Career opportunities for Briggs graduates are vast and varied: physicians, scientists, administrators, lawyers, and anything else you may put your mind to! Join us to hear from three Briggs alumni about their personal career journeys, how their Briggs experience shaped their professional experiences, and how you can pursue a career like theirs. In a series of small group conversations and panel discussions, we know that there will be something for every Briggsie in this webinar!
Alumni Speakers include:
Paraj Mandrekar graduated from Lyman Briggs College with a major in Microbiology and Public Health. Paraj went on to get his Masters degree in genetics from the University of Wisconsin. Currently he works as a senior scientist at Promega Corporation. Working to advise on the best pathway forward for testing laboratories looking to isolate, and detect Nucleic Acids from the SARA-COV2 Virus implicated in the COVID-19 disease. Previously he was in the Genetic Identity R&D Group at Promega Corporation, where the standing mission was to design and develop new technologies to address problems in forensic science. He helped to develop the world’s first particle chemistry for DNA purification from forensic samples, which was automated to isolate DNA from the victims of the World Trade Center.
Patricia Wilkerson-Uddyback is currently the Corporate Vice President of Academic and Community Affairs at Detroit Medical Center(DMC). Her career in medicine spans over 25 years and includes serving in various leadership roles at DMC, including chief of emergency medicine and interim CEO-president at Hutzel Women’s Hospital. She graduated from Michigan State University Lyman Briggs College with a degree in Physiology. She also received her doctorate of medicine from Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed a combined residency in emergency medicine and pediatrics at DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Michigan. She received an Executive MBA from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Detroit Community Health Connection, the Wayne County Medical Society and the Southeast Michigan March of Dimes Board. She has always had a passion for mentoring and in 2013 developed a 6 week summer pipeline program at the DMC for students interested in becoming a physician. In her current role Dr. Wilkerson-Uddyback oversees all education activities for one of the largest graduate medical education programs in the state as well as all medical student rotations at the DMC. In this role she is helping to shape the training for the next generation of doctors. She is most proud of her 3 daughters that she and her husband Odie Uddyback, III of 27 years have raised together.
Dr. Wang serves as the President of Harborside Spine and Sports Center as well as the Medical Director for Northern Michigan Substance Abuse Services Recovery Center, a nonprofit opiate addiction treatment center. He graduated from Lyman Briggs College with a degree in Physiology. He is also a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and did his residency training at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. His clinical interests include interventional pain management, musculoskeletal regenerative medicine, and addiction medicine. Other interests include medical missions, cheering on his Spartans and chasing his 5 kids around.