Sasānēhsaeh Pyawasay

Native American Student Success Coordinator, University of Wisconsin System


Sasānēhsaeh Pyawasay is an enrolled member of the Menominee Nation from the Menominee Indian Reservation of Wisconsin. She attended UW–Madison as an undergraduate majoring in Sociology and American Indian Studies and continued to earn a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) in 2009.

Justin Brumbaugh

Assistant Professor, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, University of Colorado Boulder


Justin Brumbaugh earned a PhD in Biochemistry in 2011. After completing a postdoc in Boston, he is now an assistant professor in Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado Boulder. There, Brumbaugh has worked to start his own lab, building and managing a team that applies stem cell biology to explore fundamental aspects of biology, development, and regenerative medicine.

Katherine Paulsen

Product Manager – FITR Spectrometers, Materials & Structural Analysis Division at Thermo Fisher Scientific


Katherine Paulsen earned a PhD in chemistry in 2013. She studied heme-containing proteins in Judith Burstyn’s research group. Immediately after graduating, she began working for Thermo Fisher Scientific, a Madison-based company that designs and manufactures scientific instruments.

Chantell Evans

Postdoctoral Researcher, Holzbaur Lab, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania


Chantell Evans graduated with her PhD in Neuroscience in 2015. She is now a postdoctoral fellow in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and was selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as one of 15 early-career scientists in the first cohort of Hanna Gray Fellows, a program that supports scientists with the potential to become leaders in academic research.

Fernanda Lopes

Ruminants Business Manager at Adisseo South America


Fernanda Lopes received her PhD in Dairy Science in 2014, studying with Professor David Combs in the Department of Dairy Science. She now works for the South America division of animal feed nutrition company Adisseo SA, where she is responsible for the ruminant business. Lopes is based in Brazil but travels throughout South America as part of her work. The scientific knowledge she gained at UW–Madison has been key in helping her talk to clients about Adisseo’s products.

Alejandra Huerta

USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture Postdoctoral Fellow in Plant Pathology, Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management at Colorado State University


Alejandra Huerta earned a PhD in Plant Pathology from UW–Madison in fall 2015. As a student, she worked in Caitilyn Allen’s laboratory studying intraspecies competition in plant pathogenic bacteria. Huerta is now a postdoctoral fellow investigating bacterial-rice interactions.

Adam K. Schneider

Nurse Practitioner for UW Organ and Tissue Donation


As a DNP student who was also working at UW Organ and Tissue Donation as an organ procurement coordinator, Adam Schneider leveraged evidence-based strategies on organ donation to inform his team’s protocols, resulting in more viable organs from donors. He earned his DNP in 2017.

Hmong PhD alum reflects on research, family pride

Pao Vue’s interest in animals and nature began at a young age, eventually leading him to UW–Madison.

As his career goals evolved – taking shape in environmental science and conservation – they set Vue on a journey that has made him one of the first Hmong Americans to receive a PhD in his field.