Career Path: "Running Away from the Bench at Full Speed: Confessions from a Serial Non-Academician"

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Description: In this webinar, I’ll talk about my transition from the bench, and tell you a bit about my experiences working for the DoD, getting in on the ground floor of a start-up (twice!), working for a Foundation, and finally landing back in an academic (although non-university) research environment. I’m happy to entertain questions about the transition itself, any of the industries that I found myself in, and any of the positions that I accepted. Feel free to check out my LinkedIn profile for more information:

Bio: Judy Lytle received her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience from Georgetown University Medical Center. Following her post-doctoral fellowship in Central Nervous System trauma, Dr. Lytle was awarded a two-year Science and Technology Policy Fellowship in National Defense and Global Security from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and was placed with the Department of Defense. For seven years, she managed biomedical research programs for the U.S. Navy & Marine Corps, where she was appointed as a member of the U.S. Naval Science & Technology Strategy Cell, and was awarded the Chief of Naval Research (CNR) Gold Coin for her efforts. She managed a $25M translational research portfolio in various areas of Warfighter Health, and was awarded the Commander of Naval Air Forces (CNAF) Gold Coin for her contributions to the Naval Air Systems Command hypoxia mitigation program. She also served as the Director of Science & Technology for a Maryland-based government support services company for five years, where she established a Science & Technology Center of Excellence and was awarded multiple government contracts. Dr. Lytle moved to Seattle, where she worked for the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and managed a $28M basic and applied research portfolio that included programs in global health and neurodegeneration. Currently, Dr. Lytle is the Director of Business Development for the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute (PNDRI).