Career Development Workshop for Trainees

Monday, May 23, 2022

12:30 - 2 pm

This career development lunch is an opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to meet and network with professionals in the life sciences and to hear about diverse research and teaching careers. An introduction by each of the invited panelists will be followed by breakout groups, in which trainees will have lunch with the invited panelists and participate in a roundtable discussion.

Registration for the Career Development Lunch can be done though the conference registration website.


Danae Schulz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA

Dr. Schulz is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Harvey Mudd College, a teaching and research institution in Southern California. Her lab studies the African trypanosome, a protozoan parasite that causes sleeping sickness in humans and nagana in cattle. Trypanosomes are transmitted to the bloodstream of a mammal through the bite of a tsetse fly, eventually leading to coma and death. She is currently working to understand how trypanosomes reprogram themselves to adapt as they move between the differing environments of the fly midgut and the mammalian bloodstream, with an eye toward trying to manipulate these adaptations to generate new therapies.

Carolina Caffaro, Ph.D.

Senior Director, CMC

Janux Therapeutics, San Diego, CA

Dr. Carolina Caffaro is a Senior Director at Janux Therapeutics. In this role, she leads the CMC process development of tumor-activated immunotherapies from preclinical to clinical manufacturing. Prior to her role at Janux Therapeutics, Dr. Caffaro held multiple roles of increasing responsibility at Synthorx, now a Sanofi company, where she co-led the development of a platform for production of protein therapeutics. She also contributed to multiple novel therapeutic protein development programs from conception and selection of lead candidates through development and clinical manufacturing. Prior to working at Synthorx, Dr. Caffaro did post-doctoral studies at Stanford University School of Medicine in the Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology and at UC Berkeley in the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences. Dr. Caffaro received her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry and her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Pedro Morgado, Ph.D.

Faculty in Biology

MiraCosta College, Oceanside, CA

Dr. Pedro Morgado received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine working on pathways of innate immunity to Toxoplasma gondii infection in macrophages. He then conducted postdoctoral research as an Institutional Research and Career Development Award (IRACDA) postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford School of Medicine in Infectious Diseases working on Entamoeba histolytica. He is currently a tenure-track faculty member at MiraCosta College, a predominantly teaching institution in Southern California.

Glen McGugan, Ph.D.

Program Officer, Parasitology and International Programs Branch

Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

National Institutes of Health, Rockville, MD

Dr. Glen McGugan earned his Ph.D. from Clemson University and conducted postdoctoral research on Entamoeba histolytica as a fellow at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases. As a Program Officer at the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, he oversees a scientific portfolio of grants and contracts, develops research concepts and requests for applications and program announcements, and advises investigators on new funding opportunities.

Amber Dance, Ph.D.

Science Writer & Book Editor

Southern California

Dr. Amber Dance is a freelance science writer and book editor based in Southern California. She contributes to publications including Nature and Knowable Magazine. Amber earned her doctorate in cell and microbiology at UCSD and then re-trained in journalism as a way to engage her broad interests in science and share her enthusiasm with readers. She mostly covers life sciences, but enjoys getting out of her comfort zone to write about topics such as astrophysics and archaeology. Her work has received accolades from the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Best Shortform Science Writing, Folio Magazine, The Hastings Center, Houston Methodist, and the National Press Foundation.

Kerry Buchholz, Ph.D.

Principal Scientific Researcher

Genentech, South San Francisco, CA

Dr. Kerry Buchholz is in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Host-Microbe Interactions at Genentech. Her research focuses on the discovery of novel antibiotics for multi-drug resistant Gram-negative bacterial pathogens and exploring the role of the microbiome in disease. Her work has included high-throughput screening approaches, development of biophysical assays towards understanding antibiotic mechanisms of action, and elucidating the regulation of Gram-negative outer membrane biogenesis. Prior to working at Genentech Dr. Buchholz was a Postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. She obtained her Ph.D. in Infectious Diseases and Immunity from U.C. Berkeley.