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.

2022-2023 PIRs

Elizabeth Alcamo, PhD

COO Seawolf Therapeutics and Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Versant Ventures

Katja Brose, PhD

Science Program Officer

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Profile & Advice

Miki Yamamoto, PhD

Vice President and Head Of Regulatory Affairs

Arrivent Biopharma

Profile & Advice

2021-2022 PIRs

Faith M. Dukes, PhD

Director, Office of Government and Community Relations, K-12 STEM Education Programs

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Profile & Advice

Erin Dueber, PhD

Senior Principal Scientist, Department of Early Discovery Biochemistry


Profile & Advice

Lydia The, PhD


McKinsey & Company

Elise A. Kikis, PhD

Associate Professor and Chair of Biology

University of the South (Sewanee)

Profile & Advice

Christine Ring, PhD, JD

General Counsil, Secretary


Profile & Advice

Timothy Day, PhD

CSO and Co-founder

DNALite Therapeutics

Profile & Advice

Seth Lieblich, PhD



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