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Are you interested in transitioning to careers in science policy and public health?

NUPF has organized a panel discussion in which attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the career paths taken by experts in the field, how to find career opportunities and what skills are necessary to transition to this industry. The panel will be followed by a reception to network with the invited speakers and like-minded postdocs.

REASONS TO PARTICIPATE:

  • Gain a better understanding of careers in public policy and public health in arenas of non-profits, the governmental sector and the business sector.
  • Establish connections with professionals and network with peers who share your interest in public policy and public health.
  • Learn about available resources to assist you in this career transition (AAAs fellowship and EIS fellowship).

The networking reception also intends to be a "social hour" for NU posdocts to meet and chat. Dont miss this opportunity and register only for the reception if you are interested!!

INVITED SPEAKERS:

Amy B. Cadwallader, PhD, Senior Drug Policy Program Analyst III at American Medical Association

Amy B. Cadwallader, Ph.D. received her doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT. Following her doctoral work, she spent 3 years working at the World Anti-doping Agency accredited Laboratorio Antidoping FMSI in Rome, Italy as a research scientist and coordinator of laboratory research. Upon returning to the US, she was the Senior Scientist of Life Sciences for the research and development team and Aegis Shield dietary supplement database Lead Expert at Aegis Sciences Corporation in Nashville, TN. Currently, she leads the drug policy program at the AMA’s Division on Science, Medicine and Public Health in Chicago. In this role she represents the AMA on the Dietary Supplement Quality Collaborative, National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention, National Council on Patient Information and Education, Office of Justice Programs Joint New Psychoactive Substances Workgroup, and is a voting member of the National Safety Council Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division. She also serves as the Assistant Secretary for the AMA’s Council on Science and Public Health. She has presented extensively on dietary supplements and has authored several articles, research briefs, abstracts, and AMA Council on Science and Public Health and Board of Trustees reports on a wide variety of science and public health topics.

Justin Cassidy, PhD, Senior Consultant at Sg2

As a part of Sg2’s Intelligence team, Justin concentrates primarily on the surgery and medicine service lines. At Sg2, Justin’s future-focused, broad research scope includes clinical, payment, policy, technological, economic and workforce trends related to clinical genetics, transplant, bariatrics, infectious disease, endocrinology, obesity, general surgery, dermatology, wounds, rheumatology, palliative care, gastroenterology, urology, pulmonology, nephrology, ophthalmology and precision medicine. Justin has more than a decade of experience as an academic research scientist conducting biomedical research in emerging fields of inquiry that include: genomics, biochemistry, data science, systems biology, statistical genetics, RNA interference (RNAi), microRNAs and CRISPR. He has managed teams of scientists and collaborations to publish and present cutting-edge research that increased the predictive power of personalized genomics. Prior to joining Sg2, Justin earned a PhD in molecular biology from Northwestern University, where he also served as a postdoctoral fellow. He has also worked at UC Berkeley and MIT’s Whitehead Institute. In addition, Justin holds certificates in data science from the McCormick School of Engineering and from the “mini-MBA” program, Management for Scientists and Engineers, at Kellogg. His findings have been published in top-tier scientific journals and he has presented and won awards at conferences organized by the National Centers for Systems Biology and the Genetics Society of America.

Christina Cordero, PhD, Project Director at the Joint Commission

Tina Cordero is a Project Director in the Department of Standards and Survey Methods, Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation. Dr. Cordero joined The Joint Commission in 2007, and she leads research and development projects for new accreditation standards and evaluation methods.Tina has developed standards addressing multiple issues, including language access, cultural competence, health literacy, LGBT, molecular biology, blood transfusion and immunohematology, organ donation, and waived testing. She serves as a subject matter expert for The Joint Commission’s health equity initiatives and is currently leading projects focused on telehealth, antimicrobial stewardship, and electronic health records safety. Dr. Cordero received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois in Urbana, Illinois. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis and her Master of Public Health degree from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Prior to joining The Joint Commission, Tina conducted basic science and public health research at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

Julia MacKenzie, PhD, MPH, Director of International Relations at AAAS

Julia MacKenzie is the Director of International Relations for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She advises on development and expansion of bilateral and multilateral relationships across the whole of AAAS. Julia leads implementation of AAAS internationalization efforts, including planning and supporting international programs with AAAS programmatic units. Prior to AAAS, she was the Senior Technical Advisor within the Office of Research and Science at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. There, she coordinated and oversaw the centrally funded research portfolio for PEPFAR (the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), including three large multi-national randomized controlled trials in Africa. She also served as the Designated Federal Officer for the PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board, an independent FACA-chartered advisory group to PEPFAR. As an expert in infectious diseases, her scientific career included research on HIV immunopathology, herpes simplex viral entry, and the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. She received her doctorate degree in immunology and microbial pathogenesis at Northwestern University as well as a master’s in public health.

Meghan Weinberg, PhD, MPH, Regional Epidemiologist at Michigan Department of Health

Meghan Weinberg is a Regional Epidemiologist in the Communicable Disease Division at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). She obtained her MPH and PhD from Northwestern University Integrated Graduate Program in 2012. She first joined MDHHS as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2014. In her current role, she provides epidemiologic and emergency response support to local public health colleagues in nine Michigan counties.


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The Northwestern University Postdoctoral Forum (NUPF) and the Chicago Graduate Student Association (CGSA)


This event is supported in part by The Graduate School Professional Development Grant.




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