GRADUATE NETWORKING

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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.

KEYNOTE

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VELIA FOWLER

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ASSOCIATE DEAN OF GRADUATE STUDIES
SCRIPPS RESEARCH

VELIA FOWLER BIO

Velia M. Fowler has been a Professor at The Scripps Research Institute for over 30 years and has served as Associate Dean of the graduate program since 2013. In January 2019, Professor Fowler will join the University of Delaware as Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. She received her B.A. from Oberlin College in 1974, and her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1980, working in the labs of Daniel Branton and D. Lansing Taylor. She then studied as a postdoctoral fellow with Vann Bennett at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine before obtaining a faculty position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School in 1984. Professor Fowler moved to Scripps Research in 1987, where she studies how actin filament dynamics and myosin contractility provide stability and exert forces to shape membrane curvature and influence cell and tissue biomechanics. She has published 130 research papers, chapters and reviews, mentoring over 25 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as undergraduates and high school students, and was nominated three times as Outstanding Mentor at Scripps. During her research career, Dr. Fowler was awarded a predoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation, a postdoctoral fellowship from the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research, an Established Investigator award from the American Heart Association. Her laboratory has been continuously funded by investigator-initiated grants from the National Institutes of Health for over 30 years. In addition to her research, she has been elected to Chair several scientific conferences, including the “Motile and Contractile Systems” Gordon Research Conference in 2003, the “Red Cell” Gordon Research Conference in 2011, and the “Lens Section” for the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Opthalmology in 2017. She is also an Associate Editor for the Journal of Biological Chemistry. She has two children (Neva, who received her M.S. in Geology at the University of Toronto, and Lewis, a Ph.D. candidate in Materials Science Engineering at the University of California San Diego), as well as a small house with a large vegetable and native plant garden. She also enjoys cooking, hiking, bicycling, swimming, art and theater.
ACADEMIA PANEL

MODERATOR

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ALOK PATEL

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ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
EXTERNAL RELATIONS
DELAWARE BIOTECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE

ALOK PATEL BIO

With a passion for driving change in his community, Alok Patel, a Delaware native for 23 years, has enjoyed a rewarding and diverse career path. Through his professional journey, he has had the opportunity to work with remarkable individuals from the banking world to the life science industry all within the state of Delaware.
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.
ACADEMIA PANEL

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CECILIA ARIGHI

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RESEARCH ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
CENTER OF BIOINFORMATICS AND COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY
DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES
UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE

CECILIA ARIGHI

Dr. Cecilia Arighi has a B.S. degree in molecular biology, and a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She moved to the US to conduct post-doctoral research in cell biology field at NICHD, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Arighi later joined the Protein Information Resource (PIR) as a biocurator in 2005 and was later appointed as a Research Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology at Georgetown University Medical Center. She moved to UD in 2009, where she is currently a Research Associate Professor at the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Dr. Arighi has extensive experience in the areas of database curation, community annotation, text mining for biocuration and ontologies. She serves as lead of curation and text mining efforts at the Protein Information Resource for UniProt and the Protein Ontology. Dr. Arighi is a former Chair of the International Society for Biocuration (2017-2018). She is currently a member of the editorial board for the journal Database and the Europe PubMed Central Advisory Board. She has been an organizer and principal investigator of the BioCreative challenge series since 2010. She serves as chair in the Library Faculty Senate Committee at UD and is the co-director of the online course Introduction to Bioinformatics (BINF644).

CATHERINE GRIMES

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ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
PEW BIOMEDICAL SCHOLAR
CBI PROGRAM CO-DIRECTOR

CATHERINE GRIMES BIO

Catherine Leimkuhler Grimes obtained a BS in Chemistry in 2001 from Villanova University, where she conducted undergraduate research in the laboratories of Professor Eduard Casillas.  She obtained her masters in 2003 from Princeton University and PhD from Harvard University in 2006; her entire graduate work was conducted under the guidance of Professor Daniel E. Kahne, which focused on synthesizing glycopeptides to combat antibiotic resistance. She closely collaborated with Drs. Suzanne Walker and Christopher Walsh thereby broadening her investigation of vancomycin resistance to the interface of chemistry and biology. From 2006-2011, Catherine was a HHMI and Cancer Research Institute Postdoctoral fellow in the laboratories of Erin O’Shea (Harvard University, Molecular and Cellular Biology) and Daniel Podolosky (Massachusetts General Hospital). During her postdoctoral studies she took her chemical intuition and expanded her biological skillset to uncover problems at the molecular and cellular biology levels while delineating the immune system and cell signaling.

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”.

ROBIN MORGAN

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PROVOST
UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE

ROBIN MORGAN BIO

Robin Morgan is the provost at the University of Delaware. She began her career at the University in 1985 as assistant professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, became a full professor in 1991, and later held a joint faculty appointment with the Department of Biological Sciences. In 2001, she was named acting dean of the UD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, a role she took over officially the following year. After 11 years as dean, she became the interim chair of the Department of Biological Sciences for two years before being named chair in 2016. She has served on a number of association boards and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for Longwood Gardens. Dr. Morgan earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Meredith College and her Ph.D. in biology from The Johns Hopkins University. She also did post-doctoral research at the University of California at Berkeley.

STEVEN STANHOPE

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ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT
FOR RESEARCH
UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE

STEVEN STANHOPE BIO

Dr. Stanhope is a Professor and Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Delaware. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1985 from the University of Maryland with concentrations in Biomechanics, Human Anatomy and Exercise Physiology. His primary research expertise is in the areas of biomechanics and rehabilitation sciences. During a 22 year career at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Stanhope developed modern day three-dimensional motion capture and analysis methodologies. He started C-motion, Inc., and was the founding Director of the Physical Disabilities Branch. In 2007 Dr. Stanhope joined the faculty at the University of Delaware (UD) to lead efforts to grow the region’s biomedical research enterprise through multi-disciplinary partnerships and the establishment of foundational research capabilities. Dr. Stanhope holds joint academic appointments in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and the Biomechanics and Movement Science Interdisciplinary Graduate Program. He previously served as the interim dean of the College of Health Sciences (2008-9) and the co-founder and chief technology officer of Intelligent Digital Manufacturing, LLC from 2012-13. Dr. Stanhope currently serves as the Director of the BADER Consortium, a Department of Defense (DoD) award for the nation-wide advancement of evidence-based orthopaedic rehabilitation care. In addition, he serves as the Principal Investigator for Delaware INBRE. He established and directed the Delaware’s STRiDE (Supporting Translational Research in Delaware) initiative (2012-15) and established the ongoing BADER Prosthetics and Orthotics Clinic (2014) in partnership with regional care providers. Dr. Stanhope served as the principal investigator of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Army RDECOM, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC), Advanced Design and Manufacturing (ADM) division to explore the use of 3D printing technologies and advanced materials science for the development of custom dynamic lower leg braces (2008-16).
INDUSTRY PANEL

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BOB DAYTON

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IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
DELAWARE BIOSCIENCE ASSOCIATION

BOB DAYTON BIO

Bob Dayton has over thirty years of combined experience in the private and public sectors. In his early professional life, he worked in marketing and management positions. As a management consultant for a Chicago headquartered consulting firm, he traveled to client locations throughout the United States. He subsequently participated in business development roles on successful multi-disciplinary technology teams at W. L. Gore &

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.

INDUSTRY PANEL

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JULIE CICHELLI

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LC/MS CLINICAL & FORENSICS APPLICATIONS ENGINEER
AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

JULIE CICHELLI BIO

Julie Cichelli obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Villanova University in 2003 with a major in chemistry and a minor in mathematics.  She went on to pursue graduate school at the University of Utah, studying under Dr. Zharov, completing her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 2008.  Following graduate school in 2009 she accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City researching colon cancer under Dr. Stafforini and Dr. Topham.  Subsequently, she joined the Agilent LC/MS applications team in 2010, with a focus in clinical and forensic applications.

BEN HSU

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CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
QPS HOLDINGS, LLC

BEN HSU BIO

Dr. T. Ben Hsu joined QPS in 2003 as Vice President, Finance and Control, and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2005. He assumed his current functions in May 2014. Prior to joining QPS, he was Director of Global Finance Administration with Aventis Behring, a division of Aventis S.A. Before joining Aventis, he was with Lyondell Chemical Company (previously ARCO Chemical Company) where he held posts in a variety of functions, including research and development (R&D), business licensing, finance and accounting, planning and evaluation and financial control in manufacturing and supply chain management. Dr. Hsu received his B.Sc. degree from National Taiwan University and his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Delaware, all in chemical engineering. He also earned an MBA in general administration and finance from Drexel University.

NIHMAT MORJANA

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DIRECTOR
SIEMENS HEALTHINEERS

NIHMAT MORJANA BIO

Nihmat Morjana, Ph.D., M.Sc. is a Director at Siemens Healthineers. Dr. Morjana received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry, from Queen’s University working on the structure/mechanism and drug interaction of Aldo-Keto Reductases. Following his post-doctoral training at Baylor College of Medicine, he joined Baxter/Dade International/Dade Behring/Siemens. He led projects on the development and commercialization of drugs of abuse, pain management and immunosuppressant immunoassays. Dr. Morjana has 27 years of experience in the diagnostic industry. His current work focus includes immunoassays and application development on multiple-instruments. He is a member of ASBMB, SOFT and AAFS and has published peer reviewed papers and abstracts and an inventor on patents.  He is on the Editorial Board of Biotechnology and applied Biochemistry and served on the Editorial board of the Internet Journal of Genomics and Proteomics.

JANET REED

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PARTNER
POTTER ANDERSON CORROON

JANET REED BIO

Dr. Reed is the head of the firm’s intellectual property transactional and counseling practice. Though she counsels in all aspects of intellectual property, Janet focuses her practice on patents related to biotechnological inventions in food, medicine and agriculture. Her clients span a variety of industries and include large and small pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, agricultural and food companies, and academic institutions. Janet has extensive experience in domestic and foreign patent prosecution, patent portfolio management and strategic planning, evaluation of new technology, drafting of license and other commercialization agreements, conducting and responding to due diligence inquiries, and preparation of opinions on patentability, infringement and freedom to operate.

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.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE:  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2019

TIME: 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

LOCATION:  UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE | TRABANT HALL

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

8:30 – 9:00 AM | Registration, Refreshments & Networking

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

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