Network 9 - Biology and Chemistry

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Colt Hall Forum

Date:  Thursday, March 22, 2012
Time:  5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
     5:00 p.m. ~ Check-in
     5:30 p.m. ~ Panel Presentation
     6:30 p.m. ~ Networking Time
Location:  Colt Hall Forum


Network with the following professionals - 

Philip Lee Sheridan
Vice President of Business Development
Bio4Front Inc.

Dr. Philip Lee Sheridan is the Vice President of Business Development at Bio4Front Inc. He has extensive experience working on senior and executive management teams to direct strategic scientific efforts with demonstrated abilities to reduce ideas to practice and lead teams in start-up and established biotechnology organizations as well as experience with drug development.

Several of Dr. Sheridan’s scientific accomplishments include engineering new Arizeke scFv ligands with improved production, behavioral and stability properties; engineering specific prokaryotic, Pichia and eukaryotic vector cassette systems for expression of recombinant gene fusions, chimeric receptors and therapeutic protein targets; cloning human, rat and cynomolgus monkey receptor cDNAs for company ‘freedom of operation’ issues and the construction of chimeric receptor molecules; and generating bacterial, yeast and transient and stable mammalian cell expression systems for research/pilot scale protein production supporting 7 clinical candidate molecules.


Michael Flippin, M.D.
Orthopedic Surgeon
Kaiser Permanente Hospital

Dr. Michael Flippin is an orthopedic surgeon for Kaiser Permanente Hospital.  His responsibilities include inpatient, outpatient, and surgical treatment of patients with spine related problems. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo before attending medical school at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Flippin continued in his medical career with a residency at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC, and followed it with his fellowship at the San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders in La Jolla, California.

Dr. Flippin is a member of the Voluntary Faculty at UCSD as well as the UCSD Student Run Free Clinic. Additionally, he is involved with the Scoliosis Research Society and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery.


Aiko Martin
Biological Laboratory Technician
Antelope Valley College

Aiko Martin is in the educational field, although she is actually teaching in a lab rather than the classroom setting.  She is the Biological Laboratory Technician at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, CA. She is in charge of the Biology 101, 110, 120 labs as well as the Microbiology, Anatomy, and Physiology labs at night and on the weekends. 

Formerly, Ms. Martin was the AP Biology, Chemistry and Forensic Science teacher at Hawaii Baptist Academy, as well as the Science Department Head. 

Joleen Schultz
321 Medical Launch

Joleen Schultz obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and an MBA with a marketing specialization from San Diego State University.  She has acquired all of her life science industry expertise during her career as the Principal at 321 Medical Launch. As a principal, Ms. Schultz is responsible for all brand development and strategic planning activities for her clients. She also cultivates client relationships and leads the new business development effort within the life science and medical device industries.

When Ms. Schultz isn’t working, she is active within the Southern California life science community.  She’s a long-time member of BIOCOM, heading several outreach initiatives, and is also co-chair of BIOCOM’s Medical Device Group.  Additionally, Ms. Schultz is a frequent speaker and author on the topic of branding and positioning life science and medical device companies and products.


Claude Valenti, O.D., FCOVD
Behavioral / Developmental Optometrist
Optometric Vision Development Center

Dr. Claude Valenti is the practitioner and owner of the Behavioral/Developmental Optometrist for the Optometric Vision Development Center (OVDC) in La Jolla, California.  He diagnoses and treats functional vision problems in children and adults.

Dr. Valenti first began gaining his experience when, after obtaining a B.A. in Psychology at Rutger's University in NJ, he received his B.S. in Biology and his O.D. at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Following his degrees, Dr. Valenti did his fellowship in Vision Training at Gesell Institute of Child Development in New Haven, CT.

In addition to his work as an optometrist, Dr. Valenti teaches a course at Ecole Superieure d'Osteopathie in Paris, France. He also enjoys playing the piano.


Tracy Clippenger, Ph.D.
Senior Veterinarian
San Diego Zoo

Dr. Tracy Clippenger received her Bachelor of Arts at Cornell University in 1985, and then obtained her doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California in Davis in 1992. After receiving her doctorate, she had an internship from 1992-1993 with Small Animal Medicine and Surgery with the Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura, CA.  Dr. Clippenger did her residency for Wildlife & Zoological Medicine at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998.  Then in 1999, she received her Board Certification diploma from the American College of Zoological medicine.

Dr. Clippenger has always had a love for animals.  She is now the Senior Veterinarian for the San Diego Zoo and provides the primary veterinary service around 5,000 animals spanning 800 different species. The service she offers includes providing support service for the Institute for Conservation Research programs & ZSSD conservation projects, as well as triage and emergency care to acutely-ill or injured animals. Dr. Clippenger also evaluates animals for evidence of illness. She utilizes technical and surgical skills, and interprets findings for diagnosis and treatment of animal health problems. Additionally, she organizes and leads daily animal health care team of veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians, and keepers. She also oversees procedures, presents safety education programs for animal care staff, and performs other various tasks as well.

When Dr. Clippenger isn’t taking care of animals, she is a member of several organizations such as Ivey Ranch Disabled Riders Equine Program, Solana Beach Presbyterian Church Creation Care Team, San Diego Rescue Mission, and Cornell Field Hockey. In her spare time, Dr. Clippenger enjoys traveling and outdoor activities such as going to the beach, hiking, and camping. She also enjoys reading, athletic activities, acrylic painting, and spending time with her family, particularly her nieces and nephews. 

Mark Hernberg
Corrosion Engineer
Corrpro Companies, Inc.

Mark Hernberg, breaking the mold of a typical engineering academic career, attained not only a degree in Physics, but also another in Creative Writing. His Physics degree amply prepared him to be a Corrosion Engineer with Corrpro, but he also credits his ability to write as “a huge advantage in the engineering world.” As a Corrosion Engineer, Mr. Hernberg travels around the world to inspect the fuel storage tanks and pipelines belonging to the U.S. Military, all with a central goal of fighting corrosion (“like a superhero…without a cape,” he notes). After meeting with personnel, collecting data, and making repairs, Mr. Hernberg analyzes and reports on his findings, finishing with recommendations and a final technical report which he submits to the Department of Defense. The various tasks his work entails keep Mr. Hernberg’s job fresh and dynamic.

While not travelling and working, Mr. Hernberg trains for marathons, triathlons, and other endurance sports, and reads 19th century Russian novels.

Donna Wallace, M.D.
Pathologist / Southern California Regional Consultant in Fetal and Placental Pathology
Kaiser Permanente Medical Group

Dr. Donna Wallace is the Pathologist and Southern California Regional Consultant in Fetal and Placental Pathology at Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, San Diego Medical Center. She received her B.S. in Biology from California State University in Fullerton. Following her B.S., she received her M.P.H. from UCLA with emphasis in Environmental and Occupational Health before finally receiving her M.D. from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. Following her education, Dr. Wallace completed her internship and residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at USCD Medical Center as well as her Placental and Fetal Pathology fellowship.

Most of Dr. Wallace’s time is actually spent at the microscope. She evaluates tissue obtained from patients from a wide variety of medical specialties which includes macroscopic and microscopic assessment, as well as genetic assays. She also evaluates material intra-operatively, assisting in the operative course of the patient and obtainment of appropriate studies. Additionally, Dr. Wallace performs autopsies and placental exams on demised fetuses and infants to obtain photographs and prepare detailed reports regarding the etiology of fetal demise. Presenting pathology data (including photos) at many intradepartmental conferences is something that Dr. Wallace does as well.

Dr. Wallace is an advocate of good health and fitness and considers herself to be a fitness "addict," always wanting her daily dose. Her favorite activities include jogging, Bikram yoga, tennis, spin and cycling. When not working or exercising, she also enjoys reading, including medical journals.  She is a supporter of Susan B. Komen, American Cancer Society, American Diabetic Association and Humane Society via donations. Dr. Wallace also enjoys spending quality time with her family.

Mike Denning
Sales Representative
Daiichi Sankyo Pharmaceuticals

Mike Denning is a sales representative for Daiichi Sankyo Pharmaceuticals. His job is to increase the market share for portfolio products.  Mike believes that with his various sales jobs, missionary/Spanish-speaking experience, and his major in biology, these experiences have all helped move him towards his current career.

When Mike isn’t working, he enjoys surfing, snowboarding, writing music and playing the guitar or drums. In addition, Mike is a supporter of the Surfrider Foundation.

Magda Marquet, M.D.
Founder and co-Chair
Althea Technologies

Dr. Magda Marquet is the founder and co-Chair of Althea Technologies, and served as its co-President and CEO for ten years. She is also founder and co-Chair of Althea Dx, a spin-off of Althea Technologies focusing in personalized medicine and companion diagnostics development. Dr. Marquet has over twenty five years of experience in the biotechnology industry in the United States and Europe. Prior to starting Althea, she held management positions at Vical Inc., Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Protein Polymer Technologies, Syntro Corporation and Transgene. Dr. Marquet is Chairman Elect of BIOCOM and a member of the Board of Directors of the UCSD Moores Cancer Center.  She is also a member of the UCSD Biological Sciences Dean Leadership Council. 

Dr. Marquet is an active angel investor, having provided early stage funding and advice for over twenty San Diego companies. Dr. Marquet holds a PhD in Biochemical Engineering from INSA/University of Toulouse, France. Dr. Marquet has received numerous awards throughout her career. She was the winner of the 2005 Regional Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Life Sciences category.  While leading Althea Technologies, she has received several awards for Best Companies to Work For from the San Diego Business Journal.

Steve Shuey
Clinical Operations Lead
Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc.

Steve Shuey received a BS degree in Genetics from UC Davis. He participated in internship programs in research laboratories, both on and off campus, and believes they gave great experiences to start his career in biotech.  Mr. Shuey regularly attends scientific conferences in his field of work which is cancer clinical studies.  He worked at Biogen Idec for 22.5 years, beginning right out of college in August of 1988, until the company closed the San Diego campus in March of 2011.  Mr. Shuey then started his employment at Halozyme Therapeutics in January of 2012.

As the Clinical Operations Lead, Mr. Shuey oversees all clinical operations for the oncology program. This includes ensuring that all the clinical trials are being performed under Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines.  He does a little of everything from helping to write protocols, to talking with clinical sites, to updating senior management on current status of the program, and writing applicable sections of required regulatory documents.  Mr. Shuey is also responsible for making sure that all other functional areas of the company, such as drug manufacturing or Quality control, are aware of the current and future plans and needs.

Mr. Shuey is an avid amateur photographer and outdoorsman.  He also enjoys sports, reading, and introducing his two young boys to the outdoors.  He generally supports organizations that are working to maintain natural spaces and wildlife.


Jessica DiGrazia
AP Environmental Science and College Prep Biology Teacher
Valhalla High School

Mrs. Jessica DiGrazia obtained her bachelor’s degrees from UC Davis with a double major in Biology/Spanish and a minor in Education. This gave her the opportunity to work in many classrooms, some bilingual, throughout the years she was earning her degrees. Mrs. DiGrazia gained much of her teaching knowledge while earning her M.A. in Education and doing her student teaching during her credential program, also from UCD. She then fine-tuned her science skills, earning her M.S. Biology from PLNU.

Mrs. DiGrazia recognizes that it was her comprehensive education which assisted in her career as a science teacher. Her official job title is the AP Environmental Science and College Prep Biology Teacher at Valhalla High School. In this role, Mrs. DiGrazia must adhere to the state and district science standards; uphold student behavior code as set by the district; utilize different resources and technologies to reach all students; and foster curious critical thinking skills in a collaborative environment. In addition, she prepares daily lesson plans and related field trips; maintains her class website to communicate with parents, other teachers and administration; updates all assignments and exams annually; and motivates students to enjoy learning.

When she isn’t teaching, Mrs. DiGrazia enjoys supporting the Environmental Science Club, Field Trips, ELL Science, and the school’s track team.


Myres Tilghman Winston, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of California, San Diego

Dr. Myres Winston was a premedical undergraduate student and graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Chemistry in 1998. In 2004, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine with an M.D. and moved to UCSD for his post-graduate training (residency) in Internal Medicine. He finished residency in 2007, at which time he entered into the 3-year fellowship program in Infectious Diseases. During his last 2 years of fellowship, he received training in molecular virology techniques in the laboratory of Drs. Douglas Richman and Davey Smith and performed a research project with a collaborating laboratory in Tijuana, Mexico evaluating sample pooling methods to decrease the cost of viral load monitoring of HIV-infected patients on antiretroviral therapy in resource-limited settings. After completing this fellowship in 2010, he served for one year as the Clinical Site Director of the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane/UCSD Medical Education Partnership Initiative in Maputo, Mozambique.

As the Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSD, Dr. Winston devotes the majority of his time to translational HIV research. He is currently involved in evaluations of a combined platform to screen for virologic failure of antiretroviral therapy and drug resistance in resource-limited settings. Other projects include evaluations of how community drug resistance measurements can predict rates of transmitted drug resistance, and an investigation of how different HIV-1 subtypes in different countries influence HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder. He performs Infectious Diseases consultations on inpatients at UCSD Medical Center for four weeks each year and sees patients in the Infectious Diseases outpatient clinic at UCSD once per week. He is also involved in teaching of Infectious Diseases fellows, medical students and Internal Medicine residents. 

Dr. Winston continues to be involved in the partnership between UCSD and UEM in Mozambique, the aims of which are to improve post-graduate training in Internal Medicine in Mozambique, to train Mozambican physicians in pursuit of teaching and academic medical careers, and to increase capacity for clinical, scientific, and translational research at UEM.   He also works one night per week at the Gay Men’s Health Clinic at North Park Family Health Centers of San Diego, a clinic devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.


Tina Chin
Senior Director, Outdoor Education
San Diego County Office of Education

Tina Chin obtained her undergraduate degree in literature and masters in educational leadership.  She holds single subject teaching credentials in English and math, as well as an administrative services credential.  Ms. Chin has taught High School English, served as an ASB Director, a Dean of Students, a High School Assistant Principal, and a district-wide Program Administrator.  She has loved every job she held in education. 

For a brief period, Ms. Chin worked for a company that conducted federal background investigations.  However, she returned to education because the opportunity to positively impact the lives of students is truly a gift. She has participated in a myriad of trainings, including but not limited to, language acquisition for students, embracing diversity, facilitating support groups, and personnel management.

As the Senior Director at SD County Office of Education's Outdoor School, she supervises the program known to many people as 6th grade camp.  The three sites she oversees are Camp Cuyamaca, Camp Fox, and Camp Palomar. Outdoor School is a San Diego tradition offered through the County Office since 1946 which has served an estimated 1,000,000 individuals over the past decades. Ms. Chin also oversees the mobile science outreach from the County Office.  This program brought hands-on, inquiry-based science instruction to over 56,000 students during the 2009-2010 academic year alone.  Mobile science outreach is like a field trip that visits a teacher’s classroom.  The team primarily works with elementary and middle schools, but has also worked with high schools.

In her spare time, Ms. Chin enjoys the visual and performing arts both as a spectator and a participant.  Playing her guitar after a long day of work is great therapy, second only to snuggling with her spouse and two daughters.


Dr. Chris Pham, DDS
Owner / Pediatric Dentist
Carmel Valley Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Chris Pham’s undergraduate majors were Molecular Biology and Economics. This led him to a career as a Financial Analyst while he was taking a year off to save before starting dental school.  His finance background has helped give him some confidence to run and manage a practice, but clearly his science background was critical to getting him through dental school and residency.

Dr. Pham is the owner of Carmel Valley Pediatric Dentistry founded in 2006. In addition to being the owner of his practice, he is a dentist for children exclusively, and he manages his small team that helps with administration and clinical care. 

Dr. Pham’s other interests are primarily focused on children and the community. He participates in missions abroad delivering dental care to under-served communities. He also teaches part- time at his alma mater and as adjunct faculty at some of the universities.  He is a guest lecturer on various topics and enjoys it very much.  He also holds offices in the local dental society and writes in their monthly publication which helps him stay connected with his colleagues in the area.


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