Executive / Professional Summary

I recently attended the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) annual meeting held in Washington, DC (April 17-21, 2010).  This is my first experience as an attendee and as a member of AACR.  From my perspective, as an organization, they seem to provide incredible support to young...


Caught between a rock and an academic place

In order to gauge whether or not my job search experience may be relevant to that of yours, I think it would be pertinent to characterize my basal parameters at the time of post.  I graduated in December of 2009 with a (doctoral) degree in Physiology & Biophysics.



Over the summer, I have been finishing some work in the lab for one of my main projects. While I spent about a year making and optimizing vector constructs for my experiments, the second phase of my project, assessing them in vivo, went a lot faster. Within a few weeks, there was strong evidence the...


Career Commentary #1: The Person Behind the Desk - An Often Overlooked Key to Success

April 21st, 2010. Did this day have any significance for you? My guess is that unless you were brought into this world or blissfully wed on that day (in which case belated "Happy Birthday" or "Happy Anniversary" wishes go to you), it probably didn't have any real importance, but April 21st, 2010 was...


The Ethics of proceeding with caution; don’t run before you can walk

I was saddened when I read articles in Nature reporting investigative results that patients in Texas have received unproven stem-cell treatments.  As stated in a previous blog article, I believe that stem cells could eventually be a cure for a wide range of diseases and am therefore supportive ...


What are you – An Intern?

“Trade places with me. No seriously.”   –InternTalk #101 If you are somewhere in the world right now making a mark, you probably started as an Intern. They didn’t give you the director’s job out of college, did they? Or did I miss a job fair? Or maybe you sailed your way out...


Life After Thesis Defense

I am a little behind in my blog posts because I became overwhelmed with my thesis defense. The big day finally came, and I was able to present the work I’ve done over the last several years since arriving at Scripps Florida. I was very fortunate that my family lives fairly close, so my mom, sister...


Giving a presentation on touchy subjects

This posting is about giving a presentation on touchy subjects. Everyone knows that academia is high on ego. And it’s understandably so: we have invested our lives into what we do. There’s no way to “not take it personally.” It’s our work, it’s our time, it’s our life’s work. So...


Careers In Traditional Academia: Outlook Bleak

As postdocs, we toiled away our early 20s in graduate school working 50+ hours a week in research labs and teaching as a necessary rite of passage on the career path to academia. We justified our meager stipends, long hours, and general dissatisfaction in life with the promise of a brighter, better-...


CIRM: A Publically Funded Institute

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) is an interesting experiment into publically funded research.  It was born from a state referendum in which Proposition 71 was passed on November 2, 2004.  It is a state agency which was provided $3 billion in funding for stem cell ...