Grace Wong, PhD was invited to give a seminar “Strategies for Getting a Job and Becoming Productive in the Biotech world” for IABMR on Monday June 22, 2003


IABMR- 2003 Career Development Seminar
Date: Monday, June 02, 2003
By request of many members, IABMR has decided to host its first Career
Development Seminar
to be held on Saturday, June 7, 2003, 2:00-5:00pm

IABMR- 2003 Career Development Seminar


Saturday, June 7, 2003, 2:00-5:00pm


Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Dana Building 1620, 44 Binney Street, Boston, MA 02115


Xuesong Gu, Ph.D., BIDMC Genomics Center


2:00-3:00pm “My Personal Journey in Science”
Xian C. Li, Ph.D./M.D.,
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.
3:00-4:00pm “Personal Experience in Grant Writing”
Ruibao Ren, Ph.D./M.D.,
Associate Professor, Brandies University
4:00-5:00pm “Strategies for Getting a Job and Becoming Productive in the Biotech world”
Grace H.W. Wong, PhD,
Founder, Chief Scientific Officer of ActoKine Therapeutics and Founder of Student Vision
5:00-6:00pm Networking and free talking

Brief introduction of the speakers:

Xian C. Li, Ph.D, M.D.
Dr. Xian C Li is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in HMS. He received his M.D. at Qingdao Medical School, Shandong, P.R. China in 1986 and his Ph.D. in Immunology at University of Western Ontario, Canada on 1994. He did his postdoctoral training at the Department of Immunology, University of Toronto, Canada from 1995-1996, and at Harvard Medical School from 1996-1998. Since then, he became Instructor of Medicine in 1998 and Assistant professor in 2000. His focus is on the mechanisms that enable the acquisition of transplantation tolerance. He won several awards due to his research work, and published over 40 peer-reviewed papers.

RuiBao Ren, Ph.D.&M.D.
Dr. Ruibao Ren has his M.D. and Master of Medicine from Beijing Medical University, obtained his Ph.D. in Microbiology at Columbia University. He then did his postdoctoral training at Rockefeller University for two years and MIT (Mentor: David Baltimore) for a year. He worked in Brandeis University as an Assistant Professor from 1995 to 2000, then he received tenure track and was appointed as an Associate Professor. His major research interests focuses on molecular basis of the development of blood cells and cancer. He gained several research rewards, and research funds from National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He has great publications on peer-reviewed articles and book sections.

CSO - Grace Wong, PhD
Dr. Wong has worked for Genentech, Millennium, AstraZeneca and Serono. She did her PhD at WEHI in Australia and was a postdoc and was promoted to become a scientist at Genentech. She discovered several new therapeutic indications for cytokines in various diseases. In 1996, she became the Head of Apoptosis Research at Millennium Pharmaceuticals. In 1998, she joined AstraZeneca as Head of Molecular Genetics to identify genes for Alzheimer's disease. From 1999-2002, she was the Head of Cytokine Genomics at Serono to discover new cytokines for obesity and women's diseases. She recently founded ActoKine Therapeutics (, which aims to identify novel functions of existing or failed drugs. She has published 87 papers and filed 27 patents. She recently founded Student Vision (, a non-profit organization for helping students of all ages to develop careers in science.