Career Center

Career Transition Planning - Presenter Bios

Jason Beliakoff, PhD


Jason Beliakoff, PhD, is a Medical Science Liaison in the Oncology division of ImClone Systems (Eli Lilly & Co.) where he has been since 2009.  Before this position, he was Medical Science Liaison for Oncology at Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals’ Department of Medical Affairs, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Urology, and a Consultant for PANTHER Protein Database Curation at Applied Biosystems.  He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Cancer Biology from the University of Arizona, Tucson AZ and a Bachelor of Science in Genetics from the University of California, Davis, CA.  His graduate research investigated heat shock protein 90 binding agents as chemotherapeutics for the treatment of hormone-refractory breast cancer and, as a post doc, he studied the role of the novel androgen receptor coregulator Zimp10 in cancer biology and development.

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Shree Chiang


In her role as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the American Heart Association, Western States Affiliate, Sheree is committed to strengthening the Association’s key strategic organizational capabilities through the development and implementation of human resource and workforce strategies.  With the HR team, this includes focusing on continual improvement of the organization’s capacity to attract, engage and develop high potential, high performing employees.   

Sheree is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine with a degree in Social Ecology – Psychology and Social Behavior.  She began her career in Human Resources in 1992.  Prior to joining the AHA, she served in non-profit healthcare organizations in Orange County, California.  She is a professional member of the Society for Human Resource Management, Northern California Human Resources Association and the California Chamber of Commerce.

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Selena Chaisson, MD, MBA


As a member of Bailard's asset management team, Selena focuses on highly specialized, emerging healthcare opportunities. Before joining Bailard, she was Global Sector Head of the Healthcare research team at RCM and lead analyst and manager of the RCM Biotechnology and RCM Global Healthcare funds. Selena also worked with RCM from 1994 to 1999, when she helped establish the RCM Biotechnology and RCM Global Healthcare funds. In 1999, Selena left RCM to join Julian Robertson's investment team at Tiger Management. In 2002, she started her own firm, Coyote Capital, where she successfully launched and managed her own hedge fund and provided investment advisory services to SAC. Selena received a BS in microbiology in 1987 from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She earned her MBA and MD from Stanford University in 1992 and 1993, respectively. Selena's personal interests include running and spending time with her two Chihuahuas.

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Judith Connor, PhD


Judith Connor earned her Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley with dissertation research conducted at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panamá. Using SCUBA, submersibles and an undersea habitat, she has participated in expeditions to the eastern and western Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Aegean Seas, New Zealand, Fiji, Africa and the Canary Islands, Hawai'i, Antarctica and Monterey Bay. At the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), Connor directs the institute's external affairs, providing oversight for MBARI websites, public information, library, video laboratory and educational programs. Connor serves as a member of MBARI's senior management team and the primary contact for intellectual property issues and technology transfer. Connor lectures in marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the National Science Foundation’s international Antarctic biology course.

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Stephanie Eberle, M.Ed.


Stephanie K. Eberle is the Manager of Educational Resources and Client Services for the School of Medicine Career Center.  Within this role, Stephanie develops curricula focusing on professional skills/training and insights into roles for scientists and clinicians across multiple employment sectors.  Prior to joining the SoMCC, Stephanie was part of Stanford’s central campus Career Development Center, advising graduate students and postdocs from various disciplines across campus, teaching a “Career and Life Planning” course, and developing programs on both academic and non-academic job preparation. She has co-written a text book chapter, consulted on diversity issues at companies and organizations throughout the Bay Area, and held numerous counseling and program development positions in her 13 years of professional experience.  Stephanie holds both the M.Ed., and B.A.’s in Psychology and Sociology, from Ohio University.

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Thomas Freeland, PhD


Thomas Freeland received his B.F.A. and M.A. degrees in Theatre from the University of Colorado and his Ph.D. in Drama from Stanford, where he wrote his dissertation on Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West show. He has both directed and appeared in many local stage productions and is also a published translator. After teaching Voice, Acting, Dramatic Literature, and Theatre History at Oberlin College, he is now a lecturer in the Oral Communication Program at CTL, leading workshops and providing individual coaching in vocal technique, public speaking and interview preparation. He also teaches CTL 115: Voice Workshop, CTL 219: Public Speaking for Graduate Students, and CTL 177: The Performance of Power.

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Cindy Georgette  

Cindy Georgette is a Biotechnology Staffing Consultant at XDX, Inc., a molecular diagnostics company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of non-invasive gene expression testing in the areas of transplant medicine and autoimmunity.  She has a BS in Zoology from UC Davis and she started her career “at the bench” at Syntax Pharmaceuticals in the Toxicology Department.  Cindy began her recruiting career in 2000 at Incyte Genomics, a drug discovery and development company, which focuses on developing proprietary small molecule drugs to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), diabetes, oncology, and inflammation diseases.  She has held several recruiting positions (both internal and external) since then and has been at XDX, Inc. for 3 years. 

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Daniel Kaplan, PhD


Dan Kaplan received his undergraduate education at UC San Diego, and then attended Duke University for graduate school, where he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellow.  After earning his Ph.D. in Pharmacology, Dan moved to Stanford University School of Medicine, where he was an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratories of Professors Matthew Scott and Tobias Meyer.  He joined NGM Biopharmaceuticals as a scientist in 2008.  In his role as a group leader at NGM, Dan is employing a multidisciplinary approach to understand the mechanisms by which gastrointestinal hormones control glucose homeostasis.  The goal of his work is to develop novel treatments for type II diabetes.

About NGM Biopharmaceuticals
NGM Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. is a privately held drug discovery and development company dedicated to developing transformational medicines that significantly improve human health. NGM has devised a novel discovery platform, relying on human clinical and genetic observations, to identify and validate targets that impact the underlying etiology of disease. The Company’s strategy is to focus on mining the complex biological interactions within the neuroendocrine gastrointestinal environment to elucidate the roles of previously unidentified or unexplored hormones, receptors and other metabolic factors that are involved in the systemic regulation of glucose homeostasis and that play causative roles in diseases.

NGM is generating a rich pipeline of new targets that the Company is using to develop novel treatments for metabolic diseases, such as obesity, muscle wasting and cardiovascular disease in addition to diabetes. Founded in 2008, NGM has world-class scientists and an accomplished executive team with broad experience in building and managing biotechnology companies. NGM is headquartered in South San Francisco, California. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at

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Lee Anne Masetti-Martin


Lee Anne Masetti-Martin is currently the Regional Patent Recruiter for Morrison & Foerster LLP, an international law firm with more than 1000 attorneys and patent agents across 17 offices. As the Patent Recruiter for the firm, Lee Anne regularly attends networking events and career fairs for law students, graduate students, attorneys and scientists interested in a career in patent law. Prior to becoming the Regional Patent Recruiter at Morrison & Foerster, Lee Anne was a Professional Development Coordinator for the firm, focusing on mentoring and patent attorney/agent training and career advancement. She has also held recruiting positions in several other well-known IP law firms in the Bay Area. Outside of Morrison & Foerster, Lee Anne is an active member of the Bay Area Legal Recruitment Association (BALRA), which is comprised of in-house law firm recruiters and law school career services personnel from the Northern California area. She has served on the BALRA board as President-elect, President and Immediate Past President from 2005-2007, and currently serves as Co-Chair for the BALRA Mentoring Committee. Lee Anne has been in the legal recruiting field for over 10 years, has reviewed thousands of resumes, has interviewed and evaluated candidates, and has served as an informal counselor to patent agents, summer associates and associates.

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Anvelys Ortiz-Suarez., PhD, JD


Dr. Anavelys Ortiz-Suárez is a patent attorney in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's intellectual property and patent practice.  She focuses on the preparation and prosecution of immunology and biotechnology patents, freedom-to-operate and validity analysis, and research related to intellectual property.

Prior to joining the firm, Anavelys was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Eugene Butcher at Stanford University. Her research work at Stanford focused on understanding the intercellular and intracellular signaling mechanisms involved in the generation of different tissue-homing T cell phenotypes.

While studying for her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, the goal of her thesis project was to characterize a subset of CD8+ T cells with higher levels of CD28 present only in old mice. The studies undertaken in her thesis work focused on the cytokine requirements, signal transduction pathways, and the role of these cells in immunosenescence.

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Michael Penn, Jr., MD, PhD


Dr. Michael L. Penn, Jr. is responsible for diagnostics and small molecule drug discovery transactions within Genentech’s Business Development group. His efforts help advance innovation in drug development and result in getting the right medicines to the right patients.

Michael’s interest in Genentech began back in 1994 when he worked for the company as an undergraduate intern in the Immunology Research group.  Years later, Michael was thrilled by the opportunity to return to Genentech as a full-time employee.  In 2003, he launched his career at Genentech as a product manager for the Herceptin brand--the groundbreaking personalized therapy for women with HER2+ breast cancer.  Over the next 3 years, in roles of increasing responsibility, Dr. Penn leveraged his technical background and business acumen to explore and develop new areas of growth for Herceptin. During his tenure on the Herceptin team, the brand’s revenues tripled from $400M to over $1B.

Dr. Penn has also co-authored the book Finding Your North (over 7000 books sold to date) and in 2001 co-founded a non-profit organization, Building Diversity in Science, to encourage diverse students to explore science-related careers and to empower them to discover their unique talents.

In addition to his work with students, Dr. Penn was appointed by former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown to the Health Commission, the policy-making board for the Department of Public Health, and served as a Commissioner from 2002 to 2004.

Michael graduated from Morehouse College with a BS in Biology and received his MD-PhD at the University of California, San Francisco in 2003. His graduate research in HIV pathogenesis was completed at the Gladstone Institute for Virology and Immunology under the guidance of Dr. Mark A. Goldsmith.  Michael is an avid traveler, tennis player and passionate career coach who advises students on a regular basis. 

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Tia Phillips, MA


As a Senior Staffing Consultant and Sourcer with McKesson, Corp., Tia is accountable for delivering consultative, strategic staffing services to the overall Staffing Function.  She has extensive experience in executing searches nationwide, from executive level and niche positions in limited candidate spaces across many industries, while building and managing high volume candidate pipelines that span numerous industries.  Earlier in her career as a Global Staffing Manager, she trained and developed a global staffing team.  She moved on to manage the Employee/Labor Relations Unit for a public utility and brought private practice staffing strategies to public sector.  She spent the last four years providing staffing expertise to several Business Units within Genentech, Inc. and is currently building out talent pipelining strategies for McKesson Corp.

Tia earned her bachelor's degree in Communications from St. Mary’s College and her master's degree in Human Resources Management from Golden Gate University.

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Lisa Zanetto


Lisa Zanetto is currently a HR Director at Genencor focusing on Global Programs and HR Operations.  Prior to her current position, Lisa supported the global Research & Development team at Genencor along with the IP, Regulatory and Environment Health & Safety teams.     Before joining Genencor in 2006, Lisa worked for Galileo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. as an Associate Director of HR.   At Galileo Lisa supported all sites of the business; Santa Clara, CA, Sheffield, UK and Singapore. Ms. Zanetto joined Galileo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in January 2002 from Evant Solutions. At Evant Solutions, a high-tech startup company, she managed the Human Resources function developing the policies and procedures for the organization. Prior to joining Evant Solutions, Ms. Zanetto, was the Campus Recruiter, Western United States, for Cambridge Technology Partners a worldwide management consulting and systems integration firm. Ms. Zanetto holds a BS in Applied Behavioral Science from the University California, Davis.

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