Career Central

Alternative careers in the life sciences

The Student Council's career central is an initiative to organize events during ISMB dedicated to helping students and Post-Docs with the development of their careers. This year features apanel discussion onalternative (non-research focused) careers for Science PhD students.

Date, time and place: Sunday July 13th 2014, Room 304, 12:45 PM -1:45 PM 
(During the conference lunch break)

Dr. Michelle Brazas, Science administration

Michelle Brazas works at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) as a Manager of Research and Knowledge Translation, where she brokers knowledge between research areas to further research outcomes. In this role, she coordinates and facilitates the advanced bioinformatics workshops offered through She also plays an active role in the ISCB Education committee, and is the Secretary on the Executive Board of the Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education & Training (GOBLET). She received her PhD training in Microbiology from the University of British Columbia in 2005.

Dr. Christiana Fogg, Science Writing

Christiana Fogg received her PhD in Cellular Biology and Molecular Genetics in 2006 at the University of Maryland, College Park studying poxviruses in the lab of Bernard Moss (NIAID), NIH; continued by postdoctoral training in malaria immunology under Carole Long. She went on to work as an assistant science coordinator at The Journal of Immunology, where she coordinated peer review of manuscripts, wrote research highlights, and facilitated production of special journal sections. Fogg now works as a freelance science writer with several different clients on diverse writing projects across the biology research spectrum, including interview articles, historical perspective pieces, blogs, and press releases. 

Dr. Michael Iacoviello, Science Consulting

Mike Iacoviello is presently an associate at Health Advances. Health Advances is a strategy consulting firm that works with clients across Therapeutics, Devices, Diagnostics and HealthIT sectors. Previously, he was a Managing Consultant with Capgemini Consulting working out of their SF office. He began his career in the Brand Management Practice of Campbell Alliance. His primary areas of interest are early product commercialization and investment diligence, working mostly within the areas of specialty therapeutics and HealthIT. Prior to consulting, he received a PhD from University of Chicago in Neurobiology and a BS from Brandeis University in Neuroscience.

Dr. Yuly Fuentes-Medel, Career transitions

Yuly Fuentes-Medel graduated with a PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA, and is currently the executive director of DESCIENCE where science inspires fashion innovation. She trained as postdoctoral associate at the MIT Sloan School and is energetically involved in fostering scientific interest and careers diversity in the sciences as a current intern for Propel Careers. She is also an active member of women entrepreneurs in science and technology (WEST) and received a volunteer giving back award (2011). During her time as a Ph.D. student, she pioneered the co-organization of the International workshop called “Small Brains Big Ideas” Biomedical Insights from Invertebrate Neuroscience Research, held in Santiago, Chile, in 2010.