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. 


Year Graduated 


Current Position 

William Au 


Shirley Soukup

Associate Dean, Shantou University Medical College, China

Thomas Kunkel 


Ralph Meyer

Principle Investigator, National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences

Thomas Koerner 


Ralph Meyer

Director of Research Information Management, American Cancer Society

Donna King 


Jerry Lingrel

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

Melanie Bruno 


Roger Ganschow

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

Stephen Small 


Richard Akeson

Chair & Professor of Biology, New York University

John McNeish 


Steve Potter

Executive Director of Regenerative Medicine, Pfizer, Inc.

Satbir Kaur 


Steve Potter

Global Alliance Director, Hoffmann-La Roche

Karen Acuff-Smith 


Charles Vorhees

Scientist, Procter & Gamble

Robert Bohinski 


Jeff Whitsett

Neurosurgeon, Mayfield Clinic

Mary Beth Thomas 


Dan Wiginton

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

Claudia Henemyre-Harris 


Edith Markoff

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

LaRonda Morford 


Charles Vorhees

Research Advisor, Lilly Research Laboratories, Eli Lilly & Company

Thomas Reed 


Muthu Periasamy

Founder & Chief Science Officer, Intrexon Inc.

Peng Jin 


Greg Grabowski

Assistant Professor of Human Genetics, Emory University

Juliana Johnson 


Tim Weaver

Staff Scientist in the Translational Research Institute, Scripps Florida

Brenna Carey 


Jeff Whitsett

Project Manager, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Paul Reynolds 


Jeff Whitsett

Assistant Professor of Physiology & Developmental Biology, Brigham Young University

Shawna Hottinger 


Jeff Robbins

Scientific Writer, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Curtis Grace 


Charles Vorhees

Study Director in Developmental and Reproductive Biology, Covance

Monique Morrison 


Susa Wells

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

Bo Zhou 


Xinhua Lin

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

Nikki Glenn 


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.