Michael Tessel

Michael Tessel, Director, GRAD Career Development & Employer Relations

Michael oversees career development resources for all graduate students and postdocs including advising, events, employer relations, and the GRADTalk program. He also advises Ph.D. scientists. He received his Ph.D. in cancer biology from Northwestern University and has an A.B. from The University of Chicago
(773) 834-9153


Deborah Blumenthal

Deborah Blumenthal, Assistant Director, Employer Relations & Experiential Education

Deborah works with employers to facilitate career connections for graduate students and postdocs. Deborah also coordinates the GRAD Global Impact internship program and manages the GRAD Gargoyle job and internship board. Deborah graduated from the University of Chicago with a Master’s in Humanities.
(773) 702-6093


Joephine Cai

Josephine Cai, Assistant Director, Graduate Career Development

Jo is the dedicated career advisor for graduate students and alumni at both the Graham School and M.S. students in the Physical Sciences Division. She also manages career related programming for international graduate students. Originally from Singapore, Jo has an M.A from University College London and is a certified career development practitioner with the Career Industry Council of Australia.
(773) 702-8767


Briana Konnick

Briana Konnick, Assistant Director, Graduate Career Development

Briana serves as the dedicated career advisor for all Ph.D. students and postdocs within three divisions: BSD, PSD, and IME. Prior to joining UChicagoGRAD, Briana served as Program Coordinator for the Career & Postdoc Services Office at The Scripps Research Institute where she received her Ph.D. in virology.
(773) 834-7933


Michael O'Toole

Michael O’Toole, Assistant Director, GRADTalk

Michael is the coordinator of GRADTalk, helping graduate students and postdocs to build their public speaking skills and prepare for interviews, presentations, and job talks. Michael graduated from the University of Chicago with a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology.
(773) 702-9422




Courtney Wiersema

Courtney Wiersema, Assistant Director, Graduate Career Development

Courtney is the dedicated career advisor for students in the Humanities Division, the Divinity School, and the History Department. She received her Ph.D. in American History from the University of Notre Dame and has also worked as a director of undergraduate studies and an instructor of history and writing.

(773) 702-3999