Student/Postdoc Career Projects

We invite students and postdoctoral scholars to get real-world work experience by forwarding career and professional development projects for biomedical trainees.

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Stephanie Ekey, UCSF School of Medicine
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Stephanie serves as a Career Peer Advisor at the OCPD. She advises students on their cover letters, letters of intent, resumes, and CVs, and supports outreach to students in the School of Medicine.

Before attending the UCSF School of Medicine, Stephanie worked as a tutor and mentor for high school students. She enjoys mentoring and advising, and is looking forward to supporting fellow students in their professional goals.

Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from Georgia State University.

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Jocelyne Fadiga, UCSF Gradudate Division

Salut! My name is Jocelyne and I grew up in Abidjan, the capital of Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa. I am a first-generation immigrant and scientist and very proud of it. I have now lived in the United States for over a decade and cherish the unique perspective on life being an immigrant and nonnative speaker (French is my first language) affords me. I enjoy cooking for others, solitude, poetry, music, going to the beach and deep conversations. Here, I have been fortunate to make plenty of friends, who have become family eventually, and tell me my food is delicious – part of what keeps me cooking and sharing. I am excited to join the OCPD team and hope to be a wonderful addition to an already amazing group of people-oriented folks, dedicated to helping others thrive professionally.

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Elissa Hamlat, PhD, UCSF Department of Psychiatry

Elissa June Hamlat is in her first year as a post-doctoral scholar-fellow in the department of Psychiatry. As GSICE/MIND Program Coordinator, Elissa works primarily with Linda Louie to develop to plan and lead GSICE and MIND sessions in order to facilitate career exploration for participants. She is very happy to be supporting such fantastic resources for trainees at UCSF.

Elissa received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and previously served as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Elissa's research focuses on the pubertal transition as a developmental period of risk for mental and physical health issues. She is interested in racial differences in the relationships between puberty and health outcomes and how they may contribute to health disparities.

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Alona Harris, Career Counseling Intern
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Alona Harris serves as a Career Counseling Intern, assisting Anna Correa and Sara Ayazi. Alona provides career counseling services to Medical, Pharmacy, and Global Health Science students. She is a second year MS Counseling student at San Francisco State University. Her counseling specialization is in Career and Clinical Mental Health. Alona is deeply committed to client wellness and career confidence. She is interested in the ways that emotional regulation, stress tolerance, and trauma shows up in career performance and relationships.

Before starting her master’s program at SFSU, Alona spent several years working in the Bay Area in education, student relations, and outreach.

Alona received her Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Hailey Juszczak, UCSF School of Medicine
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Hailey Juszczak, a third-year medical student, serves as a student worker procus on career development for health professionals. Hailey works with the OCPD program directors to design and implement skills-based workshops and resources with a focus in women’s career advancement in healthcare fields.

Before attending UCSF Medical School, Hailey worked as a healthcare consultant in San Francisco. She is interested in the intersection and application of corporate career advancement tools in the setting of healthcare. Currently, Hailey hopes to pursue a career in surgery. She has a passion for promoting female representation and empowerment in the surgical field and other areas of healthcare. She is part of the leadership for UCSF’s Women in Surgery student group and is a clinic coordinator for the student-run dermatology clinic at one of San Francisco’s homeless shelters.

Hailey received her Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

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Jennifer La, UCSF School of Pharmacy
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Jennifer La serves as a Career Peer Advisor at OCPD. Jennifer works to advise students and alumni from all professional schools on their resumes, CVs, cover letters, and letters of intent. Jennifer also manages the outreach and social media communications for OCPD as a pharmacy student brand ambassador and coordinates research to discover methods to foster professional development in students.

Before attending UCSF School of Pharmacy, Jennifer worked as a pharmacy and smoking cessation coordinator at a free clinic that served people experiencing homelessness in Sacramento. She also served as a lab manager at a developmental psychology lab at UC Davis focused on understanding how social environments shape children's health. As a first-generation college graduate, Jennifer is passionate about serving as an advocate for disadvantaged populations and is excited to support students with her work at OCPD.

Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California, Davis.

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Nicolai Parhami, UCSF School of Pharmacy
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Nicolai serves as a Career Peer Advisor at OCPD. Prior to attending UCSF School of Pharmacy, Nicolai volunteered at Children's Hospital of Oakland for several years, interned at both a plant tissue culture laboratory and a family-owned pharmacy, and helped run the Pre-Pharmacy Club and Plant Science Club at his university where he set up and managed professional workshops and informative meetings. Nicolai is thrilled to continue to provide his peers with resources and advice to achieve their career goals and aspirations.

Nicolai received his Bachelor of Science in Plant Sciences from the University of California, Davis.

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Punam Patel, UCSF School of Dentistry

Punam Patel is working with the outreach team aiding in disseminating information catered to individual programs at UCSF through various social media platforms. Punam focuses on developing ways to effectively and creatively promote current OCPD programs to ensure students/post-docs are aware of the resources available and can utilize them throughout their career at UCSF.

Prior to attending UCSF, Punam worked as a research assistant in a neuroscience laboratory at UCLA and a stem cell laboratory at USC. She primarily trained undergraduate students on molecular biology techniques and conducted experiments on various projects, including the development of new protocols and those utilizing CRISPR genome editing. She hopes to incorporate her passion for research and teaching in the future through her career in dentistry.

Punam received her Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Sumitra Tatapudy, UCSF Graduate Division

Sumitra Tatapudy, a sixth year Tetrad PhD student, is working with the Program Director of Academic Careers, Laurence Clement to assist in the execution of career and professional development programs for researchers.

Sumitra has been involved in multiple initiatives to improve the student education climate at UCSF with a focus on improving mentorship practices and leading initiatives to promote an inclusive learning environment. Through her time in graduate school, she has developed a keen interest in teaching and science education research and hopes to explore those further.

Vicky Valentine, UCSF School of Nursing
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Vicky Valentine is is a proud SON MEPN student in the Family Nurse Practitioner speciality. Prior to starting at UCSF, Vicky worked for nearly twenty years in the nonprofit sector, exploring diverse niches from behavioral health, to Harm Reduction street outreach and comprehensive sex education. In her last role, she directed a local college access/health career pipeline program for high potential low income high school students. 

She is honored to work in a Peer Advising role with the OCPD team to support the professional goals of fellow UCSF students. 

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Annie Xie, UCSF School of Pharmacy

Annie Xie, a first-year pharmacy student, serves as an Employer Engagement Intern at OCPD.

Before attending UCSF School of Pharmacy, Annie has had previous retail experience as a pharmacy technician at CVS pharmacy and research experience at USC International Center from regulatory science. Additionally, she was an active member of her community. She served as an External Vice President of USC’s pre-pharmacy society and volunteered at events around the USC campus and in the local community, taking advantage of her fluency in both Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese to serve as translator at various health fairs and to tutor underprivileged elementary school students at Los Angeles Chinatown’s Castelar Elementary School. Annie is excited to continue to coordinate outreach efforts to bring her peers opportunities to achieve their career goals.

Annie received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology and Drug Development from the University of Southern California.


Career Paths of Program Alums

Rachel Care, PhD
Program Manager, PhD Career and Professional Development
The Office of Career and Professional Development at UCSF

Christopher Crew, PhD
Research Scientist
Pomona College Diversity Office

Tina Solvik, PhD
Program Manager, Graduate Career Education
Texas Career Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin

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