C.J. Neely, Ph.D.

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C.J. Neely is the Assistant Director of Career Education at Johns Hopkins University. She oversees the OPTIONS Career Curriculum, which is designed to guide biomedical graduate students through the career exploration process. As a certified career coach, Dr. Neely also provides personalized support to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows through one-on-one coaching session and workshop development.  She serves on numerous cross-university committees to strengthen doctoral career services across all JHU school and is the advisor for the Genetic Society of America’s Early Career Scientist Career Development Subcommittee. Previously, Dr. Neely was the Assistant Director of Employer Relations at the Johns Hopkins  Bloomberg School of Public Health.  While in the position, she worked closely with hundreds of employers within the public health field. Prior to transitioning into career development, Dr. Neely was a biomedical researcher for 12 years.  She earned her PhD in Microbiology & Immunology from the University of North Carolina where she regularly mentored undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, as well as taught undergraduate courses. Subsequently, Dr. Neely completed her postdoctoral fellow at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. While at St. Jude, she served as the Chair of Career Development creating and implementing a wide variety of career and professional development programming for St. Jude’s postdoc population. Through this role, Dr. Neely discovered her passion for helping the next generation of researchers successfully transition into their chosen careers.


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