Biotech Careers Panel

The Biology Senior Leadership Committee hosted an industry panel on Friday, Feburary 1st featuring Claire Kampman (a Class of ‘17 biology alum) Samantha Golomb (an ND biology graduate student), and Yutong Liu (a senior biology undergraduate). Claire presented on her journey from ND to a career at Abeona Therapeutics, and then all panelists answered questions from the audience. Students interested in biotech careers, summer internships, and gap year will find valuable information here about how they can gain real-world experience using their biology degree. Download Claire’s presentation and a transcript of the panel Q&A below.

Kampman ND Talk

Panel Transcript

Additionally, students interested in learning more should take advantage of an opportunity to gain a mentor. Students are encouraged to contact our panelists at the following addresses:


Claire Kampman:

Claire Kampman is a Class of ’17 Biology alumnus. During her time on campus, Claire was an Uplift leader, TA’d for three biology labs, and did research in the Vaughan lab. She participated in summer internships at Case Western Reserve University and Abeona therapeutics as an undergraduate. She now works as a Regulatory Affairs Associate at Abeona Therapeutics, communicating with the FDA and strategizing approval pathways for drug products in development. 


Sam Golomb:

Samantha Golomb earned a BS in Microbiology from The Ohio State University and worked as a Process Development Associate at Bayer Pharmaceuticals for three years. At Bayer, she worked on protein purification process development for biological drugs entering phase 1 through 3 clinical trials. While working in industry, she realized her interests in drug discovery and studying cancer therapeutics. She is now a first-year graduate student in the department of Biological Sciences in Dr. Siyuan Zhang's lab in the Harper Cancer Research Institute, studying gut microbiome-brain communication in the context of cancer. Upon graduation, she plans to return to the industry setting while continuing to study cancer therapy.


Yutong Liu:


Yutong Liu is a senior biology undergraduate student with a strong interest in global health. During his time at Notre Dame, he has worked on several projects on issues such as palliative care and lead poisoning, working with key stakeholders in the community in each case. This developed his interest in interacting with the biomedical industry and the business side of health. Following graduation in May 2019, he will begin working as a Health Care Analytics & Delivery Fellow with McKinsey & Co. in Chicago. Through this job, he hopes to gain more industry experience and continue his own personal pursuits in improving community health, possibly by earning a higher degree or via transition to another organization.