Postgraduate Career Strategies: Start-up - Webinar

“Postgraduate Career Strategies: Start-ups” as part of the ongoing series of Innovation Webinars.

May 1st, 12pm-1pm, Pacific Time

Today’s graduate students have a valuable set of both technical and creative skills suited for many technological industries. There are many avenues in this area for graduate students to consider and pursue when entering the work force and start-up companies can be the ideal setting. However, marketing one’s self to companies, developing networking skills, and choosing the right company with which to pursue a career pose challenges.

What are the pros/and cons of working in a startup?  What are the right strategies to find, network, and land a job at a company?

Panelists from start-up companies will discuss the current landscape of a start-up and the transition from working in an academic lab setting to working in a start-up company. Panelists will be available to answer questions regarding current expectations for recent graduates, points to consider when searching for jobs as well as alternative non-research opportunities within a start-up company.



Maisha Kamunde-Devonish, graduate student in Darren Johnson's Lab; Member of the Student Council for Innovation (SCI); student representative on the Executive Council; Senior Writer and Editor; Vice President of the Oregon Chapter of NOBCChE







 Lauren Fullmer, graduate student in May Nyman's laboratory; Member of the Student Council for Innovation








Panelist biographies

Dr. Bastiaan Driehuys was a co-inventor of hyperpolarized gas MRI while completing his Ph.D. in Physics at Princeton University.  In 1996 he helped to start MITI, the first company founded to commercialize hyperpolarized gas technology. He took over as CEO in 1999 and managed its acquisition by Amersham Health. While he continued to oversee hyperpolarized gas research, he served on Amersham’s global imaging management team, which was responsible for the company’s diagnostic imaging research pipeline, spanning all modalities and disease areas. In 2004, he returned to academia where he is now an Associate Professor of Radiology, Medical Physics, and Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. His research program has been focused on driving the clinical translation of hyperpolarized 129Xe MRI, and exploiting the unique properties of this atom for non-invasive functional and molecular imaging. In 2012, he founded a second company, Polarean, which spun out the hyperpolarized gas MRI technology from GE Healthcare.  Dr. Driehuys completed his post-doctoral work (1996) and Ph.D. in atomic physics (1995) at Princeton University. He received his BA summa cum laude in physics from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA in 1990.  He has authored over 50 publications in the areas of hyperpolarization physics and biological applications.  He has been granted 32 US patents.  He is a co-recipient of the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award (2000), as well as the Tibbetts Award for Outstanding small business scientific accomplishment (1997).


Dr. Sean Muir is the Senior Research Scientist of Amorphyx.  Previous to joining Amorphyx, Sean was a graduate research fellow with the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry and a graduate research assistant at Oregon State University.  With his materials expertise, Muir leads Amorphyx’ laboratory efforts. Sean holds the BS in Chemistry as well as a BA from The Evergreen State College and the PhD in Materials Chemistry from Oregon State University.






Dr. Calden Carroll is a co-founder and President of SupraSensor Technologies. Calden received his Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Oregon in the groups of Professors Darren Johnson and Michael Haley, for work on the molecular sensor platform that is the basic technology for SupraSensor’s nitrate monitoring device. As a post-doc, his team was awarded the top prize in the National Science Foundations Innovation Corps program designed to take basic research out of the lab and into the private sector. He is a firm believer in the power of investment in the fundamental sciences as a tool for revolutionary societal changes, and takes particular pride in providing a technology to protect the fisheries he spends so much of his free time on.


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