MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2013

Next Steps: A Sampling of Careers in Science

Professor Iain Cheeseman, Member, Whitehead Institute

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

This program will cover non-traditional paths for Biology PhDs.  Please join us at seven exciting seminars featuring speakers who are at the top of these respective fields.

Sponsor(s): Biology
Contact: Prof. Iain Cheeseman, WI-401B, 617-324-2503,

A Career in the Biotechnology Industry

Jan/15 Tue 01:00PM-03:00PM 68-181

Are you considering a job in industry, or perhaps starting your own company? What are the main differences between academic and industry labs? Join us for an exciting Q&A session with a panel of scientists who belong to different areas of industry, and find out whether industry is right for you.  

Organized by: Sherry Lee and Xiaofei Gao

Phillip Sharp - co-founder of Biogen, Alnylam and Magen, Teresa Compton, Alessandra Di Bacco, Alexandra Huhalov

A Career in Consulting/Venture Capital

Jan/16 Wed 01:00PM-03:00PM 68-181

The business of Biology is booming! This seminar features capitalists, who finance biological enterprises and consultants, who suggest the best way to merge Biology with business. Come listen and speak with PhDs who have made the transition from bench work to the business world.

 Organized by: Paul Fields

Robert Weisskoff, Sebastian Kraves, Ricardo Brau, Jessica Church

Intellectual Property and Patent Law

Jan/17 Thu 01:00PM-03:00PM 68-181

Commercializing the science that we do and ensuring that is done fairly is an important part of the scientific mission. Come learn from the different perspectives of PhDs who have pursued law-related career paths in the biotech industry, law firms, and academia. What opportunities exist for scientists in law-related professions? What are these careers like and are they right for you?

Organized by: Sherry Lee

Duncan Greenhalgh, Nicholas Mitrokosta, Kristin Konzak, Jennifer Griffin

Science Writing

Jan/24 Thu 01:00PM-02:30PM 68-181

Science Writing and the Spread of a Scientific Idea

Once experiments are completed and the paper submitted, how is that information communicated within a field--and to a larger audience?  Come explore the diverse ways science is communicated outside the lab--in journalism, publishing, and industry.

Organized by David Kern and Zahra Hirji 

Seth Mnookin - Author of the The Panic Virus, Will Knight, Anne Knowlton, Priya Prakash Buddle

Finding a Faculty Position

Jan/28 Mon 01:00PM-02:30PM 68-181

Looking for a professorship is a daunting process. What type of institution is right for you? Where do you find information? What do search committees look for? What should you do at an interview? Come find out from faculty at different institutions and career stages who have experienced all aspects of the process.

Organized by: Wendy Niedelman and Xiaofei Gao

Melissa Kosinski-Collins, Celeste Peterson, Harvey Lodish, Matthew Shoulders

Government & Policy

Jan/30 Wed 01:00PM-03:00PM 68-181

Government and Policy: Decisions beyond laboratories

A scientist's critical evaluation is not limited to the lab bench. Come and find out how scientists can employ their expertise in federal policies and the decision making process, the major determinants of our research infrastructure. Join the discussion!

 Organized by: Grace Chen and Sandhya Sanduja

Mary Yebba, Patrick Wen, Jeffrey Rolands

Education & Outreach

Jan/31 Thu 01:00PM-03:00PM 76-156

Education and Outreach: Helping the next generation of scientists

Do you love teaching and helping people learn? How do I become involved in teaching and outreach? Can there be a balance between running a successful lab and mentoring? Come find out!

Organized by: Grace Chen, Sandhya Sanduja, and Dave Phizicky


Dr. Leah Okamura - recent graduate of the Page lab, Dr. Michelle LaBonte, Dr. Patrick Williamson, Dr. Mandana Sassanfar - Instructor and Director of Diversity and Science Outreach