Bear Down for Life
Keeping Hearts Beating
Jen Koevary, PhD 2013, is a research assistant professor at the UA working on treatments for diseases like cancer and heart failure. She’s also chief operating officer at biotech startup Avery Therapeutics, where scientists are developing regenerative therapies, such as a biologically active heart graft, to treat the underlying causes of heart disease – and potentially even reverse it.This has huge potential to improve quality of life for people suffering with heart failure.
Patrick Marcus, PhD 2006, is president and CEO of electrical manufacturing company Marcus Engineering and a College of Engineering industry partner adviser. Tucson’s 2014 40 Under 40 Man of the Year has been a key player in establishing a local entrepreneurial culture in which startups and their employees thrive.Small environments give a great opportunity to build a community of trust, friendship and loyalty, which you can’t get through the ranks of a large corporation.
Taking Time Off to Teach
Meagan Tran, BS 2018, one of the department’s newest alumni, spent her free time as an undergrad volunteering with grieving children. Before she heads to the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Scottsdale, she’s spending two years teaching biology to underserved high school students through Teach for America.I get a lot of fulfillment out of working with people. I want to make a career out of that service-oriented activity.
Making Every Experience Count
Martin Galaz, BS 2017, was on a team that developed a “lightning legs” exoskeleton to help a fellow Wildcat with cerebral palsy walk. Not only was the project meaningful, but also it helped Galaz land a job as a quality engineer at Zimmer Biomet in Indiana, where he is monitoring the manufacture of spine and joint prosthetics.The company liked that I was able to manage a group of engineers and the manufacturing team to come up with the final product.