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Patrick Brandt, Ph.D.
Director of Career Development and Training
Office of Graduate Education
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Patrick brings a sincere desire to help all graduate students take control of their future professions and succeed in whatever path they choose. He directs career awareness and professional skills development programming at UNC, and is co-PI on UNC’s Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) grant.  Patrick grew up in Upstate NY.  He attended 2 community colleges, and lived in Central America for 2 years before figuring out what he wanted to do with his life. He transferring his credits to Brigham Young University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry.

He earned his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Rochester School of Medicine where he studied the enzymes involved in lagging strand DNA replication and a related DNA repair pathway. In his spare time Patrick loves spending time in the outdoors, on the weekends he teaches people to climb trees on rope, and he has been known to commute to UNC on his unicycle.

Sara Imhof, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Precision Medicine
Centers of Innovation, North Carolina Biotechnology Center

The Centers of Innovation program aims to align and coordinate resources, assets and funding to foster the development and growth of new business sectors in NC. The Precision Medicine initiative facilitates a cohesive public-private coalition that leverages North Carolina’s diverse resources and expertise to enable the adoption of precision medicine to create better healthcare options for North Carolina citizens.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, a Masters of Arts degree in Health Promotion, and a Doctorate in Health Management and Policy, at the University of Iowa.