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Member Spotlight - Steve Hartman, CASSS Associate Director and Bioassays Organizing Committee Member

Monday, March 12, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amy Cano
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This Q&A is part of an ongoing CASSS series where we invite members to meet other members of the CASSS community.

This time, we turn our Member Spotlight on Steve Hartman, a CASSS Associate Director and member of the Bioassays Organizing committee. He is currently the Senior Scientist III at AbbVie, Inc. in Redwood City, CA. 


Q. How long have you been with your current organization and/or position? 

 A. It will be 12 years in August 2018. After graduate school I joined the bioassay development group at PDL BioPharma. A few years later PDL created a spin-off company called Facet Biotech, which was acquired by Abbott in 2010. In 2013 Abbott created AbbVie as a separate biopharmaceutical company. So I’ve only really had one industry job, but I’ve worked for 4 companies. It’s been quite a ride!

Q. What was your motivation to volunteer with CASSS? 

A. I was a speaker at the very first CASSS Bioassays conference back in 2009. It was a great experience and I’ve attended this conference almost every year since then. A few years ago I was offered the opportunity to join the conference’s scientific organizing committee so I jumped at the chance to be a part of planning my favorite conference. 


Q. Where did you grow up?

 A. I’m very fortunate to have been born and raised in the Salinas/Monterey area of California. Monterey has beautiful coastal scenery, rich aquatic wildlife, and fantastic restaurants. I’m a bit spoiled.

Q. What do you do to relax? Do you have any hobbies?

A. I like to exercise, spend time with friends, and play with my kids. 

Q. What's your favorite type of food? 

A. We have so much great food in the bay area, I can’t possibly choose just one type. My favorites are Japanese, Mexican, Thai, and Spanish. 

Q. Do you speak any languages besides English? 

A. Languages were never my strength. I was a very solid C-minus French student in high school and college. My mom is fluent in 4 languages but obviously it didn’t rub off on me. 

Q. Do you have any children? Pets? 

A. I have two sons, ages 5 and 3. They’re very active, very curious, and very fun! We also have a cat. 

Q. What’s your favorite type of music? 

A. Punk rock. I like the intensity, honesty, and social unrest. 

Q. What was the last movie you saw in the theater or book you read and loved? 

A. Probably The Last Jedi.  I don’t get out to the theater very often these days, but it’s a requirement for me when a new Star Wars movie comes out. 

Q. What famous person do you admire and why?

A. Famous people already get enough (too much?) attention, so I’d rather focus my admiration on others.  Lately I’ve been continually amazed by my sons’ incredible teachers. I honestly don’t know how they do such an amazing job, day after day, no matter what, having such a positive impact on so many areas of child development. 

Q. What would people be surprised to know about you?

A. I honestly don’t know. I’m a pretty social, talkative person so I’m quite an open book. 

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