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"Brett Mulvey’s Roadmap to a Career in Medical Affairs: How to Break Away from Academia’s Publish or Perish Environment with Networking and Communication"

"Brett Mulvey’s Roadmap to a Career in Medical Affairs: How to Break Away from Academia’s Publish or Perish Environment with Networking and Communication"

By Matthew Ingalls, PhD Candidate in Genetics, Development, and Stem Cells

My dreams became set on becoming an academic in part because that was what I was led to believe would be the most fulfilling career path in science, but also because the only other option fell into a gray box called, “industry.” After six years of observing my peers, mentors, and surrounding faculty constantly struggle to secure funding, that academic pipedream has begun to produce a more nightmarish tone. I still love science, I can’t imagine my life without it, but I’ve come to realize that what I most enjoy about science cannot flourish in academia, at least not with the current “publish or perish” environment.

“Should I do a postdoc? My path from an academic postdoc to industry and perspectives on how to answer this question.”

“Should I do a postdoc? My path from an academic postdoc to industry and perspectives on how to answer this question.”

By Jennifer Judge, PhD -Regulatory Scientist at Cook MyoSite

It always seemed obvious to me as a graduate student at URMC that I should followed my passion for teaching and research and pursue a postdoctoral fellowship.  Throughout graduate school, I was constantly pursuing activities that would strengthen my CV for an academic tract: applying for my own NIH fellowship and completing a teaching internship through URBEST.  I figured that my postdoc would help me further decide the next path, whether that be a teaching-focused academic position or if my research goes well, a research-focused position.  Either way, I knew that I wanted a faculty position someday.

Breaking into biotech: Not as Scary as you think

Breaking into biotech: Not as Scary as you think

By Eric Schott, PhD – Co-founder, Head of Translational Research and Clinical Development at Solarea Bio

As a young graduate student at the University of Rochester Medical School, I knew that I wanted to move into industry but did not quite know what I wanted to do or how to make that transition.  While my PIs were phenomenal mentors for learning the ins and outs of academic research, they did not have the resources to support my transition to industry. So, I set off on my own path, and learned a lot of valuable lessons along the way.

Handling Crime Scene Evidence With the Monroe County Crime Laboratory

Handling Crime Scene Evidence With the Monroe County Crime Laboratory

By John Varrone, PhD, Forensic Biologist at the Monroe County Crime Laboratory

While performing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical Center, I was made aware of a permanent position that was opening up at the Monroe County Crime Laboratory here in Rochester, NY. Being quite the fan of the ever-popular crime shows on TV and an even bigger fan of true crime documentaries, I decided to give it a shot and submit an application.

The Annual National Science Policy Network Symposium: Take One

The Annual National Science Policy Network Symposium: Take One

By Sydney Simpson, PhD Candidate in Microbiology and Immunology

The National Science Policy Network hosts an annual symposium to bring together the different chapters of the organization to focus in on skill building, knowledge gaining, and networking in regards to science policy. Sydney Simpson from the University of Rochester Science Policy Initiative attended this meeting in November 2019 and shares her experience here.