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Our Managers

Consulting Team

Isaiah Hankel, Ph.D.

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Isaiah is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cheeky Scientist. He is an internationally recognized industry consultant and founder of several successful biotechnology startups. He is an expert in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare industries. Isaiah specializes in helping PhDs transition into cutting-edge industry careers.

Isaiah founded Cheeky Scientist platform with the goal of helping academic PhDs transition into industry careers, and has grown this platform to over 100,000 monthly readers and over 100,000 online subscribers. Isaiah went on to create the Cheeky Scientist Association, a private, PhD-only industry career development network, which now has over 4,000 active members worldwide. He has given over 400 keynote seminars in 30 different countries.

Isaiah stays Cheeky by writing nonfiction personal development books. He has published a bestselling business book, Black Hole Focus: How Intelligent People Can Create A More Powerful Purpose For Their Lives (Wiley) and more recently The Science of Intelligent Achievement: How Smart People Focus, Create And Grow Their Way To Success (Wiley).

Laura Anderson

Chief Financial Officer

Laura is the Chief Financial Officer of Cheeky Scientist, bringing over 10 years of management experience, in both the private and government sectors to the company. Laura has been with the company since its conception and was a key stakeholder in the creation and development of the Cheeky Scientist Association.

Laura specializes in finance, executive training, operations, and event management. By always asking “How can we better serve our community of PhDs”, she has helped grow the Cheeky Scientist Association from less than 30 members in 2014 to over 4,000 members today.

Laura stays Cheeky by traveling, eating street food and mingling with local cultures. Her mission with Cheeky Scientist is to help PhDs see their own worth, and show them how to take their advanced knowledge to continue to contribute to the advancement of STEM fields in industry.

Mary Truscott, Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer

Mary Truscott is the Association Program Manager at Cheeky Scientist. She manages all internal communications and operations of the Cheeky Scientist Association program. Mary works closely with all Association members in the Association’s private group, ensuring each member is supported in their transition. She also creates and curates content for Cheeky Scientist, including the weekly “Best of Transition” articles.

Mary stays Cheeky by playing make-believe with her 2-year-old child, and brewing and sampling craft beer with her husband. Mary has had a long-standing interest in helping PhDs reach their goals. She represented her peers on departmental committees and co-founded and led a university postdoc association. She is thrilled be on Team Cheeky, and to also have started her own communications consulting business.

Arunodoy Sur, Ph.D.

International PhD Community Program Manager

Arunodoy is the Program Manager for the International PhD Community, a program he developed to help PhDs understand U.S. visa options and get sponsored for an industry position. Having gone through this himself, Arunodoy is now a Technology Licensing Officer, responsible for translation of innovation from the lab to the “real world”. Arunodoy provides assistance in fostering industry-academia strategic partnerships and in the formation of startups to facilitate this process of translating an invention to a viable product.

Arunodoy stays Cheeky by keeping up with current trends in the life science industry and the opportunities for alternative careers resulting from these new trends. He loves to read and write articles that promote awareness about industry trends and alternative careers. He enjoys networking and helping other PhDs achieve their career goals. In his free time, Arunodoy plays sports and spends time outdoors. He enjoys nature photography, scuba diving, underwater photography and is passionate about ocean conservation.

Yuri Klyachkin Ph.D.

Medical Science Liaison Alliance Program Manager

Yuri is the Program Manager for the Medical Science Liaison (MSL) Alliance, a program he developed and manages on a day-to-day basis. His goal is to help all members get hired as MSLs and thrive as MSLs. He has extensive experience as an MSL himself and in hiring MSLs in industry. He currently works in a management-level Regional Medical Liaison position.

Yuri stays Cheeky by keeping up to date on the latest industry breakthroughs in clinical research, which allows him to help aspiring MSLs to execute a productive career search. Yuri is heavily involved in Central Kentucky youth sports as a hockey coach and as a board member of a local tennis association. He enjoys competing in tennis, working out at the gym, and playing an occasional hand of poker.

Meet the Cheeky Scientist consulting team…

Isaiah Hankel, Ph.D.
Isaiah Hankel, Ph.D.
Arunodoy Sur, Ph.D.
Arunodoy Sur, Ph.D.
Nikolett Biel, Ph.D.
Nikolett Biel, Ph.D.
Jackie L. Johnson, Ph.D
Jackie L. Johnson, Ph.D
Naomi Knoble, Ph.D.
Naomi Knoble, Ph.D.
Cathy Sorbara, Ph.D.
Cathy Sorbara, Ph.D.
Klodjan Stafa, Ph.D.
Klodjan Stafa, Ph.D.
Sarah Rodrigues, Ph.D.
Sarah Rodrigues, Ph.D.
Ann Grosse, Ph.D.
Ann Grosse, Ph.D.
Amy Heffernan, PhD.
Amy Heffernan, PhD.
Michael Smith, M.B.A.
Michael Smith, M.B.A.
Aja Davis, M.B.A., M.Sc.
Aja Davis, M.B.A., M.Sc.
Karin Weigelt, Ph.D.
Karin Weigelt, Ph.D.
James McCracken, Ph.D.
James McCracken, Ph.D.
Ping Lu, Ph.D.
Ping Lu, Ph.D.