Accomplished scientists connect with doctoral students and postdocs through QB3-Berkeley’s Professionals in Residence (PIR) program: each semester, PIR mentors visit campus for daylong residencies that feature career talks, small group advising, and one-on-one opportunities for mentorship for graduate students and postdocs. These accomplished scientists share their expertise on career exploration and job searching with UC Berkeley’s bioscience trainees, covering a wide range of career paths that utilize advanced scientific training.

2023-2024 PIRs

Kara Norman Lino, PhD

Director of R&D, Diagnostic Development

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Event info

Arne Bakker, PhD

Director of Meetings and Community for Science

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Event info

2022-2023 PIRs

Elizabeth Alcamo, PhD

COO Seawolf Therapeutics and Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Versant Ventures

Katja Brose, PhD

Science Program Officer

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Katja's profile & advice

Miki Yamamoto, PhD

Vice President and Head Of Regulatory Affairs

Arrivent Biopharma

Miki's profile & advice
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Andy Hsieh, PhD

Senior research analyst and partner

William Blair & Company, LLC

Andy's profile & advice

Bilge Ozaydin, PhD

Director, Strain Discovery and Development group

Pivot Bio

Bilge's profile & advice

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 the 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.”
  • “I like the idea of giving back to Berkeley… If I can participate in this and help even one person, then I think it’s worthwhile and paying back to all those before me who helped me.”

List of Past PIRs

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