Career Panel

Susan Bain, DRSc
Assistant Professor, 
Regulatory and Quality Sciences
University of Southern California (USC)
Susan Bain is currently an Assistant Professor of Regulatory and Quality Sciences at USC and formerly a Professor of Practice and Program Director for Clinical, Regulatory and Quality at Keck Graduate Institute’s (KGI) and Adjunct Professor of Practice and Concentration Coordinator for Clinical and Regulatory in KGI’s School of Pharmacy. She is an accomplished quality and regulatory professional with experience in the medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. She has a diverse regulatory compliance background in a broad range of FDA-regulated industries. Her most recent corporate experience includes serving as a Vice President of Quality/Regulatory Assurance and Operations at a medical device company and has held various management positions in Quality Control/Assurance and Regulatory Affairs over the past 25 years with firms including Baxter Healthcare, Grifols, Medegen, Inc., Peregrine Corporation, and Watson Pharmaceuticals.  Additionally, Susan also worked at the FDA as a Consumer Safety Officer, focusing on drugs and medical devices.
Susan received a Doctorate of Regulatory Science (DRSc), a Master of Science in Regulatory Science (MSc) from the University of Southern California (USC) and a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science from Cal Poly, Pomona. She holds a graduate certificate in Effective Supervision from Cal Poly Pomona and is a member of the Orange County Regulatory Association (OCRA), AGRE, DIA, PDA and RAPS.  [email protected]

Erin Denny, Ph.D. 
Senior Licensing Manager, 
Business Development Department
Erin is currently a Senior Licensing Manager at Amgen in the Business Development department. In her current role, Erin leads oncology search and evaluation efforts for cell autonomous (non-IO) oncology. Erin graduated with her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the City of Hope where she studied mechanisms of drug resistance in breast cancer. She received her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Biotechnology from USC. Erin is actively involved in several organizations promoting women in science including the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) and Amgen’s Women’s Empowered to be Exceptional (WE2). 
Karineh Petrossian, Ph.D.
Director, Development in Donor Experience and Philanthropy Communications
City of Hope
Karineh received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Cell & Molecular Biology from Cal State University, Northridge. She then went on to receive her Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Science at City of Hope in 2016. For her thesis project, she established patient derived xenograft models in mice and then tested these tumors with cell cycle inhibitors used in the clinic. Following her Ph.D., Karineh completed a post-doc fellowship with an oncologist at City of Hope and then left to pursue an alternative career. In the end of 2018, her journey led her back to City of Hope in the role of Director of Development in Donor Experience and Philanthropy Communications.