Pioneering New Paths For PhDs. Meet Cheeky Scientist.

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Our Story

Our story is likely much like yours. A group of former PhDs who, after years of toiling in the academic sector, found themselves feeling disenchanted by the frustration, limitations, and red tape that came with our work. Feeling stuck by our own success, we started to ask ourselves a simple question: Could the experience, skill-sets, and expertise gained through our years in academia pave the way for success in industry as highly sought-after professionals?

The answer, we found, was yes. A resounding yes. We discovered that top companies in industry were eager to add highly qualified and highly distinguished PhDs to their roster. They just had to find these PhDs first.

And so Cheeky Scientist was born, a company built by PhDs, working to help other PhDs get hired into their dream careers so they could finally have the impact, recognition and compensation they deserve.

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We are industry PhDs dedicated to helping PhDs get into industry

In addition to our overall mission above, we aim to:

  • Place 1,000,000 PhDs into industry positions.
  • Support all our PhD programs by providing industry training to PhD students, postdocs, and researchers.
  • Enact change that requires principal investigators and academic advisors to receive management and financial training.

We help PhDs find jobs in their desired industry

Our programs help PhDs like you overcome top industry transition challenges.

  • Networking with limited time
  • Determining which position is a good fit
  • How to get referrals after networking
  • Overcoming the fear of the unknown
  • Overcoming the fear of failure after leaving academia
  • Salary benchmarking and job offer negotiation
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Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Isaiah Hankel, Ph.D.

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Isaiah Hankel is the Founder and CEO of the largest career training platform for PhDs in the world - Cheeky Scientist. His articles, podcasts and trainings are consumed annually by 3 million PhDs in 152 different countries. He has helped PhDs transition into top companies like Amazon, Google, Apple, Intel, Dow Chemical, BASF, Merck, Genentech, Home Depot, Nestle, Hilton, SpaceX, Tesla, Syngenta, the CDC, UN and Ford Foundation.

Dr. Hankel has published two bestselling books with Wiley and his methods for getting PhDs hired have been featured in the Harvard Business Review, Nature, Forbes, The Guardian, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine and Success Magazine.

Meet Our Office Team

Rayanne Hoopes

Rayanne Hoopes

COO

Ashley Eisenhauer

Ashley Eisenhauer

General Manager

Ryan Metcalfe

Ryan Metcalfe

Vice President of Industry Transitions

Layne Stevens

Layne Stevens

Senior Transition Specialist

Alexis Schuitt

Alexis Schuitt

Transition Specialist

Ellidie Salladay

Ellidie Salladay

Graphic Designer

Amelia Jimenez

Amelia Jimenez

Social Media Coordinator

Vinojini Nair, Ph.D.

Vinojini Nair, Ph.D.

Business Development Manager

Sunshine Merritt

Sunshine Merritt

Transition Support Manager

Meerambika Mishra, Ph.D.

Meerambika Mishra, Ph.D.

Content Manager

Ariel Malone

Ariel Malone

Transition Specialist

Cody Michaud

Cody Michaud

Junior Web Developer

Jasen Carlson

Jasen Carlson

Transition Specialist

Our Program Leaders

Alejandra Viviescas, Ph.D.

Alejandra Viviescas, Ph.D.

Arya Ashok, Ph.D.

Arya Ashok, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Thatcher, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Thatcher, Ph.D.

Yuri Klyachkin, Ph.D.

Yuri Klyachkin, Ph.D.

Heather Brown-Harding, Ph.D.

Heather Brown-Harding, Ph.D.

Rebba Boswell-Casteel, Ph.D.

Rebba Boswell-Casteel, Ph.D.

Elliott Brecht, Ph.D.

Elliott Brecht, Ph.D.

Ramya Raman, Ph.D.

Ramya Raman, Ph.D.

Arunodoy Sur, Ph.D.

Arunodoy Sur, Ph.D.

Rubenka Campbell, Ph.D.

Rubenka Campbell, Ph.D.

Christopher Lirette, Ph.D.

Christopher Lirette, Ph.D.

Jo Ramos-VonRitchie, Ph.D.

Jo Ramos-VonRitchie, Ph.D.

Monika Vinish, Ph.D.

Monika Vinish, Ph.D.

Regina Gonda, Ph.D.

Regina Gonda, Ph.D.

Kasey Hemington, Ph.D.

Kasey Hemington, Ph.D.

Tim Bushnell, Ph.D.

Tim Bushnell, Ph.D.

Nathalie Fiaschi, Ph.D.

Nathalie Fiaschi, Ph.D.

Deepak Kumar, Ph.D.

Deepak Kumar, Ph.D.

Gad Sabbatier, Ph.D.

Gad Sabbatier, Ph.D.

Sonali Pandhe, Ph.D.

Sonali Pandhe, Ph.D.

Orly Levitan, Ph.D.

Orly Levitan, Ph.D.

Alex Woychek, Ph.D.

Alex Woychek, Ph.D.

Vinojini Nair, Ph.D.

Vinojini Nair, Ph.D.

Rupsa Basu, Ph.D.

Rupsa Basu, Ph.D.

Shobeir Seddington, Ph.D.

Shobeir Seddington, Ph.D.

Brian Getson, Ph.D.

Brian Getson, Ph.D.

Don Asher, Ph.D.

Don Asher, Ph.D.

Klodjan Stafa, Ph.D.

Klodjan Stafa, Ph.D.

Our Board Members

Parth Shah, Ph.D.

Parth Shah, Ph.D.

Marlies Ozias, Ph.D.

Marlies Ozias, Ph.D.

Georgia Mundin, Ph.D.

Georgia Mundin, Ph.D.

Mathura Shanmugasundaram, Ph.D.

Mathura Shanmugasundaram, Ph.D.

Sunayana B. Banerjee, Ph.D.

Sunayana B. Banerjee, Ph.D.

Aaron Kellogg, Ph.D.

Aaron Kellogg, Ph.D.

Evguenia Alechine, Ph.D.

Evguenia Alechine, Ph.D.

Anand Devasthanam, Ph.D.

Anand Devasthanam, Ph.D.

Clare Chang, Ph.D.

Clare Chang, Ph.D.

Somsuvro Basu, Ph.D.

Somsuvro Basu, Ph.D.

Vidhi Thakkar, Ph.D.

Vidhi Thakkar, Ph.D.

Robyn Marty-Roix, Ph.D.

Robyn Marty-Roix, Ph.D.

Mansi Khanna, Ph.D.

Mansi Khanna, Ph.D.

Sonia Vyskocilova, Ph.D.

Sonia Vyskocilova, Ph.D.

Lavanyaa Manjunatha, Ph.D.

Lavanyaa Manjunatha, Ph.D.

Vanessa A. Enriquez, Ph.D.

Vanessa A. Enriquez, Ph.D.

Karine Pozo, Ph.D.

Karine Pozo, Ph.D.

Ruth Reitzel, Ph.D.

Ruth Reitzel, Ph.D.

Priyasri Shotton, Ph.D.

Priyasri Shotton, Ph.D.

Jessica S. Ellis, Ph.D.

Jessica S. Ellis, Ph.D.

Stefanie Hassel, Ph.D.

Stefanie Hassel, Ph.D.

Coyte Cooper, Ph.D.

Coyte Cooper, Ph.D.

Christine Ichim, Ph.D.

Christine Ichim, Ph.D.

Luis Gomez, Ph.D.

Luis Gomez, Ph.D.

Aparna Srivastav, Ph.D.

Aparna Srivastav, Ph.D.

Joydeep Pal, Ph.D.

Joydeep Pal, Ph.D.

Bhavin Bhayani, Ph.D.

Bhavin Bhayani, Ph.D.

Harish Handral, Ph.D.

Harish Handral, Ph.D.

Hank Cheng, Ph.D.

Hank Cheng, Ph.D.

Antonio Martins, Ph.D., MBA

Antonio Martins, Ph.D., MBA

Michael Smith, Ph.D.

Michael Smith, Ph.D.

Alice Jones, Ph.D.

Alice Jones, Ph.D.

Ratika Datta, Ph.D., MBA

Ratika Datta, Ph.D., MBA

Natalie C. Fredette, Ph.D.

Natalie C. Fredette, Ph.D.

Desyree Jesus, Ph.D.

Desyree Jesus, Ph.D.

Evan Dubiel, Ph.D.

Evan Dubiel, Ph.D.

Klodjan Stafa, Ph.D.

Klodjan Stafa, Ph.D.

Lilian Josephson, Ph.D.

Lilian Josephson, Ph.D.

Nikolett Biel, Ph.D.

Nikolett Biel, Ph.D.

Ravikiran Ravulapalli, Ph.D.

Ravikiran Ravulapalli, Ph.D.

Abha Chalpe, Ph.D.

Abha Chalpe, Ph.D.

Debdatta Sinha Roy, Ph.D.

Debdatta Sinha Roy, Ph.D.

Lara Iverson, Ph.D.

Lara Iverson, Ph.D.

Ruchira Sharma, Ph.D.

Ruchira Sharma, Ph.D.

Valeriia Sherina, Ph.D.

Valeriia Sherina, Ph.D.

Adwait Ranade, Ph.D.

Adwait Ranade, Ph.D.

Anne-Isabelle Henry, Ph.D.

Anne-Isabelle Henry, Ph.D.

Ved Prakash, Ph.D.

Ved Prakash, Ph.D.

Saptashati Biswas, Ph.D.

Saptashati Biswas, Ph.D.

Shrivatsav Pattabiraman, Ph.D.

Shrivatsav Pattabiraman, Ph.D.

Susmita Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D.

Susmita Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D.

Bhushan Mahadik, Ph.D.

Bhushan Mahadik, Ph.D.

Julie Dela Cruz-Mulders, Ph.D.

Julie Dela Cruz-Mulders, Ph.D.

Bryant Moeller, Ph.D.

Bryant Moeller, Ph.D.

Sedef Iskit, Ph.D.

Sedef Iskit, Ph.D.

Eugene Cilento, Ph.D.

Eugene Cilento, Ph.D.

Matthew Jefferson, Ph.D.

Matthew Jefferson, Ph.D.

Aimee Vozenilek, Ph.D.

Aimee Vozenilek, Ph.D.

James Wadsworth, Ph.D.

James Wadsworth, Ph.D.

Mandeep Sharma, Ph.D., MBA

Mandeep Sharma, Ph.D., MBA

Vincent Genest, Ph.D.

Vincent Genest, Ph.D.

Tracy Moreira-Lucas, Ph.D.

Tracy Moreira-Lucas, Ph.D.

Olga Rodriguez-Sierra

Olga Rodriguez-Sierra

Madhurima Das, Ph.D.

Madhurima Das, Ph.D.

Chad Iverson, Ph.D.

Chad Iverson, Ph.D.

Yaping Moshier, Ph.D., sMBA

Yaping Moshier, Ph.D., sMBA

Dignesh Shah, Ph.D.

Dignesh Shah, Ph.D.

Airama Albisa, Ph.D.

Airama Albisa, Ph.D.

Alick Tan, Ph.D.

Alick Tan, Ph.D.

Hoda Erjaee, Ph.D.

Hoda Erjaee, Ph.D.

Ankita Thakkar, Ph.D.

Ankita Thakkar, Ph.D.

Elisabet Ortiz-Tudela, Ph.D.

Elisabet Ortiz-Tudela, Ph.D.

Asif Khan, Ph.D.

Asif Khan, Ph.D.

Mariano Cardenas, Ph.D.

Mariano Cardenas, Ph.D.

Abhigyan Sengupta, Ph.D.

Abhigyan Sengupta, Ph.D.

Banu Mukund, Ph.D.

Banu Mukund, Ph.D.

Melisa Soland, Ph.D.

Melisa Soland, Ph.D.

Nilesh Bokil, Ph.D.

Nilesh Bokil, Ph.D.

Supraja Narasimhan, Ph.D.

Supraja Narasimhan, Ph.D.

Klaus Kaiser, Ph.D.

Klaus Kaiser, Ph.D.

Bibhudatta Mishra, Ph.D.

Bibhudatta Mishra, Ph.D.

Maria Castillo, Ph.D.

Maria Castillo, Ph.D.

Lois-May Young, Ph.D.

Lois-May Young, Ph.D.

Alessandra Audia, Ph.D.

Alessandra Audia, Ph.D.

Elaine Lima de Souza, Ph.D.

Elaine Lima de Souza, Ph.D.

Kevin Adam, Ph.D.

Kevin Adam, Ph.D.

Kalpana Ramakrishnan, Ph.D.

Kalpana Ramakrishnan, Ph.D.

Santi Suryani Chen, Ph.D.

Santi Suryani Chen, Ph.D.

Manindra Singh, Ph.D.

Manindra Singh, Ph.D.

Gurlovleen K Rathore, Ph.D.

Gurlovleen K Rathore, Ph.D.

Robert Low, Ph.D.

Robert Low, Ph.D.

Sheniqua Banks, Ph.D.

Sheniqua Banks, Ph.D.

Tanya Henderson, Ph.D.

Tanya Henderson, Ph.D.

Dion Gnanakkan, Ph.D.

Dion Gnanakkan, Ph.D.

Martina Thomas, Ph.D.

Martina Thomas, Ph.D.

Tushi Baul, Ph.D.

Tushi Baul, Ph.D.

Seila Selimovic, Ph.D.

Seila Selimovic, Ph.D.

Oindree Banerjee, Ph.D.

Oindree Banerjee, Ph.D.

Annette Padilla, Ph.D., MPH, sMBA

Annette Padilla, Ph.D., MPH, sMBA

Prince Nana Amaniampong, Ph.D,

Prince Nana Amaniampong, Ph.D,

Yue Zou, Ph.D.

Yue Zou, Ph.D.

Prakamya Gupta, Ph.D.

Prakamya Gupta, Ph.D.

Jean-Sebastien Michaud, Ph.D.

Jean-Sebastien Michaud, Ph.D.

Amanda Nelson. Ph.D.

Amanda Nelson. Ph.D.

Tahseen Kamal, Ph.D.

Tahseen Kamal, Ph.D.

Erika Spear, Ph.D.

Erika Spear, Ph.D.

Marie-Catherine Wavreille, Ph.D.

Marie-Catherine Wavreille, Ph.D.

Theodore Lee, Ph.D.

Theodore Lee, Ph.D.

Success Stories

Emil Chuck, PhD

Emil Chuck, PhD

Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

I joined Cheeky Scientist a few months before I actually left my position, and a lot of things that did come out from Cheeky did help me bear the impact of leaving a very good job, and help tie me over to what I'm doing now. You just have to learn to trust yourself that this isn't the right place to be, so get out as soon as you can.

Lilly Jin Xu, PhD

Lilly Jin Xu, PhD

Medical Writer, Clinical Affairs
Agilent

I learned, in networking, not to expect anything back right away, but to focus on adding value. I also learned how to initiate informational interviews with other Cheeky Scientist members and also outside of the group. I'm still learning from the group.

Keerthi Srinivas, PhD

Keerthi Srinivas, PhD

Fermentation Scientist II
Lygos

As a postdoc and a person who has a family I can't just be careless with the money I spend, so I had to put a lot of thought into [joining the Association]. I was on the edge, but I thought "go for it". All I can say now is, it was worth it. The Cheeky Scientist Association private group is, I would say, invaluable. The modules are amazing, they're always growing.

Kristin Cederquist, PhD

Kristin Cederquist, PhD

Development Scientist
DCN Diagnostics

I actually joined the Association because I had a job, this is actually my second industry job. I was not so happy at my company, they were restricting me in a bunch of ways, and around January of 2016 I joined the Association. My resume had gotten me a couple of jobs already, but I thought maybe I could make it better, maybe meet some people around the area, and actually I did and it was very helpful. In the private group, I really met a lot of interesting people that come from completely different backgrounds and have transitioned into industry. They were very active and very helpful.

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