Google Meets Life Sciences

p-13m-technology-patient-centered-careHot and dry Dallas evening. After fighting the traffic and looking for a non-existing parking space, I finally made it to the event featuring a presentation by Dr. Andy Conrad, CEO of Google X Life Science. Eclectic atmosphere, sticky floors near the bar and dim lights fit perfectly to the occasion. I scanned the packed room and quickly noticed prominent scientists and biotechnology leaders mixed with graduate students, postdocs, and other attendees. The diverse audience made it clear that not only the scientific community was eager to hear the latest news from Verily (a new name for Google X), the most interesting and mysterious division under the Alphabet umbrella. Continue reading


Finding Your Post-Ph.D. Path: Science Policy Careers

Are you passionate about funding for Science? Have you even been curious about how the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or the National Science Foundation (NSF) funds grants? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you might be interested in a career in Science Policy. Continue reading

Finding Your Post-Ph.D. Path: Advice from Dr. Sharon Milgram

You are cruising down the highway at a nice pace thinking “great! I’m going to be there early”, and all of the sudden you encounter the ever-so-inconvenient DETOUR sign. You anxiously wind and twist through unfamiliar roads trying to follow the signs until finally you arrive at your destination…right on time. According to Sharon Milgram, Director of the Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), this is often what professionals face when exploring career options and considering a transition. Let’s break down my example a little so that you can understand my analogies better.Slide1

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Decoding research scientist careers in the U.S. Military

“Down and give me 20!”…pipetting maneuvers, perhaps. Research conducted by the United States Military ranges from detecting and dismantling weapons to understanding pathogens that could threaten our national security. Thus, scientists are key to achieving the goals of our military and protecting our nation as well. Continue reading