Career Advancement Panel


Angela Au

Angela Au is currently an Engineer II for Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) in the Syracuse Upstream Manufacturing Sciences and Technology (MS&T) department. She has been in her current role for 2 and a half years. She previously worked two years in the Syracuse Upstream Process DevelAngela%20Auopment (PD) group working on several early and late stage pipeline antibodies and fusion proteins. She is currently the SME for the Upstream commercial Nulojix cell culture process. Her responsibilities include leading laboratory studies related to process improvements and investigations, improving the small-scale models, and supporting next generation cell culture processes in collaboration with Process Development. She also supports regulatory filings with Health Authorities and supports these inspections. She previously served as the Research and Development Manager at Nutramax Laboratories, Inc. where she was employed for 6 years. Angela holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Bioengineering from Syracuse University and double majored in Biomedical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, with a minor in Business at the Johns Hopkins University.


Lisa Manning

lisa_photo_casualLisa Manning, Associate Professor of Physics at Syracuse University, studies the mechanical properties of biological tissues and non-biological materials, including granular materials and glasses. She earned her B.S. in Physics and B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Virginia in 2002, and received a Ph.D. in Physics from UC Santa Barbara in 2008. She has been on the faculty at Syracuse University since 2011. She lives in Syracuse, NY with her husband, 3-year-old daughter and 6-month-old son. Prof. Manning has given over 80 invited talks and published 23 peer-reviewed articles. She has received several honors and awards including the 2016 IUPAP Young Investigator Prize, a Sloan Fellowship, a Cottrell Scholar award, a Scialog award, as well as several teaching awards.


Michael Murrell

Michael Murrell is an Assistant Professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department, and the Systems MurrellBiology Institute at the Yale West Campus. Murrell received his B.S. from Johns Hopkins University in Biomedical Engineering and his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Bioengineering working for Paul Matsudaira and Roger Kamm. He then pursued his postdoctoral studies jointly with Margaret Gardel at the University of Chicago, and Cecile Sykes at the Institut Curie in Paris, France.

Murrell’s interests are in understanding the mechanical principles that drive major cellular life processes through the design and engineering of novel biomimetic systems. To this end, he develops simplified and tractable experimental models of the mechanical machinery within the cell with the goal of reproducing complex cellular behavior, such as cell division and cell migration. Murrell then combines these ‘bottom-up’ experimental models with concepts from soft matter physics to gain a fundamental understanding of the influence of mechanics on cell and tissue behavior. In parallel, he hopes to identify new design principles from biology which can be used to create novel technologies.


Katherine Thomas Wright

KatherineFaceKatherine Thomas Wright received her Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, UK, where she studied various thin film surface phenomena in polymer, soft matter, and biological systems. During her Ph.D., Katherine spent several months working at the ExxonMobil Chemical Company research labs in Texas, and was actively involved in writing and editing for the Cambridge University science magazine BlueSci, as well as blogging for the journal Soft Matter. She went on to work as a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen, Germany. In 2013, Katherine joined the staff of Physical Review Letters, and is now an Associate Editor. She joined Physics as a contributing editor in 2015.