Career & Alumni

  • Once you have selected a lab and get a solid grasp of your research project, it might be good to start thinking about what you would like to do with your life once you have earned a PhD. The NSIPD strongly supports the notion that obtaining a PhD, while challenging, interesting and exciting, is not in itself a career. We require all students to develop their own Individual Development Plan (IDP) in consultation with their advisor and thesis committee. There are numerous web resources available on how to go about doing this. The one developed by Science and other entities seems particularly helpful: Another site that 
  • The UCLA Career Center is expanding its reach to PhD students and offers many courses in the area of professional development through career fairs and workshops. It really should be called the UCLA Professional Development Center. 
  • The UCLA Business of Science Center offers exciting opportunities to explore your interest and skills in gaining a more entrepreneurially focused understanding of your career. Workshops and hands on courses will enrich your career.
  • The UCLA Graduate Division offers workshops and other professional development events. 
  • The UCLA Graduate Student Research Center offers writing and editing workshops, workshops to help improve your individual development plan, as well as career planning events to help graduate students maximize their efforts in the academic and professional sectors. 
  • You might also want to consider an internship with a company. Many pharmaceutical companies offer internships and postdoctoral opportunites. But there are many other companies offering attractive possibilities, see e.g. microsoft.
  • Alumni of our program have obtained academic positions, are teaching, work in industry and consulting, obtained development positions with the Federal Government, and have started their own companies.

Stay connected!  We’d love to know what our alumni are up to and create an active network where current students have access to the diverse experiences and expertise of our alumni.  Please keep us informed and submit any changes to your contact information and privacy preferences using the online form


Alumni Faculty Mentor Graduating Yearsort ascending Current Position
Elliot Swartz Coppola, G. 2018 Academic Research Advisor, The Good Food Institute
Jennifer Tribble Fanselow, M. 2018 Postdoc, Duke University
Leanna Hernandez Dapretto, M. 2018 Postdoc, UCLA
Supraja Varadarajan Butler, S. 2017 Postdoc, Stanford
Cynthia He Portera-Cailliau, C. 2017 MD/PhD - Return to Medical School
Ruyi Huang Lu, D. 2017 Postdoc, UCLA
Rachel Jonas Bearden, C. 2017 Scientist, Exponent
Sophie Rengarajan Hallem, E. 2017 MD/PhD - Return to Medical School
Michael Einstein Golshani, P. 2017 Consultant, Boston Consulting Group
Hua Chai Khakh, B. 2017 MD/PhD - Return to Medical School
Kostya Bakhurin Masmanidis, S. 2017 Postdoc, Duke University
David DiTullio Carmichael, S. 2017 MD/PhD - Return to Medical School
Shan Huang Alcino, S. 2017 Postdoc, UCLA
Madeline Andrews Butler, S. 2017 Postdoc, UCSF
Katherine Fehlhaber Sampath, A. 2017 Specialist I- Medical Affairs, Johnson & Johnson Vision
Theresa Maria Harrison BookHeimer, S. 2016 Postdoc, UC Berkeley
Maria Teresa Lazaro Geschwind, D. 2016 Postdoc, UCLA
Andrew Thompson Izquierdo, A. 2016 Foreign Affairs Officer- Global Drug Demand Reduction Programs, U.S. Department of State
Sarah Hersman Fanselow, M. 2016 Postdoc, Neurology at Harvard/ BCH (Boston's Children Hospital)
Esther Nie Carmichael, S. 2016 MD/ PHD- Return to Medical School
Katherine Myers Gschweng Schweizer, F. 2016 Postdoc, UCLA
Patrick Chen Martin, K. 2016 Postdoc, UCLA
Jia Liu Otis, T.S. 2016 Consultant, Acsel Health
Martina DeSalvo Martin, K. 2016 Business Development Associate, AMGEN
Jason Moore Mehta, M. 2016 Postdoc UCLA
Ryan Guglietta O'Dell, T. 2016 Science Policy Analyst, Ripple Effect Communications
Wei Li Feusner, J. 2015 Associate Consultant, ZS Associates
Daya Alexander Grant Prins, M. 2015 Brain Education and Outreach Consultant, LoveYourBrain Foundation
Whitney McDonald Harris, N. 2015 Research Associate, The Scripps Research Institute
Jeffrey Cantle Yang, X. 2015 Postdoc/Lecturer
Jennifer Kong Novitch, B. 2015 Postdoc, Stanford
Ashley Kees Mehta, M. 2015 Postdoc, University of Bordeaux
Neelroop Parikshak Geschwind, D. 2015 MD/PHD - Return to Medical School
Anna Parievsky Levine, M. 2015 Electrophysiology Sales Specialist, Harvard Bioscience
Albert Han Novitch, B. 2015 MD/PHD - Return to Medical School
Adam Frank Silva, A. 2015 MD/PHD - Return to Medical School
Matthew Schreiner Bearden, C. 2015 Data Scientist, Air BnB
Donna Werling Geschwind, D. 2014 Postdoctoral Scholar - Employee , UCSF
Jaehoon Choe Edgerton, V 2014 Postdoctoral Research Scientist, HRL Laboratories, LLC
Angelica Morales London, E. 2014 Postdoc, UCLA
Jacob Aptekar Frye, M. 2014 MD/PHD - Return to Medical School
Thuc Le Fan, G./ Faull, K. 2013 Postdoc, UCLA
Sarah Madsen Thompson, P. 2013 Medical Communication Manager, Amgen
Jesse Brown Bookheimer, S. 2013 Postdoctoral Scholar, UCSF
Salvatore Torrisi Altshuler, L. 2013 Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute of Mental Health
Emily Dennis Thompson, P. 2013 Postdoc, University of Southern California
Jeffrey Rudie Dapretto, M. 2012 Resident Physician in Radiology, University of Pennsylvannia
Ray Luo Otis, T. 2012 Researcher, RIKEN Brain Science Institute
Ryan Schmidt Martin, K. / Plath, K. 2012 Resident Physician - Clinical Pathology, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Andrew Vosko Colwell,C. 2012 Assistant Provost, Claremont Graduate University
Lisa Wu Havton, L. 2012 Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Cambridge
Austin Hilliard White, S. 2012 Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University
Wei Song Ong Bisley, J. 2012 Postdoc, Duke University
Dylan Hirsch-Shell Hoffman, L. 2011 Senior Engineer, Tesla Motors, Inc.
Evan Lutkenhoff Cannon, T. 2011 Postdoctoral Scholar, UCLA
Jason Stein Thompson, P. 2011 Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Jeremy Miller Geschwind, D. 2011 Scientist II, Allen Institute for Brain Science
Marina O Ziehn Voskuhl, R. 2011 Medical Science Liaison, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Lara Foland-Ross Thompson, P. 2010 Postdoctoral researcher, Stanford University
Angela Marie Rizk- Jackson Poldrack, R. 2010 Analyst, UCSF
Jeremy Miller Daniel Geschwind 2010 Scientist, Allen Institute for Brain Science
Veena Narayan Toga, A. 2010 Sr. Global Clinical Marketing Manager, Carl Zeiss Meditec
April Ho Reese Thompson, P. 2010 CNS Medical Science Liaison, Forest Labs
Kate Wassum Maidment, N. 2010 Assistant Professor, UCLA
Jesse Cushman Fanselow, M. 2010 Adjunct Assistant Professor/Research Scientist, UCLA
Michael Oldham Daniel Geschwind 2010 Sandler Fellow, UCSF
Tim Indersmitten O'Dell, T. 2010 Postdoc, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson
Doris Payer London, E. 2009 Operations Manager, The Beckley Foundation
Nanthia Suthana Bookheimer, S. 2009 Assistant Professor, UCLA
Kristin McNealy Dapretto, M. 2009 Director, Author Product Strategy & Operations, John Wiley & Sons
Suren Ambegaokar Jackson, G. 2009 Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Microbiology, Ohio Wesleyan University
Che Hutson Chesselet, M. 2009 Scientist, Companion Diagnostics, Dako North America
Michael Oldham Geschwind, D. 2009 Assistant Professor, UCSF
Emily L. Jocoy Levine, M. 2009 Associate Study Director, The Jackson Laboratory
Brian Jackson Newton, T. 2008 Associate Attorney with a focus on intellectual property law, with a significant focus on life sciences, Webb Law Firm
Libby O'Hare Sowell, E. 2008 Program Officer, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Valerie Carr Knowlton, B. 2008 Research Associate, Department of Psychology at Stanford University
Joshua Johansen Blair, H. 2007 Team Leader/Lab Head, RIKEN Brain Science Institute
Uday Patel Edgerton, V. 2007 Senior Research Scientist, Second Sight Medical Products, Inc.
Mary Kay Lobo Yang, X. 2007 Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Joseph Glykys Mody, I. 2007 Instructor/Assistant in Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Deborah Lee Smith Voskuhl, R. 2007 Unknown
John Ohab Carmichael, S. 2007 Chief, Communications and Public Liaison, National Human Genome Research Institute
Rafael Romero, Jr. Krantz, D. 2007 Lecturer, UCLA Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology Dept
Terry Kelly Kornblum, H. 2006 R&D Manager, Active Motif
Vlasta Lyles Martin, K. 2006 Instructor, Glendale Community College
Allan MacKenzie-Graham Toga, A. 2006 Assistant Professor, UCLA
Eric Walker Maidment, N. 2006 Lead Data Engineer, Factual Inc.
Lorelei Shoemaker Kornblum, H./Faull, K. 2006 Research Scientist, Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford
Meredith Braskie Bookheimer, S. 2006 Assistant Professor of Research, USC
Kerri Martinowich Sun,Y. 2006 Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Camron D. Bryant, PhD. Evans, C. 2006 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and Psychiatry, Boston University
Stephen Wilson Iacoboni, M. 2006 Assistant Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona
Alberto Cruz-Martín Schweizer, F. 2006 Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Boston University
Lili Chigusa Kudo Geschwind, D. 2005 CSO, NeuroInDx, Inc.
Jessy Dorn Ringach, D. 2003 Second Sight Medical Products, Scientific Director
Christine Cloak Poland, R. 2002 Associate Researcher