STRATEGY SESSIONS: Decoding Career Options in STEM

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Date: Monday, December 03, 2018 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Venue:  Hera Hub, 4010 Sorrento Valley Blvd, Suite 400, San Diego, CA 92121  |  City: San Diego, United States

Come for a panel discussion to learn more about STEM careers outside of academia!

Roanna Padre, Director of Product and Commercial Strategy at GenomeDx

Roanna is responsible for articulating and driving development and commercialization of innovative genomic solutions. Prior to joining GenomeDx, Roanna worked at 3R Biosystems and boutique consulting firms. She also worked in Strategic Marketing, Immunology at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Services. Roanna holds a B.S. in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from the University of the Philippines, a Ph.D. in Cell Regulation from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, a Postdoctoral in Molecular Biology from the Salk Institute and an MBA from MIT Sloan.

Stephanie Pinkerton (Kazane), Senior Scientist at Pfizer Centers for Therapeutic Innovation

CTI is dedicated to the establishment of global partnerships between Academic Medical Centers (AMCs) and Pfizer to transform research and development through a focus on translational medicine. Stephanie is currently working on several antibody therapeutics for different types of cancer. Previously, Stephanie worked as an Investigator in the Department of Biology at Calibr (California Institute for Biomedical Research). Her focus there was on antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) and bispecific antibodies. Stephanie obtained a Ph.D. in the Department of Chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute, in the lab of Peter Schultz. There, she used the lab’s cutting edge expertise in the area of unnatural amino acid (UAA) chemistry to develop new ways of building therapeutic antibodies and ADCs. Stephanie’s undergraduate degree was in Chemistry at Boston College.

Liz Wilson, Principal Scientist at Pfizer Centers for Therapeutic Innovation

Liz is a career Immunologist with almost 20 years of experience. She did her undergraduate work at Cornell University (BS Cell Biology and Microbiology 2000) and her PhD in Immunology at the University of Rochester (MMIG 2009). After graduate school she relocated to Los Angeles and completed a four year post-doc in the laboratory of Dr. David Brooks where she focused on host immune interactions and regulation of immunity in persistent viral infections. She has more than a dozen publications in multiple top tier journals, has presented at national meetings, and been invited to write multiple review articles. In 2013, with the explosion of immune oncology, she joined the Discovery group at Agensys Inc in Santa Monica, a subsidiary of Astellas Inc. specializing in Antibody Drug Conjugates and biologic therapeutics for oncology. Currently she is a Principal Scientist at Pfizer’s Center for Therapeutic Innovation which seeks to transform drug discovery through networked collaborations with academia bridging the best ideas in science with Pfizer’s world class drug development capabilities. Liz is also an avid rower and still enjoys coaching and competing.

Adriana Bankston, Policy Activist at Future of Research

Adriana Bankston is a skeletal muscle biologist by training, with the overall goal of improving the biomedical research enterprise. She advocates for improved policy, advocacy and training for early career researchers, and has extensive experience in non-profit organizations with these goals. For the last several years, she has been involved with the non-profit organization Future of Research, where she collected data on the national landscape of postdoctoral salaries resulting from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). She continued working on this project as a member of the Future of Research Board of Directors, resulting in several publications and presentations to promote this work as well as the mission of the organization. In 2018, she was the Associate Director of Fundraising and Strategic Initiatives at Future of Research, and is currently looking to leverage these skills towards a position in the non-profit space. Prior to her involvement with Future of Research, she was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Louisville. Adriana obtained her Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology from Emory University.


Marisa L. Martino, Technical Sales Specialist at Thermo Fisher

Marisa earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota. She then moved on to warmer climes to complete her Ph.D. and postdoctoral work at The Scripps Research Institute and UC San Diego, respectively. Marisa has been with Thermo Fisher for the past two and a half years as a Biosciences Account Manager on the inside sales team, and more recently, as a Technical Sales Specialist with the Gene Expression and Protein Analysis division.
When she isn’t working, Marisa enjoys chasing after her hyper activity puppy, and surfing the local breaks with her family and friends.


6 - 6:30 pm: Networking

6:30 - 8 pm: Introduction and panel discussion

Light refreshments will be served.
Remember to bring your business cards!


Registration is essential!

  • For AWIS-San Diego members: Strategy Sessions events are free.
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