GRADUCon 2021 - Industry Research Careers (STEM)


How can you leverage your UChicago technical training in the physical and biological sciences to launch into a career in industry research? And what type of work could you find there? Our panelists will share their experiences in the transition from academia to industry, including how to succeed in the application process and the cultural differences that they discovered once they got there.


Sully Fernandez, Scientist, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson (PhD, Molecular Metabolism, University of Chicago, 2016)

Born and raised in NYC of Dominican heritage, Sully Fernandez is a Hunter College of City University of NY in Art and Biological Sciences graduate. A music, art and science lover, Fernandez is always looking for ways to combine these interests and share them with others.

Vladislav Kamysbayev, Integration and Yield Engineer, Intel Corporation (PhD, Material Science, University of Chicago, 2020)

Vladislav Kamysbayev was a graduate student at UChicago Chemistry in 2015-2020. Kamysbayev used to work in Prof. Dmitri Talapin’s lab focusing on synthesis and electronic properties.of Nanoparticles and 2D ceramics. Since August 2020, he has been working on the development of 7 nm node chips at Intel as an inline defect metrology engineer.

Ketrija Touw, Senior Scientist, Abbott (Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Medicine, University of Chicago, 2016)

Ketrija has worked as a Senior Scientist at Abbot Laboratories for the last five years, and her work has involved test development for infectious diseases for screening on medical devices. Currently she is transitioning into the Regulatory Affairs field and will work on regulatory submissions for Abbott. Previously, Ketrija was a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Chicago where she studied gut microbiota effects on intestinal tract motility. She received her PhD from Indiana University Department of Medicine where she studied diabetes effects on digestive system. Ketrija received her B.S. in Biology from Latvian University.

Jacob Johansen, Advanced Physicist, Honeywell Quantum Solutions (PhD, Physics, University of Chicago, 2017)

Jacob has worked for three years as a physicist at Honeywell, designing, building, and operating trapped ion quantum computers at their Broomfield, CO location. During his PhD, he worked in the Cheng Chin lab at the University of Chicago on few-body physics in neutral atom systems.


John Leonard, Senior Scientist, 3T Biosciences (Postdoctoral Fellow, Molecular and Cellular Immunology, University of Chicago, 2018)

John Leonard is a Senior Scientist at 3T Biosciences, an immuno-oncology startup in the San Francisco Bay Area developing T cell-based therapeutics to treat solid tumors. Prior to this, John completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago, where he studied how regulatory T cells recognize self-antigens in the context of cancer and autoimmune disease. John was also actively involved in the BSD Postdoctoral Association and worked as an Associate for the Polsky Innovation Fund. John received his PhD from the University of California, San Francisco, where he studied the mechanism of nucleosome sliding by chromatin remodeling enzymes.