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Rafael Luna, Novartis Institutes of BioMedical Research

October 23, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Rafael Luna

Science, entrepreneurship, higher education administration, strategy and mentoring all in one career? Dr. Luna will briefly introduce the Novartis Institute of BioMedical Research (NIBR) and its role in contributing towards biomedical education, research, and innovation. He will further discuss his career journey and give insights on how to most effectively share your research narrative. We will end with a fireside chat that will give participants a chance to ask questions and discuss graduate school, research, careers, etc.

Organized by Subash Bhandari and Ashley Cardenas, moderators, In partnership with the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Diversity Programs in Engineering, and the Department of Food Science. Hosted by Careers Beyond Academia.

About the speaker

Rafael Luna is Head of Biomedical Education & Innovation at Novartis Institutes of BioMedical Research (NIBR). He currently serves on the Advisory Council for the National Postdoctoral Association and leads several initiatives to advance biomedical research, promote career mentoring and bring together academic and industry partners to achieve these objectives. He authored the book “The Art of Scientific Storytelling” that helps readers rethink and rephrase how to share research orally and in written form so that others will read and cite your work. Copies of his book will be given away to early attendees, and to those who ask excellent questions at the talk so you too can follow his step-by-step formula to tell your research story to the public as well as scientific peers.

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Lunch registration for a small group to meet with the speaker, specially for DPE and Food Science grad students, extra slots available open to all (11:30-1:30 in M24 Stocking Hall)

Event registration open to everyone! (2-4pm)  Held in Stocking Hall 148.

The first 15 attendees and 5 great questions will receive a copy of his book “The Art of Scientific Storytelling“!

About the organizers

Organizers Subash Bhandari and Ashley Cardenas will be moderating the questions. They serve as the professional development team for the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) at Cornell. They made use of the Careers Beyond Academia Create Your Own Activity to fund their idea.

Host and partners

In partnership with the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Diversity Programs in Engineering, and the Department of Food Science. Hosted by Careers Beyond Academia.

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About Careers Beyond Academia

Based in Cornell Graduate School’s Office of Career and Professional Development, Careers Beyond Academia coaches research doctoral/masters students and postdocs in all disciplines to increase awareness of the myriad of careers in industry, non-profits, startups and government where your skills are needed. We help you engage with people in your targeted industry to gain understanding of the workplace to rule in or rule out certain sectors and maximize fit. We also help you develop skills and experiences to set yourself apart from other candidates and reframe the skills you have into the language of the employer (or funder). We do this through interactive workshops (e.g. improving your research communication, networking and advocacy skills), career panels and referrals to alumni or professionals in your field, and small group and individual consultations to tailor opportunities to your interests. Hop on when you’re ready to test-drive your next career step after Cornell! Tell us more about your needs by filling out this very brief intake survey.


October 23, 2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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