Mentor: M. Thomas Record, Jr.
Current Position: Marketing department at Bio-Rad Labs
I came to UW-Madison as a graduate student after leaving a Ph.D program at Yale University with my Masters and working for one year as a sales account manager at Life Technologies in the Northeast. I decided to return to graduate school at UW-Madison for many reasons. First, the culture of UW-Madison is very inviting and the professors are invested in the success of their students. Second, there are many opportunities to collaborate with other labs and to meet students and faculty in other departments. There are also opportunities to commercialize scientific discoveries through the WARF technology transfer office and to learn about entrepreneurship through the UW-Madison School of Business. Although I was not interested in pursuing an academic career, there are numerous opportunities for IPiB students to improve their teaching abilities and to mentor undergraduate students.
In the Record lab, for my dissertation I developed novel fluorescence assays for the real-time studies of E. coli transcription initiation intermediates. I also had the opportunity to mentor seven undergraduate students in the lab, and to complete a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Innovation through the UW Madison School of Business. I am currently working as a Global Marketing Product Manager at Bio-Rad Laboratories in the San Francisco Bay Area. In this role, I use my scientific knowledge to develop and market products that improve scientific research in academic labs and the biotech/biopharma market.
My biochemistry education at UW-Madison as both an undergraduate and graduate student provided me the foundation that allowed me to obtain an industry job in a tough economy and also to excel in my position.
Mentor: Mike Cox
Current Position: Postdoc at Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany
I graduated from Mike Cox's lab in the fall of 2010. My PhD work focused on the mechanism of regulation of the bacterial recombinase, RecA. The highlight of my graduate career was my discovery of a novel DNA-dependent nuclease, and the subsequent filing of a patent for this function. The mentoring I received from my advisor, my senior labmates, my committee members, and friends in the department was outstanding. The IPiB program provided a supportive, comfortable, but also challenging environment that allowed me to develop my skills as a scientist in the best way possible.
Since the beginning of 2011, I am employed as a postdoc in the lab of Volker Haucke at the Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany. I have received an EMBO longterm postdoctoral fellowship to study the role of the scaffolding protein intersectin (ITSN) in synaptic vesicle recycling. My thorough training in biochemistry and molecular biology from the Cox lab has allowed me to set foot into my new project in this very different field quickly.