Career Conversations

BioBuilder Founder, Dr. Natalie Kuldell, in conversation with practicing bioengineers -- students, faculty, and industry leaders.

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Meet BioBuilder Dr. Cheryl Immethun

Cheryl is a postdoc at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln engineering soil microbes to fix nitrogen like microbes in root nodules can.

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Meet BioBuilder Dr. Janice Kranz

Janice is CEO of Eikonizo, a drug discovery startup making novel brain-penetrating small molecules for neurodegenerative diseases

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Meet BioBuilder Dr. Carlos Vera

Carlos is a Professor at the Baja California University (UABC), at the Tijuana Technology Institute (ITT), and in the C.O.S.M.O.S program at UC-San Diego.

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Meet BioBuilder Jorge Sanchez-Salazar

Jorge is manager of the Exosome Production Core at Codiak BioSciences after more than a decade spent as a senior associate scientist at Biogen and a lifetime of mentoring others.
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Meet BioBuilder Dr. Carolyn Mills

Carolyn is currently a postdoctoral research scientist at Northwestern University in Prof. Danielle Tullman-Ercek's lab, working on protein superstructures inside bacterial cells

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Meet BioBuilder Dr. Racquel Kim Sherwood

A Life Science Specialist at Avantor’s VWR, Dr. Racquel “Kim” Sherwood has always been interested in the sciences. She did a PhD in molecular biology at Brown University in understanding the life cycle of the fungi Candida lusitaniae.
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Meet BioBuilder Brooke Huisman

Brooke Huisman is a fourth year PhD student studying at MIT in the Department of Biological Engineering. Her current research is in immuno-engineering, focusing on T cells function.
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Meet BioBuilder Shannon Johnson

Shannon Johnson is a fourth year PhD student at MIT’s Media Lab working in the field of synthetic biology and neurobiology, engineering new ways to use fluorescence as a biological indicator.
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Meet BioBuilder Eryney Marrogi

Eryney Marrogi is currently a research associate at Dyno Therapeutics. He is investigating new ways to use machine learning to design adeno-associated viruses for gene therapies.
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Meet BioBuilder Dr. Dave Westenberg

Professor of Biological Sciences at Missouri S&T, Dr. Dave Westenberg teaches microbiology and virology, focusing on broadening the focus of his students beyond one discipline.
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Meet BioBuilder Susana Donkor

Susana Donkor is a senior at Simmons University majoring in biochemistry on the pre-med track. In addition to being a mentor to some students, she is also involved with admissions at the school.
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Meet BioBuilder Patricia Silveyra

Meet BioBuilder Dr. Patricia Silveyra

Associate Professor at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, who studies how gender influences the manifestations of lung inflammation and disease. She is also the Director of the Biobehavioral Lab at the UNC School of Nursing.
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Meet BioBuilder Dr. Irene Reizman

Assistant professor in chemical engineering at Rose-Hulman, Irene began her engineering career at Whirlpool, then returned to academia to get her PhD at MIT. Her research group is made up of undergrads using synthetic biology to sense dissolved oxygen levels in fermentation tanks.
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