Project Director, Office of Career & Entrepreneurship Advancement
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Chris leads the Office of Career & Entrepreneurship Advancement (CEA) in the Faculty & Academic Development Department. CEA develops programs and services to support the education and preparation of researchers and clinicians in the areas of career development and entrepreneurship. Chris is in charge of the development and launch of CEA’s career development offerings, including curriculum tailored to help researchers and clinicians explore a broad range of career options and create a strategic plan to reach their long-term career goals. He is also responsible for the launch of MD Anderson’s Entrepreneurship Academy and its cornerstone program, the Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Regional Program, that supports innovators and entrepreneurs in their efforts to commercialize their technologies. In addition, he oversees the Bio-Innovation Odyssey Fellowship Program that he helped to develop and launch in 2016. Chris has been a successful entrepreneur in the financial services and hospitality industries and has held several leadership positions in industry and academia. He brings over 17 years of multidimensional experience in strategic planning, business consulting, change management, financial planning, entrepreneurship, and leadership development. He has mentored and developed successful professionals across several industries and has advised over 300+ research and clinical trainees since joining MD Anderson in August, 2013.
Andrew Bean, PhD
Associate Dean of Graduate Education
UTHealth Science Center at Houston/MD Anderson Cancer Center
Andrew was born in the Netherlands and was academically trained at Oberlin, Yale, Karolinska Institute, and Stanford. He has been on faculty at the University of Texas Medical School and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences since 1997. He is currently Professor in the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy and Pediatrics, Director of the Neuroscience Program, and Associate Dean in the graduate school.
Adithya Raghavan, PhD
The Boston Consulting Group
Adithya is a Strategy Manager in the Biosciences division of Thermo Fisher Scientific. Prior to his current role , Adithya was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). During his time at BCG, Adithya worked with industrial goods and healthcare clients on corporate and commercial strategy. Adithya completed his PhD in Genetics from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. During his PhD dissertation, Adithya identified new interactions on the mitochondrial outer membrane between proteins regulating cell death. Adithya holds an M.Sc. (Master of Science) with honors in Biological Sciences from the Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences-Pilani, India.