Stanford Immunology Alumni

Alumni Describe Their Professional Journeys & Importance of Giving Back

As the Immunology alumni came to campus to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their graduate program, they also came to give back to current trainees -- of their time, advice and resources. In two well-attended alumni career panels, one for academic careers and the other for industry and other careers, alumni described life after Stanford.

Sam Cheshier, MD, PhD, 2005 reflects on anti-racism and his years at Stanford

For Black neurosurgeon Samuel Cheshier, George Floyd's killing confirmed that his country is racist; but the aftermath brought hope that change is possible. Cheshier, director of pediatric surgical neuro-oncology at the University of Utah School of Medicine, was an integral part of the Stanford Medicine community. He wrote a letter expressing his thoughts about anti-Black racism, which is published in Stanford Medicine magazine.

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    Kenneth Gibbs, Jr., 2010

    Kenneth Gibbs, Jr., is using his graduate degree in immunology to improve graduate education nationally — he shares more in this Q&A.

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    Jessica Linderman, 2010

    Jessica Linderman talks about the valuable resources in becoming an academic researcher.

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    Devavani Chatterjea, 2001

    Devavani Chatterjea builds networks and professional collaborations to advance her career.


Promoting diversity and advancing racial equity in the biomedical sciences

Is a "committment to diversity" enough in biomedical sciences? Kenneth Gibbs, PhD '10 writes an article in American Society for Cell Biology on racial justice.

We can in fact make substantive progress on the pressing issues of diversity and racial justice in science if there is the will to do so.

Gibbs is Director of the Postdoctoral Research Associate Training Proram at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. 

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Biosciences & engineering faculty tell stories about the real world of research

Faculty members speak about their sense of passion, experience with adversity, and rise against setbacks at the Awesome Science Symposium.

Difficulties shape us, and no matter how hard they are, we learn from them.

Juliana Idoyaga, PhD, Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Immunology

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Discovering a link to chronic pain ailment in women

Devavani Chatterjea, PhD, 2001 left Genentech to return to a university setting and run her own research lab. She never imagined that she would identify a possible cause of a rare disorder that had puzzled gynecologists for years.

I have always been open to studying anything that sparks my interest.

Devavani built networks and professional collaborations to advance her career.

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Looking to the future of graduate biomedical education, featuring alumnus Kenneth Gibbs, Jr., PhD '10 - September 14, 2018


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BioSci Careers creates a community of mentors to support the academic advancement, professional development, and career-of-choice decisions of our graduates, medical students and postdoctoral fellows. Through individualized counseling, curriculum and connections, our faculty, alumni and employers teach through their real-life stories and empower trainees to define and tell their own.

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Enhance the education experience of graduate students and postdocs by sharing your experience and perspective. Provide career advice in your field whether clinical, academic, or private sector. Opportunities range from a single event to ongoing participation, including:

  • One-on-One mentoring
  • Attend reunions and events 
  • Speaking at seminars and retreats
  • Host small student lunches and dinners
  • Provide job shadowing opportunities
  • Offer internships

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Help shape the future of the Stanford Immunology and university research by making a tax-deductible donation.

Make checks payable to Stanford University, and include a letter stating "The donation is a gift to be designated for Stanford Immunology Program."

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