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Exploring Career Pathways: PhD to Tech Transfer

Date: Time: 12:00 pm–1:00 pm
Nebraska Union Room: Platte River Room
Additional Info: NU
Contact: Casey, (402) 472-1783,
NUtech Ventures, the university’s technology commercialization affiliate, is hosting a free lunch event (with a Zoom option) on Monday, April 25, titled “Exploring Alternate Career Pathways: PhD to Tech Transfer.” It is open to all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

The presentation will be led by Theodoric Mattes, Ph.D., who is a technology transfer and patent specialist at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Mattes will share about his own journey from a pre-veterinary medicine undergraduate researcher at Nebraska, to his current role in technology transfer at the NIAID. He will also discuss alternate career paths open to graduate students and postdocs, and offer tips for anyone considering their next steps.

Registration is available For those who register for the virtual option, a Zoom link will be emailed by 10 a.m. the day of the event.

Mattes’ lunch presentation is part of a visit co-hosted by the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Dr. Theodoric Mattes, Ph.D. is a Technology Transfer and Patent Specialist at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). He received his B.S. from the University of Nebraska (2010) and his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Georgia (2018). Following a short stint as a postdoctoral researcher, Dr. Mattes became an intern in the UGA Innovation Gateway, the university’s technology transfer office. He also served as an Entrepreneurial Lead in UGA’s National Science Foundation-funded I-Corps Site accelerator program for business model development, market analysis, and customer discovery. In the fall of 2019, he started a fellowship in technology transfer with NIAID, working with NIAID and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) staff to support institute investigators through collaborative agreements, licensing, and intellectual property management. He was hired as a full-time specialist by NIAID in February of 2021, where he now provides support to the NIAID investigators based in the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases and the Laboratory of Host Immunity and Microbiome.

Additional Public Info:
Lunch will be served at 11:45am, the speaker will begin presenting at 12:00pm

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This event originated in NUtech Ventures.