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Community Day

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Community Day is a day-long event to provide the Biological Sciences community an opportunity to gather and discuss mentorship goals, campus resources, and career development opportunities.

Keynote Speaker: Anita Corbett
Samuel C. Dobbs Professor, Department of Biology
& Senior Associate Dean of Research
Emory College of Arts and Sciences
"Your Mentoring Mosaic: Identifying and Benefiting from Multiple Mentors along your Career Path"

The event features:

  • A Biotech Career Workshop Panel with representatives from Novartis, Pfizer, Bristol Myers Squibb, Fate Therapeutics, and Neomorph
  • Presentations from OPHD, CAPS, Ombuds, and the Career Center
  • A Mentorship Discussion Panel
  • Social Networking at the Faculty Club


Locations: Fred Kavli Auditorium (3201 Tata Hall) for talks, Tata Hall Terrace (West end of the third floor) for breakfast, tables outside Tata Hall for lunch, and the Faculty Club for the Networking Social


8:30-9:00 a.m. Coffee/Bagels/Pastries – initial gathering, Tata Hall Terrace

9:00-9:05 a.m. Welcome address and goals of the day, Fred Kavli Auditorium

9:05-9:50 a.m. Burn Bright, Not Out – Haim Shemer, Assistant Director of Outreach, Graduate and Professional School Students, Counseling & Psychological Services, UC San Diego, Fred Kavli Auditorium

10:00-10:50 a.m. Complaint and Resolution: Getting through a difficult situationMichal Diaz, Director & Title IX Officer, Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) and John Armijo, Director & Campus Ombudsperson, UC San Diego Office of the Ombuds, Fred Kavli Auditorium

11:00-11:50 a.m. Keynote address by Dr. Anita Corbett, the Samuel C. Dobbs Professor in the Department of Biology at Emory University), Fred Kavli Auditorium

"Your Mentoring Mosaic: Identifying and Benefiting from Multiple Mentors along your Career Path"

Dr. Corbett was awarded the RNA Society Award for Excellence in Inclusive Leadership and the Eleanor Main Award for Graduate Mentoring in 2022.

12:00-1:25 p.m. Lunch, Outside Tata Hall

1:30-2:20 p.m. Mentorship Discussion Panel – Anita Corbett, Justin Meyer, Chih-Ying Su, Debbie Yelon, and Heidi Cook-Anderson, Fred Kavli Auditorium

Graduate Student Mentorship Prizes announced

2:30-3:20 p.m. Cultivating your Career Support Network – Heather Dillon, Career and Professional Development Program Manager, Office of Postdoctoral Scholar Affairs with Jessica Wilson, Associate Director, UC San Diego Career Center, Fred Kavli Auditorium

3:30-4:20 p.m. Biotech career workshop panel, Fred Kavli Auditorium

  • Dr. Mary Matyskiela – Vice President of Molecular Sciences, Neomorph
  • Dr. Neil Bence - Vice President, Head of Oncology Discovery, San Diego Site Head, Bristol Myers Squibb
  • Dr. Steve Kaiser – Senior Principal Scientist, Pfizer
  • Dr. Kyla Omilusik – Senior Scientist, Fate Therapeutics
  • Dr. Yasaman Alaghband – Gene Therapy Discovery group, Novartis

4:30-6:00 p.m. Networking Social, Faculty Club Lounge and Patio (beer and wine served only to those wearing wrist bands)


Please come to Tata Hall Room 3103 to check in before attending talks and meals.

As space in the Faculty Club Louge and Patio is limited, registration will be capped at 100 attendees. All first-year PhD graduate students will be automatically registered. Once the limit of 100 is reached, further registrants will be notified that they are being put on the wait list in case of cancellations.

All attendees are expected to wear a mask indoors. N95 masks will be provided for free to those who need them.

Food and drink will be served and consumed outdoors only. No refreshments are allowed in the Kavli Auditorium except water.

When checking in for the event,

  • Students, staff and faculty must show their daily symptom screener.
    • Must have green thumb to attend.
  • Non-affiliate attendees are encouraged to test within 24 hours of the event. Rapid tests will be supplied on request.
  • If you wish to attend the networking social at the Faculty Club, you must wear a wristband that will be marked each time you are served an alcoholic beverage. The wristbands will be issued when you check in for the event in Tata Hall Room 3103.
For questions about the event, please contact Jennifer Roth,