MCB295 is a career and professional development seminar series for life science PhDs organized by students in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Each weekly session features a panel of speakers from a variety of careers who share their post-PhD paths. In addition, we host workshops on topics in career development, including networking, resume building, interview techniques, and negotiation skills.

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We meet every Monday evening in the spring semester between 6-8pm in Barker 101 on the UC Berkeley campus. Our full schedule can be found here.

Everyone is welcome to our seminars, but we ask that UC Berkeley students register for the course on CalCentral so that we can maintain an official headcount (and have leverage when asking for funding!) - use the CCN 27757, and choose the S/U option.

Course Organizers: Spring 2017

Shion Lim is a 5th year MCB and Cheical Biology PhD student in the Marqusee Lab, and studies the biophysical properties of proteins using an evolutionary approach. Throughout her graduate career she has been involved in the MCB Graduate Student and Alumni Association, Science Leadership and Management (SLAM), and teaches science and math at San Quentin State Prison through the Prison University Project. Outside of the lab, Shion is an avid rock climber and often finds herself in the Sierra Nevada mountains. She is looking forward to meeting and talking to people in exciting fields and careers through MCB 295.

Alexandra Seletsky is a 5th year MCB PhD student in the Doudna Lab. Following Alexandra’s undergraduate studies, she spent time as a research associate in the Bioprocess Development Department at Merck & Co, and the Genetic Perturbation Platform of the Broad Institute. As a graduate student in the lab of Jennifer Doudna, Alexandra focuses on characterizing novel bacterial defense proteins and developing these proteins into research tools. Beyond the lab bench, Alexandra is the finance co-chair for Expanding Your Horizons, a STEM conference for middle school girls and organizer for MCB Careers for Life Science PhDs course.


MCB295 would not be possible without funding from these generous sponsors. If you're interested in helping the next generation of graduate students find their places in life, we would love to hear from you! We accept donations in money, food, as well as other forms of moral support.