CMB’s 800+ alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers in academia, for-profit and non-profit sectors, industry, government, education, and other areas. CMB alumni form a valued community and continue to be engaged with the CMB program after graduation by visiting to give talks about their career paths, joining alumni panels, and connecting individually with CMB students. See what our alumni have gone on to do by exploring the Alumni Directory and reading some of the alumni spotlights and alumni news below. To search for an alum or a specific career, click “Alumni Directory” below and use the search bar in the upper right-hand corner of the table to enter key job terms or alumni names.
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|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Name||email address PERM||email address WORK||Lab||Graduated||Degree||Current Position||Employer Name||Current Position|
|1||Abler||Lisa||Abler, Lisafirstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org||Xin Sun||2008||Ph.D.||Assistant Scientist||University of Wisconsin-Madison||Assistant Scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison|
|2||Abraham||Teresa||Abraham, Teresaemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org||Daniel D. Loeb||2007||Ph.D.||Director, Scientific and Technical Partnerships||Click Diagnostics||Director, Scientific and Technical Partnerships, Click Diagnostics|
|3||Acevedo||Luis||Acevedo, Luisemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com||Peggy Farnham||2007||Ph.D.||Sr. Scientist||GenMark Diagnostics||Sr. Scientist, GenMark Diagnostics|
|4||Agasie (Bezerra)||Isabel||Agasie (Bezerra), Isabel||Richard Amasino||2003||Ph.D.||Biotechnology Instructor||BioPharmaceutical Technology Center (BTC) Institute||Biotechnology Instructor, BioPharmaceutical Technology Center (BTC) Institute|
|5||Ahmad||Fridoon||Ahmad, Fridoonfirstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com||Peter Baas||1998||Ph.D.||Professor and Head of Physiology and Cell Biology Department||University of Health Sciences||Professor and Head of Physiology and Cell Biology Department, University of Health Sciences|
|6||Akkarawongsa||Radeekorn||Akkarawongsa, Radeekornfirstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org||Curtis R. Brandt||2007||Ph.D.||Lecturer||Mahidol University (Thailand)||Lecturer, Mahidol University (Thailand)|
|7||Albright||Catherine||Albright, Catherineemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org||William M. Sugden||2013||M.S.||Senior Research Associate||Exact Sciences||Senior Research Associate, Exact Sciences|
|8||Allen||Benjamin||Allen, Benjaminemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org||Alan C. Rapraeger||2004||Ph.D.||Asst. Professor||University of Michigan||Asst. Professor, University of Michigan|
|9||Allen||Mary||Allen, Maryemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org||Elizabeth Goodwin||2006||M.S.||Post-Doc||University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center||Post-Doc, University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center|
|10||Allen||Todd||Allen, Toddemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com||David I. Watkins||1999||Ph.D.||Professor||Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard; Harvard Medical School||Professor, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard; Harvard Medical School|
|Last Name||First Name||Name||email address PERM||email address WORK||Lab||Graduated||Degree||Current Position||Employer Name||Current Position|
Alumni Career Paths
Since the CMB Program was established in 1961, 689 alumni have received PhDs and 104 have received Master’s degrees.
In the past ten years (2008-2018), 194 PhDs have been awarded. Those graduates are currently employed in the following industries:
Of the 86 PhD graduates from the past ten years who have gone into academia, alumni are currently in the following positions:
In addition, students on the Professional Development Committee have collected information about alumni career development at 1, 4 and 7 years post graduation to allow current and future CMB students to map their own professional development.
CMB students have a strong publication record, with an average of 4.4 publications per CMB graduate and 2.2 first author or co-first author publications per graduate at the time of graduation. View the full list of recent CMB graduates’ publications. (Alumni, please keep us updated if you have any additions or changes to this list.)
Update Your Info or Share Your Story
We welcome any alumni employment updates! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any updates or corrections.
We would also love to hear the story of your career path, and any advice you have for CMB students currently exploring career options. If you are interested in sharing your story, please respond to our Alumni Spotlight survey. Answers will appear in the Alumni Spotlight feature on the CMB website.
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Kate graduated from CMB in 2008 and is an Associate Professor of Biology at Loras College in Dubuque, IA.
"I love the challenge and puzzle of trying to find the best way to help my students understand certain concepts in cell biology. I really enjoy getting to know them as people and genuinely enjoy spending time with them in class."
Saheed received his PhD from CMB in 2014 and is currently a Scientist at Synthetic Genomics in La Jolla, CA.
"My role is still very research focused, which is great, and I’m doing work which I enjoy, trying to achieve a goal I believe in (cost effective, sustainable biofuel to help pull us back from the brink of destroying our planet)."
Laura is a Professor of Biology at the University of Richmond, which is a primarily undergraduate institution. She graduated from CMB in 1996.
"UW-Madison’s CMB program was broad enough to allow me to explore several different areas of Biology since I was not sure what area of CMB I wanted to focus on for my dissertation work. Also, the faculty and students seemed very supportive and welcoming. This was especially important because I was a first generation college student, navigating very unfamiliar territory as a graduate student."