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Life Beyond The Lab

By Rashpal Bhogal, PhD, Medical Science Liaison at Novartis

So you wake up each morning, before heading to the lab thinking ‘what am I going to be when I grow up’? Love the fact of being involved in translational research and outcomes to help foster new collaborations and further clinical plus scientific ideas to be explored, but not fond of the lonely nights in the lab watching gels run and talking to the universe to see that ‘one band’? You’ve come to right coffee chat – welcome to the discussion of how to be a scientist, discuss clinical and scientific data and engaging in meaningful, interactive discussions while not spending lonely nights in the lab. Welcome to the life as a Medical Science Liaison. This is the story of a PhD student navigating her way through her way at the University of Oxford, then dabbling in Post-Doctoral training at Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, guided by mentors and eventually discovering engaging opportunities in the clinical industry sector (and how she learned that there is life beyond the lab!). Through my discussions, I will outline the various options of how to channel your passion of how to be a credible, ethical scientist and contribute to improving the quality of life for patients via engaging in translational research discussions and initiatives without waiting for that gel to run by yourself. It’s satisfying to be working in a large, cross-functional, dynamic team that has the same primary goal as you do – looking at ways to help make a difference for patients to live better lives.

Come chat with Rashpal Bhogal October 4th at 9:30 am in Natapow Conference Room (1-9545)

There will be coffee and bagels!

Global Administrator | 10/1/2016

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