Career Paths

xiaolidu

Xiaoli
Du

Pursuing a career in Consulting

In the traditional perspective of postdoctoral training, fellows are expected to apply for faculty positions after several successful postdocs in institutes or universities. However, this classic career pathway meets a lot of challenges today in terms of the limited position openings and tight econo...


ms.wennylin

Wenny
Lin

It’s worth it to have it all

Last week in Boston, I attended a professional advancement session at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research conference. Judy Garber, M.D., M.P.H., current president of the AACR, addressed the young research investigators and trainees in attendanc...


maida.beth

Maida
Taylor

Just what do you do: medical affairs job description

One of my last postings was called “keeping Ken and Barbie out of jail,” an attempt to define some of the tasks involved working in medical affairs at a pharmaceutical company.  One reader pointed out that I really did not define the job very well, and I promised to describe just what the job e...


katesleeth

Kate
Sleeth

The 2 Body problem: Do you follow your heart or your head?

It isn’t unusual for two scientists to become a couple.  It is obvious really; we spend most of our time at work, so the majority of people we meet are also scientists.  Plus, our partner then understands our focus on our research and the long hours we work towards our ultimate goals; te...


CCrumble

Christine
Crumbley

Life at Scripps Florida

A comment on my first post asked about what it’s like to be a student at TSRI Florida. The Florida campus houses the Translational Research Institute, which integrates the high-throughput screening robot, the cell-based screening core, and the medicinal chemistry group. Other departments include i...


nafisher

Nathan
Fisher

Exploit your uniqueness

I'm currently reading It's Called Work for a Reason by Larry Winget.  In this book, Larry says that the secret to success is to “find your uniqueness and figure out how to exploit it in the service of others.”  Do this, he says, and you will be successful.  Do this, I say, and you...


kristiashley

Kristi
Ashley

Meant to be

Hi! I’m Kristi Ashley.  I never really thought about the environment and how much it meant to me growing up until the summer that changed everything for me.  It was the summer before my senior year in high school.  I was like any typical teenager until then, I guess, pretty popular ...


fatos

Fatos
Kopliku

New country, but (almost) same campus

I saw there were a couple of questions in my last blog related to my short story starting in Albania, continuing in Turkey and UK, and ending up in USA. I admit, only when I look back it seems a handful. Otherwise, I have the impression it is the most normal life occurrence. I think this is partiall...


mkendrick20

Mandy
Kendrick

Help Save Chocolate… …and other interesting plant biology problems

Unless you are like my friend Sunny, who does not usually care for the taste of chocolate, then perhaps you can agree with me that it would be nice to save the cacao plant, which produces the cacao bean required for the production of chocolate.  The cacao crop in South America is currently unde...


stephanie.hi.yeung

Stephanie
Yeung

Can You Hear Me Now? Part 2

In a previous post, I mentioned a book, Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office, that helped me get my voice heard and my actions respected. A reader asked me what I did exactly to “stand out and not be ignored anymore?” Since it has been eight years since I read the book, I could not remember ...