In the fall of 1988, undergraduate Teri Suzuki asked Professor Michael Wells a simple question: “Is it possible for a student to work in a real research lab?” Professor Wells created an opportunity for Teri to work in his laboratory, and soon had additional undergraduate student scientists. Seeing the need to educate students in the conduct of scientific research, Dr. Wells invited Carol Bender to coordinate a formal research education program, and UBRP was born! Three decades later, UBRP is running strong with over 2,500 alumni and continues to train and support approximately 100 undergraduate researchers each year.
In full circle, Suzuki, the “original UBRPer” and Senior Consultant for Therapeutics at Reglagene, will give the keynote talk at the 30th Annual UBRP Conference to be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 10:00am – 3:00pm at the Environment and Natural Resources 2 Building on the main University of Arizona campus.
Suzuki began her research career as an undergraduate in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Wells. Since then she completed a Ph.D. in biochemistry and has worked for more than 20 years in pharmaceutical R&D and in smaller biotechnology companies. She has forged and led several innovative collaborations with academic groups, biotech companies and larger partners, all based upon the vision of mutual benefit. Suzuki is an Angel Investor with Tucson’s Desert Angels and serves on the External Advocacy Board for the University of Arizona’s Mathematics Department. She is also a proud member of the External Advisory Board for UBRP.