The purpose of the Graduate Networking Forum is to provide career advice and networking opportunities to STEM Graduate Students at the University of Delaware. The event will positively impact graduate students by advancing their ability to network and increasing their knowledge of career paths and opportunities in STEM fields.
The event will feature Velia Fowler, a long-time Scripps Institute researcher and future chair of the Biological Sciences department, discussing how to build a network and use it to be successful in a STEM career. Additionally, there will be two hour-long, interactive panels focused on excelling in academia or industry. Attendees will have the chance to present posters and network with panelists and other attendees over lunch.
ASSOCIATE DEAN OF GRADUATE STUDIES
VELIA FOWLER BIO
DELAWARE BIOTECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
ALOK PATEL BIO
Alok attended the University of Delaware and earned a B.A. in Marketing & Management with a minor in International Business. Alok’s professional voyage began in the Specialty TACS division of MBNA (now Bank of America), where he formed and managed an effective team to tackle a multi-stage online support project. As an Inside Sales Associate at W. L. Gore & Associates, he used value based propositioning to educate the public about the use of ePTFE in Fabrics and eventually as a Marketing Associate was able to support the Burton/Gore-Tex partnership. Alok’s experience working under the VP Business Development & Marketing at iBio, Inc., sharpened his brand and web development skills helping poise the organization to come out from under its parent company and eventually go public.
Through the Delaware Technology Park, Alok was able to help coordinate community service projects like the $1 Million plus materials donation from AstraZeneca to the public school systems throughout the state of Delaware. For about 7 years prior to his current role, Alok entrenched himself in helping grow the Delaware BioScience Association (Delaware Bio) into a nationally competitive state bioscience association. During his time at Delaware Bio, the association almost doubled in membership and tripled in revenue.
Alok’s journey comes full circle at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI), part of his alma mater. In his current position, Alok looks to help bridge the technology innovation gap through fostering partnerships between academia and industry.
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
CENTER OF BIOINFORMATICS AND COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY
DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES
UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
PEW BIOMEDICAL SCHOLAR
CBI PROGRAM CO-DIRECTOR
CATHERINE GRIMES BIO
Catherine joined the University of Delaware’s Chemistry and Biochemistry Department as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2011. She was appointed a joint faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences in 2012. Her research program focuses on the development and chemical synthesis of small molecule carbohydrate probes that mimic intermediates of bacterial cell wall biosynthesis and bacterial-host immune recognition. Dr. Leimkuhler Grimes is nationally recognized as a young leader in the field of chemical biology, as she has received numerous awards including a Pew Biomedical Scholars Award, a Cottrell Scholar, and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. She received the American Chemical Society’s Infectious Disease Young Investigator Award and was named the Mangone Young Investigator Award from the Unidel Foundation. She is the co-director of the NIH funded graduate program at the interface of chemistry and biology (CBI) and the faculty mentor to a dynamic group of undergraduate STEM majors, “The Scientistas”.
UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
ROBIN MORGAN BIO
ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT
UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
STEVEN STANHOPE BIO
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
DELAWARE BIOSCIENCE ASSOCIATION
BOB DAYTON BIO
Associates with new product launch over a 12 year period leading to significant business growth with customers ranging from small to Fortune 100 companies. He has traveled extensively and lived for short periods in New York City and upstate New York. His public sector experience includes a seven-year commitment in economic development in Delaware Governor Tom Carper’s (now U.S. Senator) and Governor Ruth Ann Minner’s Administrations focused on building the technology business sector. In this capacity, his work ranged from interacting with leaders of global corporations to counseling and assisting the founders of early stage technology ventures.
Dayton helped found and led the Delaware BioScience Association, a 5Ol(c)(6) trade association, from inception in 2006 to 2017. As president, Dayton had the pleasure of working with a very talented team and a diverse and experienced Board of Directors and members locally, regionally and nationally supporting the growth of bioscience research and commercialization.
Dayton served on the Executive Committee culminating in a two-year term as Chairman of the Council of State Bioscience Associations (CSBA), a prominent national organization of over 45 state Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) affiliates.
In 2007 he helped found and joined the Board of Directors of Delaware-based MidCoast Community Bank. Dayton sits on the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences Advisory Board, UD Accounting and MIS Advisory Council and the Delaware INBRE External Advisory Council. He previously served on the Delaware Foundation for Science and Math Education Board of Directors, Delaware State University’s Early College High School Board of Directors, the Greater Philadelphia Life Sciences Congress Executive Committee, Delaware Technical & Community College Biotechnology Advisory Committee and several other boards.
Dayton, a graduate of the University of Delaware and one of seven children, currently resides in Newark, DE and a waterfront home in North East, MD. His interests include lots of family time, travel, connecting individuals with new business and personal opportunities, continuous learning, a variety of sports including swimming, golf and tennis with a little carpentry on the side. He has raced catamarans, completed several triathlons and one marathon, coached youth soccer and baseball and enjoys water related activities. He and his wife Teresa have a combined family of five adult children.
LC/MS CLINICAL & FORENSICS APPLICATIONS ENGINEER
AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
JULIE CICHELLI BIO
CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
QPS HOLDINGS, LLC
BEN HSU BIO
NIHMAT MORJANA BIO
POTTER ANDERSON CORROON
JANET REED BIO
In addition to her law degree, Janet holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry and a Master’s degree in plant pathology. Prior to entering patent law, Janet accumulated ten years of laboratory experience in biochemistry, molecular biology and plant physiology/pathology, in graduate-level research and as a visiting postdoctoral research scientist at DuPont.
TIME: 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
LOCATION: UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE | TRABANT HALL
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
9:00 – 9:30 AM | Keynote Speaker – Velia Fowler, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
9:30 – 10:30 AM | Academia Panel
10:30 – 11:00 AM | Networking & Student Poster Break
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Industry Panel
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Networking Lunch & Student Posters