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Post Doctoral

Non-academic careers roundtables

New this year!!!

Have some pizza and discuss non-academic careers. This is your chance to engage with STEM professionals working outside of academic research.

Postdocs are encouraged to ask information gathering questions and to talk to professionals in as many of the fields as possible. Each roundtable will be divided in 3 sessions of 25 minutes, but postdocs are free to join and leave the conversations at their convenience.
Session 1, 1:00-1:25 pm
Session 2, 1:30-1:55 pm
Session 3, 2:00-2:25 pm

If more questions come to mind after meeting with the representatives, you will also have the chance to discuss with them at the reception!

Medical/scientific consulting
RC2, Room 4105


Janet Siebert

Founder, President

Janet Siebert is the founder and president of CytoAnalytics, a consulting company that provides data analysis services and software to life scientists. Janet believes that good data analysts care about the stories in the data. Discovery happens when life scientists and data analysts are able to have lively and informed conversations about complex data sets. Janet’s work focuses on analyzing and presenting multidimensional life science data using computational and statistical methods that support these conversations. With advanced degrees in computer science and education, and an undergraduate degree in economics, Janet offers a unique perspective on innovative yet practical analytical techniques.

Technology transfer/Intellectual property
RC2, Room 5105


Rick Silva, PhD, CLP

Senior Director
Universi​ty of Colorado Technology Transfer Office

Rick joined the University of Colorado (CU) as a Postdoctoral Fellow, worked with the CU technology commercialization corporation (University Technology Corp) for a year then joined the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) in 2002. He works directly with TTO staff, CU faculty, and business development professionals and investors in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries to secure investment in, and licenses to, promising biomedical technologies developed at the University of Colorado. He received a Bachelors of Science degree in Agriculture from New Mexico State University, a Doctor of Philosophy in Endocrinology from Colorado State University, and a Masters in Business Administration emphasizing Entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado-Boulder, Leeds School of Business. He is a Certified Licensing Professional.


Amanda K. Antons, PhD

Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP

Amanda K. Antons assists in patent litigation, specifically in the biotechnology industry. Her graduate training, including work on T cell/HIV interactions, provides her with significant research experience and knowledge in a variety of areas in the biotechnology and the life sciences industries. Dr. Amanda K. Antons earned her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law and is registered to practice with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. As a law student, Dr. Antons received the Robert and Clytia Chambers Award in Patent Law and served as a legal writing teaching assistant. She also completed an externship at the Office of the Solicitor at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Dr. Antons earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from Vanderbilt University and defended her thesis titled “Differentiation Pathways of Human Regulatory T Cells and Their Role in HIV Infection.” As a graduate student, her research was supported by a predoctoral training fellowship from the National Institute of Health. In 2014, she was selected for inclusion in the Illinois Rising Stars® list, featuring outstanding young attorneys in the state.

Regulatory affairs
RC2, Room 6105


Richard Weiskopf, RAC

Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs, Medical Products
Baxter Healthcare Corporation

Rich Weiskopf is the Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs, Medical Products for Baxter Healthcare Corporation, having over 25 years of experience in FDA regulated industries including Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, Biologics & Human Tissue Banking. His experience includes Regulatory Affairs, Quality Assurance, and Intellectual Property. He graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Mircrobiology, and is an ABA Accredited Paralegal. Regulatory affairs professionals have responsibility for: ensuring that their companies comply with all of the regulations and laws pertaining to their business; Working with federal, state, and local regulatory agencies (i.e. FDA) to gain approvals for distributing products; advising management on the regulatory aspects and the regulatory climate that can affect proposed activities; and partaking in product life-cycle management (i.e. review of product labeling and promotional materials and product changes to assure compliance with regulatory requirements and consistency with product indications and classification).

RC2, Room 7105


Jennifer Boyle

Product Specialist Supervisor
Biolegend Technologies

Jennifer Boyle started with BioLegend, a company that develops world-class, cutting-edge antibodies and reagents for biomedical research, in 2007. Since beginning with BioLegend she has gained experience in various business related aspects of the company, including customer support, technical service, technology transfer, business development and field based sales. Jennifer was the pioneer of the North American Field Sales team in 2008, and has been helping researchers further their success ever since. Her expertise includes assistance in experimental design, product portfolio expansion and strategic pricing for immunologic reagents. Jennifer received her Bachelors in Biology from University of the Sciences in 2007, with a strong background in Immunology and Hematology research.


Jon Buhrman, PhD

Field Applications Scientist
Meso Scale Discovery

Jon joined Meso Scale Discovery (MSD®) as a field application scientist (FAS) in August of 2013 following over 9 years of research at the University of Colorado-Denver as a research associate and PhD graduate student. As a research associate in Dr. Ron Gill’s lab at the Barbara Davis Center, Jon focused on mechanisms of immune tolerance induction to pancreatic islet transplantation. Jon then joined the department of immunology as a graduate student and worked with Dr. Jill Slansky in developing methodologies to overcome T cell tolerance using altered peptide vaccines to improve anti-tumor immunity. Following his graduation he worked briefly as a post-doc before transitioning into his new position at MSD. MSD is a leading provider of high quality solutions for multiplex immunoassays, including assays for protein biomarkers, cytokines, and phosphoproteins. The FAS role is multifaceted and includes a wide range of responsibilities. Jon’s primary activities as a field application scientist include educating and training MSD customers on assay best practices, instrumentation, data analysis, as the development of novel assays on the MSD platform. Field applications scientists work in close partnership with scientists at academic institutions, pharmaceutical companies, and biotechnology companies to develop critical assays that drive scientific discovery and support drug development and safety testing. Application scientists also work as a team with sales and marketing groups to expand the adoption of the technology platform through scientific networking and discourse.

RC2, Room 9105


Francina Towne, PhD

Adjunct Professor
Regis University

Francina is an adjunct faculty at Regis University teaching Immunology and Microbiology for the Biomedical Master’s in Science Program. Starting in the fall of 2014, Francina will begin work as an Assistant Professor teaching undergraduates and master’s students in the Regis University Biology Department. Francina earned her Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Colorado-Denver and her Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Arizona. Her doctoral work focused on the mechanisms of Mg2+ homeostasis in B cells, working with Dr. Anne-laure Perraud. She then continued her work on B cells as a postdoctoral fellow at National Jewish Health under Dr. Carsten Schmitz, and furthered her studies with Dr. Leonard Dragone investigating the regulation of T-cell receptor signaling by neddylation. She is also a University of Phoenix Faculty member, teaching Microbiology to nursing students. Francina’s primary activities as an adjunct faculty member include working closely with students in the form of classroom and laboratory instruction, mentoring, thesis reader, and serving on the board of the Master’s Program advisory committee.


Brian Hostetler, M.Ed.

Educator/Coordinator for Health Gallery Programs Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Brian joined the museum in May 2010 as Educator/Coordinator for Health Gallery Programs. Before joining the DMNS, Brian operated a before and after school program in Columbia, MO. Prior to this he was the Physics Gallery Leader at the St. Louis Science Center where he developed and performed in-gallery shows and demonstrations, camp-ins, and summer camp programs. Now at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science he manages staff and volunteer educational interactions in Expedition Health as well as in a variety of Temporary Exhibits. Brian has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a Masters of Education Degree in Science Education from the University of Missouri- Columbia.