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The biomedical and interdisciplinary sciences alumni of the School of Medicine are a testament to the powerful research and learning environment that Case Western Reserve provides. Our graduates go on to great things!
Of 134 PhD graduates in the SOM's biomedical programs from 2005-2007:
94 are now in postdoctoral or faculty positions
26 are now in medical school or residency
14 are in other positions including industry
Our graduates also place in outstanding national postdoctoral positions:
75% are in top-25 research institutions
90% are in top-50 research institutions
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Lori Taylor, PhD Alumna, Visit: April 1, 2010
Lori Taylor, a "double alum" from CWRU returned to speak about neuroscience and her career in big pharma. Lori earned her B.S. at CWRU and worked with Kenneth Neet, PhD., then of the Biochemistry department. She entered the BSTP and ultimately completed a PhD in Neurosciences in 1993, working with Gary Landreth, PhD, on NGF-stimulated fos kinase. He quips that "she had a 3 x 5 card list daily, and you didn't want to interrupt her until she was done." Lori then completed a postdoc with Raymond L. Erikson, PhD, (who discovered the Src protein) at Harvard. After a brief stint as a consultant, she joined Abbott Laboratories in global marketing, and then began her career at Elan Pharmaceuticals, located in San Francisco. Lori spoke to neuroscientists at a noon seminar about the process of approval and marketing for a novel drug treatment for multiple sclerosis; the drug was removed from the market due to a serious complication, but after re-introduction with risk reduction procedures hit "blockbuster" status. In the afternoon, she had a discussion with a group of graduate students and postdoctoral trainees about career progression and preparation. Throughout her own career, Lori has sought to "leverage science to help patients with medical disease."
Kenneth Henry, PhD Alumnus, Visit: April 6, 2010
Kenneth Henry moved to Cleveland after undergraduate studies at UC Santa Barbara and earned his PhD in Genetics from CWRU with Sandra Lemmon. He said he chose Case because we "care about where you're going to go." He reflected on strong support during his graduate studies, lots of nurturing and lots of revisions. After a brief stint at NIH with Dean Harmon, he returned to CWRU and has been a Senior Research Associate with Eric Arts for about 3 years. Dr. Henry spoke April 6 about his work on HIV fitness and drug resistance, and introduced the group to "Henrietta," the 96 well pipettor and "George," the liquid handling device that facilitate the studies.
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