Monday, August 13, 2018
Student organizers planned every detail-from inviting speakers to logistics, funding and food. What resulted was an engaging string of presentations and informal discussions with speakers from a diversity of backgrounds who shared their candid advice, lessons learned, and day-to-day challenges and joys in their fulfilling careers.
The August 10 event was the second in a two-part series to increase awareness of the variety of careers in and beyond academia among graduate students and postdocs across campus who are involved in research relating to microbiology.
Jennifer Leeds is Executive Director in the Infectious Diseases Area at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. A Cornell alumna (BS Microbiology '91), she is also a member of the President's Council of Cornell Women. Her main points:
grades are not everything
Kim Holloway is the Associate Director of Proposal Advancement in Cornell's Office of Sponsored Programs. She transferred her grant writing skills and passion to learn about grants and contracts before lending her skills to advance faculty proposals in areas of strategic importance to Cornell. Her takeaways?
go speak to people who have careers you are interested in
Diana Lammpu is the Vice President and Head of Program and Alliance Management for Homology Medicines, Inc. and spent 5 years at Millenium in a project management role. She considers her "PhD" level experience was learned on the job for Critical Therapeutics in mechanism of action research after which she sought out a non-lab role. Six years at a global company overseeing the commercial launch of a late stage phase III product, focusing on business related opportunities helped cement her desire to work in a small company environment. Her advice:
know your gaps! seek out experience to develop your skills by taking on additional responsibilities