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Laura Hales, PhD Chasing the Entrepreneurial Dream

Your thesis defense approaches. “What are you going to do with your life?” they ask. “Get a postdoc position!” you say. Four (OK, maybe five or six) years go by. “What are you going to do with your life?” they ask. “Get a faculty position!” you say. Wait - maybe not. But, if not, then what happens next?

The rigors of a tenure track faculty position at a prestigious university are not for everyone.  I, like many scientists, decided it was not for me either. I really wanted to make the jump from academia to industry, but I wasn’t sure how to do it, especially with a microbiology degree at a time when all the big pharma companies were shutting down their anti-infective groups.  So I applied for every job I could find out of my postdoc.

Kristy Houck—On Becoming a Market Research Analyst

I received a BS in Biochemistry and Environmental Science from Juniatain 2001 and then wasn’t sure what to do. I ended up doing an internship in dairy nutrition and then became a research technician in a pharmacology lab. This then led to me entering a graduate program at Penn State University that offered both a PhD in Pharmacology and a MBA.  I graduated with both degrees in May 2008. I love science, but I also really enjoyed the business classes that I took as part of my MBA program.

Bruce Fieggen:  Project Management As A Career Path

After graduating from college I took the first job I could land in the sciences and ended up being an engineer doing new product development in the Medical Device field. After about two years of product development, I was dubbed ‘Project Manager’ by management and given a team to manage. The only difference that this made in my life was that I was suddenly responsible for their work as well as my own

Jonathan Gitlin, PhD

From the Bench To a Career in Science Policy

When I started university back in 1994 I had no idea I'd eventually end up working in science policy. I studied Pharmacology as an undergraduate at King's College, London, and then followed that with a PhD in Pharmacology at Imperial College School of Medicine, also in London.

Vanesa Dabul

An Engineer Explains Natural Phenomena

The earliest form of engineering I remember practicing is untying knots. Yes knots! I grew up on a sailboat and I imagine I must have been a handful, well I know I was.  My father would give me complicated knots to decipher. I am not sure if he formed them himself, or if they formed by chance, but I was always untying them.

Jennifer Olson, Ph.D.

Academic and Medical Writing

I am a medical writer at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM), which is a part of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. Recently, one of my papers was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).  If you take a look at the paper, you’ll see my name—not up in the author list but all the way towards the end, in the section entitled “Acknowledgements.”

Clifford Mintz, PhD

Taking the Path Less Traveled

I had always liked science but by age 10, I had already decided that I wanted to be a veterinarian. However, after seeing the film Ben Hur at age 11—during which two of the main characters who have leprosy are miraculously cured—I fantasized what it might be like to be able to discover cures for infectious diseases.

Ken Grant

A Day in the Life: Director of Sales and Marketing

The thing I love about being the sales and marketing director for a company like Analtech, Inc. is the fact that there is no such thing as an “average” day.

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