JBB Symposium 2017 Panelists 

Dyan Morgan is an Assistant Director at the Center for Undergraduate Research at the University of Kansas. At the Center, she focuses on developing, implementing, and evaluating student programs. Through this work, she has the privilege of developing relationships with the students and mentors involved in undergraduate research at KU.  Dyan’s academic training and research experience provide a solid foundation for her work supporting students and mentors. She did research, was a Goldwater Scholar, and earned a B.S. in Biology at KU before heading to UW-Madison for a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology. At UW-Madison, Dyan received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable mention, was an NIH Molecular Biosciences Training Grant trainee, and was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Teaching Fellow with the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching.  Dyan returned to KU as an NIH IRACDA postdoctoral fellow. During this time, she conducted research and mentored students at KU and taught classes at Haskell Indian Nations University. She also started the KU Postdoctoral Association in order to serve a need for professional development opportunities for that community of researchers.  Through these varied experiences, Dyan has met many STEM researchers and heard their stories. She looks forward to sharing ideas with the group.  

Julia Stephanus is a 30 year veteran of the veterinary pharmaceutical industry.  Julia has been involved in the development and launch of 28 veterinary products.  She has been a senior executive in two start-up pharmaceutical companies (Aratana Therapeutics and Summit VetPharm), and held key positions at multi-nationals including Pfizer (now Zoetis) and its legacy companies.  As Chief Commercial Officer of Aratana Julia provided the commercial leadership resulting in a successful IPO (NASDAQ:PETX), high-impact corporate branding, innovative go-to-market strategies for five therapeutics and the staffing of the inaugural commercial organization. As founder and CEO of Summit VetPharm, Julia developed and launched a new line of companion animal parasiticides, grew the company to a cash flow positive position with 85 employees in five years and divested the company to Ceva Animal Health in 2010.  A graduate of Indiana University, she has continued her executive training at Harvard, Columbia, Chicago and the Wharton School of Business.  


Candan Tamerler is a Wesley G. Cramer Professor in Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Kansas (KU). She is the Director of Bio-mediated and Biomimetic Materials at the Bioengineering Research Center (BERC) at KU. Tamerler is also among the leadership team in the Bioengineering Program and serve as the Director of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Track. Prior to moving to KU in 2013, she was a Research Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department since 2010, and Assistant Director of the Genetically-Engineered Materials Science & Engineering Center (GEMSEC), an NSF MRSEC, at the University of Washington since 2005. Between 2002-2010, she was a Professor and the Chair of Molecular Biology and Genetics Department at the Istanbul Technical University (ITU), concurrently holding a Visiting Professor position in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Washington. While at ITU, Tamerler founded and served as the Director of the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Research Center, a multi-disciplinary initiative established in 2004 until she joined to University of Washington as a full time faculty. Combining the molecular biology to materials science, Dr. Tamerler’s research focuses on the engineering of biomolecular systems for design, synthesis and biofabrication of materials in wide range of applications. With more than 125 SCI publications and several patents, her publications received 5500 citations (H-Index: 37). Tamerler is a Fellow both at Turkish National Academy of Sciences and AIMBE (American institute of Medical and Biological Engineering). 

Julie S. Nagel is the President of KU Innovation and Collaboration and Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of Kansas. In this role, she leads a university-wide strategy to drive entrepreneurship and the partnering and translation of faculty technology.  Dr. Nagel oversees the intellectual property, company formation, and corporate engagement offices at KU.  She previously held the role of Executive Director of Corporate Partnerships at KU where she consolidated industrial relations and implementing large scale programs to involve industry in translational research in areas of excellence at KU.  Prior to KU, she was the Managing Director of the Oncological Sciences Center in Discovery Park at Purdue University. She received a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in Environmental Toxicology where she was the recipient of an International Philanthropy Education Organization (PEO) Scholar Award, University of Tennessee Science Alliance Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement by a Graduate Student, and an Arthur E. Yates Graduate Fellowship. She did postdoctoral training at the Institute of Toxicology at Wayne State University. Dr. Nagel left the University as the 13th employee of a start-up company from the University of Michigan and has worked as a consultant to foster growth of startup companies.

Since 2010, Dr. Donna J. Dean has focused on leadership and talent development, career enhancement, and mentoring strategies for organizations and individuals as Executive Consultant (pro bono) to the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) and as Career Consultant for the American Chemical Society (ACS).  She had a 27 year career as a federal executive at the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.  Dr. Dean has recently written two books that draw upon her career experiences: Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce (Academic Press, 2014) and Getting the Most out of Your Mentoring Relationships: A Handbook for Women in STEM (Springer 2009). Raised on a tobacco farm in eastern Kentucky, she earned the B.A. in chemistry from Berea College, Ph.D. in biochemistry from Duke University, and conducted postdoctoral research in cell and developmental biology at Princeton University. Of all the awards she has received, she is most proud of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Berea College in 2007 in recognition of her career achievements in the public sector and for her advocacy for historically underrepresented groups in science and engineering.


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