April 2013

ASBMB career symposium at Stony Brook

About 200 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars attended a career symposium sponsored by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and hosted by Stony Brook University in March.
Organized by graduate students Krithika Venkataraman and Peter Chahales, postdoctoral associate Nadine Dalrymple and professor of chemistry Peter Tonge, the event was part of an ongoing series of symposia showcasing the many career options for young scientists.
The keynote speaker was P. Roy Vagelos, former chief executive officer of Merck and the current chairman of the board for Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.
The event’s other sponsors included Pall Life Sciences, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Hoffman & Baron, the Stony Brook Graduate School and the departments of biochemistry and cell biology, molecular genetics and microbiology, chemistry and pharmacological sciences.
All photos courtesy of John Griffin/Stony Brook University. 

Peter Chahales and Krithika Venkataraman 
Peter Chahales and Krithika Venkataraman introduce keynote speaker P. Roy Vagelos, who participated in a conversation about his life and career. Vagelos has had a long and successful career spanning government, academia and industry.
P. Roy Vagelos 
P. Roy Vagelos speaks to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars on March 19 at Stony Brook University. He told the audience, in part, that although times are rough right now science is not going to go away and the future has great promise for the development of new drugs and therapies to treat disease.
Samuel L. Stanley Jr. 
Samuel L. Stanley Jr., president of Stony Brook University, delivers introductory remarks at the career symposium March 18. He said in part, that “a measure of a university’s success is seen in the jobs that its students take after graduation.” He described Stony Brook as an institution that prides itself on being a center of innovation and discovery, particularly in the life sciences, and he emphasized the importance of great collaborations with the other institutions on Long Island, such as Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and Brookhaven National Laboratory. “This region is ripe with talent who make a significant contribution to the greater bioscience community,” Stanley said.
Organizers and participants at the Stony Brook symposium 
Top row, from left: Nadine Dalrymple (organizer), Peter Chahales (organizer), Krithika Venkataraman (organizer), Mahalakshmi Ramadass (organizing committee member), Mel Pilar Espaillat (organizing committee member), Alfreda James (organizing committee), Azeez Aranmolate (SBU, organizing committee), Ellie Ivanova (SBU, organizing committee), Nikki Evensen (organizing committee), Peter Tonge (organizer)

Bottom row, from left: P. Roy Vagelos, (Regeneron Pharmaceuticals) and Samuel L. Stanley Jr. (Stony Brook president)
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