2015 - 02/05: Diversify Your Career Options Event

Diversify Your Career Options

Thursday, February 5th


SAC Room 302 *please note room change!

Registration is closed as we are at full capacity.


To allow students to learn about diverse career options for PhDs and Masters, and receive valuable advice on how to obtain such jobs. In addition, the event will allow students to network with these professionals.


From 5:00-6:00 attendees will be introduced to the speakers and their career paths in a panel format. A moderator will ask questions based on your submissions (given through the RSVP form above). An informal reception will follow from 6:00-7:00. Attendees can enjoy pizza and drinks while they join small group discussions for each speaker. Attendees can stay in one speaker's group for the entire reception or move around to the other speakers. Have your networking skills and inquisitive questions ready!

The panelists include:

Steven Isaacman, PhD - Founder and CEO of Nanometics, a pharmaceutical company focusing on therapeutics for cancer, diabetes, sickle cell disease and more.Dr. Isaacman founded Nanometics LLC in 2008, and is responsible for the design and fabrication of several materials that are currently sold globally in the personal care and pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Isaacman received his B.S. in biochemistry and M.S. in organic chemistry from Stony Brook University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from New York University where his research involved the design and fabrication of single molecule magnets, chiral molecular switches and self-assembling nano-architectures.

Tom Ippolito, PhD - Dr. Tom Ippolito joined Chembio Diagnostic Systems, Inc. in June 2005, and serves as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Ippolito served as Vice President, Regulatory and Quality at Biospecifics Technologies. He previously held a number of positions with United Biomedical, Biospecifics, Merck, Rhone Merieux, Organon Teknika, Analytab Products Inc., and Olympus. Dr. Ippolito holds the position of Course Director of the Fundamentals of Bioscience Program at the State University of Stony Brook and is the instructor for clinical development and regulatory affairs.

Zach Marks, MS - Co-founder of Oystir, a new company dedicated to matching PhDs with non-academic job opportunities. Prior to Oystir, Zach worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he developed strategies to hire talent from non-traditional sources. He advised large public, private and social sector clients on a range of organizational strategy topics with a focus on economic development, including an engagement designing South Sudan’s first national agriculture plan. Zach received a BA in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale University and taught English in India on a Fulbright Fellowship.

Damon Love, PhD - Oncology medical science liaison at Eli Lilly, a global pharmaceutical company. Dr. Love received his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Stony Brook University and did a postdoc at Weill Cornell Medical College.

We hope to see you there!