Tessianna Misko, PhD

Director of Career and Professional Development
Graduate Education Office
School of Medicine

Tessianna Misko, PhD joined the Graduate Education Office at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine in 2018 as the Program Manager of Education and Training Opportunities. In July 2022 Dr. Misko was promoted to Director of Career & Professional Development and in the summer of 2023 joined faculty at the Center for Medical Education. Through her personal experience in graduate school and through the journey she took to develop herself as a professional and discover her own career path, Dr. Misko discovered a passion for assisting students/young professionals through this intimidating, and often overwhelming, transitional phase of their professional career. She enjoys thinking outside of the box, exploring innovative educational initiatives that change the way we approach preparing our graduate students/young professionals for their transition into a diverse workforce. Since starting this work in 2018, she has enjoyed building relationships with professionals and companies to establish a better understanding of the current workforce needs, and help connect them to the next generation of unique talent. 

Dr. Misko brings with her the experience and knowledge of biomedical graduate student needs, early-stage career development and the biomedical career landscape. Through her previous experiences, Dr. Misko coaches graduate students/young professionals through the process of self-exploration, investigating career paths and works to bridge the void between academic and non-academic professions, opening up the opportunities for students/young professionals to explore their professional identity early in their careers.

Dr. Misko earned a PhD in Pharmacology from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and a BA in Biochemistry from Hiram College. Prior to starting her tenure at Hiram College, Dr. Misko spent the summer after high school working at STERIS Corporation where her love of research and her understanding of the scientific environment in a corporate setting began. 

Teaching Information

Courses Taught

Leadership and Professional Development Skills for Biomedical Sciences
Foundations of Career Exploration for Masters Students
Foundations of Career Exploration for PhDs
Internship in Biomedical Sciences


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Thompson CL, Misko TA, Chance MR. Training the next generation of translational scientists: The Case Western Reserve University Translational Fellows Program. J Clin Transl Sci. 2022;6(1):e47. doi: 10.1017/cts.2022.390. eCollection 2022. PubMed PMID: 35651959; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC9107999


Case Western Reserve University
Bachelor of Arts
Hiram College

Residencies, Internships and Fellowships

Research Administration Internship, Office of Translation and Innovation, School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University