Mentor Network

Interested in becoming a mentor or speaking as a panelist at the conference? Compete our short from to join our network!

Stay connected, network, and learn about the expanding market for PhDs. Below you will find a list of mentors willing to assist you!

Click on a mentor to learn more about them!

Erin Barnes Erin Barnes
Ph.D. Rehabilitation Counselor Education
Expertise: Teaching and Learning
Employer: University of Iowa


Ben Berkowitz Ben Berkowitz
Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering
Expertise: Product Design
Employer: Voxello



Melissa A. Carroll Melissa A. Carroll
Ph.D. Anatomy, The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Expertise: Anatomy, Neuroanatomy, Embryology
Employer: DeSales University


Amy Chen Amy Chen
Ph.D. English
Expertise: Archival Education, Digital Scholarship
Employer: University of Iowa


Steven Davis Steven Davis
M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering
Expertise: Entrepreneurship
Employer: Bio::Neos


Mike Demand Mike Demand
Ph.D. Medical Sociology
Expertise: Leadership & Healthcare Management
Employer: Wellmark


Deirdre Egan Deirdre Egan
Ph.D. Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies
Expertise: Writing Support
Employer: University of Iowa


Craig Eley Craig Eley
Ph.D. American Studies, University of Iowa
Expertise: Communications
Employer: University of Wisconsin-Madison



Chrissy Freisinger Chrissy Freisinger
Ph.D. Biological Sciences
Expertise: Biotechnology and Molecular Biology
Employer: Promega Corporation


Johnathan Gajdos Johnathan Gajdos
Ph.D. Foreign languages
Expertise: Government Administration, Foreign language teaching and learning
Employer: Defense Language Institute Washington Office (Department of Defense)



Diana GallegosDiana Gallegos
Ph.D. Neuroscience, University of Iowa
Expertise: Yoga for Trauma and Disabilities
Employer: Private Practice



Thomas HornbeckThomas Hornbeck
Ph.D. ABD Computer Science
Expertise: Technology
Employer: CEO of Launch Deck



Stephanie HortonStephanie Horton
Ph.D. Ph.D. in Medieval Literature, University of Iowa
Expertise: Medieval Literature, Writing, Editing & Multiple Modes of Instruction
Employer: Harper College



John JanczyJohn Janczy
Ph.D. Immunology, University of Iowa
Expertise: Immunology and Inflammation
Employer: Nanoly Bioscience



Danielle JannuschDanielle Jannusch
Ph.D. Geology, Paleontology, University of Iowa
Expertise: High School Teaching
Employer: Cedar Rapids School District



Lisa KellyLisa Kelly
M.F.A. Theatre Pedagogy, Virginia Commonwealth University
Expertise: University Teacher Training
Employer: University of Iowa



Megan KnightMegan Knight
M.F.A. Nonfiction Writing Program
Expertise: Pedagogy, creative writing
Employer: University of Iowa



Louis Licht Louis Lict
Ph.D. Civil/Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa
Expertise: Entrepreneurship
Employer: Ecolotree



Lorna London Lorna London
Ph.D. Clinical-Community Psychology, University of South Carolina
Expertise: Ethnic identity & prejudice prevention, Integrated healthcare & wellness
Employer: Roosevelt University



Elizabeth Lyddon Elizabeth Lyddon
Ph.D. Pharmacology
Expertise: Scientific Writing
Employer: Medtronic



Jennifer Masada Jennifer Masada
Ph.D. Music Composition and Theory
Expertise: Strategic Communications
Employer: University of Iowa



Matt McNeil Matt McNeil
Ph.D. Neuroscience, University of Iowa
Expertise: Bioinformatics
Employer: Integrated DNA Technologies



Kevin Pinkston Kevin Pinkston
Ph.D. Sociology
Expertise: Analytics
Employer: University of Illinois



Catherine RadzewichCatherine Radzewich
Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, University of Washington
Expertise: Healthcare
Employer: UI Health Care



Michael RechenthinMichael Rechenthin
Ph.D. Management Sciences, University of Iowa
Expertise: Data Science & Trading
Employer: tastytrade



Caitlin Runne-JanczyCaitlin Runne-Janczy
Ph.D. Pharmacology
Expertise: Content Expert
Employer: eScience Labs



Dana Van Abbema Dana Van Abbema
Ph.D. Psychology
Expertise: Trainer/Educator
Employer: University of Iowa Foundation