Career Center


    SBSA & SoMCC Career Panel: Paving Your Career Path

Sponsored by:

Stanford Biosciences Student Association & School of Medicine Career Center


Date:                        Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Time:                        4:00 – 5:30 PM (Panel and Informal Networking)      

Location:                   Alway M112

Event Details:            Registration Required!


This panel will feature PhDs from the biosciences who have paved their own career paths in many diverse areas, including public relations, healthcare communication, research institute management, medical affairs, and marketing.  The format will include both a question and answer session followed by informal networking.  Please register here.


Sean Allen, KnowledgePoint360 Group.  Sean earned his PhD from the University of London and MBA from the University of Warwick Business School.  Before moving into the private sector, he worked in the public sector as a research scientist with the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust and as a lecturer for the National Heart and Lung Institute.  He has published 30+ peer reviewed manuscripts and written book chapters.  In the private sector, Sean works in medical communications in which he utilizes his and his team’s medical and scientific skills to help pharmaceutical and biotech clients educate physicians about new drugs and how they work.  He has been an editorial team leader for Adis International, a business unit manager for Gardiner Caldwell Communications, and vice president of KnowledgePoint360 Group.  Sean is currently a senior vice president of KnowledgePoint360 Group. 

Judith Connor, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.  Judith Connor earned her PhD from University of California at Berkeley and was a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University. At the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), Connor directs the institute's external affairs: technology transfer, education, video laboratory, library, and print and electronic publications. With her international colleagues and her Stanford students, she has explored the world ocean from Monterey Bay to Asia, Africa, and Antarctica.

Erin Cline Davis, Weber Shandwick.  Erin Cline Davis earned her PhD in the laboratory of W. James Nelson in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology in 2006.  She then transitioned to a career in science writing, getting her start with a AAAS Mass Media Fellowship at the Los Angeles Times.  Erin joined 23andMe in 2007, where she was responsible for health content for the company's Personal Genome Service, as well as writing for and editing the corporate blog.  In 2010, Erin joined the Element Scientific Communications team at public relations firm Weber Shandwick, where she develops messaging and content for pharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as leading an internal educational program.

Ken Shultz, Genetech.  During his PhD training in the summer of 2009, Ken completed an internship at Genentech in a pipeline marketing role.  Upon completion of the internship, he was offered a position in the Commercial Rotational Development Program (CRDP).  This program consists of one field (i.e., sales) role and 2 in-house rotations, After finishing his PhD in immunology in the summer of 2010, Ken was sent off to his first rotation - selling Xolair in Omaha, NE. After 15 months in Omaha, he came back to South SF for his second rotation, which was in the Medical Affairs group.  Finally, he completed his third rotation in a group called Market Planning, where he built out a long range revenue forecast for a pipeline drug.  He accepted his first fulltime position in Market Planning in March of 2013 working on pre-launch drug.

Alison Sikora, Pharmacyclics.  Alison Sikora is currently the Director of Medical Communications at Pharmacyclics, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing innovative small-molecule drugs for the treatment of cancer.  She joined Pharmacyclics in August 2012 as Global Publications Planning Leader and prior joining PCYC, Alison was working at Genentech/Roche in the Global Publications Group where she led multiple cross-functional global publication teams in the Virology and Cardiometabolism Franchises.  Alison began her career at Pfizer Oncology in the Global Medical Communications group at where she developed and implemented medical communications tools to support the launch of new oncology products.  Alison received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where she studied the kinetic, mechanistic, and chemical characterization of enzymes from pathogenic bacteria.   

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