A show about the people in Pittsburgh – innovators, scientists, community leaders – and the remarkable stories behind how they came to be and the work they have produced.
October 9, 2018:
Making Research Happen: Jennifer Woodward
Jennifer Woodward moved from the Carolinas to Pittsburgh in 1998 as an expert in transplant immunology. However, over the years that followed, Jennifer would go from a scientist to an administrator, from the bench to the board room.
Jennifer Woodward PhD is Vice Chancellor for Research Operations and Professor of Surgery & Immunology at the University of Pittsburgh.
September 18, 2018
Think Big and Do It: Steve Reis
As a photojournalist exploring the streets of New York, Steve Reis quickly learned the importance of different perspectives. A view that led him to become a volunteer firefighter and eventually attend medical school. Today, Reis is a practicing cardiologist, researcher, and leader in translational science, creating and developing innovative strategies to address important problems in health science.
August 28, 2018
Taylor Made for Innovation: Don Taylor
As a kid growing up in the 1980s, Don was introduced to some of the very first personal computers and soon thereafter, started creating software systems and solving challenges in health sciences. From multiple academic degrees to a range of start-up companies, hear about Don’s experience and approach behind his unique career.
Don Taylor PhD MBA is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Commercial Translation in the Health Sciences, Founder & Executive Director of sciVelo, Co-Director of the Center for Commercial Applications of Healthcare Data, Co-Director of the Innovation Core for the Clinical & Translational Science Institute, Associate Director of the Center for Medical Innovation, Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Plastic Surgery, and Bioengineering.
August 7, 2018
Family Genetics: Mylynda Massart
Mylynda Massart’s career in medicine did not take a traditional route. Her education took her all over the country, and world, finally landing her in Pittsburgh. Throughout her travels and research, she never lost an interest in molecular genetics, in fact, it only grew. Mylynda recognized the importance of incorporating genetics into family medicine to provide the best care possible, especially to those in underrepresented populations.
Mylynda Massart PhD, MD is Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, Medical Director at UPMC Matilda Theiss Family Health Center, and Co-Investigator for All of Us Pennsylvania
July 17, 2018
Championing Social Innovation: Kenya Boswell
Connecting the private and non-profit sector is no easy task. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Kenya Boswell decided to attend the University of Pittsburgh in 1995 with dreams of becoming an orthopedic surgeon. However, one volunteer position at a local non-profit led her towards a new career, solving problems within our community.
Kenya Boswell is President of the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania. She obtained her BS in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and M.S. in Non-Profit Management from Robert Morris University.
June 26, 2018
Constant Collaborator: Jim ‘Oz’ Osborn
As a native Pittsburgher, Oz has experienced first-hand the emergence of Pittsburgh as a leader in health technology and has worked side by side with some of the world’s most brilliant minds. For Oz, success is seeing others succeed.
Jim ‘Oz’ Osborn M.S. is an Investment Manager in charge of grant development at Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG). He previously co-founded the Quality of Life Technology Center and led numerous programs across the region fostering collaboration between clinical and technological researchers. Oz received his B.S. in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering and M.S. in Civil and Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
June 5, 2018
Research of Impact: Evan Facher
An undergrad genetics lab left a lasting impact on Evan Facher and helped to shape his future career. After obtaining a PhD in Human Genetics from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Case Western Reserve, Evan led business development for multiple biotechnology companies before returning to Pitt in 2014. Yet, his impact doesn't end in the life sciences or business. In addition to raising a family, Evan's unique qualification leads him to have an impact through... taste buds.
Evan Facher PhD, MBA is the Interim Director at the University of Pittsburgh's Innovation Institute. Prior to Pitt, Evan was President/CEO of SironRX Therapeutics, a biotechnology company developing novel drug therapies.
On August 1, 2018, Evan was named Vice Chancellor for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship at the University of Pittsburgh and Director of the Innovation Institute
May 22, 2018
Boundaries of Health: Alex Miragaia
In 2015, Alex Miragaia moved to Pittsburgh to become a neuroepidemiologist and tackle big problems facing health and child development. Follow her journey through multiple states and countries on her pursuit to getting a degree in math, starting a company, and becoming a doctor.
Alexandra Miragaia, MD is a Neuroepidemiology Researcher at the University of Pittsburgh. Founder of Shoedboxed Inc. and more recently co-inventor of Working for Kids, LLC.
May 7, 2018
Nursing New Challenges: Pat Karausky
Pat Karausky grew up in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, married someone from the North Hills, raised her kids in the North Hills, and today, lives in the North Hills. Despite being quite local, Pat has worked with people from all over the world while serving in various capacities as a nurse and research facilitator.
Pat Karausky is a retired nurse and research facilitator who spent her entire career in nursing, from primary care to critical care, cardiology, neurosurgery, as well as rehabilitation.
April 24, 2018
Engineering Curiosity: Buddy Clark
Buddy Clark grew up working on a farm in rural Virginia. However, unlike his five siblings, he preferred fixing equipment and building fences, an interest that led to a PhD in mechanical engineering. In 1992, Buddy began his career at the University of Pittsburgh where he has been making an impact ever since.
William “Buddy” Clark PhD is Professor of Mechanical Engingeering and Materials Science at the University of Pittsburgh and co-founder of Diamond Kinetics, a Pittsburgh startup company that applies sensor-based, motion analytics technology to baseball and softball.
April 3, 2018
Elevating Entrepreneurs: Jessica Sinclair
An organic chemist from coal country, Jessica Sinclair came to Pittsburgh in 2004 to work for a University of Pittsburgh spinout-company where she learned the ins and outs of various facets of both research and business development. Today, she is using this experience to guide and elevate entrepreneurs throughout Pittsburgh.
Jessica Sinclair, MS is the Director of Pantherlabworks at the University of Pittsburgh.
March 20, 2018
Research Communicator: Abby Trainer
Abby Trainer grew up south of Pittsburgh along the Monongahela River. She joined the University of Pittsburgh in 2009 to support a practice-based research network. However, a few years later, Abby went back to school to get an MBA and would go on to assume an expanded communications role for the entire Clinical & Translational Science Institute.
Abby Trainer, MBA is a Research Communications Specialist at the Clinical & Translational Science Institute at the University of Pittsburgh.
March 20, 2018
Integrity in Sport Science: Matt Darnell
Matt Darnell came to Pittsburgh in 2004 as a collegiate wrestler and received his BS, MS, and PhD at the University of Pittsburgh. He’s a Pitt panther through and through. Today, Matt is an Assistant Professor at Pitt and considered a leading expert in sports nutrition. Just ask the Steelers – he’s their consultant.
Matt Darnell, PhD, RD, CSSD, SCCC is Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine & Nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh. Matt is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Speciallist in Sports Dietetics, and Strength & Conditiong Coach Certified.
March 20, 2018
Technology Tinkerer: Eunice Yang
Engineer. Rocket scientist. Business owner. Designer. These are just a few words that describe Eunice Yang, who in 2009, joined the Engineering Technology division at University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown. She is a constant creator, self-described tinkerer, and a recent Pitt Innovation Challenge award recipient.
Eunice Yang, PhD is Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown. Former co-owner of Boxware and more recently founder and CEO of SmarterRR Solutions, LLC.
March 20, 2018
Serial Innovator: John Maier
In 1986, John Maier left rural Idaho and ventured east to study physics. But then he met his wife, attended medical school, and became co-inventor on over 50 U.S. patents. John has no shortage of ideas and today channels his creativity to translate advances in health science into clinical practice.
John Maier, PhD, MD is Director of R&D in the Department of Family Medicine at and serves as Co-Director of the Innovation Core for the Clinical & Translational Science Institute at the University of Pittsburgh.
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