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Shuwen Cao


Shuwen Cao, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neurology

My research is on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. I believe that eClub will provide a great platform for networking, inspiring entrepreneurial ideas, and bringing great discoveries from bench to bedside through commercialization.


Heather Loring

PhD Candidate

My research is focused on studying a novel NAD glycohydrolase, SARM1, that plays a critical role in neuronal cell death associated with neurodegenerative diseases, traumatic brain injury and peripheral neuropathy. The aim of my project is to elucidate how SARM1  executes the degenerative process and develop inhibitors targeting this enzyme. I beleive eClub provides ample opportunities to explore the business of science. 

Feng (Damon) Wang
Ph.D. Candidate
I am a Ph.D. student working on oligonucleotide-based therapeutics. I believe eClub can not only build the bridge between scientists and venture capitalists to develop better therapeutics and help more patients, but also provides the chances to explore alternative career options for biomedical scientists.

Purvi Mande, Ph.D.

I am a Postdoc and my research focuses on lupus. I believe that eClub provides a great platform for networking with like-minded scientists as well as business community, explore entrepreneurship skills and commercialization of novel therapeutics. It also provides a great opportunity to explore various career options for scientists and how scientific training could be used in companies.


Nandhitha Uma Naresh

Ph.D. Candidate

My research broadly focuses on studying mitochondrial dysfunction, aging and metabolic diseases. I am part of e-club to learn about different career avenues beyond academics that are open to students and postdocs. I believe that the entrepreneurship club activities aim at bringing together various aspects of an academic setting and innovations/business development in industries. 


Ratna Chaturvedi, Ph.D.

 I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at UMass Medical School, in the Department of Neurobiology. My expertise in neurobiology has been technically polished and intellectually refined as a scientist. My training in the field of basic and advanced neurobiology has helped me to inculcate the capacity to address prevalent and burning scientific questions to approach them in critical, scientific and passionate manners. As a MassTERi Entrepreneurship Club (eClub) steering committee member, I am interested in learning new entrepreneurship skills necessary for drug discovery, development and understanding commercial challenges of new therapeutics.


Radhika Joshi, Ph.D.

I am interested in studying neurobiological behaviour in health and disease. I am currently working as a postdoc with Prof. Patrick Emery. I believe that science within and outside of academia can be equally vibrant and exciting. We need to explore all the possible options to find the best fit for one’s vision and ambition. eClub is a great way to introduce the Umass Med School community to highly successful individuals from various career paths.


 Spencer Fenn, Ph.D. 


As Assistant Director, I oversees our Career Pathways initiatives at the cBCD. I am passionate about innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship, with several patent submissions and awards based on his research in the field of biomaterials. I has held  leadership roles both in academia and at other non-profit organizations, having served as President of the UVM Chapter of the Materials Research Society and Vice Chairman of the Board at the Vermont People with AIDS Coalition. 


Kailai Duan


Kailai Duan, Ph.D.
Sr. Research Scientist

My work focuses on ion channel and intracellular calcium activity. I joined eClub to explore my career opportunities.


Regino Mercado-Lubo


Regino Mercado-Lubo, M.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems

My research is focused on the modulatory effects of Salmonella enterica serovar typhimurium on the plasma membrane multidrug resistance protein P-glycoprotein (P-gp). This work will create the foundation for a new therapeutic option for cancer patients in which neoplastic cells have developed resistance to chemotherapeutics drugs. I joined the eClub to learn more about development and commercialization of new therapies.


Kaycee Quarles


Kaycee Quarles, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, RNA Therapeutics Institute

I am a postdoc studying environmental RNA interference in insects, which should prove useful in rounding out my scientific training in chemical engineering and biochemistry. I joined eClub to see how I may be able to use my training in various scientific backgrounds to contribute to new and/or established companies.


Yu-Huan Shih, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology

I focus on zebrafish disease modeling in cardiovascular system and high content screening for small molecule drugs. This club can offer me a different perspective on science research and expand my career path



Linda Plano  

Linda S. Plano, Ph.D., is working with the UMassMed MassTERi organization in general and the Entrepreneurship Club in particular. Linda has worked with nearly 600 high tech entrepreneurs to help them accelerate their success. They have gone on to raise well over $250M. Her specialty is helping the founders to develop and deliver a compelling investor pitch. She has worked with clients across North America and Europe, and is continuing to expand her business worldwide. Linda earned a PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Stanford and a BS in Physics from MIT.




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