BEST success stories

Aaron Burr is now a Medical Writer at MMS Holdings Inc. He was a BEST participant in the 2014 pilot program and received his doctorate in cancer biology in 2015.

Neha Aggarwal, who received her PhD in Physiology in 2015, was hired by the American Society for Clinical Investigation as a Science Communication Specialist. Neha was a 2014-15 BEST participant.

Danielle Dremann, who worked in the Wayne State Office of Research Compliance during the 2014 pilot program, was recently hired by the Promedica Flower Hospital in Toledo. She completed her doctorate in chemistry in 2015.

Maheeka Embogama was a participant in the BEST pilot program in 2014, conducting a career exploration at ArborAssays. She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2016 and currently works as a Senior Analytical Chemist (R&D) at Avomeen Analytical Services in Ann Arbor.

Sidra Ahsan is now a Product Manager at Advaita Bioinformatics in Plymouth. She was a BEST participant in the 2014 pilot program and received her doctorate in cancer biology in 2015. Read the MichBio story or longer interview on the NIH-BEST website for more on Dr. Sidra Ahsan's transition to a successful career in industry.

Zheni Shen, a PhD in biological sciences and a 2014-15 BEST participant, has accepted a position as Supervising Scientist for Total Toxicology Lab in Southfield, Michigan.

Seema Shah, a 2014-15 BEST Phase III awardee, received her doctorate in cancer biology in 2016. In January 2017, she will begin working as a staff scientist at her internship site, Life Magnetics in Techtown, Detroit. Read the interview about her experience as a Ph.D. student and BEST participant.

Lauren Tanabe, who was a BEST Phase III awardee for 2015-16, was hired as the writer and coordinator of the BEST blog by the Graduate School in 2016. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2010 and was a postdoctoral fellow at Wayne State from 2013-17. Dr. Tanabe is a freelance writer and editor.

Dulmini Barupala, who was a BEST Phase III awardee for 2014-15 and received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2016, was hired as the coordinator of the Wayne Med-Direct Program by the Graduate School in 2016.

Laura Susick, who was a BEST pilot intern in 2014 while a postdoctoral fellow in neurosurgery, has accepted a position as an epidemiologist with Henry Ford Health System.

Uday Krishnamurthy, a BEST Program participant in 2014-15, received his doctorate in biomedical engineering in 2017.  Starting in September, he will begin working as a Senior Scientist at Siemens in St. Louis.

Benjamin Kuiper, a 2015-16 BEST participant, received his PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology in 2017.  He has accepted a position as  Development Lead Scientist at Empirical Bioscience in Grand Rapids.