Career Paths

Students who complete the Biology Program are well prepared to enter a technical position in a research or industrial laboratory, or to continue on to medical school or a Ph.D. program.

USF students benefit from their location in the heart of a region where publicly funded research labs partner with private industry to create the greatest concentration of biotech and biomedical careers in the United States.

The Biology research experience and training provided by USF's graduate program prepares our graduate students well for a future in one of the following areas:

  • Professional research positions in the educational, medical, pharmaceutical or biotech fields, as well as
    other industries with biological research and development
  • Further studies in a Ph.D. program or medical school
  • Teaching positions at the high school and community college levels

Where Do Students Go After USF?

USF Biology graduate students have pursued Ph.D., medical, dental, or veterinary school studies at the following universities:

Auburn University Veterinary School
College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Creighton University Medical School
Duke University
Georgetown University Medical School
St. Louis University
Texas A&M University
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
University of California at Berkeley
University of California at Davis
University of California at Irvine
University of California at San Francisco
University of the Pacific Dental School
University of Hawaii
University of Washington Medical School
Vanderbilt University
Yale University Medical School

Professional positions obtained by USF graduate students at:

University of California at Davis, Medical Center
University of California at San Francisco
University of Peru
University of Washington

Tugba Colak
MS Biology Program (2008)
Research Associate at Stanford University

Dr. William DiScepolo
MS Biology program
Dr. DiScepolo completed medical school at the University of California, Davis and served as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine there. Dr. DiScepolo is currently a Fellow in Cardiology at UCLA-Harbor Medical Center.

Dr. Anna Fan
MS Biology program
Dr. Fan is currently the chief of environmental toxicology for the state of California, reporting directly to the Governor. For the most populous state in the nation, Dr. Fan directs scientific assessment programs for the following: drinking water evaluation, contaminants in fish, pesticide risks, agriculural worker health and safety, physician training, and emergency response to toxic release, among other programs.

Robert Field
MS Biology Program (2007)
Enrolled in MD program at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Michael Harrie
MS Biology Program (2007)
Enrolled in DVM program at Auburn University Veterinary School

Jason Higa
MS Biology Program (2008)
Enrolled in Ph.D. program at the University of Hawaii

James Nachtwey
MS Biology Program (2007)
Research Associate at BN ImmunoTherapeutics

Joseph A. Poch
MS Biology program
Mr. Poch completed his research thesis in early summer 2005 on genetic ecology under advisor Dr. Jennifer Dever. In the 2004-2005 academic year, Joe was a recipient of the ARCS Scholarship. In addition, he presented a poster at the 2005 International Evolution meeting at the University of Alaska on his research entitled: "Determining Genetic Structure of the Foothill Yellow-legged Frog Using RAPD Markers". Joe will be pursuing Ph.D. studies in fall 2005.

Debbie Ruelas
MS Biology Program (2007)
Enrolled in Ph.D. Program at UCSF

Lance Stapleton
MS Biology Program (2007)
Research Associate at UCSF

As the above lists indicate, USF graduate students find ready acceptance both in a variety of professional positions and in high-quality Ph.D. and medical schools nationwide.