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STEM Career Pathways: Round-table Topics and Speakers

Discussions at each round-table will be led by 1 or 2 industry professionals. After reviewing the table topics and speaker biographies, please click on the survey link at the bottom of the page to submit the tables you would like to attend. We will do our best to ensure you are able to visit the topics of your choice.  

  1. Biotechnology
  2. Dr. Julie Bick
  3. Chief Scientific Officer - Flow Metrics Diagnostics
  4. Julie Bick Ph.D. has over 25 years of academic and industrial medical research experience. Julie has held the position of Chief Scientific Officer for both Cellexus Biosystems, Inc. and more recently with FlowMetric Life Sciences, working to develop and patent medical devices and innovative diagnostic tools. Julie holds a Ph.D. in Medicinal Biochemistry from the University of Southampton, UK and joint degrees with honors in Biochemistry and Genetics from the University of Nottingham, UK.
  6. Dr. Karin Abarca Heidemann
  7. Vice President Science Operations - Rockland Immunochemicals
  8. Dr. Karin Abarca Heidemann currently serving as Vice President of Science Operations at Rockland Immunochemicals. Dr. Abarca graduated with a Diploma (rer nat) in biology from University of Cologne, Germany and a Dr rer nat in Biophysics at the Research Center Julich in Germany in conjunction with University of Cologne.
  9. Dr. Abarca Heidemann has a broad knowledge in neuroscience, protein biophysics and biochemistry, protein purification, molecular biology, antibody production and engineering, biochemistry assays, and assay development. Under her guidance, Rockland has developed hundreds of primary antibodies against targets associated with cell signaling pathways that affect cancer, neuroscience, epigenetics and cell metabolism. Dr. Abarca Heidemann is responsible for Rockland’s R&D, Manufacturing and Strategic Planning.         
  11. Biomedical Science
  12. Dr. Jill Carton

  13. Senior Director of Cell Engineering – Century Theraputics

  14. Prior to Dr. Carton's current role at Century Therapeutics, a start-up biotech company, she worked at Johnson and Johnson for 20 years in roles with increasing responsibilities on biologics drug discovery. Jill was a core team member for greater than 10 medicines that entered the clinic, four of which are approved and marketed products.
  16. Dr. Michelle Myers
  17. Senior Director of Cell Process Development for Cell and Gene Therapies
  18.  - GlaxoSmithKline
  19. Dr. Michele Myers is Senior Director of Cell Process Development for Cell and Gene Therapies within GSK’s Medicinal Science and Technology Department. She played an important role as part of the team responsible for gaining approval of Strimvelis™, an ex vivo gene therapy product for the treatment of ADA-SCID. Michele is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and holds a BA in biology from Temple University and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Pennsylvania State University.
  21. Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  22. Valerie Shurtleff

  23. Senior Scientist – Merck

  24. I have always loved learning about how the world works on a molecular level, so I pursued a college degree in chemistry and a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry. I am now a medicinal chemist at Merck, where I work to discover new medicines that will improve people’s lives.
  26. H. Marie Loughran
  27. Scientist in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry - Merck
  28. Marie Loughran is medicinal chemist with over 20 years of industry experience in the local area. Currently working at Merck & Co., Marie has also worked in, small biotech companies and Fox Chase Chemical Diversity Center Inc. Marie’s academic path included a double major in mathematics and chemistry from Franklin & Marshall College and M.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Lehigh University. 
  30. Forensics
  31. Arthur Young
  32. Forensic Scientist – Guardian Forensic Sciences
  33. Mr. Young earned his Bachelor of Science in Pre-Medical Sciences from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1991 (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette), with interests in human anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry.  His training includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Serological Research Institute, and the McCrone Research Institute.  His approach to casework is as an investigative scientist and that every case can be solved.  His personal interests have been useful in casework, which include the areas of cooking, photography, psychology, anthropology, engineering, and architecture.
  35. Pharmaceutical Engineering
  36. Brian Termine

  37. Professional Engineer & GSK Fellow – GlaxoSmithKline
  38. Brian’s experience and expertise includes Facility Infrastructure Utility system design and operation. He has helped deliver multiple utility system upgrade projects for the GSK Biopharmaceutical Pilot Plant which has ensured facility reliability and uptime for the GMP clinical trial manufacturing teams. He is also an SME for Validated GMP Utility systems including High Purity Water, WFI, Clean Steam, Purified Air and Compressed Gases. At GSK, Brian’s managed a team which was responsible for the maintenance and repairs for all Biopharmaceutical process equipment at the Upper Merion site and he was also the liaison for facility infrastructure maintenance, operations, and capital improvement projects. Brian graduated for Penn State University with a degree in Civil Engineering.
  40. Computer Engineering
  41. Vincent Falcone
  42. Computer Engineering, Integration Team Lead – Aweber
  43. Vincent has been in software development for 13 years. Vincent spent the majority of is career as a QA Automation Engineer and has recently transitioned into leading a development team. Vincent is a 2006 graduate of Villanova University where he received a BS in Computer Engineering.
  45. Civil Engineering
  46. Tyler Ladd
  47. Manager of Engineering – SEPTA
  48. Tyler C. Ladd, P.E. graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, a Masters of Science in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, and later an MBA. Tyler started his professional career at a private land development engineering firm specializing in residential and commercial property development. In 2010, Tyler moved to the public sector, taking a position in the Civil Engineering group at SEPTA, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority where he is currently Manager of Engineering.
  50. Electrical Engineering
  51. Nick Pizzo
  52. Antenna Design Engineer - Cobham Advanced Electronic  Solutions
  53. Nick Pizzo is a Senior Antenna Design Engineer at Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions, CAES.  His current work centers on providing RF solutions to the U.S. warfighter.  Currently, he is directly involved with new technology for the EA-18G Growler, and the F-22 Raptor.  Nick got his background in RF/Microwave Engineering graduating from Villanova University, with his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Electrical Engineering in 2005 and 2007 respectively.  


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