Spring 2021 Alum and HR Zooms

Duke Zoom Backgrounds


Please join Duke Postdoctoral Services, the Graduate School, and Graduate Career Services for a series of short, focused career conversations with former Duke postdocs and PhD students.

We will ask each Alum 5 questions:

  1. Could you tell us about your background?
  2. How did you get your job at your organization?
  3. What’s a typical day like at your organization (pre- and post-COVID)?
  4. What can postdocs and students who would like to work in this field (or explore it further) do to prepare?
  5. What is the employment outlook for this field, given the COVID crisis? (please note that the answer to this question may be “We don’t know yet.”)

We will ask each HR Manager 5 questions:

  1. Can you tell us about your organization, and describe a typical day for a PhD hire?
  2. What does the hiring process look like at your organization? What areas do you look at from the resume/CV and cover letter? (for example, are publications important? Do you need to do a postdoc?)
  3. Besides being a good scientist/researcher, what other skills, experience and/or training are important?
  4. What can postdocs and students who would like to work in this field (or explore it further) do to prepare?
  5. What is the employment outlook for this field, given the COVID crisis? (please note that the answer to this question may be “We don’t know yet.”)

Weds Feb 3, 11-11:30 am

WHAT: Alum Zoom with Shweta Krishnan, PhD, Assistant Director of Life Sciences, Duke Office of Licensing & Ventures
REGISTER: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0f7CIxsg2pumHfn

On Feb 3, our guest is Shweta Krishnan, PhD. Shweta joined Duke’s Office of Licensing and Ventures in 2016. As Assistant Director of Life Sciences, Shweta works with Duke innovators to evaluate the market opportunity, competitive and patent landscape of Duke technologies in the therapeutics, diagnostics and devices space, negotiates licensing deals with industry partners, and catalyzes the formation of Duke start-ups.

Shweta comes to the OLV with a strong background in life sciences research, and over 5 years of experience in technology transfer at Johns Hopkins and Duke. Prior to joining the OLV, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Shweta received her PhD in Pharmacology and Cancer Biology from Duke University, where her work focused on elucidating the actions of the progesterone receptor in breast cancer pathogenesis, with the goal of developing therapeutic interventions for the clinic.


Fri Feb 5, 11-11:30 am

WHAT: Alum Zoom with Anh Do, PhD, Data Scientist, Nielsen
REGISTER: https://gradschool.duke.edu/student-life/events/alum-zoom-five-career-questions-anh-do-phd-19-data-scientist-nielsen

As part of a series of short, focused career conversations with former Duke PhD students and postdocs, we’ll feature Anh Do, PhD ’19 (Political Science), Data Scientist with Nielsen. Nielsen is a global measurement and data analytics company that provides the most complete and trusted view available of consumers and markets worldwide. Dr. Do participated in an Insight Data Science fellowship following completion of her PhD and began working for Nielsen in 2019.


Weds Feb 10, 11-11:30 am

As part of a series of short, focused career conversations with former Duke PhD students and postdocs, we’ll feature Devin Bridgen, PhD’15 (Biomedical Engineering), Associate Director, Exploratory Research at SQZ Biotechnologies. SQZ Biotech is working to create a new generation of cell therapies, with a current focus on modulating specific immune responses for oncology, infectious diseases, and autoimmune diseases. Dr. Bridgen began his career at SQZ as a Scientist after completing his PhD and has been steadily promoted through roles in Exploratory Research and Strategy & Corporate Development.


Tues Feb 23, 11-11:30 am

WHAT: Alum Zoom with Kelly Lindblom, PhD, RAC, Duke Office of Regulatory Affairs and Quality (ORAQ)
REGISTER: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8cbk34CtG6lHSZv

On Feb 23, our guest is Kelly Lindblom, PhD, RAC. Kelly is a Senior Regulatory Affairs Scientist in the Office of Regulatory Affairs and Quality (ORAQ) within the Duke University School of Medicine. In this role, Dr. Lindblom is responsible for providing support and guidance to investigators and regulatory study coordinators regarding the regulatory requirements relevant to their research study activities. She performs a variety of services including regulatory education, regulatory consultation, and support for regulatory submissions. Dr. Lindblom is also involved in the implementation of educational initiatives within ORAQ, and will discuss the Duke Regulatory Affairs Training Program.

Dr. Lindblom received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She conducted her graduate research at Duke University, where she earned her PhD in Pharmacology with a certificate in Cell and Molecular Biology. Her research focused on the regulation of cell death in the context of Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis and different types of cancer. During her graduate training, Dr. Lindblom was the recipient of a Ruth L. Kirschstein-NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship and a Robert J. Fitzgerald Scholar Award. Dr. Lindblom was the Assistant Director of Research Initiatives in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Duke University before joining ORAQ. Dr. Lindblom holds the Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC) from the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society.