The first day of our third POM conference will include a discussion panel with three young researchers who graduated with PhDs and have since moved onto to three different career paths. Chaired by Md. Saad Bin-Alam of the University of Ottawa, Canada, the panelists will answer questions from our virtual audience over the course of an hour. The discussion panel will occur from 5 – 6 pm EST on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 via Zoom.
Sales and Publishing, Heidelberg Instruments
Anya Grushina holds a B.Sc in Applied Physics and Mathematics from the South Ural State University in Russia, an M.Sc in Nanobiophysics from the Dresden University of Technology, Germany, and a PhD in Physics from the University of Geneva, where she worked on quantum electronics and graphene physics in the group of Prof. Alberto Morpurgo. Anya covered Physics topics for a Russian popular science magazine “Science and Life” and worked as an application engineer for FemtoTools in Zürich, Switzerland, before she joined Heidelberg Instruments Nano in 2018. At Heidelberg Instruments, Anya Grushina is part of the sales and marketing team. Her main responsibility is to make the unique capabilities of our product portfolio known to a broad community. She is also the editor-in-chief of “The Lithographer”.
Cofounder, Cellino Biotech
Marinna is a co-founder at Cellino, a venture capital-backed biotech start-up that combines laser optics with cell engineering. She received her PhD and MA in Applied Physics from Harvard University, where she co-invented laser-based cell manipulation techniques. She received her BSc in Biophysics from University of California, Los Angeles, after transferring from Riverside Community College. She is the recipient of the Harvard Graduate Prize Fellowship, the Catalyst Accelerator Grant from Harvard Medical School, and is on the Forbes 30 Under 30 2019 list for Healthcare.
Associate Engineer, RAND Corporation
Samantha is an engineer at the RAND Corporation—a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that conducts research with the goal of influencing policy and decisionmaking. She received her PhD and MS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California where she focused on designing, building, and validating a non-invasive optical malaria diagnostic. Her work was highlighted by NPR with both her and her advisor (Prof. Andrea Armani) making appearances on air, as well as by the MIT Technology Review which listed it as one of the top ten low-tech inventions that changed the world in 2018. She received her BS in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley. In her free time, you can find her and her husband running, participating in a nearby protest, or relaxing with their four pets.