Research Sciences

Do you love science and seek a career in research? This industry consists of alumni with various backgrounds, including both academic and private research. Our professionals have backgrounds ranging from neurobiology and environmental biology to physics and chemistry. With such a wide reach, it is fitting that landmark research takes place in different settings, from universities and government labs to the private sector, and by people of equally varied backgrounds. The diverse field of research is tied together by a drive for knowledge, and our panelists will be able to share some of their experiences. Come learn from our experienced panelists and lunch roundtable participants about the multitude of pathways for continuing your research endeavors in academia and other organizations in your future career.

Panel Participants

Bala Chaudhary, AB'99, PhD'10

Assistant Professor, DePaul University

Ms. Chaudhary is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Science and Studies at DePaul University. Research in her lab explores the plant microbiome and how root symbionts can promote ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation. Her work employs a combination of field experiments, theoretical modeling, and meta-analytical synthesis to elucidate mycorrhizal biodiversity and function from local to global scales. Ms. Chaudhary did her MS and PhD at Northern Arizona University and also worked as an ecological consultant designing restoration plans for drastically disturbed urban environments. She graduated from the College in 1999 with a major in Biological Sciences and specialization in Ecology and Evolution, and played women's Ultimate Frisbee. (Table 92)

Anna Lysakowski, AB'76, Other'90, PhD'84 (UIC)

Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Professor Lysakowski graduated from the College in 1976 with a degree in Biology. While there, she became interested in neuroscience and worked in a couple of laboratories at the University before entering graduate school and obtaining a PhD in neuroanatomy at UIC. After a 6 year postdoctoral fellowship in neurophysiology back at UChicago, she obtained a faculty position at UIC. In the interim, she has risen to full professor at UIC, obtained a Fulbright Fellowship for the UK, had an experiment on the space shuttle, published a paper in Science, and is currently President of the Chicago chapter of Society for Neuroscience. Her research is on the morphology and protein composition of inner ear vestibular hair cells and has been continuously funded by grants from NIH and NASA, with current NIH grants to study mitochondria and the vestibular calyx ending. (Table 94)

Antonino Miceli, AB'98, PhD'05 (Washington)

Physicist, Argonne National Laboratory

Mr. Miceli graduated from the College with a degree in Physics in 1998. He moved to Seattle to pursue a PhD in Physics at the University of Washington. His PhD research focused on experimental Astrophysics. After completing his PhD in 2005, he joined Argonne National Laboratory s Advanced Photon Source as an x-ray detector physicist. (Table 90)

Liz Santori, SB'07, PhD 2013 Caltech

Staff Scientist, Lockheed Martin Advanced Energy Storage

Ms. Santori is a Staff Scientist at Lockheed Martin Advanced Energy Storage. She works on the development of the GridStar[TM] Flow system, an aqueous flow battery technology for long-duration energy storage in utility and industrial applications. Prior to her current position, Ms. Santori was a Fellow at the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) in the U.S. Department of Energy, identifying investment opportunities in energy technologies that have the potential to significantly increase energy efficiency and decrease emissions. Ms. Santori received a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2013 from the California Institute of Technology under Professor Nathan Lewis. Her doctoral research focused on the fabrication and characterization of silicon microwire arrays, an emerging solar energy technology for photovoltaic and artificial photosynthetic devices. Ms. Santori received her SB in Chemistry with Honors from the College in 2007, completing a research thesis under Professor Milan Mrksich. (Table 94)