Our People

Assistant Director of Professional Development & Postdoctoral Services

Karena Nguyen, Ph.D.
Karena Nguyen

Nguyen earned a Ph.D. in integrative biology from the University of South Florida and a bachelor’s of science in ecology and evolution from Saint Louis University. She was a postdoctoral fellow with the Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) program at Emory University, where her research focused on characterizing the epidemiological impact of human-cattle hybrid schistosomes in Tanzania and elucidating temporal patterns of water quality indicators in the Chattahoochee River. As a part of the FIRST program, she developed and taught 'Parasites and Peoples: Can You Worm Your Way Out?', an upper-level parasitology and disease ecology course, at Morehouse College. Nguyen also served as Chair of the Postdoctoral Association and was part of the postdoctoral subcommittee for Emory’s Institutional DEI Strategic Planning Initiative.

Director of Professional Development & Postdoctoral Services

Jana Stone, Ph.D.
Jana Stone

Jana Stone is director of Professional Development and Postdoctoral Services within the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Faculty Development at Georgia Tech. Stone manages a team that includes graduate career advising, the Graduate Co-op and internship program, and postdoctoral services.

She has been at Georgia Tech since 2013, when she was hired to establish the Office of Postdoctoral Services. She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Postdoctoral Association and is a member of a Graduate Career Consortium's benchmarking and career outcomes committees. Stone earned a Ph.D. in genetics and molecular biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s of science in microbiology from Indiana University. As a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, her research focused on DNA replication and mutagenesis.

Office Phone: 
404-385-1999