Upcoming Events

  • April 11, 2012 (Wednesday) - 5:00 PM, Havemeyer 7th Floor
  • Postdoc Panel
    Interested in a postdoc?  Our own Columbia postdocs will address various concerns including choosing a postdoc advisor, applying to positions, and obtaining funding along with any additional concerns you may have.  Come with your questions:

    • Josh Palmer (Parkin group)
    • Kateri Dubay (Reichman/Friesner groups)
    • Dante Romanini (Cornish group)
    • Abe Wolcott (Owen group)
    • Heike Schoenherr (Leighton group)

Past Events

  • April 4, 2012 (Wednesday) - 12:30 PM, Havemeyer 711
  • Careers in Teaching
    Interested in learning about careers in teaching?  Come to a panel discussion about the finding jobs and teaching at a variety of institutions, from large research institutes to small liberal arts colleges, and hear about the job hunt as well as the hiring process.  Have any questions you want answered!

    • Prof. Dina Merrer - Barnard College (New York, NY)
    • Dr. Brandi Cossairt – Post Doc, Owen Group (University of Washington, Seattle, WA)
    • Dr. Robin Grote - Post Doc, Danishefsky Group (Otterbein University, Columbus, OH)
  • February 6, 2012 (Monday) - 4:00 PM, Havemeyer 717
  • Quarterly Organizational Meeting
    All are welcome to attend a brief organizational meeting to discuss upcoming events and to propose future events and workshops. One point of discussion will be the Atwal Symposium and the annual Post-Doctoral panel.
  • January 9, 2012 (Monday) - 4:00 PM, Havemeyer 711
  • Careers in Nonprofit, and other alternatives to research
    Kelley Remole, Ph.D., is the Director of Neuroscience Outreach in the Department of Neuroscience at Columbia University. She completed her doctorate at Columbia in 2011 in the laboratory of Holly Moore, where she investigated the structure and function of the hippocampus in a rodent model of schizophrenia. While she was a graduate student, she started a volunteer group to place scientists (students, research assistants, and postdocs) in local K-12 classrooms to teach kids about the brain. This group, now named Columbia University Neuroscience Outreach, reaches over 1000 New York City children annually through one-day and multi-day visits. Since 2010 she has worked part time as the Brain Specialist in the education department at the American Museum of Natural History where she designs and teaches classes about the brain. She has also worked at the New York Academy of Sciences.
  • December 5, 2011 (Monday) - 6:00 PM, Havemeyer 7th floor lounge
  • Careers in Industry Panel
    Interested in learning about the daily work life of chemists starting their careers in industry? Come to a panel discussion to hear about the inner-workings of industrial jobs, getting jobs in industrial research and development, and have any questions you want answered! Featuring:
    Julia Allen received her PhD from the Lambert group at Columbia in 2011. She is now a Research Technologist in the polymer components group at Infineum, a joint venture by Shell and Exxon that produces oil and fuel additive packages. Currently, she's working on several projects with a particular emphasis on new dispersant design and understanding how dispersant structure impacts our product production and performance.

    Tim Cernak received his BSc in chemistry from Okanagan University College before moving to McGill University in Montreal where he obtained his PhD studying the total synthesis of palau'amine. He then moved to the Lambert group at Columbia where he explored new strategies for multicatalysis. In 2009, Tim joined the medicinal chemistry team at Merck's Rahway site. He has worked on metabolic and cardiovascular disease at Merck and is engaged in research on new methods of catalysis and high-throughput experimentation in drug discovery.

    Ferenc Kontes received his PhD from the Snyder group at Columbia University in 2011. He's now a research scientist at ARMGO Pharma, where he primarily works as a medicinal chemist designing and synthesizing compounds for the treatment of cardiac and skeletal muscle disorders. His responsibilities also include developing methods for large scale synthesis and purification of clinical candidates, and assisting biologists by providing tool compounds for in vitro and in vivo pharmacological studies.

    Steve Silverman received his BS from Johns Hopkins. He began his graduate studies at The Scripps Research Institute where he received his MS under the supervision of Barry Sharpless before obtaining his Ph.D at Stanford University for his work in the Trost group on asymmetric TMM reactions. Steve began working at Bristol-Myer Squibb in New Brunswick this year as a process chemist, concentrating on early-phase chemical development.
  • November 16, 2011 (Wednesday) - 4:00 PM, Havemeyer 711
  • Chemistry Graduate Student Career Pathways Workshop
    Interested in knowing more about career pathways for Chemistry Ph.D.s?

    Are you interested in exploring industries that hire Chemistry Ph.D.s? Do you want to learn more about how you might market the skills and knowledge you've gained as a Ph.D.? Please Join the Graduate Student Career Development Team for a Career Exploration Workshop. We will present resources and some of the industries that we see Ph.D.s pursue.
  • November 8, 2011 (Tuesday) - 3:00 PM, Havemeyer 717
  • C4 General Meeting
    Help plan upcoming C4 events, including speakers from industry and other careers.

  • August 18, 2011 (Thursday) - 5:00 PM, Havemeyer 209
  • Atwal Symposium: "Non-Academic Careers for PhD Chemists" (PDF)
    Please join us for a panel even to introduce grad students and post docs to career options outside of academia. The panel will feature speakers from Amgen, McKinsey & Co., the New York Academy of Sciences, and a high school teacher.

  • June 24, 2011 (Friday) - 4:00 PM, Location TBA
  • End-of-Year Party
    All are welcome! Pizza, beer, and other refreshments will be provided. The party will also act as an opportunity to do some initial planning for next year and to fill a couple of spots on the Executive Board.

  • April 5, 2011 (Tuesday) - 2:00 PM, Havemeyer 717
  • C4 General Meeting
    Help plan upcoming C4 events, with a focus on the Atwal symposium.

  • March 22, 2011 (Tuesday) - 4:00 PM, Havemeyer 717 
  • "Drug Discovery as a Career: Challenges and Opportunities"
    Dr. Erik Wong, Director of Alliance and Externalization, AstraZeneca
    Erik Wong received his PhD from Medical Research Council, London, UK. He has spent over 20 years in drug discovery and development, with particular focus on novel agents for psychiatric disorders. He has recruited and led several multi-disciplinary drug discovery teams at Merck Sharp & Dohme Research Laboratory, Roche Bioscience, Pharmacia Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer Inc., leading to late stage clinical development and launches, e.g. MK-801, reboxetine, asenapine, quetiapine. He is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed research publication. From 1998 to 2004, Dr. Wong was an adjunct professor of Psychiatry at Michigan State University. Dr. Wong joined AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals in 2007. He is currently the Director of Alliance and Externalization for the CNS/Pain Control Research Area, in Wilmington, Delaware, USA. In this role, he is responsible for evaluation and execution of research alliances to identify novel therapeutic approaches for CNS disorders.
  • February 22, 2011 (Tuesday) - 4:30 PM, Havemeyer 209
  • "Starting Your Own Company"
    Dr. Scott Allen, Co-Founder/Vice President of Catalyst Development, Novomer
    Dr. Allen is Co-Founder and Vice President of Catalyst Development at Novomer, an emerging sustainable chemistry company. He earned his doctorate at Cornell in 2004, working with Dr. Geoffrey Coates. His research included catalyst design for the ring-opening polymerization of heterocycles and upon graduating, he co-founded Novomer with his advisor. Novomer is able to produce polymers and other chemicals in an environmentally responsible way, using carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide as starting materials.

  • February 11, 2011 (Friday)
  • Careers in Food Science (field trip!)
    Interested in a career in food science? Interested in the chemistry behind beer brewing? Ethan Fisher has arranged for a tour of Kelso Brewery to learn of the science behind brewing beer as well as the qualifications, training, etc. Sign up info to follow.

  • January 25, 2011 (Tuesday)
  • General C4 Quarterly Meeting
    Help plan upcoming C4 events, including speakers from industry and other careers, as well as the annual Atwal Symposium.

  • January 17, 2011 (Monday) - 4:00 PM, Havemeyer 711
  • Job Search Panel
    Unsure what to expect as you start applying for post-docs, jobs in pharmaceuticals, or non-research related careers (consulting, etc)? Come listen to current Columbia grad students and post-docs discuss their experiences in the job search process. As always, refreshments will be served.


    If you are starting to look for a job or just want to get a feel for potential chemistry careers, please join the Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) of the New York ACS section at our inaugural career panel. Each panelist will give a short description of their career and future industry outlook. There will be a question and answer session, followed by an opportunity to mix informally and enjoy some refreshments.  For more information about the YCC and C4, visit
  • May 25, 2010 (Tuesday) - Time & Place TBA. Atwal Symposium.
      Invited speakers include: 
    • Dr. Victoria Landry (Harrison and Star - Copywriter)
    • Dr. Bryte Kelly (Kenyon and Kenyon - Patent Agent/Scientific Advsior)
    • Dr. Lidija Sekaric (Department of Energ - Policy Fellow)
  • May 3, 2010 (Monday) - 4:30 - 5:30 pm, Havemeyer 7th Floor Lounge - Post-Doctoral Panel.  Flyer
    Interested in a post-doc?  Our own Columbia post-docs will address various concerns including choosing a post-doc advisor, applying to positions, and obtaining funding along with any additional concerns you may have.  Come with your questions: 
    The panel includes:
    • Wesley Chalifou, Leighton Lab
    • Paul Tanis, Leighton Lab
    • Michael Frunzi, Turro Lab
    • Agathe Mayer, Snyder Lab
    • Brycelyn Boardman, Nuckolls Lab
    Organized by:  Sam Reznik


  • February 17, 2010 (Wednesday) - 6:00 pm, Miller Room (Havemeyer 328) - Leland Gershell, MD PhD, Healthcare investor consultant / Venture capitalist.  Flyer
    Dr. Gershell is currently a consultant to institutional investors. His recent work  experience includes senior analyst and portfolio managerpositions at Apothecary Capital LLC, a healthcare-only hedge fund.Prior to Apothecary, he was a Vice President in biotechnology equity research at Cowen and Company for four years. Dr. Gershell holds a B.A. in Chemistry and Asian Studies from Dartmouth College, and an M.D. and Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Columbia University. He performed his doctoral work under Professors Ronald Breslow (histone deactylase inhibitors) and Clark Still (molecular recognition). While at Columbia, he co-founded AGW BioStrategy LLC, a life sciences consulting firm.
    Organized by:  Rocky Coscia


  • January 29, 2010 (Friday) - 5:00 pm, Havemeyer 717 - Dr. BJ Wright, Associate level consultant at McKinsey & CompanyFlyer
    Dr. Wright received his bachelor's degree from Willamette University in 2003 before pursuing graduate studies at Columbia University. He attained his Ph. D. investigating the synthesis of natural product scaffolds with anticancer properties - including derivatives of ET-743 and pluraflavin A - in the lab of Professor Sam Danishefsky. Since graduating from Columbia in 2008, Dr. Wright has been a consultant with McKinsey & Co. working primarily in healthcare engagements (pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and healthcare IT).
    Organized by: Rocky Coscia


  • January 18, 2010 (Monday) - 4:00 - 5:00 pm, Havemeyer 711 - Dr. John Huber, Medicinal chemist at Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals. Flyer 

    Dr. Huber received his bachelor's degree in 2000 from Swarthmore College with a major in chemistry and a minor in sociology. He then began work at Merck Research Laboratories in Rahway, NJ as an associate chemist in the Medicinal Chemistry Department. Dr. Huber left Merck in 2002 to pursue his Ph. D. studies at Columbia University working in the lab of Professor James Leighton. Since graduating from Columbia in 2007 Dr. Huber has been a Senior Scientist in the Medicinal Chemistry Department at Boehringer-Ingelheim (BI) Pharmaceuticals in Danbury, CT. At BI he has worked on programs in heart failure, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic kidney disease. 

    Organized by: Miriam Inbar 

    Boyana Konforti obtained her Ph.D. with Ronald Davis at Stanford University, where she studied DNA recombination. She did her postdoctoral work in pre-mRNA processing at The Rockefeller University with Magda Konarska and then went on to study catalytic RNAs at Columbia University with Anna Marie Pyle. She joined Nature Structural Biology in 1999 and moved to Cell Press as Senior Editor of Cell and Molecular Cell and Executive Editor of Structure in 2001. She rejoined Nature Structural & Molecular Biology in 2003.
    Organized by: Manasi Bhate 
  • November 20, 2009 (Friday) - 4:30 - 5:30 pm, Havemeyer 717 - Dr. Elnaz Menhaji-Klotz - Pharmaceutical Recruiting from the Student Perspective
    Dr. Menhaji-Klotz will be discussing the Columbia pharmaceutical recruitment process and will offer her suggestions towards maximizing your own experience.  Dr. Menhaji-Klotz graduated from Barnard College in 2002, conducting undergraduate research with Professor Christian Rojas. She spent a year doing research at Trinity College Dublin with David Grayson’s lab before returning to the states to begin her graduate studies.  She obtained her Ph.D. in 2008 from Yale University studying under Professor John Wood.  She currently holds a post-doctoral position with Professor Tristan Lambert at Columbia University and will be joining AstraZeneca as a discovery chemist in January 2010.
    Organized by:Brendan Kelly
  • November 17, 2009 (Tuesday) - 3:30 - 5:00 pm, Miller Room - Dr. Charli Long, Interdisciplinary Scientst at the Food and Drug Administration
    Dr. Charli Long is an Interdisciplinary Scientist/Reviewer in the Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation at the Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine in Rockville, MD.  Dr. Long received her B.S. in Chemistry at Barnard College in 2000, conducting research with Professor Christian Rojas.  She then spent one year in Lima, Peru under a Fulbright Scholarship.  Dr. Long obtained her Ph.D. studying the synthesis of tamandarin analogs at the University of Pennsylvania under the direction of Professor Madeleine Joullie in 2006.
    Organized by: Ethan Fisher 
  • October 23, 2009 (Friday) - Secondary Education from a PhD - 4:30 - 6:00 pm, Havemeyer 711 - Dr. Steve O'Malley, Stuyvesant High School Organic Chemistry Teacher

    Dr. Steven O'Malley is an organic chemistry teacher at Stuyvesant High School in New York City.  Dr. O'Malley received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1999.  He obtained his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2004 under the mentorship of Professor James Leighton for his work on intramolecular silylformylation reactions and their application to the total synthesis of dolabelide D.  In 2004, Dr. O'Malley took a post-doctoral position at the University of California, Berkeley with Professor Jon Ellman

    Organized by: Sam Reznik

  • September 3, 2009 - 5:00-6:00, Havemeyer Patio, Ice Cream social for first year students
  • August 27, 2009 - 4:30 pm, Havemeyer 7th floor, Organizational Meeting



    May 28, 2009 - 5:00 pm, Havemeyer Patio, Organizational Meeting and Year-End Social

    May 8, 2009 - 4:00 pm, Havemeyer 209, Atwal Career Symposium PDF 

         (1) Transforming the Culture of Organic Chemistry Learning -- Karen Phillips, Hunter College

         (2) To Teach or not to Teach: Careers in Education Panel -- Luis Avila,Columbia University; Brenton DeBoef, University of Rhode Island; RubenL. Gonzalez, Jr., Columbia University; Emily McLaughlin, Bard College;Karen Phillips, Hunter College

    Organized by: Margaret Elvekrog, Ethan Fisher, Paul Vadola

    March 10 and 11, 2009 - ACS Preparing for Life After Graduate School workshop (PfLAGS) Poster PDF

    Organized by: Brendan Kelly

    February 16, 2009 - 5:30 pm, Havemeyer 7th floor lounge, Post-doc panel discussion PDF

    Organized by: Kristy Tran

    February 10, 2009 - 12:00-1:00 pm, Havemeyer 328, Pervaze Sheikh,Specialist in Natural Resources Policy -- Resources, Science, andIndustry Division -- Congressional Research Service PDF

    Organized by: Margaret Elvekrog

    January 20, 2009 - 4:00, Havemeyer 717, Resume writing workshop

    Organized by: Lisa Ambrosini

    December 9, 2008 - 1:00-2:00, Havemeyer 711, Informational meeting PDF

    October 1, 2008 - 4:30 - 6:00 pm, Havemeyer 209, Steve Lehotay, Lead Scientist from USDA Agricultural Research Service PDF website

    Organized by: Brendan Kelly

    September 23, 2008 - 6:00 - 7:30, Altschul Auditorium, McKinsey &Company resume preparation workshop (Joint with the Consulting Club) PDF

    September 16, 2008 - 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Davis Auditorium, McKinsey & Company presentation 

    August 20, 2008 - 5:45-6:45, Havemeyer Patio, Ice Cream social for first year students 

    August 7, 2008 - 4:30-5:30, Havemeyer 717, Informational meeting


    May 8, 2008 - Tom Ruttledge, Professor of Chemistry, Cornell University -

    March 31, 2008 4:30-6:30, Havemeyer 209 - Atwal Career Symposium PDF

    March 3, 2008 4:30-5:30, Havemeyer 711 - Oksana Cherniavsky: Working on Wall Street, The Life of a Financial Analyst

    March 5, 2008 6:30-7:30, Havemeyer 209 - Ogilvy Healthworld: Is there Opportunity for Science Mas/PhDs on Madison Avenue? PDF

    November 7, 2007 4:30-5:30, Havemeyer 711 - Building Effective Relationships: Introduce Yourself and Get Recognized PDF

    October 30, 2007 5-6pm, Havemeyer 711 - Finding Funding for a Post Doc PDF

    September 2007 Etiquette Dinner PDF

    September 2007 What does industry look for in hiring medicinal chemists? Questions and Answer Session with Bristol-Myers Squibb PDF

    September 2007 McKinsey & Company Recruiting Event, cosponsored with Columbia Consulting Club

    August 2007 Ice Cream Social for First Years PDF


    September 2006 McKinsey & Company Recruiting Event PDF

    October 2006 Mike Holman, Ph.D., Analyst, Lux Research PDF

    December 2006 Marco Pagnotta, Ph.D., Department Chair, Dwight-Englewood School PDF

    February 2007 IP Panel, David J. Austin, Ph.D., Associate, Darby & Darby LLP PDF

    Mitchell Bernstein, Ph.D., Science Advisor, Darby & Darby LLP

    February 2007 Sonja Krane, Ph.D., Managing Editor, JACS PDF

    February 2007 Tips and Tricks to Landing a Job in Academia PDF

    March 2007 International Food & Fregrance

    April 2007 Evaluating a Venture, Murry Low, Columbia School of Business PDF

    April 2007 Post Doc Panel

    May 2007 Ashok Maliakal, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Bell Laboratories PDF

    May 2007 ACS Career Workshop PDF

    Resume Review, Targeting the Job Market, Interviewing Skills, First Year on the Job

    June 2007 Acing the Interview, Laurie Davis, CCE PDF



    August 2005 Panel discussion about finding, applying for, and funding a post-doctoral position.



    September 2003 "McKinsey & Management Consulting for PhDs" Dr. Sara Cronewett, McKinsey & Company

    Septermber 2003 Scientific Grant Writing Workshop" Dr. Jaime Rubin, Columbia University, Health Sciences

    October 2003 "Intellectual Property Law" Dr.Yanney, Dr. Bohm, Dr. Goldin, Darby & Darby, P.C.

    March 2004 5th year grad students & faculty discuss how to get a post doc position

    March 2004 Working at a Non-profit Research Institute Dr. Mark E. Van Dyke, Principal Scientist SwRI

    April 2004 Putting Your Degree To Work: Practical Career Strategies for Ph.D.s,

    Dr. Peter S. Fiske, CEO of RAPT Industries.

    April 2004 Putting Your Degree to Work: Practical Career Strategies

    Dr. Graham Abramo, Rohm and Haas

    June 2004 Leadership and Your Career: Dr. Robert Schmitt, President of Parcor International

    June 2004 Balancing Family and Career: A discussion with profs and grad students



    October 2002 "So You Want to Be a Professor" Professors Nick Turro, Nina Shapley, Christian Rojas

    November 2002 "How I Grew Up to Be a Medicinal Chemist" Dr. Adam Gilbert, Wyeth Research

    December 2002 "From the Lab to Patent Law" Dr. Alan Miller, Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein

    March 2003 "Drug Discovery at a Biotech Start-Up" Dr. Frank Hollinger, Locus Discovery

    March 2003 Field Trip - Brookhaven National Lab Upton, NY

    March 2003 Field Trip - Pfizer Central Research Groton, CT

    March 2003 “The New Science of Catching Killers” Dr. Michael Baden, NYS Police .

    April 2003 "The Role of Science in Homeland Security" Dr. Page Stoutland,

    National Nuclear Security Admin.

    July 2003 "Oil Exploration and Chemistry" Dr. Charles Flaum, Schlumberger-Doll Research



    October 2001 "Transition from Postdoctoral to Junior Faculty: One Perspective" Prof. Brian Gibney, Chemistry

    Novermber 2001 "Life as a Consultant: the Perspective from a Chemistry Ph.D."
    Dr. Amy Michaels, Princeton Consultants, Inc.

    December 2001 “Perspectives on Public Policy: The View from a Chemistry Ph.D.”
    Dr .Carl Picconatto, ACS, Congressional Fellow

    February 2002 "Chemogenomics: Drug Discovery for this Millennium"
    Dr. Joshua Boger, CEO, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

    February 2002 “The Role of the Scientist in the Practice of Intellectual Property Law”

    Joesph Eng and Arnold Rady, Morgan & Finnegan, LLP

    March 2002 "Putting Your Degree to Work: Practical Career Strategies for Ph.D.s"
    Dr. Thomas Miller, Aton Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

    March 2002 Field Trip - Wyeth Ayerst Perl River, NY

    April 2002 Field Trip - Lucent Bell Labs Murray Hill, NJ

    May 2002 "Life as an Analyst: Perspectives from a Chemistry Ph.D." R.P.

    May 2002 "How to Succeed in Academics and in Business without Really Trying" Prof. Richard Friesner, CU

    June 2002 "Managing an Effective Job Search" Dr. Ray O'Donnell, SUNY Oswego.