STEM CAREERS: Afternoon Career Panelists

STEM CAREERS: Formulae and Solutions for Success

Afternoon Career Panelists | Loria Center


Andrey Antov is a program director at The Jackson Laboratory  responsible for the newly launched Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative (MCGI) supported by a grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation. Throughout Dr. Antov’s healthcare professional experience that includes basic research, medical device contracting and pharmaceutical, he has held a number of different roles from administration to consulting. Andrey holds a Ph.D. in immunobiology and an M.B.A. in marketing and strategy from Yale University as well as a M.Sc. in biochemistry and a M.Sc. in ecology from The Sofia University in Bulgaria.


Faustin Carter grew up just outside of Anchorage, AK. He graduated from Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY in 2004 with a degree in supply-chain management and moved to San Francisco to work for General Electric Supply. A year later, Faustin left GE to transition from a career in industrial supply-chain to one in basic research science (but not before taking a year off to surf!). While pursuing a MS in physics at San Francisco State University, Faustin worked on cryogenic x-ray detectors with a group at Lawrence Livermore National Lab. He graduated first in his class from SFSU and then went on to Yale to do a PhD in physics. At Yale his research focused on applying superconducting technology to the design of single-photon detectors for various applications ranging from telecommunications to dark matter detection. Faustin now works at Argonne National Laboratory, outside of Chicago, where he is part of the South Pole Telescope collaboration. SPT operates a 10 meter microwave telescope at the South Pole that measures the afterglow of the big bang. Faustin’s role in this collaboration is to build and test the superconducting detectors for the upcoming camera upgrade. Faustin is also an Associate Fellow at the Kavli Institute of Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago where he is doing cutting-edge research on new types of detectors geared for space telescopes and satellites.


Dr. Malgorzata “Margaret” Cartiera has worked at the intersection of science and business for more than 15 years. Roles in investment, competitive intelligence, regulatory affairs, and management have given her a unique perspective on the innovation life cycle, shifts in the bioscience industry, and the potential of what is to come. Dr. Cartiera started her journey at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY where she earned her B.S. in biomedical engineering. She caught the innovation bug while pursuing her Master of Science degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Her studies at UPenn focused on translating concepts from bench to bedside and led to her desire to work in the startup community. Dr. Cartiera completed her formal training in biomedical engineering with a Ph.D. from Yale University. Dr. Cartiera currently serves as the Investment and Innovation Manager at Yale’s Center for Biomedical and Intervention Technology (CBIT), where she works in close collaboration with Yale New Haven Hospital. Prior to joining CBIT, Dr. Cartiera was the Vice President and Fund Manager at Connecticut Innovations, where she managed the Regenerative Medicine Research Fund and Connecticut’s pioneering $200M Bioscience Innovation Fund. In her spare time, she mentors young innovators and entrepreneurs, consults for early-stage companies, and continues her activity as an investor with RC Life Science Capital.


Levi DeLuke graduated Yale in 2014 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. After completing the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute Summer Fellowship, he has remained in New Haven working at Wellinks, a wearable health company he co-founded along with two other Yale graduates and close friends. He is currently leading the tech development of a sensing and feedback platform for patients with musculoskeletal conditions, starting with children who wear back braces for scoliosis. Wellinks recently raised funding to support the initial production run of devices, team expansion, and expansion into other orthotic and prosthetic markets. As a scoliosis patient growing up, he is excited to improve the standard of care for the condition and grow Wellinks in New Haven.


Elissa Dunn Levy graduated from Yale in 2009 with a B.S. in physics.  For her undergraduate senior thesis, she studied geometric patterns formed by asymmetric styrofoam particles undergoing Brownian motion.  As a physics student, Elissa discovered a passion for bringing people together, which she did through tutoring and TAing, helping New Haven middle schoolers with science fair projects, and organizing the first Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics at Yale.  Elissa developed her community-building passion into her current career.  She is a project manager at the hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, where she is responsible for building teams to achieve shared business goals across the organization.


Jack Hammer (yes, that’s his real name) is currently a high school chemistry teacher at Cheshire High School. After completing his PhD in chemistry in 1999 with Ken Wiberg, Jack worked for 11 years in drug discovery as a computational chemist at two small local pharmaceutical companies: Neurogen Corporation (sold in 2009) and Melinta Therapeutics (formerly Rib-X). In June of 2008, Jack began his transition into teaching by enrolling in Connecticut’s Alternate Route to Certification summer program. This was essentially a crash course in “How to be a successful public school teacher in just nine short weeks!”. He has taught high school chemistry for eight years now in the public school system and he thoroughly enjoys his new career as a science educator of teenagers. Originally from Missouri, Jack lives in Hamden with his wife and two young daughters. Prior to his pursuit of chemistry, he obtained a bachelor's degree in violin performance and met his wonderful wife while in music school in St. Louis.


Dimitra Karabali was born in Greece and received her B.S. in physics from the University of Athens, Greece in 1981.  She came to the U.S. for graduate studies and received her Ph.D. in theoretical high energy physics from Yale University in 1986. She held post-doctoral positions at Brandeis University, City College at CUNY, Syracuse University, and the Institute for Advanced Study. She joined the faculty at Rockefeller University in 1995 before moving to Lehman College, CUNY in 1998, where she is a tenured professor. She served as the chair of the Physics and Astronomy Department at Lehman College from 2006 to 2012. She has also held visiting research positions at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara, and at the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy. Dimitra’s research is focused in the areas of fundamental particles and their interactions as well as on mathematical aspects of condensed matter physics.


Jeffrey S. Katz is the Chief Technology Officer of the Energy and Utilities industry at IBM. He is involved with the application, development, and innovation of IBM products, services, technology, and research for electric power companies, other utilities, and related organizations. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE. Jeff has contributed to the industry’s framework, Solution Architecture For Energy (SAFE), the industry group’s strategic growth case, the IBM Innovation Jam workshops, the IBM Intelligent Utility Network initiative, and is the primary industry liaison with IBM Research. He is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He led the IBM internal Innovation Jam brainstorming project for Nuclear Power and was an invited speaker to the IBM European Sector Technical Institute, the follow-on Energy and Utilities University, and the Technical Leadership Exchange. He is a co-chair of the Industrial Internet Consortium’s Energy group, and is also a member of the Internet2 working group on the Internet of Things. Prior to IBM he held various technical and managerial positions with different divisions of ABB and with ALSTOM. He is an author on six patents, in tele-medicine, robotics and computer vision, and intelligent electric power distribution. He has a Commercial General Radiotelephone license from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, is a member of the Smart Grid Advisory Board, of the Network Science Research Center, and belongs to Sigma Xi. He is the Connecticut District vice president of the Yale Science and Engineering Association.


Edo Liberty is Principal Scientist at Amazon's AWS Machine Learning group. The group is looking to hire great engineers and scientist to tackle some of the most interesting problems in data science and scalable systems. This is a part of a bigger group based in Palo Alto and directed by Alex Smola. Until recently Edo was the head of Yahoo's Independent Research in New York where he focused on scalable machine learning and data mining for Yahoo critical applications. He received his B.Sc in Physics and Computer Science from Tel Aviv university and his Ph.D in Computer Science from Yale University, under the supervision of Steven Zucker. After that, he was a Post-Doctoral fellow at Yale in Applied Mathematics. His personal research interests include fast dimensionality reduction, clustering, streaming and online algorithms, machine learning, and large scale numerical linear algebra. He is especially fond of randomized algorithms and high dimensional geometry.For New York based opportunities, please reach out to Edo at


Geoff Lowney is an Intel Senior Fellow in the Software and Services Group and serves as the chief technology officer for the Developer Products Division at Intel Corporation. He directs the development of compilers, run-time systems, and programming tools for Intel platforms.  He was appointed an Intel Fellow in 2001 for his leadership in compiler and architecture advanced development, then elevated to Senior Fellow in 2015. In 2008, Lowney was named an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellow for his contributions to compiler technology and performance-enhancement tools. Lowney joined Intel as part of a 2001 agreement that transferred Compaq Computer Corporation’s microprocessor engineering and design expertise to Intel. Before joining Intel, he was a Compaq Fellow and the director of compiler and architecture advanced development for Compaq’s Alpha Microprocessor Group. Lowney was also a member of the Alpha microprocessor group at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), which later became a part of Compaq. Before joining DEC in 1991, Lowney was a consulting engineer at Hewlett-Packard Company as well as a leader of the compiler team at Multiflow Computer. He started his career as an assistant professor at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. Lowney has a PhD in computer science and a BA in mathematics from Yale University.


Alice Ly (’11 PhD) is the Assistant Director at the Harvard Innovation Labs, a cross-university center that helps students explore entrepreneurship and take their ideas further, faster.  Alice leads all programming and venture development in the Health and Sciences (H&S) industries, ranging from digital health to therapeutics to material science. In addition to advising and mentoring students and fellows in commercializing technologies, building teams and securing venture funding, Alice manages the Health and Life Sciences Challenge, a university-wide competition that awards $100K of prize money to high-potential, high-impact ventures founded by Harvard students and fellows. Prior to joining the Harvard Innovation Labs team, Alice created impact-focused programming for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows at Yale University, first as a McDougal Fellow and later as Associate Director for Postdoctoral Affairs. Alice completed her Ph.D. in Developmental Neurobiology at Yale University and her B.S. in Biological Sciences at University of California, Irvine.


Katherine Miller is an associate in the Boston office of Cooley LLP where she practices as a member of the Patent Practice Group within the Litigation Department. Dr. Miller’s practice focuses on strategic counseling, patent procurement and portfolio management, and transactional due diligence. Prior to embarking on her legal career, she gained extensive experience in cellular, molecular and developmental biology; immunology; and neurobiology in the laboratory as a researcher. As a patent agent and attorney, she has further expanded her expertise to the fields of microbiology; cancer therapeutics, immunooncology, and prevention strategies; CRISPR-based gene editing technologies; pharmaceuticals; biologics (including antibody and antibody mimetics as well as CAR T-cell strategies); diagnostics; medical/research devices; microfluidics; nanotechnology and  biomimetic/bioinspired innovation. Dr. Miller obtained her J.D. in 2012 from the Suffolk University School of Law. She earned her Ph.D. in 2005 from Yale University in the field of Neurobiology and her B.A. in 2000 from the University of Chicago concentrating in Biological Sciences. Dr. Miller recently completed a three-year term as a member of the Board of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences within the Association of Yale Alumni.


Michael Oristaglio is director of the Energy Studies Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Yale College. From September 2012 to June 2016, he was executive director of Yale Climate & Energy Institute, which was created in 2009 to promote multidisciplinary research at Yale on climate change and its links to modern energy use. The institute’s programs included postdoctoral fellowships, research seed grants, workshops, and an annual conference. Nearly 80 faculty members across the university led these activities, with many more participating through collaboration or attendance. The institute helped to launch the Yale Energy Sciences Institute, which focuses on renewable energy and carbon management; the Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative at Yale School of Public Health; the Yale Climate and History Initiative, a joint effort with the Whitney Humanities Center; and the Energy Studies program. After fulfilling its startup mission, the institute closed on June 30, 2016. Michael has B.S. and M.S. degrees from Yale in geology & geophysics, and a D.Phil. in geophysics from Oxford. He returned to Yale in 2009 as a senior research scientist in the Department of Geology & Geophysics, after a long career as an applied Earth scientist, developing remote sensing technology for the petroleum industry and for civil engineering with Schlumberger.


Seth Riney is a diverse technologist with nearly 20 years experience in a wide variety of Applied and Computer Science disciplines.  Starting as an Aerospace Engineer, he has worked for startups developing products and consulting with companies in Defense, Finance, Biotech, Education, Language Technology, Transportation and Logistics, Advertising, and Healthcare.  A pioneer in environmentally responsible and technology-based on-demand transportation, Mr. Riney started PlanetTran, the first multi-market fleet of hybrid vehicles in public auto service in the United States. Mr. Riney has a BS in Astrophysics from Yale University, is an IFR trained pilot, and an avid outdoorsman.  He lives in Lexington, MA with his wife and three children.


Ingrid Russell is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Hartford. She has served in several leadership positions, including an Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and Vice Chair of the Faculty Senate. In addition, she has worked in consulting capacities including software development, research and development, and educational consulting. Her research interests are in the areas of machine learning, data mining, and computer science education. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Connecticut Space Grant Consortium. Russell is well published in her areas of research and is the recipient of several honors and awards.  Russell has been invited to speak about her research at numerous venues. She is a regular invited speaker at the early career and mid-career mentoring workshops, sponsored by the Computing Research Association and aimed at promoting the careers of women in computing.  Russell has served in editorial capacities for numerous Computer science conference proceedings and journal special issues and has chaired several conferences in her areas of research.  She has served in several board leadership positions of national and regional computing organizations. She served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education, as Vice President of the Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society, and as President of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC). She is a founding member and first president of the Northeastern region of CCSC and since its founding has served as a member of its board of directors.


Amy F. Savage is the Director of the Citizen Science Program and Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at Bard College in New York’s Hudson River Valley.    Required of all first-year students, Citizen Science is a core curricular program intended to develop evidence-based decision making and understanding of scientific reasoning. As Director, Savage is responsible for faculty recruitment and development, curriculum design, assessment, as well as budgetary and logistical oversight. Savage also teaches courses for majors and non-majors in the Biology program. Throughout her scientific career, Savage has focused on animal health and zoonotic disease, specifically parasitic and vector-borne diseases. Prior to arriving Bard, Savage earned a BS in Pathobiology & Animal Science from the University of Connecticut and MS in Veterinary Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida.  After working with the US Geological Survey in Hawaii studying the effect of avian malaria on native Hawaiian birds, she arrived at Yale where she completed her doctoral and post-doctoral training studying development and transmission of the parasitic pathogen Trypanosoma brucei. Her research focused on differential gene expression of the parasite during development in the tsetse vector, as well as the development of a novel transmission-blocking vaccine target which she studied in the mouse model.


Jenna Sullivan is a Senior Imaging Scientist at inviCRO, LLC in Boston, MA. Jenna received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Yale in 2013 prior to which she earned an MS from Purdue University and BS from the University of Connecticut. Jenna’s research at Yale focused on developing medical imaging methods to study addiction in the brain. She was also a Fellow in Graduate Student Life and founding member of Students and Alumni of Yale (STAY). Jenna now works at inviCRO, an imaging services and software contract research organization that provides translational imaging solutions for drug development and the study of disease. She designs molecular imaging studies across a range of imaging modalities, including PET, SPECT, CT, and MRI. In Jenna’s day-to-day, she interfaces with customers and collaborators to determine the appropriate study design for the research question at hand, manages the execution of research projects, and oversees data acquisition, analysis, and the interpretation of results. In addition to the scientific direction of projects, Jenna is also responsible for project management including budgets, timelines, and staff management. In her free time Jenna likes to brew beer and visit local (and not so local) breweries.


Christopher VanLang grew up in Stamford, CT and graduated from Yale in 2008 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. After graduation, he went on to Stanford to earn his PhD in Chemical Engineering with Jim Swartz. He is now a scientist with Bristol-Myers Squibb in the Manufacturing Sciences and Technology Upstream group where he serves as a technical lead for a variety of commercial therapeutic biologics. Prior to joining BMS, he worked with Acceleron Pharma with the Process Development division.