Michael Guderyon graduated from UAMS in may 2015 with an M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His advisor was Dr. Kevin Raney. After graduating, Mike went to UT Health San Antonio where he received a Ph.D. in Integrated Biomedical Sciences/ Biology of Aging Track. Mike is currently a Process Development Scientist I at SanBio. In addition, he’s in the Airforce Reserves and is an entrepreneur.
Description of Current Job
Combines extensive knowledge of biotechnology and bio-manufacturing to manufacture mesenchymal stem cell products and monitor existing processes and products for quality and efficiency. Problem-solves and conceptualizes solutions for producing large scale stem cell products and standardizes protocols.
- Works hand and hand with Quality Control to develop and qualify potency assays for cell-based products
- Design and execute experiments in support of process optimization of cell-based products and process improvement
- Leads statistical analyses of completed projects in collaboration with assay development and manufacturing teams
- Develops and implements processes to scale up manufacturing and automation of cell-based products
- Draft and author study protocols, feasibility, comparability, and qualification reports as source documents for regulatory filing support
Important Aspect of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program
I was surrounded by excellent mentors at all levels which prepared me for the road ahead.
Something Notable about Time as a Graduate Student
Once during my studies, I was purifying a protein for future use and while formulating the final protein product, I accidentally threw away the entire protein. I am sure my colleagues and mentors sensed my embarrassment and were very supportive moving forward. I distinctly remember my mentor cracking a smile and saying, “always secure the ‘gold’ first”.
I plan to earn an MBA in the future.