Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series


Jack (Matt) Webster, PhD, a College of Graduate Studies' alumnus and a Senior Scientist at GE Global, meets with some of our students in Upstate's biomedical sciences graduate programs. Dr. Webster was the invited lecturer for the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series.

In an on-going effort to provide career development to students in the College of Graduate Studies, the Distinguished Alumni Lecture was created.  The day-long event includes a one hour seminar to help mentor our graduate students in the area of career development, lunch with graduate students, and several meetings with our faculty.

The 2015 lecture will be presented by Karlett J. Parra, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of New Mexico on Monday, April 20, 2015. Dr. Parra earned her PhD from the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program in 1998.  Her thesis sponsor was Dr. Patricia Kane.

Previous Distinguished Alumni Lecturers:

  • April 12, 2010 - The first annual Distinguished Alumni lecture was presented by Dr. Carlo Nalin, Executive Director of the Novartis Oncology Division of Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation. Dr. Nalin earned his Ph.D. in 1982 in our Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program. His thesis sponsor was Dr. Richard Cross.
  • April 29, 2011 - Dr. Kip West, Lead Senior Scientist at Infinity Pharmaceuticals. Dr. West earned his PhD in 2001 from our Anatomy and Cell Biology Program. His thesis advisor was Dr. Christopher Turner.
  • May 15, 2012 - Dr. Paul Cheney, Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Cheney earned his Ph.D. degree in 1975 in our Physiology Program. His thesis sponsor was the late Dr. James Preston..
  • March 15, 2013 - Dr. Matthew Bonaparte, Scientist at Sanofi Pasteur. Dr. Bonaparte earned his PhD in 2005 from our Microbiology and Immunology Program. His dissertation sponsor was Dr. Edward Barker. 
  • February 11, 2014 - Dr. Jack (Matt) Webster, Senior Scientist, Project Director of the Diagnostics and Biomedical Technologies at GE Global Research. Dr. Webster earned his PhD Degree in 2004 from our Pharmacology Program.  His dissertation sponsor was Dr. Richard Wojcikiewicz.