Research Sciences

Do you love science and want to learn more about careers in research? This industry consists of alumni with various backgrounds, including both academic and private research. Our professionals have backgrounds ranging from neurobiology and psychology to physics and chemistry. With such a wide reach, it is fitting that landmark research takes place in different settings, from universities and government labs to the private sector, and by people of equally varied backgrounds. The diverse field of research is tied together by a drive for knowledge, and our panelists will be able to share some of their experiences. Come learn from our experienced panelists and lunch roundtable participants about the multitude of pathways for continuing your research endeavors in academia and other organizations in your future career.

Panel Participants

Brian Hoffman, SB'62

Professor, Northwestern University
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Mr. Hoffman is professor of chemistry and professor of biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology (BMBCB) at Northwestern University. Mr. Hoffman obtained his SB degree in chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1962 and his PhD from California Institute of Technology in 1966. In 1966-67 he held an AFOSR-NRC postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined Northwestern as an assistant professor in 1967, was associate professor from 1971 to 1974, and was promoted to professor in 1974. His research interests include electron paramagnetic resonance and electron-nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) studies of metalloenzymes; long-range electron transfer within protein complexes; and the synthesis and application of new porphyrazine metallomacrocycles. He has authored more than 500 technical publications. Recognition for this work has included membership in the National Academy of Sciences.

Maria Patterson, AB'07, PhD'13 New Mexico State University

Data Scientist , High Alpha
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Ms. Patterson graduated from the College in 2007 with a degree in Physics and a specialization in Astrophysics. After finishing a PhD in Astronomy, she returned to the University of Chicago as a researcher at the Laboratory for Advanced Computing in the Center for Data Intensive Science, where she led several cloud-based data intensive projects and analysis pipelines for NASA and NOAA. She then combined her training in astronomy and data management working on science pipelines and building a streaming message distribution system to alert scientists in real time about new and changing object detections from the upcoming Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. Ms. Patterson recently moved out of academia and is now a Data Scientist working at High Alpha, a venture studio that creates and funds startups in the Software as a Service industry.

Daniel Villalobos-Terrazas, AB'15

Graduate Student, The University of Illinois at Chicago
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Mr. Villalobos-Terrazas graduated from the College in 2015 with a degree in the Biological Sciences. While in the College, he was involved with MEChA de UChicago, the OMSA Board of Allocations, and Sigma Phi Epsilon. Following college, Daniel worked for NorthShore University Health System where he conducted interview-based studies with Spanish-speaking mothers, fathers and their young children, and built data structures for study analysis in their Department for Biomedical Research Informatics. He is now a first-year graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Public Health where he sits on the graduate student council and Public Health Student Association. He is an avid runner, and likes to stay active in his free time.