Published: Nov. 6, 2020

Graduate Career Panel Series: Jobs in Health Sciences

Thursday, Nov. 19 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

This career panel discussion is designed to help graduate students consider and explore career opportunities outside of academia. In this panel discussion, we bring together successful and talented alumni at various stages of their careers in the health sciences. The virtual panel format allows the moderator, Graduate School Dean Scott Adler, to guide the discussion around the questions that current graduate students have about their careers, the job market, and life after graduate school. This session is open to all graduate students, post-docs and alumni.

CU Boulder Graduate School alumni panelists representing careers in health sciences:

Frank Brennan, Director Global Operations and Engineering at Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) Global

Frank received his PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience (Psychology) from CU in 1994.  He spent 5 years as a Professor at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA before becoming a Research Scientist at the Department of Veterans Affairs in 1999.  Frank spent 8 years with the VA until transitioning to industry in 2007.  He worked at several small biotechs in a scientific role before becoming a Medical Affairs professional in 2012.  He worked for Amgen since 2016 for the Neuroscience Division, first as a Medical Science Liaison (MSL), and for the past year as a Field Director, leading a team of 8 MSLs.  Frank’s current title is East Region Field Director.  He also is an Adjunct faculty member in the Psychology Department at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia (his alma mater), where he teaches one course per semester.  

Joanna Lowell, Senior Science Advisor at the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program

Joanna received her PhD in Biochemistry from CU in 1998. From 1999-2004, she was a postdoctoral fellow in molecular parasitology at The Rockefeller University in New York City and then received an MPH in infectious disease from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. In 2006, she joined Bio Ventures in Global Health, a Gates Foundation-funded not-for-profit focused on leveraging the tools of biotech to develop drugs, diagnostics, and vaccines for neglected tropical diseases. Since 2009, Joanna has worked at The Demographic and Health Surveys Program serving first as a survey manager, and since 2018, as the Senior Science Advisor. The DHS Program is based in Rockville, MD outside of Washington, DC and helps low and middle income countries all over the world conduct high quality surveys that measure everything from fertility rates and use of tobacco to the prevalence of malaria in children and HIV in adults. At The DHS Program, she has had the opportunity to work with statistical agencies and ministries of health in Zimbabwe, Lesotho, South Africa, Tanzania, Liberia, and the Philippines.

Donald Maestas, Principal and Founder, DRM Solutions LLC

Don graduated from CU in 1992 with a BA in Philosophy. He spent the majority of his time working in community mental health in Denver until 2007. He completed his MA in Counseling from Regis University in 2008 while working for Judi’s House, which provides grief services to children and their families. During that time period he also worked in a cooperative effort between Judi’s House, Outward Bound, and the CU Psychology department providing and evaluating specialized programming to adolescents who had experienced a significant death. In 2012 Don moved to Jefferson Hills providing clinical services for children and adolescents in acute crisis serving on the executive team as Clinical Program Director for the Lakewood Operations from 2013-2015.  He then took the position as Chief Program Officer at Tennyson Center for Children until 2018. Currently he owns his own private practice, DRM Solutions, providing Professional Counseling and Executive Coaching Services primarily specializing in Anxiety, Stress Management, and the intersection with Leadership. Additionally, he is the cofounder and Operations Director for Grief Unleashed which will deliver a wide variety of mobile based services for grieving adults.

Todd D. McIntyre, retired neuro-pharmacologist and bio-pharmaceutical executive 

Todd McIntyre is a triple CU graduate with a BA (’77) in Psychology, MA (’83) in Neuroscience, and PhD (’86) in Neuroscience studying the genetics of alcohol sensitivity.  A retired neuropharmacologist and bio-pharmaceutical executive, he enjoyed a successful 30-year career in research and development, focused on basic principles of neuroscience and developing novel drug therapies for use in psychiatry, neurology and pain relief.  His career started as a staff fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) studying neuropharmacology of alcohol, benzodiazepines and barbiturates. In 1990 he transitioned into the pharmaceutical industry working for a wide range of companies to gain FDA approval for drugs such as Risperdal (psychosis & bipolar mania), Consta (psychosis), Razadyne (Alzheimer’s) and Pristiq (depression and social anxiety disorder).  From 2008- 17, Todd continued this work as a consultant in biopharma.  During his career trajectory he advanced from bench science to industry as a therapeutic area head,  VP and SVP.  Experience working with the FDA and their counterparts in Canada, Europe and Asia was an important factor in transitioning to team leadership.