Bioscience Enterprise Club

image of Bioscience Enterprise Club logoOpen to employees and students, the BEC is dedicated to helping CSHL’s science research professionals and alumni cultivate and leverage their cross-disciplinary skill sets and expertise to transition into diverse science-related careers.  BEC focuses on enabling members to explore alternative science careers and develop entrepreneurial skills through interaction with peers and professionals representing industry, government and academic career paths.

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Kuhulika Bhalla


I am a postdoctoral scientist in the Stillman Laboratory at CSHL. With a broad interest in mammalian cell cycle regulation and DNA Replication, I investigate the role of key proteins of the Pre-Replication Complex–an essential complex required for the licensing origins of DNA replication, a step crucial for correct duplication of the genome during cell division. Using human cell lines and mouse organoids, I am interested in discovering the functional significance of diverse ORC1-chromatin interactions during the cell cycle, and further characterize the contribution of these towards genomic instability–a hallmark of cancer. Before joining CSHL, I earned my Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from ICGEB New Delhi, India. As a graduate student, I was supported by the Indian Council of Medical Research Junior Research Fellowship, and subsequently Senior Research Fellowship awards. My thesis work described the design of a codon-shuffled peptide library, subsequently used to identify and antagonize host-pathogen interactions between human macrophages and mycobacterium tuberculosis–the causative bacteria for Tuberculosis.

When I’m away from the bench, I enjoy spending time with my four-legged child who I brought from India with me! I currently serve as the President for BEC, and with our amazing team, I hope to be able to provide many exciting avenues for CSHL folks to learn industry-relevant skills and interact to build networks with leaders from non-academic STEM careers.

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Kelly Muckey

Co-Vice President

I’m a PhD student from Stony Brook University working in the lab of Christopher Hammell. My main goal by being a part of BEC is to show people how versatile a Ph.D. can be. When I’m not in lab, I’m with my daughter, husband and our two dogs, usually wandering through the woods someplace or gardening in the backyard.

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Yushu Chen

Co-Vice President

I am a postdoc fellow at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in the Albeanu group and my research focuses on mapping neuronal connectivity in the rodent olfactory system using high-throughput sequencing and in-situ sequencing-based technologies. Before coming to CSHL, I completed my Ph.D. at Columbia University, where I studied the molecular organization of DEG/ENaC mechanosensory ion channel. I joined CSHL BEC in 2018. I am passionate about helping CSHL postdocs, graduate students and research technicians explore diverse science-related careers by providing opportunities for career development and networking. In my free time, I like hiking and cooking.

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Luce St. Surin

Liaison Officer

I am a research technician in the Tuveson Lab, and a member of the Organoid Core Facility team here at CSHL. My position focuses on using organoid technology–three-dimensional live models derived from patient tissue–to better understand pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma and learn how to treat this terrible disease more effectively. I graduated with a M.S. in Biotechnology from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and a B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Outside of lab, I like to spend time with my dog Ruby, tutor high school students in various subjects, read, sing, play the violin, and online games.

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Martyna Sroka

Executive Member

I am a fifth-year Ph.D. student at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory School of Biological Sciences. My thesis research in the laboratory of Professor Chris Vakoc focuses on understanding the molecular drivers of a pediatric cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. Prior to joining CSHL, I did my undergraduate studies at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and following an industry placement at GlaxoSmithKline I obtained an intercalated Master of Science degree in Molecular Biology. At GSK, I was part of the Experimental Genomics and Gene Editing team, where I studied the development and diversity of human antibody repertoire in health and disease using next generation sequencing approaches. In my free time I enjoy listening to classic rock, playing with my pet rats and binge-reading Stephen King novels.

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Asad Lakhani

Executive Member

I am a graduate student in the Sheltzer lab, where I utilize novel chromosomal engineering techniques to understand the role aneuploidy plays in tumorigenesis. I graduated with a B.A. Honors in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge in 2018. During summer internships, I explored targeted therapies and cellular signaling in breast cancer models, first at the Houston Methodist Research Institute, and then as part of the Undergraduate Research Program at CSHL. Outside of lab, I am an ardent follower of the Premier League, and enjoy playing cricket and volleyball.

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Ilgin Ergin

Executive Member

I am a third-year Ph.D. student at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory School of Biological Sciences and am pursuing my thesis research in Dr. Semir Beyaz’s lab. My project focuses on metabolic regulation of immune cell function. I received my bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Bilkent University in 2018. During my undergraduate internships at Bilkent University and Harvard Medical School, I worked on cancer and stem cell biology. Outside of the lab, I enjoy the outdoors and playing the violin. I joined BEC as an Executive Committee Member in 2021.

The BEC Faculty Advisory Board consists of CSHL faculty who, through their research programs, have become leaders in translational science and academia-industry engagement. The primary commitment of the Faculty Board is to provide mentorship and guidance to our members in an endeavor to fulfill BEC’s mission statement. In addition, the Faculty Board also meets with BEC members to discuss past and future Club events and activities, act as chairs for keynote speaker sessions, provide industry networks for BEC events and workshops, and occasionally serve as a conduit between BEC and the CSHL administration.

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Christopher Vakoc

Cancer Center Program Co-Leader

Chromatin, Transcriptional regulation, Acute Myeloid Leukemia, BET bromodomains, Lysine Methyltransferases

Vakoc Lab Website

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Zachary Lippman

Professor & HHMI Investigator
Jacob Goldfield Professor of Genetics

Plant developmental genetics, mechanisms of phase transitions for flowering time and inflorescence branching, heterosis

Lippman Lab Website

02/04/2021 – We were delighted to host Nancy Thornberry (CEO, Kallyope) and Kaja Wasik (Co-founder & CSO, Variant Bio) for a panel discussion on Women STEM Entrepreneurs in conjunction with WiSE. They provided terrific insights into the transition from academia to biotech.

11/2020 – 12/2020 – We collaborated with Scismic to host a four-part workshop series focused on transitioning from academia to industry. We networked with professionals in consulting, patent law, industry R&D, and clinical operations. We also had the opportunity to learn what makes a CV stand out from biotech HR and talent acquisition professionals.

06/26/2020 – We endorsed the Joint Statement from Diversify Biotech to continue working towards greater diversity and inclusivity in the biotech community.

06/26/2020 – Former CSHL Alum Luis J. Mejia shared his experience transitioning from the bench to Associate Editor at Nature Publishing. His insight into the company’s operations was very interesting. Thank you Luis!

11/07/2019 – The Alexandria Launch Labs provided a great tour of the NYC facility. Thank you for the visit and we hope to see you again.

10/24/19 – We welcomed Dr. Sue Klapholz, VP of Nutrition & Health at Impossible Foods Inc. to talk to our scientists regarding all things Impossible Foods & her career journey to her position today. Impossible Foods Inc. looks to limit the health and environmental impacts of a meat-based diet, through rigorous science and the production of tasty meat-free alternatives. Thank you for a very informative session, Sue!

07/12/19 – We had a great turnout for Beyond the Bench 2019! We thank all our fantastic keynote speakers and panelists for coming to CSHL to tell us more about the different career paths they have taken after doing a Ph.D. in science! (You can check out previous Beyond the Bench agendas under our “Past events” tab.)

03/22/19 – It was a pleasure to have Peter J. Weinberger (the ‘W’ in the AWK language) visit the lab and share his views on programming languages, working at the Bell Labs, Renaissance, and Google, and trying out management responsibilities. Students and postdocs also have the opportunity to visit Google in NYC on April 23, please get in touch if you want to go (limited spots)!

11/28/18 – Please join us for a tour of the Estée Lauder research labs in Melville on December 5th, Wednesday, 9am-noon. The trip will be an excellent and fun opportunity to learn the work environment in the personal care and cosmetics industry. If you are interested in joining the Estée Lauder tour, please reply to Yushu Chen (yuchen@cshl.edu) ASAP before noon of this Friday, November 30. See you there!

10/10/18 – Thank you Christine Ardito-Abraham from Amgen for discussing all facets of a Medical Science Liaison (MSL) with us. MSL positions are expected to grow in the coming years and these career paths are generally for advance degree holders. Could this be a career for you?

8/21/18 – We appreciate all the lawyers from Dilworth & Barrese who provided great insight about intellectual property law of science and engineering technologies.

7/12/18 – 2 teams of 9 CSHL scientists made it to the top 25 teams invited to the Tufts New England Case Competition (TUNECC) 2018. We wish them the best in the next round. Congrats Matt Lee, Sofya Polyanskaya, Sergey Shuvaev, David Johnson, Jue Xiang Wang, Sonali Bhattacharjee, Johanna Syrjanen, Katie Meze, and Deborah Rupert!

6/20/18 – We are hosting Mr. William Doyle, Chairman of the Board of Novocure, to discuss about venture capital, investment banking and the best way to transition from bench science to roles outside of academia. Join us on Thursday, June 21st @ 3pm in Samet.

6/5/18 – The advanced Illustrator workshops will take place on June 13 and June 28. Please get in touch if you haven’t signed up yet!

5/23/18 – Due to popular demand, the Adobe Illustrator Workshop will be hosted again. Join us on May 31st for the basic session and TBD for the advanced session.

4/26/18 – We are hosting our first Adobe Illustrator Workshops. Join us on May 8th for the basic session and May 11th for the advanced session.

4/12/18 – Thank you Lisa Napolione, Dr. Kurt Schilling and Dr. Klodjan Stafa from Estée Lauder for joining us in discussing about career paths in industry today!

3/15/18 – Thank you Dr. Bernadette So from New York University for giving us great advice on CV/ résumé today!

Below are the types of events BEC organized in the past. To suggest speakers for future events or to volunteer, please contact one of our executive committee members.

Beyond the Bench symposium

Beyond the Bench is a biennial one-day event attended by post-docs and graduate students, which features talks and panel discussions about careers in biotechnology, entrepreneurship, finance, data science and other science-related disciplines.
Previous symposiums agenda: 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013.

Career events

We invite speakers who transitioned from science to diverse careers to CSHL for a one-hour informal Q&A seminar. Occasionally, we also host a networking session to follow the seminar.

Skills workshop

We invite experts to give CSHL students and postdocs seminars on professional development skills. Previous workshops include: Illustrator tutorials, resume/CV workshop, and bioinformatics tutorials.

Campus tour

Seeing is believing—BEC hosts campus tours to companies in the New York area, such as Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. CSHL students and postdocs spend a day seeing the company, networking with current employees, and learning about the research in industry.

2020-2021 Executive Committee Members

Kuhulika Bhalla

Yushu Chen
Co-Vice President

Kelly Hills-Muckey
Co-Vice President

Luce St. Surin
Liaison Officer

Executive Members

Martyna Sroka msroka@cshl.edu
Christopher Krasniak ckrasnia@cshl.edu
Ilgin Ergin ergin@cshl.edu
Asad Lakhani lakhani@cshl.edu

Former Executive Committee Members

Matt Jaremko, President
Matt Lee, Co-Vice President
Jue Xiang Wang, President
Ngoc Tran, President
Sarah Diermeier, President
Brad Gulko, Co-Vice President
David Nowak, President
Rober Aboukhalil, Co-Vice President
Maria Nattestad, Co-Vice President
Katie Liberatore, President
Jan Bergmann, Vice President
Patrick Finigan, Founding Member
Lolahon Kadiri, Founding Member

Peter J. Weinberger
Computer Scientist, Google (formerly Bell Labs and Renaissance Technologies)

Lisa A. Napolione
Senior Vice President, Estee Lauder

Kurt Schilling, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Estee Lauder

Klodjan Stafa, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Estee Lauder

Genevieve Smith, Ph.D.
Insight Data Science Program

Yvette Seger, Ph.D.
Director of Science Policy at FASEB

Laure Haak, Ph.D.
Executive Director at ORCID

Rebecca Goldburg, Ph.D.
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Joanne Marquardt
Breast Cancer Research advocate

Ethan Perlstein, Ph.D.
CEO and Founder, Perlara

George Yancopoulos. M.D., Ph.D.
President and CSO, Regeneron

David Frendewey, Ph.D.
Sr. Director, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Gustavo Stolovitzky, Ph.D.
Group Manager, IBM Functional Genomics & Systems Biology

Melinda Thomas, MBA
Entrepreneur in Residence for NYC

Matthew Stadler, Ph.D.
Entrepreneur in Residence for Stony Brook’s Small Business Development Center

David Calone, JD
CEO, Jove Equity Partners LLC

Mark Lesko, JD
Executive Director, Accelerate Long Island

Kate Hutchinson
Manager, Programs & Events; Center for Biotechnology

Micheal Bielski, JD, MS
Assistant Director, Science & Technology Commercialization; Center for Biotechnology

Mark Fasciano, Ph.D.
Managing Director, Cranrock Ventures

Irvin Barash, MBA
President, Vencom Management, Inc.

Steven Isaacman, Ph.D.
Founder & CEO, Nanometics LLC

Barbara Gebhardt
President, Opus Staffing

Kakuri Omari, Ph.D.
Associate Scientific Director, Medicus International

Julianne Dunphy, Ph.D.
Vice President & Scientific Director, Medicus International

Bernadette So, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Student Career Development at New York University

William (Bill) Doyle, M.B.A.
Chairman of the Board of Novocure

Christine (Tina) Ardito-Abraham, Ph.D.
Medical Science Liaison; Amgen Oncology Northeast

Speakers from Dilworth & Barrese, LLP (Rocco Barrese; Peter Dilworth; Michael Musella; Stephen Barrese; Michael Dilworth; Anthony Sabatelli, Ph.D.; Matthew Siegal – all JD)
Intellectual Property lawyers