • Building Your Industry Contacts
  • Getting Noticed by a Company
  • Where to Find Networking Resources
  • Recommendations for the Job Search During Tough Economic Times
  • Where is the Future Potential for Researchers
  • The Future of Life Science


Career Opportunities in the Life Sciences Industry and Job Search Strategies

Toby Freedman
Author, Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development

There are a large number of career opportunities in the life sciences industry.  But, how do you navigate the most appropriate career path that will be the best match for your interests, skills and professional goals? Join us to hear Toby Freedman discuss the findings of her book, Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development, based on interviews with over 200 industry executives. Toby will provide a high level overview of the over 100 different careers in the life sciences, ranging from venture capital to discovery research. She will discuss some of the differences between working in academia, industry and government, and will provide practical tips that you can employ now, that will help you find a job in industry. For those actively looking for jobs, Toby will offer her executive recruiting perspective to discuss networking and job search tips. Lastly, she will finish the talk with a discussion about the current economy and how the industry is going through a truly transformative time.

Handling Difficult Situations and People

Doug Kalish

Conscientious, driven, and introverted. Sound familiar? How about dominant, arrogant, self-confident, or hostile? Like it or not, these traits are relatively common among those at the top of the highly competitive field of scientific research. It's no surprise then that when conflicts arise in the workplace, we scientists may find them challenging to handle. We all encounter difficult people and tricky situations at some point in our careers, and, as scientists, these issues can be magnified by our own personality traits and those of our peers. Unfortunately, while we may be experts in our chosen fields, most of us have received virtually no training in managing people or functioning as part of a team. The situation is not hopeless, however. Even the most introverted and socially inept scientists can learn to resolve conflicts and navigate their way through difficult situations.

Increasing Intellectual Property (IP) Awareness among Entrepreneurs, Inventors and Businesses

Ram Shukla
Supervisory Patent Examiner
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is developing a web based IP Awareness Assessment Tool that will be available on the USPTO’s website. The tool will have cover various aspects of IP including Patents, Trademarks, licensing and International IP. Based on the assessment, a user will be provided training materials and resources to help them in learning about IP.  Features of the tools will be discussed.   

USPTO employs over 6 thousand Patent Examiners, who examine patent applications on all the inventions, including Engineering, Computer Science and Biotechnology.  Biotechnology group itself has over 500 examiners who examine applications in various areas of biotechnology, including Nucleic Acids, Proteins, Gene Therapy, Vaccines, Pharmaceuticals, Transgenic Animals and Plants. Patent Examiner work and How to apply for the USPTO jobs will be discussed.