UNK alum Jeff Shaw to share journey from student researcher to biotech leader

KEARNEY – Jeff Shaw will detail his ascent from undergraduate research to biotech industry prominence during the annual Doug Lund DNA Day event at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

The lecture, “From INBRE to Industry: How Undergraduate Research at UNK Launched a Scientific Career,” is 4 p.m. Friday, April 26, in Copeland Hall, Room 142. The event is free and open to the public.

Shaw received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UNK before earning a doctorate at Creighton University in molecular microbiology and immunology.

His career path includes postdoctoral research at Vanderbilt University and work at GenMark Diagnostics, where he trained hospital scientists and lab technicians to use molecular techniques for rapid diagnosis of infectious diseases. He currently is the discovery business manager at Roche Diagnostics, one of the world’s leading biotech companies.

During his presentation, Shaw will share insights from his career trajectory – from his early days in an evolutionary biology lab studying mycorrhizal fungi to advanced research on pathogens such as salmonella and helicobacter pylori.

His talk will cover his experiences across academia and industry, highlighting the significant role mentors and undergraduate research played in shaping his professional path.