Thursday, May 19 12 pm - 1 pm

Austin | UT Austin, BME5.202I Houston | BCM N304 Dallas | UT Southwestern, NA 8.218 College Station | Texas Rudder Tower 402

Career Development: Why? What is your Why?

Speaker: Gladys Y.-P. Lee Ko (高李一平) Ph.D. (Lab Website)

Associate Professor

Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Texas A&M University

Growing up in the most historical city of Taiwan, the old Tainan City, she experienced the richest undergraduate education anyone could have from the Department of Biology at National Cheng Kung University, where she got her first taste of academic research her freshman year. She then marched toward her master degree in Anatomical Sciences at National Yang-Ming Medical College to further study the structure and function of the central nervous system, mainly “the hippocampus”, a brain region where learning and memory first takes place. After a brief year working at Chang Gung Medical College, she arrived at Rootstown, Ohio, and joined one of the earliest “biomedical sciences” graduate programs in the US offered by Kent State University in affiliation with NEOUCOM (Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine; now is NEOMED), where she followed the footsteps of her mentor Dr. Tim Teyler to investigate the mechanism of learning and memory.

At NEOUCOM, not only did she finish her PhD training, she met her husband Michael, a fellow PhD student, so at the end of her fourth year, she got her PhD and her dream wedding. Soon after her triple Big Days (PhD defense, wedding, and graduation), she and her newlywed husband along with their first beagle drove down to Houston, TX for their first postdoctoral training. Over the next 8 years, they together accomplished quite a lot: they both did 2 postdocs and had 2 wonderful boys. Then the whole family moved to College Station, TX. While Dr. Gladys Ko has been in the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences ever since, her husband is currently a professor at Blinn College, Bryan Campus. Of course, the two little boys born in Houston now are wonderful teens. In addition, 3 four-legged daughters adopted from the local shelter live together with them happily ever after.

In this talk, Dr. Ko will share her experience and wisdom of what she has learned in her pursuit of an academic career. She will share other diverse career paths beyond a PhD in biomedical/ biological/ biotechnological sciences. You will further learn a nugget or two on how to be successful in the pursuit of your future careers. The whole talk will be in English. Everyone is welcome.

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