The Graduate Student Association will be hosting a Conversations with Alumni Series. Food will be provided during the sessions and students can ask alumni questions about their career paths as well as advice on their fields.
Patent Law: Dr. Monica Mann, Patent Agent for Parker Highlander, PLLC
Thursday, March 14
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Monica Mann, Ph.D. is a Patent Agent for Parker Highlander LLC, in Austin, Texas. She completed her Ph.D. in the area of cancer biology at UT Health San Antonio and a postdoctoral fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. During her graduate program, Monica worked in the area of understanding the mechanism of resistance to hormonal therapy in breast cancer and developing methods to overcome this resistance. Since joining Parker Highlander, Monica has focused on patentability searches, freedom-to-operate analyses, and biotechnologypatent prosecution.
Academia: Dr. Ahmad Galaleldeen, Associate Professor, St. Mary’s University
Friday, March 22
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Ahmad Galaleldeen, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at St. Mary’s University. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. in Biochemistry. During his Ph.D. and postdoctoral tenure at UTHSCSA, he was trained as a biochemist and a structural biologist. His research lab focuses on understanding how mutations in human copper-zinc superoxide dismutase (SOD1) cause an inherited form of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).
Military: Dr. Carmen Hinojosa-Laborde, Ph.D.
Thursday, April 11
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Carmen Hinojosa-Laborde, Ph.D. is a Research Physiologist for the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Research Unit for the U.S Army Institute of Surgical Research. She earned her Ph.D. in Pharmacology at UT San Antonio. During her post-doctoral fellowships she was trained as an Integrative Physiologist. Her research during her academic career focused on sex differences in blood pressure regulation with an emphasis on hypertension and aging. Dr. Hinojosa-Laborde’s current research as a military scientist focuses on increasing survival of combat casualties on the battlefield. Her studies address the effects of analgesics on the compensatory responses to hemorrhage.