Past Event Recordings

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Professional Development & Skill Building Workshops

More resources on professional development topics and application document creation can be found under our Job Search Toolkit and Professional Development sections of our website.

2021 Workshops

Scientific Pitches
Drs. Damani Piggott and Caren Freel Myers share their tips for crafting short, persuasive talks about one's research—without the use of slides or visual aids! Video is at bottom of the linked page.

PDCO Career Clinic: How to get a Job in the US Federal Government (March 2021)
The US Federal government employees thousands of PhDs in a wide variety of research and non-research related positions. This workshop will cover the different ways to get in to the federal government (fellowships, contracting positions, and USAJobs) as well as briefly overview federal positions are applicable to PhDs, the GS scale, and how to submit a competitive application through USAJobs.

BioRender for Beginners (March 2021)
An overview of how to use BioRender, a web-based application, in order to make professional quality figures for presentations, publications, and more, within minutes! Learn how to use the icons, templates, and tools and resources provided by BioRender in order to improve your figure-making skills and facilitate science communication.Speaker: Daniel Smith, Johns Hopkins BioRender Ambassador

NIH NRSA Fellowship Grant Writing Workshop Series (May 31 - June 4, 2021)
Virtual Grant Writing Series: NIH NRSA Fellowship for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows - F30, F31, F32
Andrew D. Hollenbach, Author of "A Practical Guide to Writing a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Grant"
Co-director, Basic Science Curriculum, Louisiana State University School of Medicine & Professor, Department of Genetics, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA USA

This workshop series aims to prepare trainees for writing and getting an F-series grant. Andrew has long-standing experience serving on NRSA fellowship study sections and leading this workshop including providing key suggestions and recommendations on how to best construct each section of the application. This workshop will cover all the F-series applications: F30 grant (Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual Predoctoral NRSA for MD/PhD and other Dual Degree Fellowships); F31 grant (Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award); and F32 grant (Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award).

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PDCO Career Clinic: How to Prepare for a Job Interview (May 2021)
You got a job interview! Now what? This video covers three steps to prepping for your upcoming job interview: 1. Research 2. Prepare 3. Practice.

2020 Workshops

Three Minute Thesis Workshop (March 5, 2020)
Students will learn how put together a winning 3MT talk. We will cover how to condense your dissertation into three minutes, choosing a visual that enhances your talk, and presentation tips for public speaking.

Advancing Your Career With Twitter (May 5, 2020)
This workshop is designed for researchers who are new to using Twitter professionally. We will cover the basics of setting up your professional profile, tweeting, engaging with other users, and the ethics of professional social media. At the end, we will discuss the more advanced uses of Twitter for conferences, outreach, and education.

Building A Professional Online Presence (June 11, 2020)
Over 1 billion names are googled every day and 94% of people only look at the first page of results—do you know what shows up for your name? Building an online presence through professional networking sites and social media platforms is becoming a necessary step for a maintaining connections and advancing your career. This workshop provides an overview of professional social media and networking platforms and tips on how to use the internet to build your community, share your work, and engage with stakeholders. We will also discuss ethics and professionalism in the digital age.

Homewood PHutures Office YouTube Page
View recordings of career panels and workshops hosted by the PHutures Office.

Getting a Job in the US Federal Government (July 15, 2020)
The US Federal government employees thousands of PhDs in a wide variety of research and non-research related positions. This workshop will cover which federal positions are applicable to PhDs, the GS scale, and how to submit a competitive application through USAJobs. We will also briefly cover other ways to work for the government that do not involve USAJobs applications (including fellowships and contracting organizations).

Career Clinic: PhD Careers: Design, Explore, Engage (September 2020)
Lost on what comes next after your PhD? The process of career exploration can be overwhelming! But the good news is that PhD students are well trained conducting research and this workshop will teach you how to apply research methods to identify a path for your own career and life.

Career Clinic: Resumes & Cover Letters (October 2020)
The clinic will highlight best practices for resume and cover letter writing, emphasize how to market yourself effectively, and how to tailor your resume to a job description. Sample resumes and cover letters will be provided and attendees will receive a rubric for evaluating their own documents.

Career Clinic: Job Negotiation Strategies (November 2020)
You got the job offer! Now What? Negotiating a job offer can be uncomfortable and research suggests almost 50% of people accept the first offer given. This workshop gives tips on how to answer the dreaded question, "What salary are you seeking?" and provides examples of what to say when negotiating a job offer.

Preparing for an Academic Career in STEM, Horizons by Hopkins Workshop (November 2020)
This workshop will cover how to prepare in graduate school for a successful academic career. This workshop is geared towards early-mid stage PhD students.

Growth Mindsets, Self-Care and Productivity, Horizons by Hopkins Workshop (November 2020)
Developing skills that help foster wellbeing and productivity are essential to your success, especially during these challenging times. This workshop will discuss some important concepts that you can incorporate into your daily life to support this. We will focus on: (1) growth vs fixed mindset, including ways you can enhance growth mindset in different aspects of your life, (2) prioritizing task and planning your day, by discussing ways to focus your attention more purposefully and efficiently on priorities, and structuring your day in order to minimize time spent on less valuable (but sometimes necessary) tasks, (3) finally we will talk about self-care... What is it exactly? How do I incorporate it into my life? How do I identify what types of changes I can make for the biggest impact on my wellbeing?

Acing the Interview, Horizons by Hopkins Workshop (November 2020)
Interviewing is often the most nerve-wracking part of a job search. In this session, you will learn what to expect at each stage of the hiring process, how to master the dreaded behavioral interview questions, and succeed in a virtual interview.

Career Awareness Events

Find more information on various careers for PhDs on our Career Paths page, whereas the schedule of upcoming iCAN events can be found on the iCAN Speaker Series section of our website.

AY 2021-2022 Events

iCAN Speaker Series – Careers in Science & Medical Communications (October 2021)

  • Antonia De Maio, PhD, Scientific Editor, Cell Press
  • Dione L. Rossiter, PhD, Executive Director, Science at Cal, UC Berkeley
  • Jeanelle Spencer, PhD, Associate Scientific Director, Ashfield MedComms, an Ashfield Health company
  • Stephen Riffle, PhD, Freelance Science Writer

iCAN Speaker Series – PhD Careers: Discover the Possibilities (September 2021)

  • Anil Bhatta, PhD, Senior Specialist, Deloitte
  • Erin Golden, PhD, Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, University of Colorado Denver
  • LCDR Leslie A. Rivera Rosado, PhD, Lead Interdisciplinary Scientist, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), FDA

AY 2020-2021 Events

iCAN Speaker Series – Translational and Clinical Research Careers (June 2021)

  • Sarah Svenningsen, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, McMaster University
  • Amir Manbachi, MSc, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, JHSOM
  • Kristen Sweet, PhD, Associate Director Clinical Scientist, Janssen Pharmaceuticals

iCAN Speaker Series – Science Education and Outreach Careers (May 2021)

  • Srikant Iyer, PhD, Associate Director of Science Alliance, New York Academy of Sciences
  • Gundula Bosch, PhD, Director, R3 Center for Innovation in Science Education, JHSPH
  • Eriko Clements, PhD, Senior Manager, Education Programs, Association for Molecular Pathology
  • Kevin Morris, PhD, National Research Council Fellow, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

iCAN Speaker Series - Biotech & Pharma- Careers Beyond the Bench (April 2021)
During this virtual iCAN event, panelists share their experience translating their scientific expertise into roles beyond the bench.

  • Jason Dinoso, PhD, Director of Global Medical Affairs, Gilead Sciences
  • Tanya Kranenburg, PhD, Associate Director, Research Program Management & Operations, Regeneron
  • Stacey Williard, PhD, Director of Core Accounts, Single-use Tech at Cytiva
  • David Woessner, PhD, MSCI, Senior Associate Director US Project Management, Med/RA, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

iCAN Speaker Series - Biotech & Pharma- Research & Development Careers (March 2021)
During this virtual iCAN event, you will hear from R&D PhD professionals. The panelists will share their experience working in industry, talk about life on the job and how it differs from research in academia, and take your questions.

  • Joel Benjamin, PhD, Senior Associate Scientist, 23andMe
  • Tamara Johnson, PhD Scientist III, Hologic Inc.
  • Hugo Jhun, PhD, Senior Scientist, Pfizer

iCAN Panel: Business & Finance Careers (February 2021)
During this virtual iCAN event, hear from PhD professionals working at the interface of business and science:

  • Samantha Semenkow, PhD, Equity Research Analyst, Citi
  • Robert Sons, PhD Associate Principal, Fannon Innovation Studio
  • Joshua Wang, PhD, President & Chief Scientific Officer, VerImmune

iCAN Panel: Academic & Research Administration Careers (December 2020)
A career panel featuring PhD professionals working in academic and research administration:

  • Taraswi Banerjee, PhD, Assistant to the Agency Intramural Research Integrity Officer (AIRIO), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Erin Hopper, PhD, Innovation Special Projects Lead , Innovate Carolina, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Charles Maris, PhD, Director, Grants and Contracts Office, Children's National Research Institute
  • Jessica Moon, PhD, Executive Director, Stanford Aging and Ethnogeriatrics Research Center, Stanford University

iCAN/OPTIONS Joint Event: Faculty and Research Careers Outside Academia (November 2020)
A career panel featuring faculty and researchers from government and non-profit organizations:

  • Leighanne Basta, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, US Naval Academy
  • Sean Gibbons, PhD, Assistant Professor, Institute of Systems Biology
  • Nadine Samara, PhD, Stadtman Tenure-Track Investigator, Distinguished Scholar, Structural Biochemistry Unit, NIH/NIDCR

iCAN Panel: Discovery the Possibilities (October 2020)
During this Investigating Careers and Networking (iCAN) speaker series event, connect with PhD professionals whose graduate training opened unexpected doors that led to meaningful careers.

  • Aimee Hollander, PhD, Assistant Professor and Director for Secondary Science Education, Nicholls State University
  • Marie-Elizabeth Barabas, PhD, Senior Editor, BMC Medicine
  • Jobert Barin, PhD, Scientific Reviewer, US Food and Drug Administration , Center for Devices and Radiological Health

iCAN Panel: PhD Careers in Science Policy, Advocacy, and Communications (September 2020)
The iCAN (Investigating Careers And Networking) speaker series is a great place to start your career planning. During this panel discussion, you will hear from alumni and other PhD professionals about their career journeys, life on the job, tips for navigating a similar transition, and have your questions answered. Co-hosted with the Johns Hopkins Science Policy Network (JHSPG).

  • Daniel Bastardo Blanco, PhD, Global Liaison Specialist, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • Pamela Bradley, PhD, Director, Policy & Advocacy, Adaptive Biotechnologies Corp.
  • Danielle Haney, PhD, Health Science Policy Analyst, The National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Vabren Watts, PhD, Founder, The Science Journalist

IndieBio Info Session and Panel Discussion (August 4, 2020)
IndieBio is the world’s leading biotech accelerator. Twice each year, the founding scientific teams of 10-15 select companies gather in San Francisco or New York for a 4-month intensive program. IndieBio provides $250,000 capital and a mentorship-based program to impart the entrepreneurial skills needed to run a successful biotech startup. This event will cover the IndieBio program through interactive Q&A. We’ll discuss alumni successes, the difference between an academic and entrepreneurial mindset, and what differentiates an outstanding application. Learn more at

Academic Job Search Overview (July 22, 2020)
Join us for an overview of the academic job search process and learn from current and former postdoctoral fellows of Johns Hopkins University who have recently successfully obtained a tenure track academic position. Co-hosted with the JHM Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Consulting Careers | Q& A from PhD Students
Learn about consulting careers from three PhD students who participated in the Hopkins Graduate Consulting Club and transitioned into careers at leading consulting companies.

Career Conversations: Health Advocacy, Dr. Meghan McGinty
Meghan McGinty, a PhD alum from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, shares details about her transition from graduate school to her current role as Deputy Director of Big Cities Health Coalition.

Career Conversations: Science Policy, Dr. Nicole Parker
Nicole Parker, a PhD alum from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, shares details about her transition from graduate school to her career in Science Policy. She also shares tips for current trainees interested in similar careers.

Career Conversations: Science Policy, Dr. Judy Keen
Judy Keen, PhD alum from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, shares details about her transition to nonprofit and association work, as well as tips for pursuing a career in science policy and administration.

Career Conversations: Science Policy, Dr. Daniel Pham
Daniel Pham, a PhD alum from the Neuroscience graduate program, shares details about his transition from the bench to science policy, as well as tips for forging a career in policy.

Career Conversations: Science Policy, Dr. Jason Rao
An interview with Jason Rao, PhD about his job in science policy and ways you can improve your chance of getting a science policy job.

Career Conversations: Staff Scientist, Dr. Akunna Iheanacho
An interview with Akunna Iheanacho, PhD about her staff scientist position and ways you can prepare yourself for similar positions.

Career Conversations: Field Application Scientist, Dr. Jennifer Poitras
A conversation with Jennifer Poitras, PhD about her Field Application Scientist position with Qiagen, and ways you can prepare for a career as a Field Application Scientist.

Career Conversations: Public Sector, Dr. Amanda Latimore
Amanda Latimore, an Epidemiology PhD alum from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, shares details about her transition from graduate school to the public sector, as well as tips for pursuing a career in the public sector.

JHU Biotech/Pharma Industry Mentor Match Program
The JHU Biotech/Pharma Industry Mentor Match Program offers Johns Hopkins PhD students and postdoctoral fellows the opportunity to select a mentor from a group of experienced professionals, composed of members from the CASSS organization, Johns Hopkins alumni, and other PhD career professionals. CASSS is a global community of biopharmaceutical industry, academic, and regulatory professionals. The program aims to help PhD students and postdocs better understand the many types of careers available within industry, as well as how to successfully transition to a career of their choice. In addition, the program aims to provide participants with a meaningful network of industry professionals.

A Recruiter's Guide to Transitioning into the Biotech & Pharma Industry (September 2020)
Join Jeff Caskey, Senior Talent Consultant of Workforce Genetics, to learn how to set up a successful job transition into the biotech and pharma industry as a PhD student or Postdoc. Workforce Genetics works with numerous biotech and pharma companies in the DMV region to recruit top scientific talent.

OPTIONS Career Community Workshops

Check out the OPTIONS Career Communities page to learn more about the program and see a list of upcoming events.

AY 2021-2022 Events

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OPTIONS Academic Research - Fall 2021

OPTIONS Academic Research │ Establishing your Academic Research Career (September 9, 2021)

  • Academic infrastructure 101
  • Faculty salaries and start-up support
  • Time management techniques for new faculty
  • Conversation with Christopher Berndsen, PhD, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Enzymology, James Madison University
  • Click here to access the slide deck and handouts

OPTIONS Academic Research │ Establishing Your Research Independence (September 9, 2021)

  • Making the most of your postdoc experience
  • Preparing for the academic job market
  • Conversation with Jessica Cooke Bailey, PhD, Assistant Professor of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute for Computational Biology
  • Click here to access the slide deck and handouts

OPTIONS Academic Research | The Hiring Process: Staffing your Research Team (September 23, 2021)

  • Partnering with Human Resources to find the right talent
  • Behavioral interviewing and other practices for smart hiring
  • Conversation with Netz Arroyo-Curras, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Click here to access the slide deck and handouts

OPTIONS Academic Research | Managing vs. Mentoring (October 7, 2021)

  • Creating and implementing a lab vision
  • Effective communication and aligning expectations
  • Conversation with Troy McEachron, PhD, Investigator, Pediatric Oncology Branch, National Cancer Institute
  • Click here to access the slide deck and handouts

OPTIONS Academic Research │ Getting Grants & the Path to Tenure (November 4, 2021)

  • Funding your research program
  • Bob's 7 tips for getting tenure
  • Differences between faculty positions in Schools of Arts and Sciences and Schools of Medicine
  • Conversation with Bob Johnston, Assistant Professor of Biology at Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Click here to access the slide deck and handouts

OPTIONS Science Policy & Communication - Fall 2021

OPTIONS Science Policy & Communication | Advocating for Science: Careers at a Scientific Society (September 16, 2021)

  • Yvette Seger, PhD, Director of Science Policy, FASEB
  • Judy Keen, PhD, Director of Scientific Affair, American Society of Hematology (ASH)
  • Click here to access the slide deck and activity materials

OPTIONS Science Policy & Communication | Science Policy on the Hill: Careers in Government (September 30, 2021)

  • Renita Polk, PhD, Principle Consultant, California State Senate
  • Kelly L. Singel, PhD, Health Science Policy Analyst, National Institutes of Health
  • Click here to access the slide deck and activity materials

OPTIONS Science Policy & Communication | Opportunities in Science Diplomacy (October 14, 2021)

  • Karla Hagan, PhD, Senior Science and Innovation Policy Advisor, British Embassy-Washington, DC
  • Dalal Najib, PhD, Director, Science and Engineering Capacity Building, The National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine
  • Click here to access the slide deck and activity materials

OPTIONS Science Policy & Communication | SciPol & SciComm at a For-Profit (October 28, 2021)

  • Jessica Escobedo, PhD, PMP, Director of Science Policy, Ripple Effect
  • Ishita Das, PhD, PMP, Science Policy Project Manager, Ripple Effect
  • Click here to access the slide deck and activity materials

AY 2020-2021 Events

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OPTIONS Academic Research - Fall 2020

OPTIONS Academic Research │ Establishing your Academic Research Career (September 17, 2020)
During the first workshop in the OPTIONS Academic Research Career Community, we cover:

  • Academic infrastructure 101
  • Faculty salaries and start-up support
  • Time management techniques for new faculty
  • Plus a conversation with Daniel Dominguez, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Utilize the worksheet to complete the activities and review the handout for additional information related to this workshop.

OPTIONS Academic Research | The Hiring Process: Staffing your Research Team (October 1, 2020)
As a new PI, finding the right talent for your research team is absolutely essential. In this OPTIONS workshop, you will prepare for a future faculty role by learning how to effectively partner with HR, ask insightful questions when interviewing candidates, and be strategic with your first hire! Our guest speaker, Marc Edwards, PhD, will also share insights about his transition as a postdoc at Hopkins to Assistant Professor of Biology at Amherst College. Utilize the worksheet for the workshop activity and find additional resources of interest on this handout.

OPTIONS Academic Research | Managing vs. Mentoring (October 15, 2020)
Are you considering a research faculty career? During the 3rd workshop in the OPTIONS Academic Research Career Community where we discuss mentoring and managing as a new PI, as well as provide tips on how and when to utilize these two approaches to leading a research team. Netz Arroyo, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, also shares his perspective as a junior faculty. Click here to access the workshop handout.

OPTIONS Academic Research | Developing Research Independence (October 29, 2020)
During this workshop, we discuss how to assess yourself as a potential faculty candidate using the ACRA tool, set SMART goals, find the right postdoc to achieve those goals, and transition towards research independence during your postdoc. Our guest faculty, Bonnie Gunn PhD, shares insights from her recent experience transitioning from postdoc to Assistant Professor at Washington State University’s Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health. Click here to access the ACRA tool, activity worksheet, and handout.

OPTIONS Academic Research | Grants and The Path the Tenure (November 11, 2020)
Learn how to find and compete for research funding, as well as tips to navigate the tenure process. Plus an incredibly engaging conversation with Robert (Bob) Johnston, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology, Johns Hopkins University. Also, check out The Effort Report's podcast episode on the specific aims page, which we discuss during the talk.

OPTIONS Science Policy & Communication - Fall 2020

OPTIONS Science Policy & Communication | Regulatory Policy Careers at the FDA and Beyond (September 24, 2020)
Drs. Kate Donigan, a Senior Scientific Advisor at the FDA, and Laura Koontz, Director of Regulatory Policy at Flatiron Health, share details about their career journeys, current roles, and so much more! Our guest speakers discuss how to organize a public workshop and convene an expert panel. The handout explains the activity in more detail and additional resources mentioned during the talk are listed here.

OPTIONS Science Policy & Communication | Opportunities in Science Diplomacy (October 8, 2020)
During the 3rd workshop of the series, Drs. Mahlet Mesfin, Dalal Najib, and Karla Hagan discuss diplomacy for science and science for diplomacy. You will also learn about their career journeys, current positions, and how to prepare for a similar career path. Additional resources and the breakout room discussion material can be found here.

OPTIONS Science Policy & Communication | Science Policy Careers at For-Profit Organizations (October 22, 2020)
Drs. Jessica Escobedo and Ishita Das discuss their career journeys into the science policy, communication, and project management space. They also share insights into Ripple Effect’s project-based work as a government contractor, as well as guide you through an activity managing a government working group that involves strategic planning and communication. Click here to access the activity handout.

OPTIONS Science Policy & Communication | Careers in Science Writing and Communication (November 5, 2020)
Science writing and communication are a perfect fit for many PhD holders since they already have the scientific background, research and writing experience, and project-management skills required for the job. During this interactive workshop, Drs. Vanessa McMains, Alla Katsnelson, and Richard Sima discuss how they successfully broke into this diverse and exciting field and share tips on how you can do that same. ​Click here to access the post-event resource guide.

OPTIONS Science Policy & Communication | Science Editing and Publishing (November 17, 2020)
Learn how to make editorial decisions from members of Discover Magazine and JHU Press. Click here to access the activity guide.

OPTIONS Science Policy & Communication | Science Outreach Careers (December 3, 2020)
Are you interested in transitioning from research to outreach? Or do you want to learn how to better communication your research to non-scientists? During this workshop, Drs. Carla Easter, Geoff Hunt, and Sarah McAnulty discuss how to take a complex topic (ie. your research) and explain it in a way that someone unfamiliar with the field can understand. They also share insight on how to plan an inclusive and fun science outreach event. Click here the questions for the activity, post-event resources, and speaker powerpoints.

OPTIONS Business Side of Science - Spring 2021

OPTIONS Business Side of Science | Academic Technology Transfer (February 18, 2021)
Join Jeanine Pennington, PhD, Director of Licensing at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV), as she discusses managing in order to negotiate and execute high value, intellectual property licenses. She walks you through the process of structuring a deal and drafting a term sheet. Click ​here to access additional resources.

OPTIONS Business Side of Science | Business Development: Partnering to Advance your Pipeline (March 4, 2021)
Biotech and pharma companies regularly partner with external companies to acquire innovative technology, expand into new therapeutic areas, and access expertise that doesn't exist internally. In this workshop, Dr. Tyler Chavez, the Associate Director of Alliance Management at BeiGene, discusses how Business Development and Alliance Management professionals orchestrate this process, various career paths and opportunities that exist in the partnering ecosystem, and why you might thrive in this field.

OPTIONS Business Side of Science | Corporate Development: Strategy & Operations (March 18, 2021)
Corporate development professionals establish a strategic plan that is in line with a company's long-term goals and missions. In this workshop, Hopkins alum, Basil Hussain, shares how these strategy makers ensure that company scientists are working on viable programs which are financially sound.

OPTIONS Business Side of Science | Problem Solving Like a Consultant (April 1, 2021)
Bram Lambrus, PhD, Consultant at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), discusses how consultants tackle difficult problems and solve complex business problems for their industry clients. Also, learn how to think critically while working through a consulting case and identify the key information needed to make a recommendation.

OPTIONS Business Side of Science | Mapping the Competitive Landscape-Biotech Venture Capital & Equity Research (April 15, 2021)
For a given disease, what is the current treatment paradigm, what are all the technologies in development, and how are they similar, different, and possibly complementary to one another? Join Gerald Sewack, PhD, and Jessica Sagers, PhD, of RA Capital Management as they discuss a framework for organizing and visualizing this kind of information and learn how doing so can inform investment decision-making.

OPTIONS Business Side of Science | Entrepreneurship: From PhD to Inventor (April 29, 2021)
During the last OPTIONS workshop of the Spring 2021 Business Side of Science series, three JHU alumni share the ups and downs of their entrepreneurial journeys. Whether you plan to found your own company or simply want to learn more about entrepreneurship, this interactive workshop provides direct, credible insights and advice from entrepreneurs who have built their own businesses.

OPTIONS Biotech & Pharma - Spring 2021

OPTIONS Biotech & Pharma | R&D to GMP (February 25, 2021)
In this virtual event, Drs. Sadiye Rieder and Roberto DePaz from Viela Bio discuss the considerations and challenges of moving a molecule from discovery to development then manufacturing. They also share insight on how to prepare a successful industry job talk and what the biotech & pharma industry is REALLY looking for! To access the mock slide deck used in the activity, please ​click here.

OPTIONS Biotech & Pharma | Careers in Clinical Trial Development & Operations (March 11, 2021)
Members of the Endo Pharmaceuticals team discuss the various roles for PhDs in clinical trial development and operations. Learn what the various jobs look like day-to-day, the required skills, and how to gain those skills.

  • Shannon R. Dalton, Ph.D., Principal Clinical Scientist, R&D Strategy
  • Carrie Lewis, MS, Sr. Director, Strategy, Oversight and Training
  • Laura Sheppard, MBA, MA, Director of Medical Writing, R&D Operations

OPTIONS Biotech & Pharma | Drug Patenting: The Process and Implications (April 8, 2021)
Lisa Kreppel, PhD, Associate Patent Director at MacroGenics, discusses how inventions are patented. During this workshop, we learn how to draft a claim for an everyday product and more the interplay between drug development and patenting.

OPTIONS Biotech & Pharma | Making Decisions in R&D (April 22, 2021)
Kurt Bachman, PhD, former Hopkins graduate student and postdoc, shares his journey from academia faculty member to Vice President and Head of Cancer Interception at Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. During this workshop, we review the drug discovery and development process, learn more about portfolio strategy, and discuss different career paths in the research discovery space. Kurt also shares more insight about his role as a VP including the perks, challenges, and how to excel in a leadership role.

OPTIONS Biotech & Pharma | Commercial Operations: Sales, Support, and Business Management (May 6, 2021)
No matter the product, a life science company needs a commercial operations team to help get that product into customers' hands. Sales professionals have an important role in educating consumers about the special features and benefits of the product. Technical support professionals, such as field application scientists and medical science liaisons, then develop long-term and productive relationships with clients and help them realize the full potential of a company's product. Drs. Eileen Piwarzyk and Colin de Bakker have a combined 25-year tenure at Miltenyi Biotec, Inc. Together, they share their journeys in the areas of technical sales, field application support and business management and describe some of the key competencies necessary for a successful career in vendor/customer relations.

OPTIONS Other Workshops

OPTIONS | The Business Side of Science
OPTIONS is designed to give trainees the opportunity to explore careers, build professional skills, and network through highly interactive sessions led by industry professionals. Trainees can choose from five communities to join: Academic Research; Science Communication, Advocacy, and Administration; Teaching; Business Side of Science; and Drug Development.

OPTIONS Info Session (September 3, 2020)
The OPTIONS program is designed to guide you through the career exploration process and help you prepare for your future career in a manageable way. This information session provides an overview of the OPTIONS program, upcoming events, and how to participate in this one-of-a-kind experience. During the Q&A, past participants share their experiences. Please note that this is an information session, not an OPTIONS workshop. For students participating in the OPTIONS curriculum, viewing this recording does not count towards your requirements.

Postdoctoral Programs & Fellowships Webinars

The PDCO hosts “Finding the Right Postdoc Week” every summer and invites various postdoctoral programs and fellowships to present webinars about their opportunities. See more info about Postdoc Week and webinar descriptions on the Postdoc Week page.

Not sure where to start when considering a Postdoc? Watch our webinar on "Finding the Right Postdoc" first!