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
Strategy Manager at Thermo Fisher Scientific
Former Consultant at BCG
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.
Redwan Huq, PhD
Lead Data Scientist at Nielsen
Redwan is a data scientist interested in improving businesses with AI and on a quest to engender machine intelligence. In 2016, he received a PhD in molecular physiology and biophysics from Baylor College of Medicine where he used carbon nanotechnology to develop a new treatment for autoimmune diseases. During graduate school, Redwan served as the President of Baylor’s consulting club. Realizing the tremendous interest in consulting within Houston and the untapped potential of collaborative efforts among the many Texas Medical Center institutions, he brought together the community by establishing the Consulting Club at the Texas Medical Center and served as its Founding President. Redwan also recruited the nonprofit’s 2016 Executive Team and initial Board of Directors, and helped organize the first Greater Houston Consulting Case Competition. He has always been passionate about educating PhDs and MDs about non-traditional career tracks and helping them make better decisions about their futures. Previously, Redwan worked in venture capital and biomedical R&D.
Jim Kretlow, MD, PhD
McKinsey & Company
Jim is an Engagement Manager in McKinsey’s Houston office. Since joining McKinsey in 2014, Jim has served a variety of healthcare providers and private equity firms on strategy and finance topics. Prior to joining McKinsey, Jim was a resident in the Integrated Plastic Surgery program at Baylor College of Medicine, where he also completed the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD). Jim earned his PhD in Bioengineering at Rice University, focusing on craniofacial tissue engineering. A Houston native, Jim, his wife, and their three children reside near the medical center.
Gayatri Craig (GG), MBA
Case Team Leader
Bain & Company
Gayatri (GG) is a consultant in Bain’s Houston office. Her background and experiences include but are not limited to Operations Management, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Commercial Due Diligence and Business Transformation. Prior to joining Bain & Company in 2015, GG completed her MBA at Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management, with focus on Finance and Marketing, and her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management at Singapore Institute of Management (SIM).