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#144—Emily Quinn, New MSGC Program Director
In this episode of the KGI podcast, we talk with Emily Quinn, the newly appointed program director for the Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling program.
#143 - Dr. Cynthia Martinez Named School of Community Medicine Dean
KGI talks with Dr. Cynthia Martinez, newly appointed Dean of the School of Community Medicine.
“Everything about the mission and vision of the School of Community Medicine is reflected in my personal lived experiences,” Martinez explained. “I am coming full circle as I get to apply my Bachelor of Science in Biology and my experience working in health education to help and support our students as they go and make a difference.”
KGI’s School of Community Medicine has an innovative, integrated approach that prepares future physicians and other healthcare professionals to care for underserved and underrepresented communities. The school provides students with the skills to reduce disease burden, improve health, and prepare them for the significant scientific and technological changes already underway in healthcare.
“I see synergies within our academic programs at KGI as well as growth opportunities in workforce development initiatives by the state to offer continuing education and certificate units for healthcare professionals and physicians,” Martinez stated. “It is an exciting time to be at KGI, and I am thrilled to be in this new role!”
#142 - Christy Eskes, MSPA Program Director
KGI talks with Christy Eskes, newly appointed Program Director of the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. Eskes has worked in various roles in PA education since 2009 as a Didactic Coordinator, Program Director, and Associate Program Director. She briefly stepped away from full-time PA education in 2016, continuing to work clinically and providing annual lectures to PA students regarding PA laws and regulations. In November 2020, she came to KGI as the Director of Didactic Education, playing an integral role in multiple aspects of program development as a member of the founding faculty. In July 2022, Eskes was selected to be the Program Director and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the program, including ongoing assessment for accreditation maintenance.
#141 - Welcome Dean Megan Prosser
Listen to this special podcast with Dr. Megan Prosser, the new Dean of the Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences. Dr. Prosser talks about her educational background and experiences and shares her ideas for the future of the Riggs School.
#140 - Mimi Nguyen: Industry Talk
In this Industry Talk, we speak with Mimi Nguyen, a Regulatory Health Project Manager in the Office of Strategic Partnerships and Technology Innovation in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She helps manage and organize strategic initiatives, pilot projects, and cross-cutting working groups. Additionally, Nguyen has done work in technology transfer, strategic planning, and program building.
Nguyen received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California, San Diego, and a Master of Business and Science with a focus in Clinical and Regulatory Affairs from KGI.
#139 - Zach Myers: Industry Talk
In this Industry Talk, Zach Myers, JD, Partner at Wilson Sonsini, talks about formation, financing trends, and strategies for life sciences companies. He has been recognized as a “go-to” attorney for Southern California’s private and public companies in the technology and life sciences sectors—especially biotechnology and medical device companies—in complex, high-value transactions.
Myers’ practice allows him to work with startups to large public clients. He represents private companies connected with university spin-outs and venture capital financings, helping companies raise millions of dollars needed to fund, grow, and expand their businesses. He has assisted numerous clients that have gone public, listing on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ markets. Notably, Myers has represented some of Southern California’s hottest and most successful companies from formation, through venture capital financings, to initial public offerings, and through sales.
Hear about amazing things happening at the institute as well as interesting developments in the health sciences and biotech industries.
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