1830 E. Monument St. Suite 2-107
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD 21287
- Mock Interviews
- Cover Letter, Resume & Curriculum Vitae Review
- Teaching Statement Review
- Research Statement Review
- Personal Statement Review
- Myers-Brigg Type Indicator (MBTI) Assessment
- CliftonStrengths (StrengthsFinder 2.0) Assessment
- Postdoctoral Research Career Counseling
- PhD Student Career Counseling
Meet the Staff!
Kate joined the PDCO in 2017 and became director in 2021. In her previous roles as Assistant and Associate Director, Kate developed and presented professional development workshops and career clinics, ran the annual Three Minute Thesis Competition, oversaw PDCO experiential education initiatives and internships, and served on cross-university committees to strengthen doctoral career services across all JHU schools. In partnership with the JHU PHutures Office, Kate co-chaired the inaugural Horizons by Hopkins Conference in 2020. Kate received her PhD in 2015 from the JHU KSAS Department of Biology and did a postdoctoral fellowship in infectious disease at the FDA. Prior to JHU, Kate received her BS from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and worked at NIH as a post-baccalaureate research fellow after graduation. Over the past decade, Kate has participated in numerous academic and community leadership organizations, including the JHU GRO, the FDA Fellows Association, and the Junior League of Baltimore.
Associate Director, Academic Career Services
Pat has twelve years of experience providing career coaching to PhD students and Postdoctoral Fellows. Pat's PDCO role is to support the academic career track for our PhD students and Postdocs. Pat began her career in the biotech industry where she held leadership positions in R&D, Technology Transfer and Global Product Development and Marketing. After twenty years in research careers, Pat transitioned into science education administration and outreach. She founded the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Office of Science, Training and Diversity and North Carolina DNA Day. Pat then accepted the Graduate Partnerships Director Position at the National Institutes of Health where she founded the Translational Science Training Bootcamp. Prior to Johns Hopkins University, Pat was the Educator for Smithsonian Museum of Natural History’s ‘Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code’ exhibit.
Assistant Director of Career Education, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute
C.J. Neely joined the PDCO in May of 2019 as the Assistant Director of Career Education. She manages the OPTIONS Career Communities and the iCAN series. As a certified career coach, Dr. Neely meets with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows one-on-one to discuss career exploration and proactive career planning. Previously, Dr. Neely was the Assistant Director of Employer Relations at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In this role, she worked closely with hundreds of employers within the public health field and organized employer-related events such as career treks, employer information sessions, and the annual Public Health Career Fair. Prior to transitioning into career development, Dr. Neely was a biomedical researcher for 12 years. She earned her PhD in Microbiology & Immunology from the University of North Carolina where she regularly mentored undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, as well as taught undergraduate courses. Subsequently, Dr. Neely completed her postdoctoral fellow at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. While at St. Jude, she served as the Chair of Career Development creating and implementing a wide variety of career and professional development programming for St. Jude’s postdoc population. Through this role, Dr. Neely discovered her passion for helping the next generation of researchers successfully transition into their chosen careers.
Assistant Director, Experiential Learning
Rhiannon joined the PDCO in September of 2019 as the Assistant Director of Experiential Learning. She manages the Biomedical Careers Initiative (BCI) internship program and works to implement a wide range of experiential learning opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Prior to joining the PDCO, Rhiannon was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She earned her PhD in Neuroscience from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Her research training was preceded by a career in Human Resources, during which she had the opportunity to experience a range of work environments including a publishing company, music label, and an international law firm. Rhiannon’s background has instilled in her an interest in a wide range of career paths and an understanding of how much work-life can vary from one environment to another. She loves having the opportunity to help students and post-docs discover the right next career steps for them.