BEST success stories
I have accepted a position as Senior Scientist with Siemens. The BEST program was my partner through this process, from educating me about the various career options and the skill sets needed to succeed in those profiles… all the way to interviewing skills and how to negotiate your salary.
– Uday Krishnamurthy, Ph.D., '17, Biomedical Engineering
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 Ph.D. 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 as a regulatory specialist. 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 technology transfer manager at the National Cancer Institute in Washington. 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 Ahsan's transition to a successful career in industry.
Zheni Shen, a Ph.D. 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 began 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. 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. In September 2017, he accepted a position as as a senior scientist at Siemens in St. Louis.
Benjamin Kuiper, a 2015-16 BEST participant, received his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology in 2017. He has accepted a position as a development lead scientist at Empirical Bioscience in Grand Rapids.
Lichchavi Rajasinghe, a 2014-15 BEST Phase III awardee, received his Ph.D. in nutrition and food science in 2017. He is working as a scientific project coordinator/scientist for Human Metabolome Technologies (HMT) in Boston.
Joanna Sutton held a BEST Phase III internship at Proteos, Inc., in Kalamazoo during the summer of 2017. She graduated with a doctorate in pharmacology in 2018 and now works at Proteos as a protein purification scientist.
Brijesh Yadav is a translational and clinical imaging expert at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, based in East Hanover, New Jersey. As a BEST Phase III awardee, he conducted a career exploration at Biogen in the summer of 2017. Dr. Yadav received his PhD in biomedical engineering in 2018.
Daniel Feldmann participated in the BEST pilot program in 2014, conducting an internship at Merck Labs in Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. in cancer biology in 2018 and is now an associate scientist at MI Bioresearch in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Ao Li graduated in 2018 with a doctorate in chemistry and has accepted a position as patent searcher for the intellectual property firm Brooks Kushman. He was a BEST Phase III awardee in 2016-17.