Seminar and Events

Past Events



David Tiemeier

Senior Advisor
Beall Applied Innovation
University of California, Irvine

Wednesday, March 23, 2022
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Translate, Pitch, Pivot… Go!




Geoffrey Garth

Retired VP
R&D and Clinical Research
Aspen Medical Products

Wednesday, March 9, 2022
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Creative Design in Medicine: Lessons from a Medical Device Innovator




Kristin Riley

VP of Operations
Sherlock Biosciences

Wednesday, March 2, 2022
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Scaling Innovative Technologies:
Revolutionizing Molecular CRISPR-based Diagnostics Tests




Translational Biotechnology
Student Symposium


Wednesday, December 1, 2021
1 - 3 pm




Mitali Singh

Technical Applications Scientist

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

An Alumna’s Personal Journey in Biotechnology
Direct Insight from an HR Expert




Translational Biotechnology
Student Symposium


Wednesday, April 28, 2021
4 - 6 pm
Thursday, April 29, 2021
5 - 7 pm




Urszula Abbassi

Sr Manager, Early Talent Lead
Kite Pharma

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Developing Long-Term Industry Skills:
Direct Insight from an HR Expert




David I. Meyer

President and CEO
The Lundquist Institute

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Lundquist Institute: Research with Reach




Songmao Zheng

Associate Vice President, Research and Development

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Accelerate and Boost R&D Success of BioTherapeutics:
a Reflection




Alfonso Davila

Research Scientist
NASA Ames Research Center

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
4:00 – 5:00 pm 

The Search for a Second Genesis of Life in the Solar System





Translational Biotechnology

Master of Science Degree, or
Graduate Certificate Program

Online Info Session

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
6:00 – 7:00 pm Pacific Time




Thomas Keens

Director, Cystic Fibrosis Center
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
4:00 – 5:00 pm 

Cystic Fibrosis: the Search for a Cure




Translational Biotechnology
Student Symposium


Wednesday, November 11, 2020
5 - 7 pm




Translational Biotechnology

to participate in
2020 Virtual Graduate Schools Fair hosted by USC


Thursday, October 22, 2020
10 am - 2 pm





Translational Biotechnology

to participate in
USC Graduate Graduate Admission Fair
Latin America

Saturday, October 24, 2020
9 am - 1 pm





Jessica Rousset

Chief Operating Officer
CURE Pharmaceutical

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
1:00 – 2:00 pm

Roundtable Discussion




Magnus Schroeder

Vice President, Process Development
Avid Bioservices.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Zoom Registration by 04/08 with USC email address

Process Development, Scale-Up and Production
Strategies & Challenges for Biotherapeutics




Rui Avelar

Chief Medical Officer
Head of Research and Development
Evolus Inc.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Zoom Registration with USC email address

Sports Med to Biotechnology:
Perspectives on both Medicine and the Industry



Wednesday, March 4, 2020
1:00 – 2:00 pm
MCH 156

Recruitment and Careers at Amgen

Francis Kinderman

Principal Scientist,
Drug Product Technologies


René Hubert

Principal Scientist,
Biologics Optimization




Eduardo Marbán

Executive Director
Smidt Heart Institute
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
1:00 – 2:00 pm
NTT 7409

Deconstructing Regenerative Medicine:
from cells to exosomes and defined factors




Kristin Fischer

Director, Human Resources
Amgen Global Research

Thursday, September 23, 2019
2:00 – 3:00 pm
NRT LG503/540

Amgen Research and Development and
Careers in Science




Andrew Gray

Co-founder, CEO
Karma Biotechnologies

Thursday, September 19, 2019
12:00 – 1:00 pm
NRT 2508

Lab Rat to CEO:
Lessons from Paddling in the Shark Tank




Translational Biotechnology Orientation


Monday, August 19, 2019
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
NRT 2508




USC Translational Genomics Symposium


Wednesday, May 29, 2019
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Aresty Auditorium




Translational Biotechnology

Master's and Certificate Programs Info Session


Wednesday, May 29, 2019
12:30 - 1:30 pm

During USC Translational Genomics Symposium lunch break


Albert Hsieh


Wednesday, April 24, 2019
1:00 – 2:00 pm
NRT 2508

From Research in a Bio Lab to Founder of a Startup


Kathryn Abele Henckels

Secnior Scientist, Process Development

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
1:00 – 2:00 pm
NRT 2508

Process Development of Biologic and Synthetic Therapeutics


Kwame Ulmer

Venture Partner
Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
1:00 – 2:00 pm
NRT 2508

Early Stage Healthcare Investing in LA


Brett A. English

Director, Clinical Development
Arena Pharmaceuticals

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
1:00 – 2:00 pm
NRT 2508

Early Phase Drug Development:
Novel Methods to De-risk CNS Compounds


Andrew Aijian

Principal, DeciBio

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
1:00 – 2:00 pm
NRT 2508

A Talk with Principal at DeciBio to Find Out

- how biotech consultant works
- how to become one


Daniel Zahler

Founder, Picasso Health

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
1:00 – 2:00 pm
NRT 2508

Need Some Professional Advice?

- how biotech consultant works
- how to become one





Cecilie Boysen

Freelance Consultant

Lecturer, Translational Genomics
Keck School of Medicine, USC


What Does a Consultant Do? Is It the Right Fit for Me?


Samuel Strom
Laboratory Director


Jakob Jansson
Business Development Manager
Sequencing Service Business



Fulgent Genetics


Genetics and Genomics in Personalized Medicine



Mauro Avanzi

Medical Director
Kite Pharma


Building the future of T cell therapies


Open seminar with faculty, research staff, and students in audiance.
After open seminar, Dr. Avanzi met with Translational Biotechnology students for a round table discussion.


Jeff Julian

Assistant Coach, USC Swim Team
Head Coach, RoseBowl Swim Team
Patient Care Advisory Board Member, Addario Lung Cancer Foundation


From Stage IV NSCLC Diagnosis Through Clinical Trials and Beyond: a patient’s experience


Field Trip


Attending Tech Coast Angel Screening and Touring UCI Applied Innovation


Kimberly Payne

Director, Translational Research
School of Medicine and Cancer Center
Loma Linda University


Establishing an SBIR funded Research Project


Field Trip


Visiting Lab Launch in Monrovia


Last Day of Fall Semester 





Midterm Mixer 


Pizza, Cookies, Discussions about Science and Careers



Fabio Gratton

Founder & Chief Alchemist
Alchemy Factory


From Movies to Medicine: How Story Powers Everything



Sheri Smith

Founder & CEO
The Indigo Project


Unpacking Indigo for Team and Life Success


Field Trip


Saturday morning hike to the Griffith Observatory



Matthew Grumbling

Nguyen & Tarbet IP Law


Introduction to Patent Law for Entrepreneurs



Ahmed Zobi

Cofounder and CEO
Syntr Health Technologies


Providing an Affordable, Point-of-Care Therapeutic for Diabetes Foot Ulcers




Vice President, Research and Development
Grifols Biologicals Incorporated


Therapeutic Protein Products From Human Plasma




Loza & Loza LLP


Intellectual Property Law and Patenting in the Medical Device/Biotechnology Arts



Founder and CEO
Lab Launch


Demystifying Startups: Leveraging your scientific training for entrepreneurship



President and CEO
DxTerity Diagnostics


Genomics in Everyday Care: Commercializing Technologies for Low Cost, Routine Genomic Testing