Amgen Scholars Program Global Symposium Schedule July 2021

Tentative Schedule (with very minor adjustments possibly forthcoming).


Monday, July 26

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Opening / Amgen Biotech Talk – Rob Lenz, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Development, Amgen

4:00 p.m.

Exploring Biotech Career Pathways


Ailon Haileyesus (Harvard 2015), Project Engineer – Emerging Tech, Stryker
Megan Krench (MIT 2008), Director of Business Development – External Innovation, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Nicole Schnabel (Kyoto 2017), Senior Global Product Strategy Analyst, Johnson & Johnson

Tuesday, July 27

1:00-2:30 p.m.

Alumni Research Spotlights (3 sessions)

4:00 p.m.

Life of a Scientist Talk – KC Huang, Professor of Bioengineering and Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University

Wednesday, July 28

1:00 p.m.

Life as a PhD candidate in Europe


Mirlinda Ademi (Cambridge 2014), PhD candidate, Cambridge University
Greta Zaborskyte (LMU 2013), PhD candidate, Uppsala University
Virginia Casablancas Antras (LMU 2014), PhD candidate, Oxford University

4:00 p.m.

Research Roundtables (unassigned and scholars can move amongst tables; tables hosted by alumni)

7:30 p.m.

Industry Talk – Victoria Elegant, VP of Regional Medical for Japan Asia Pacific region, Amgen, Hong Kong

Thursday, July 29

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Alumni Research Spotlights (2 sessions)

2:00 p.m.

Life as a PhD candidate in the US


Janet Antwi (moderator) (UCSD 2010), Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Ohio Dominican University
Milo Spasic (Columbia 2012), Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School
Valerie Vargas-Zapata (UCB 2015), PhD candidate, UC Berkeley
Andy Whiteley (UCLA 2017), PhD candidate, Duke University

4:00 p.m.

Closing / Giles Yeo, Principal Research Associate and Scientific Director of Genomics/Transcriptomics Core at MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit, Cambridge University

The confirmed Alumni Research Spotlights participants so far (session slots TBD) are:

  • Kai Littlejohn (UCB 2017), PhD candidate, Georgia Tech and Emory University
  • Christina Niavi (Cambridge 2017), PhD candidate, Emory University
  • Ivan Simpson-Kent (MIT 2015), PhD candidate, Cambridge University

There will also be an open networking lounge for the Scholars to engage informally on Congregate during the following times:

  • Tuesday 7/27 6-8pm
  • Wednesday 7/28 10am-12pm

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