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Mentors

Please refer to the GUIDELINES for mentors

Omotunde Babalola, Associate Director Quality Assurance & Disposition, Bristol Myers Squibb (Cornell alumna)

Jeff Ballyns, FDA Regulator

Mindy Bickel, NYC Engagement Manager, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Sydella Blatch, Diversity and Professional Development Program Manager and Former Associate Professor of Biology

Diane Bovenkamp, Vice President, Scientific Affairs, oversees all of BrightFocus Foundation’s research programs

Alexis Brubaker,(SM), NRCM, MSFS, Associate Biological Safety Officer for Cornell University

Randolph Clower, Patent/IP Attorney, Phillips Lytle LLP

Eldora Ellison, Director in the Biotech/Chemical and Litigation Practice Groups at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein, Fox (and Cornell alumna)

Patrick Emmerling, Ph.D., MBA, Senior Licensing Manager, Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Adam Fisher, Chemical Engineer (Science & Research staff), Office of Pharmaceutical Quality, FDA (also co-founded Glycobia; Cornell alumnus)

Natalie Galley, Associate at Fish & Richardson PC, PhD'11, Cornell Mechanical Engineering, JD Harvard Law School

Roshni GhoshPatent Agent at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. PhD Developmental Genetics, JD Fordham 

Jerry Gordon, MSES, MBA, Associate Director Research Safety, Cornell University Environmental Health & Safety

Meera Govindaraghavan, Patent Agent at Sughrue Mion, PLLC.

Michelle Haven, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Zoetis

Natalie Henkhaus, Executive Coordinator, American Society of Plant Biology (Cornell alumna) 

Bethany Hills, Regulatory and Reimbursement Attorney, Mintz Levin

Stephen Johnson, Federal and Community Relations, Cornell University (retired)

Charles Kruzansky, State Government Relations, Cornell University

Susan Licker, M.S., CFS®, & CCS®; Senior Director R&D, Global Platform Lead for Innovation – Snacks Category, PepsiCo, Inc.

Oskar Liivak, Cornell Intellectual Property Professor PhD'00 Cornell Physics, JD Yale

Lydia McClure, National Science Foundation Division of Industrial Innovation & Partnerships Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program Director

Jason Mercer, Regulatory Affairs Manager at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Raymond Parker III, Senior Patent Counsel at Johnson Matthey, PhD'87, Chemistry, JD NYU

Philip Pellett, Professor, Department of Immunology and Microbiology, Wayne State University School of Medicine (and formerly at the Centers for Disease Control)

Shilpa Prem, Hogan Lovells (Medical Device Law in the Life Sciences & Healthcare Industry)

Dan Rice, Director, NY State Food Laboratory, NY Ag & Markets

Jack Rudnick, Visiting Professor of Practice, Syracuse Law School; Director, Technology Commercialization Law Program; Director, New York State Science & Technology Law Center

Rajni Singh, Consumer Safety Officer at FDA (Cornell alumna)

Anne Schneiderman, Patent Attorney, Biologist, Harris Beach PLLC

Alfonso Torres, Researcher Plum Island Animal Disease Center, Associate Dean for Public Policy, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine

Karen Tountas, Scientific Program Manager, Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH)

Amita Verma, Director Office of Research Integrity & Assurance (ORIA) at Cornell

David White, Chief Science Officer, Research Director, Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine, FDA

William R. Zimmerli. Esq., Chief Intellectual Property Counsel

Ulysses Williams III, Junior Intellectual Property Attorney at IBM, JD Howard University.

Molly Zimmerman, Associate Director, New York State Science & Technology Law Center, CONMED.

Cornell's Technology Licensing office has a volunteer internship program

Interviewing Advice from Alexis Brubaker:

1.  Dress the part.  Dress for the job you want, not the job you have, especially at an interview.  Take an extra set of clothing to work with you if you have to leave for an interview...Your appearance matters, and don't think your brilliant mind will make up for it, because it won't. 

2.  Do your research.  Study the job and get to know the profession,  read about the interview panel members if possible,  and identify specific ways that your experience can directly contribute to the position. Be ready to articulate it to anyone who might ask.  

3.  Tailor your cover letter and resume to the specific job.  A canned application with no passion can be spotted right away and is usually among the first to get cut.

4.  Soft skills are everything.   You can have the best technical qualifications in the applicant pool, but if you have a reputation for unprofessional behavior or lack good people skills,  you will get passed over.  Review Cornell's Skills for Success, and think about how you measure up and how they relate to the job you are applying for.  

5.  Realize that you are being interviewed every day.  The way you treat others and your work will follow you. We promise.