In 2020-2021, accomplished scientists will connect with trainees through a virtual Professionals in Residence (PIR) program, to increase doctoral students/postdocs exposure to a range of career paths that utilize advanced scientific training.   Each of these PIR mentors will engage in a “residency” with QB3-Berkeley, providing their expertise on career exploration and job searching to bioscience trainees.

Our Spring 2021 PIRs:

  • Jan 14 & 15 – Jodi B. Yellin, PhD, Director of Science Policy at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Read about Jodi’s work advocating for medical colleges and trainees here
  • Feb 11 & 19 – Gary Lee, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Senti Biosciences Learn about Gary’s experience and insights on how graduate students can prepare for a career in industry here
  • March 10 & 11 Tracy Teal, PhD, Executive Director, Dryad. Read the QB3-Berkeley interview with Tracy on her experience transitioning from doing basic research to working in a nonprofit setting, where she supports the development of improved infrastructure for the greater scientific community.  
  • April 16 & 23 – Mike Holmes, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Ambys Medicines.
    • This interview with Mike reveals his pioneering work in genome editing techniques in gene therapy, and his path from student to industry leader.
    • Event registration here (for advising sessions and/or career discussion program
  • May (dates TBA) –  Rachel Bernstein, PhD, Editor, Science Careers, AAAS
  • June TBA!
Dr. Alan Sachs with QB3-Berkeley students and postdocs Oct 2019

Don’t miss this unique opportunity for mentorship!

Quotes from participating doctoral students/postdocs:

  • “A great way to gain perspective from outside of Berkeley.”
  • “Definitely worth the time investment! Great opportunity to learn about a new career path from someone who understands the career dilemmas faced by PhD students and postdocs!”
  • “The Professional in Residence program is an invaluable opportunity for graduate students. If you have ever considered alternative career paths, such as industry, but are unclear how to best set yourself up or acquire the skillsets necessary for after you graduate, what better way than to meet a professional in that field and have an in-person conversation with them? Opportunities like this don’t come along often, and I highly recommend taking advantage of this resource organized by QB3-Berkeley.”

Interested in becoming a PIR? This is what our accomplished scientists are saying about their experience:

  • “My day at UC Berkeley as a PIR reminded me once again about the incredible pool of talent at the University.  The opportunity to encourage them to consider industry as a career choice hopefully provided them with a more balanced view of the professional opportunities waiting for them to explore.”
  • “This was a great experience…the immediate feedback from the students made it very rewarding.”

Our 2019-2020 PIRs were:

For more information about the QB3-Berkeley Professionals in Residence program, contact Rosanne Lurie at