Zymergen Site Visit

On May 14th, the Lab-Industry Network Connection (LINC) organized the first company site visit to directly experience their working culture. A group of 20 postdocs from LBNL had the honor to visit the Zymergen headquarters. Our host Silas Carleton, senior recruiter at Zymergen, welcomed us and kicked off the visit …

Postdoc to Postdoc: a peer-to-peer mentoring conversation!

We launched a new peer-to-peer mentoring activity! Last Wednesday, Louise Lassalle, a postdoc in the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division, shared her personal experience with the green-card application process. Do you have an idea for the postdoc-to-postdoc talk topic? Do you want to share your personal experience? Contact us! …

LINC launch

We are thrilled to announce the launch of BLPA’s latest initiative for advancing postdoc careers: the Lab-Industry Networking Connection, a platform designed to introduce postdocs to careers beyond academia, and importantly, facilitate networking with industry partners. Postdocs possess invaluable skills that can be used in several sectors, which is why …

Laurel Wright, Ph.D

Scientist, Zymergen Laurel Wright is a Scientist in the Data Science group at Zymergen in Emeryville, where she builds statistical and AI tools that support Zymergen’s high-throughput screening platform.  Since joining Zymergen in 2016, Laurel has worked has a technical and business scoping lead for several client projects, and as …

Paul Ashby, Ph.D

Staff Scientist, Molecular Foundry, Berkeley Lab Co-Founder, Scuba Probe Technologies Paul Ashby came to Berkeley Lab in 2003 as a postdoc in the Imaging and Manipulation of Nanostructures Facility at the Molecular Foundry and he successfully transitioned to a Staff Scientist position there in 2007. His group works on designing …

Diego Scarabelli, Ph.D

System Engineer and Data Scientist, Cerebras Systems After completing his Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Columbia University, Diego Scarabelli joined Rigetti Computing as a Quantum Engineer leading the Qubit Microfabrication Team. There, he contributed to designing and testing iterative architectural improvements, and developed control software and data analysis code base. …

Israel Figueroa, Ph.D.

Scientist, Visolis Israel Figueroa obtained his PhD in Microbiology from UC Berkeley. After a brief stint as a postdoc, he decided to move into the exciting and rapidly expanding biorenewables industry. He currently works as a Scientist at Visolis, a biotech startup based in Hayward, CA, where he uses synthetic …

Christopher Benson

Associate, EE & CS, Exponent Christopher Benson is an experimental physicist with a background in mechanical engineering whose expertise covers high voltage systems, high-power devices, electric motors, detector calibration, extreme ultraviolet optics, wavelength shifting thin films, and detailed Monte Carlo simulations. His experience at Exponent includes failure analysis, testing, and …