• Careers and Alumni

    A PhD is just the beginning

    In addition to becoming a recognized authority in your specific field of research, graduate education lets you acquire many sophisticated skills such as hypothesis generation, problem solving, project management, time management, integration of diverse information, as well as mastering written and oral communication. These are transferable competencies that prepare you for a diverse set of careers.

    Graduates of the MDB PhD Program have established successful careers in a wide variety of fields. While those aspiring towards careers in academic research typically find post-doctoral fellowships in prestigious laboratories around the world, others have gone on to other careers in industry, scientific writing, clinical medicine, teaching, and administration.

    Featured Alumni

    TJ Plageman

    Curtis Grace

    Tony Stefater

    Chun Han

    TJ Plageman. Curtis Grant. Tony Stefater. Chun Han.
  • Name

    Year Graduated

    Mentor

    Current Position

    William Au

    1977

    Shirley Soukup

    Associate Dean, Shantou University Medical College, China

    Thomas Kunkel

    1977

    Ralph Meyer

    Principle Investigator, National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences

    Thomas Koerner

    1985

    Ralph Meyer

    Director of Research Information Management, American Cancer Society

    Donna King

    1986

    Jerry Lingrel

    Director of Regional Medical and Research Specialsts, Pfizer, Inc.

    Melanie Bruno

    1988

    Roger Ganschow

    Vice President of Global Regulatory Affairs & Quality, Kendle International Inc.

    Stephen Small

    1988

    Richard Akeson

    Chair & Professor of Biology, New York University

    John McNeish

    1989

    Steve Potter

    Executive Director of Regenerative Medicine, Pfizer, Inc.

    Satbir Kaur

    1991

    Steve Potter

    Global Alliance Director, Hoffmann-La Roche

    Karen Acuff-Smith

    1993

    Charles Vorhees

    Scientist, Procter & Gamble

    Robert Bohinski

    1994

    Jeff Whitsett

    Neurosurgeon, Mayfield Clinic

    Mary Beth Thomas

    1996

    Dan Wiginton

    Vice President for Centers for Innovation Program, North Carolina Biotechnology Center

    Claudia Henemyre-Harris

    1998

    Edith Markoff

    Major in the Medical Service Corps, US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense

    LaRonda Morford

    1999

    Charles Vorhees

    Research Advisor, Lilly Research Laboratories, Eli Lilly & Company

    Thomas Reed

    1999

    Muthu Periasamy

    Founder & Chief Science Officer, Intrexon Inc.

    Peng Jin

    1999

    Greg Grabowski

    Assistant Professor of Human Genetics, Emory University

    Juliana Johnson

    2001

    Tim Weaver

    Staff Scientist in the Translational Research Institute, Scripps Florida

    Brenna Carey

    2003

    Jeff Whitsett

    Project Manager, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

    Paul Reynolds

    2004

    Jeff Whitsett

    Assistant Professor of Physiology & Developmental Biology, Brigham Young University

    Shawna Hottinger

    2009

    Jeff Robbins

    Scientific Writer, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

    Curtis Grace

    2010

    Charles Vorhees

    Study Director in Developmental and Reproductive Biology, Covance

    Monique Morrison

    2011

    Susa Wells

    Postdoctoral Fellow in the Stewart Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah

    Bo Zhou

    2012

    Xinhua Lin

    Postdoctoral Researcher of Cell & Developmental Biology, University of California, San Diego

    Nikki Glenn

    2013

    Saulius Sumanas

    Postdoctoral Fellow, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital

  • Career Exploration

    Take the time to enumerate your particular strengths and interests and then explore the many career options available to you.

    Suggested reading:

    - What color is your parachute by Richard N. Bolles
    - Alternative careers in science by Cynthia Robbins-Roth
    - Guide to non-traditional careers in science by Karen Y. Kreeger
    - Put your science to work: the take-charge career guide for scientists by Peter S Fiske
    - Winning the games scientists play by Carl Sinderman
    - The Chronicle of Higher education
    - From bench to bar: careers in patent law for molecular biologists by Nathan A. Machin

    Online Resources:

    - Science Careers from the journal Science
    - My Individual Development Plan (IDP) by Science Careers

    Resources available to you at Cincinnati Children’s and UC

    - Career options for Biomedical Sciences (Call number 210274)
    - Introduction to Entrepreneurial Science (IMM 8091 ADV Topics II section 002)
    - Annual Science Careers Workshop at Cincinnati Children's.