Our Alumni Beyond The PhD

Where I Am Now

Dr. Baker

After graduating from the GPN, I joined the Mizumori lab at the University of Washington as a post-doctoral fellow. While pursing my research interests, I realized that for my independent career, I wanted to incorporate the passion I had for teaching and mentoring, developed at UIC, with my research program. To position myself for a job at a liberal arts school that took research seriously, I combined teaching as an Adjunct Professor with my post-doctoral studies. I am now a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. Here I feel I have the best of both worlds with about equal effort devoted to teaching and research.

Dr. Phillip Baker '13
Dr. Samantha Fortin
Since graduating from the GPN program in 2017, I have been working as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania (Perelman School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry). My time in GPN provided me with a fundamental understanding of neuroscience as well as highly focused training within my chosen field. I continue to apply the knowledge and skills acquired during my graduate school training as I develop an independent research program aimed at understanding the neural control of feeding behavior and body weight regulation.
Dr. Samantha Fortin '17
Dr. Vanessa Meyer Shirazi

After graduating the GPN in 2013, I took a postdoctoral position at Tulane University in New Orleans. My projects involved examining physiological responses to stress in human subjects. During this time I gained experience working with BioTek plate readers, liquid handlers, and software. After my post doc, I took a job as a technical field sales representative with BioTek Instruments. I have been with BioTek for 5 years now and my favorite part of the job is using my scientific background to help my customers with their research projects. I get to work with a wide range of labs from Biochemistry to Immunology to Molecular Biology to Oncology to Neuroscience (and more)!

Dr. Vanessa Meyer Shirazi '13