I am honored to have the privilege of contributing to the Bio Careers blog. In my first post on Bio Careers, I want to start by introducing myself, and my career path. I received a PhD in genetics from Yale University in 2012, where I studied viral oncogenes and infectious entry of tumor viruses.
I then conducted a brief postdoc at the National Cancer Institute. While I love science, I knew in my second year at Yale that I did not want to pursue a career in academic research. Instead, I wanted to influence science more broadly.
During my career exploration process, I discovered a plethora of career options available to people with PhDs in science. However, I also discovered that in order to be competitive in these careers I would need to acquire additional training outside of the lab. Therefore, while conducting research, I also tutored, worked as an adjunct professor, served as a virtual intern for the U.S. Department of State, and helped lead a graduate student career development organization.
These unique experiences helped to differentiate me from my peers when I eventually applied for jobs. These experiences also allowed me to demonstrate that I was not only a gifted scientist, but also had the potential to lead, work in teams, and communicate science to broad audiences.
Currently, I am the Director of Science Alliance, the professional development branch of the New York Academy of Sciences. The Academy’s Science Alliance provides more than 8,500 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with unique career development resources, including the opportunity to network with the very best and most distinguished researchers, physicians, professors, and engineers from around the world.
We do this by offering career and professional development workshops both at the Academy and online. I also conduct career development workshops at our partner universities and institutions.
I absolutely love my job! I not only enjoy my responsibilities and working with my colleagues, but also believe that my work is making a difference. It is my hope that all scientists find equally fulfilling careers. In the ensuing blog posts, I will discuss strategies for pursing a fulfilling career, as well as ways to develop the skills needed to succeed.
I firmly believe that scientists can contribute to society in variety of meaningful ways, and I am dedicated to helping scientists reach their full potential as leaders and innovators in fields that complement their interests and talents. One of the ways I hope to help scientists is by providing career advice in this blog.