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Answering the Difficult Questions: Tips for Acing your Job Interviews

Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 5:45 pm - 7:45 pm

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Join us for a night where YOU get to ask about those daunting interview questions and get the answers you have been longing for. Our panel is ready to decode the secret meanings of those tricky interview questions so you can prepare to know-it-out-of-the-park at your next interview!

5:45pm – 6:10pm Registration & Networking with Light Refreshments
6:10pm – 6:15pm MASS AWIS Introduction
6:15pm – 6:30pm Introduction on Interviewing
6:30pm – 7:45pm Panel Discussion, Q&A

Speaker & Moderator (Bio Below):

  • Lauren Celano: Co-founder & CEO, Propel Careers

Panelist (Bios Below):

  • Andres Salmeron, PhD: Senior Director of Immunology (Immuno-Oncology), POTENZA Therapeutic, Inc.
  • Ben Hoogheem: Recruiter & Client Partner, Stratacuity
  • Penny Beuning, PhD: Associate Professor, Northeastern University


Space is Limited

MASS AWIS members $8 · Non-members $15
Boston Children’s Hospital Postdocs FREE



Lauren Celano

Lauren Celano is the Co-founder and CEO of Propel Careers, a life science search and career development firm focused on connecting talented individuals with entrepreneurial innovative life sciences companies. Lauren is very passionate about working with individuals with strong scientific backgrounds to find exciting growth opportunities in the life sciences industry. Before Propel, she spent about 10 years in the life sciences industry working with companies to advance drug molecules through SNBL USA, Aptuit, Quintiles, and Absorption Systems. She has a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Gettysburg College and an MBA with a focus in the health sector and entrepreneurship from Boston University. Lauren is on the Board of MassBioEd, the Advisory Board of the Boston University School of Public Health Pharmaceuticals Program, and the Advisory board for Endicott College Boston. She also serves on the Gettysburg College Entrepreneurial Fellowship Advisory Council and the programming committee of the Capital Network.

Andres Salmeron

Andres Salmeron graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid specializing in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. It was during his Ph.D. in Madrid (Centro de Biologia Molecular-Severo Ochoa) that he began working in Immunology, his real passion. He continued those studies during a long postdoc in London, UK, at the National Institute for Medical Research in Mill Hill before moving to the US to begin his career in Industry. He has worked in the Pharma-Biotech field for the last 18 years within different size companies (from 50,000+ employees to 20). Currently he is the Head of Immunology for a small Biotech company in Cambridge, which just initiated its first clinical trial of a second-generation checkpoint inhibitor. A recent new type of drug which is revolutionizing the way we treat cancer.

Ben Hoogheem

After over ten years in the labs of biotech and pharmaceutical companies, Ben joined Stratacuity as a recruiter to find and place top talent in the life sciences industry. Ben’s experience as a scientist provides him an extensive understanding of the fundamentals of drug discovery. Having served on project teams and rolled up his sleeves at the lab bench, he understands both the soft skills and technical know-how needed to succeed in the local biotech community. Backed by the high-level expertise and experience of the team at Stratacuity, Ben can be the partner you need to make your transition into industry.


Penny Beuning

Penny Beuning is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Northeastern University in Boston. She earned a B.A. in Chemistry from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in the field of RNA-protein interactions and RNA biochemistry. She completed postdoctoral research focused on the protein-protein interactions that regulate cellular responses to DNA damage at MIT. Her research on DNA damage tolerance and protein engineering has been recognized with a Cottrell Scholar Award, an NSF CAREER Award, an American Cancer Society Research Scholar Grant, and the 2015 Chemical Research in Toxicology Young Investigator Award. Prof. Beuning has been active in efforts to enhance the recruitment and retention of groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. She is also an elected Councilor of the American Chemical Society and is on the Scientific Advisory Committee of Research Corporation for Science Advancement. In January, Dr. Beuning won a Leadership Enrichment and Development (LEAD) Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

Answering the Difficult Questions: Tips for Acing your Job Interviews


Thursday, February 22, 2018
5:45 pm - 7:45 pm
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MASS AWIS is the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association for Women in Sciences. Our mission is to support women in all scientific fields and to achieve equity and full participation for women in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Our events and membership are open for the public regardless of their gender, professional background, or career level.