Alumni Outcomes & Current Positions

The training philosophy of the GPN is to provide each student with a particularly strong start to their neuroscientific career with the training they will need to excel wherever their career path leads, whether it be to academics, industry, policy, or elsewhere.

"One of the major reasons I believe I have been successful in establishing my own laboratory for the study of pain...is that I had fantastic, broad, and in-depth training from a tremendous number of pain-focused investigators at the University of Minnesota."
Cheryl Stucky, Ph.D. 1995; Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin

"The GPN provided me with the broad academic background and focused research experience that I needed to develop as a young scientist, and the enthusiasm of the faculty and other students created an exciting environment in which to begin my research career."
Bruno Averbeck, Ph.D. 2001; Unit Chief, National Institute of Mental Health

 Career Choices of GPN Graduates*
   Number %
Academic faculty 60 30.8
Pursuing postdoctoral training 33 16.9
Science-related non-research 26 13.3
Practicing physician 16 8.2
Industrial research 14 7.2
Pursuing medical degree 13 6.7
Other 13 6.7
Non-science-related 12 6.2
Academic staff scientists 8 4.1
Totals  195 100
*This table includes all GPN graduates since its inception in 1986. Academic faculty includes individuals who hold faculty positions at institutions of higher education in the US and abroad. Science-related non-research includes patent law, technology transfer, business development, scientific writing, science policy and other similar careers.

Alumni Current Positions

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A

Current Position

Joanna Abrams - 2008 St. Louis Community College
Science/Physical Education Departments
Faculty
Sandra Alcala - 2009 U.S. House of Representatives
Science Policy Director
Fatou Amar - 2015 Columbia University Medical Center
Pathology and Cell Biology
Postdoctoral Scientist Researcher
Brian Andersen - 2013 New York-Presyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Neurology Resident
Michelle Davies (Arnhold) - 2008 University of Wisconsin Superior
Departments of Neuroscience & Physiology
Associate Professor
Bruno Averbeck - 2001 National Institutes of Health
Principal Investigator
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B

 
Justin Barnes - 2011 Shire Pharmaceuticals
Medical Science Liaison
Alexandra Basford - 2008 Macmillan Science Communication
Assistant Publisher
Lisa Bellavance English - 1997 Just HealthTech, LLC
Founder & Principal Medical Writer
Kyle Biesecker - 2016 Cell Culture Company
Project Manager
Rachael Blackman - 2013 Brown University,
Department of Psychiatry
Adult Psychiatry Residency Program
Murray Blackmore - 2005 Marquette University
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Assistant Professor
Krista Bluske - 2012 The Scripps Research Institute
Postdoctoral Researcher
Mark Brady - 1999 North Dakota State University
Department of Psychology
Assistant Professor
Katya Brunette - 2009 University of Nebraska Medical Center, Surgery Department
Research Tech
Terence Burns - 2007 Stanford University Medical Center
Neurosurgery Resident
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C

 
Bridget Campion - 2009 Covance, Inc
Medical Writer II
Danita Carlson - 1993 Allina - Park Nicollet Clinic
MD - Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
Erik Carlson - 2008 University of Washington
Acting Assistant Professor
Ben Clark - 2009 University of Minnesota, IACUC
Office of the Vice President of Research
Research Support Manager
John Patrick (JP) Clark - 2004 University of California, San Francisco
Anesthesia and Perioperative Care
Assistant Adjunct Professor & Surgical Neurophysiologist
Nathan Connors - 2004 NCC Medical & Scientific Communications LLC
Owner/Medical Writer
Patricia Costello - 2003 Walden University
BS Psychology Program
Program Director
Samuel Cramer - 2014 University of Minnesota
Neurolgical Surgery Resident
Kevin Crisp - 2003 St. Olaf College
Biology Department and Neuroscience Program
Program Director, Associate Professor
David Crowe - 2001 Augsburg College
Department of Biology
Assistant Professor
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D

 
Robert Dado - 1992 Private Practice
Anesthesiologist
Steve Davidson - 2009 University of Cincinnati
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Nancy Day - 2011 UCLA
Stephanie A White Lab
Postdoctoral Fellow
Stacy Decker - 2012 Baylor College of Medicine
Postdoctoral Associate
Robert Dunbar - 2002 University of Minnesota - Rochester
Center for Learning Innovation
Associate Professor
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E

 
Kevin Engel - 2001 Hennepin County Medical Center
Chief of Ophthalmology
University of Minnesota
Department of Ophthalmology
Assistant Professor
Alan Ernst - 2001 University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts
Associate Professor
Rogene Eichler West - 1996 Brain Health Northwest, LLC
Clinical Neuroscientist and Founding Partner
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F

 
Erwin Ferri - 2009 Elsa Luis and Associates, LLC
Grant Writing Associate
Antonio Fortes - 2005 Millenium Capital Management
Senior Portfolio Manager
Dan Franc - 2008 UCLA
Department of Neurology
Resident
Ada Fraticelli - 2001 St. Mary's College of Maryland
Psychology
Assistant Professor
Stephanie Fretham - 2010
(Bohmer)
Luther College
Biology
Assistant Professor
Joe Fullmer - 2004 University of Wisconsin - Madison
Department of Pathology
Clinical Instructor/Surgical Pathology Fellow MD
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G

 
Marc Galeazza - 1994 IBM
Managing Consultant
Scott Gehler - 2004 Augustana College
Department of Biology
Assistant Professor
James Gielissen - 2009 St Paul College
Department of Biology
Adjunct faculty
Laura Gilchrist - 1996 St. Catherine University
Physical Therapy
Associate Professor
Virginia Goettl - 1996 The Ohio State University-Wexner Medical Center
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Experimental Therapeutics Research Laboratory
Research Associate
Jose Gomez - 2000 U.S. Navy
Pulminary and Critical Care Medicine
Physician
Timothy Gomez - 1995 University of Wisconsin - Madison
Waisman Center
Professor of Neuroscience
Cory Goracke-Postle - 2007 University of Minnesota
Office of the Vice President for Research
Associate Director, IACUC
Susan Griemel - 2014 University of Minnesota
FIT-AD
Project Manager
Jack Grinband - 2002 Columbia University
Department of Neurology or Radiology
Assistant Professor
Rachel Groth - 2006 Centers for Therapeutic Innovation (Pfizer, Inc)
Principal Scientist
Eric Gustafson - 2009 University of Minnesota
Department of Physiology
Postdoctoral Associate
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H

 
Matthew Hagen - 2004 University of Cincinnati UC College of Medicine
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Assistant Professor
Maureen Handoko - 2012 Baylor College of Medicine
Pediatric Neurology
Resident-Class of 2019
Leah Hanson - 2001 HealthPartners Regions Hospital
Director of Center for Memory and Aging
Valerie Hedges - 2011 Northern Michigan University
Biology
Assistant Professor
Stephen Helms Tillery - 1994 Arizona State University
School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering
Associate Professor
Dori Henderson - 2001 University of Minnesota
MnDRIVE Program Manager
Angela Hewitt - 2013 Mayo Clinic - Child Neurology
Resident
Katherine Himes - 2007 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, Science and Technology Policy Overseas Fellowship
Science and Technology Diplomacy Fellow
Abbey Holt - 2016 University of Oxford
Medical Research Council Brain Network Dynamics Unit
Postdoctoral Scientist
Katie Howe (Mitschele) - 2010
 
Be The Match (National Marrow Donor Program)
Immunogenetic Operations and Research
Senior Search Strategist
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I

 
Marissa Iden Boulware - 2007 Medical College of Wisconsin
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Research Assistant II
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J

 
Jadin Jackson - 2006 Medtronic
Principal Scientist
Elizabeth Jansen - 1997 Macalester College
Biology - Mayo Innovation Scholars Program
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Trenton Jerde - 2004 New York University, Medtronic, University of Minnesota
Radiology, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Research Assistant Professor, Consultant
Lisa Johanek - 2004 Medtronic
Principal Medical Affairs Specialist
Adam Johnson - 2008 Bethel University
Psychology Department
Assistant Professor
Nathan Jorgensen - 2007 Calamos Investments
U.S. Health Care
Senior Research Analyst
Lyric Jorgenson - 2005 Office of the Vice President, White House
Deputy Director of the Cancer Moonshot Task Force
National Institutes of Health
Deputy Director of the Office of Science Policy
William Jurney - 2001 Normandale Community College
Department of Biology
Professor
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K

 
Kristen Kallestad - 2009
(Thorstenson)
University of Minnesota Medical Center, North Memorial Hospital
Family Medicine
Resident Physician
James Katter - 1993 Fairview Health Services
Family Practice
Internist
C. Dirk Keene - 2003 University of Washington
UW Medicine Pathology
MD and Assistant Professor
Lois Kehl - 1996 Minnesota Head and Neck Pain Clinic, University of Minnesota
U of MN Department of Anesthesiology
DDS; TMJ & Orofacial Pain Management Specialist; Assistant Professor
Bruce Kennedy - 2016 Medtronics
Senior Clinical Research Specialist
Stephen Kerrigan - 2014 VA Medical Center, Minneapolis,
Stanislav Kholmanskikh - 2002 Weill Cornell Medical College
Neuroscience
Assistant Professor of Research
Holly Kordasiewicz - 2006
(Brownrigg)
Isis Pharmaceuticals
Neuroscience
Associate Director
Tess Kornfield - 2015 thredUP
Data Scientist
Marcos Kuroki - 2013 Pennsylvania State College of Medicine
Milton S Hershey Medical Center Program, General Surgery
MD, Surgery
Zeb Kurth-Nelson - 2009 University College London
Institute for Neurology
Postdoctoral Research Associate
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L

 
Aaron Lambert - 2015 Harvard University
Mayo Clinic
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Fred Langheim - 2004 St. Mary's Hospital, Dean Health System,
UW School of Medicine and Public Health Madison
Department of Psychiatry
Medical Director C&L Psychiatry, Staff Psychiatrist, Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor
Erin Larson - 2006 University of Minnesota
Neuroscience
Research Associate and Optogenetics Core Manager
Heather Leong - 2011 Oklahoma State University
Med School - student
Therissa Libby - 2005 Metropolitan State University
Human Services, Alcohol and Drug Counseling
Assistant Professor
David Linden - 1999 Mayo Clinic - School of Medicine
Physiology and Biomedical Engineering
Assistant Professor, neurobiologist
Jessie Luoma - 2010 Stanford University
Postdoctoral Scholar 2011-2013
Jessica Lynch - 2006 Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson
Biologics Toxicology
Principal Scientist
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M

 
Carol Ma(Huifang) - 2006 University of Minnesota
School of Dentistry
student enrolled 2013
Chani Maher (Becker) - 2016 Pairnomix
Director of Business Operations
Marcela Maldonado (Barajas) - 2009 Shire Biotechnology
Process Improvement Leader
Peter Malen - 1997 Viksnins Harris & Padys PLLP
Partner
Bonnie Marsick - 2010 ScienCell Research Laboratories
Media Production
Associate Director, Research Scientist
Monica Metea - 2006 Smithers Viscient, Environmental Fate and Metabolism
Director
Nancy Michael (Staffend) - 2012 University of Notre Dame - College of Science
Department of Biological Sciences
Assistant Teaching Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies Neuroscience and Behavior
Eric Miller - 2013 The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Post-Doctoral Fellow 2013-2014
Anusha Mishra - 2011

Oregon Health & Science University
Knight Cardiovascular Institute
Assistant Professor

Craig Moodie - 2014 Stanford University
Psychology
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Leigh Ann Mrotek - 2005 University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Kinesiology Department
Associate Professor and Chair
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N

 
Vivek Nagaraj - 2017 Senior Data Scientist
Nonin Medical, Inc.
Jennifer Nagode - 2003 Private Practice
Psychiatry
MD
Amy Naleid (MacDonald) - 2005 Wayzata Public Schools
SDC Program
CMS Social Worker
Thomas Naselaris - 2005 Medical University of South Carolina
Neuroscience
Assistant Professor
Meredith Noetzel - 2009 Insight Genetics Inc
Quality and Regulatory Scientist I
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O

 
Scott Oakman - 1997 Hennipen County Medical Center, Regions Hospital
Psychiatry Training Program
MD, Program Director
Catherine Ojakangas - 1992 University of Chicago
Neurosurgery
Assistant Professor, Research Associate
Cheryl Olman - 2003 University of Minnesota
CLA Psychology
Associate Professor
Timothy Olson - 2000 Interventional Spine Care
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
MD, Staff Physician
Xilma Ortiz-Gonzalez - 2004 The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - Research Institute
Center for Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine (CMEM)
MD, Project Director
Aaron Overland - 2010 University of California, San Diego
Department of Pharmacology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Ed Overstreet - 2000 Overstreet Consulting, Neurelec/Oticon Medical
Product Management, FDA Regulatory Affairs and Advanced Product Development
President, Engineer
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P

 
Andrew Papale - 2015 University of Pittsburgh
Postdoctoral Associate
Marc Parent - 2010 Karolinska Institutet, Yale School of Medicine
Neurobiology
Postdoctoral
Ann Parsons - 1996 University of Wisconsin - Stout
Biology Department
Professor
Rachel Penrod-Martin - 2012 McLean Hospital-Harvard Medical School
Neurobiology Laboratory, Psychiatry
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Claudio Perez-Leighton - 2012 University of Minnesota
Department of Food Science and Nutrition
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Judit Perez-Ortiz - 2016 University of Minnesota
Medical School
Medical Student
Brittni Peterson - 2016 Nelsen Biomedical
Consultant
Marc Pisansky - 2016 University of Minnesota
Department of Neuroscience
Postdoctoral Fellow
James Pomonis - 1998 American Preclinical Services
Director, Pharmacology Services
Nicholas Port - 1997 Indiana University
School of Optometry
Assistant Professor
Carl Potenzieri - 2009 National Institutes of Health
NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Health Program Specialist
Nate Powell - 2015 University of British Columbia
Postdoctoral
Joshua Puhl - 2011 University of Minnesota
CFANS Entomology
Postdoctoral fellow - Neural Systems and Behavior
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Q

 
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R

 
Anna Radke (Harrison) - 2011 Miami University, Department of Psychology
Assistant Professor
Robert Raike - 2004 Medtronic Neuromodulation, Emory University School of Medicine
Department of Pharmacology and Neurology
Principal Scientist, Postdoctoral Fellow
Paul Regier - 2015 University of Pennsylvania
Postdoctoral Associate
Ken Reinert - 2006 University of Pittsburgh
Department of Neurobiology
Postdoctoral / Research Associate
Patrick Rothwell - 2010 University of Minnesota
Department of Neuroscience
Assistant Professor
Audrey Royer (Smith)- 2011 Writer
Mount Penguin Press
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S

 
Jose San Miguel-Ruiz - 2014 University of Minnesota
MSTP
Catherine Satterfield - 2008 Hoya Vision Care
Territory Sales Manager
Michael Paul Schallmo - 2014 University of Washington
Department of Psychology
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Tiffany Schmidt - 2010 Northwestern University
Department of Neurobiology
Assistant Professor
Neil Schmitzer-Torbert - 2004 Wabash College
Psychology
Associate Professor, Department Chair
Blaine Schneider - 2011 Spectranetics
Manager of Disease State Research
Cicely Schramm - 2010 Pfizer
Oncology Research Unit
Postdoctoral Fellow
Kristin Schreiber - 2004 Brigham and Women's Hospital
Anesthesia and Pain Management
MD, Anesthesiologist, Clinical Regional Fellow, Research Fellow
Katrina Schrode - 2014 Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Center for Hearing and Balance
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dan Schuster - 2013 WuXi AppTec
Custom Study Director
Sharad Shanbhag - 1999 Northeast Ohio Medical University
Anatomy/Neurobiology
Research Assistant Professor
Jennifer Schumacher - 2010 3M
Otolaryngology-HNS
Research Specialist
Robert Shannon - 2012 3M
Research Scientist
Samuel Shuster - 1999 Neuromics, Inc.
President
Amila Silva - 1999 Kaiser Ontario Medical Center
Ophthalmology
MD, Chief of Ophthalmology
Lawrence Silvermintz - 2002 Software Engineer, Biomedical Inventor and Technical Writer
Romina Sosa - 2005 Baylor College of Medicine
Hematology and Oncology
Assistant Professor
Anja Srienc - 2015 University of Minnesota
Medical School Admin
Graduate School Fellow
Adam Steiner - 2014 MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience
Research Consultant
Chris Stern - 2010 L.E.K. Consulting
Senior Associate Consultant
Eric Stevens - 2007 Indianapolis, Indiana
MD, Ophthalmologist
Laura Stone - 1999 McGill University
Dentistry
Associate Professor
Laura Stone - 2014 University of Minnesota
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Jeff Stott - 2015 Dartmouth
Postdoctoral
Cheryl Stucky - 1995 Medical College of Wisconsin
Dept of Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy
Professor, Director of Neuroscience Doctoral Program
Steve Sullivan - 2011 University College London
Biotechnology
Postdoctoral Fellow
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T

 
Serena Thompson - 2009 Medical College of Wisconsin
Department of Neurology
MD
Andy Thorpe - 2004 GSK/Novartis
Regional Scientific Associate Director
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U

 
Yve Ulrich-Lai - 2002 University of Cinncinnati, Metabolic Diseases Institute
Psychiatry and Behavioral neuroscience
Associate Professor
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V

 
Britta Veitenheimer Rupp - 2013 Bard College
Citizen Science Program
Faculty
Ruben Velazquez - 1998 Puerto Rico
Otolaryngologist
Toby Velte - 1995 Amazon Web Services
Enterprise Account Executive
Tou Yia Vue - 2010 UT Southwestern Medical Center
Postdoctoral Fellow
Lucy Vulchanova - 1998 University of Minnesota
Department of Neuroscience
Assistant Professor
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W

 
Jon Waataja - 2007 EnteroMedics
Research Scientist
Scott Warren - 2016 University of Minnesota
Medical School
Medical Student
Jason Weick - 2005 University of New Mexico
Department of Neurosciences
Assistant Professor
Katherine Weiner (Fallen) - 2014 Medtronic
Marcus Westerman - 2001 Park Nicollet-Melrose Center
Psychiatry, MD
Katie Wiens - 2006 Christopher Newport University
Molecular Biology, Neurobiology
Assistant Professor
Tim Wiggin - 2015 Brandeis University
Postdoctoral Fellow
Andrew Wikenheiser - 2014 NIDA intramural
Postdoctoral Associate
Cheri Williams - 1992 Oracle
Disk Storage Quality and Systems Engineering
Senior Director
Christy Willoughby - 2009 Zipfian Academy
Data Science Fellow
Cheryl Wotus - 2003 Seattle University
College of Engineering and Science
Associate ProfessorBiology
Shannon Wright - 2002 University of Minnesota
Integrative Biology/Physiology
MD Student Project Assistant
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Y

 
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Z

 
Roberto Zayas - 2005 St. Olaf College
Piper Center for Vocation and Career
Associate Director of Entrepreneurship, Faculty Advisor for Mayo Innovations Scholars, and Pre-Law Advisor
Natalie Zlebnik - 2014 University of Maryland - School of Medicine
Anatomy/Neurobiolog
Postdoctoral Fellow
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