MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2017

Sampling of Careers in Biology

Biology Department & Biology Graduate Students

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions
Prereq: none

This program will cover eight career paths for Biology PhDs.

Sponsor(s): Biology
Contact: Adam Martin, 68-459, 4-0074,

Intellectual Property & Patent Law

Jan/17 Tue 01:30PM-03:00PM 68-181

Intellectual property & patent law are fields with growing opportunities for PhD holders. Meet professionals working at a wide range of institutions, from research institutes & pharmaceutical companies to private firms, who have moved away from the bench, into careers where they apply their scientific background in order to understand, communicate & protect new discoveries and cutting-edge technology in a legal framework.

Shoji Takahashi - PhD, Associate Director of Intellectual Property, Seema Basu - PhD, Director, Licensing & Strategic Collaborations, Adam Poulin-Kerstien - JD, PhD, Patent Attorney, Fang Xie - PhD, Of Counsel

Science Policy

Jan/18 Wed 01:30PM-03:00PM 68-181

If you enjoy thinking about how science can improve the world, come learn about careers in science policy. Panelists will explain how science policy affects allocation of laboratory funding and how discoveries are translated into new technology and laws.

Alison Leaf - PhD, Hellman Fellow in Science & Technology Policy, Julie McNamara - MSc, Energy Analyst with the Climate & Energy Program, Daniel Pomeroy - PhD, Program Manager, MIT's Policy Lab

Career in Consulting & Investment

Jan/23 Mon 01:30PM-03:00PM 68-181

Are you interested in careers that utilize your skills from grad school but takes you away from bench science? Come hear about how our panelists made their transition from bench to consulting and investment roles.

Maria Denslow - Healthcare Lead Analyst, Bigyan Bista - Life Sciences Strategy Consultant, Kate Moreau - Analyst, William C. Mills - Healthcare Equity Analyst

Scientific Communication

Jan/24 Tue 01:30PM-03:00PM 68-181

If you enjoy talking about and explaining science, come learn about the diverse career paths in scientific communication including journal editors, medical writers, and journalists. Panelists will explain how a PhD can be advantageous in their field and how to transition from science to science writing.

Joseph Caputo - MSc, Media Relations Manager, Julie Sollier - PhD, Scientific Editor, Megan Thielking - Report and Lead Writer, Lisa Welch - MSc, Medical Writing

Path to Entrepreneurship

Jan/26 Thu 01:00PM-03:00PM 68-181

Interested in starting your own company, or learning the process for what it takes? Come hear about how different founders started their companies as well as resources at MIT and funding opportunities to take your venture further.

Jacob Rubens - Associate, Trish Cotter - Associate Managing Director, Vyas Ramanan - Associate, Reshma Shetty - Co-founder, Andrew Warren - Founding Scientist and Product Development Lead

Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Industry

Jan/31 Tue 01:30PM-03:30PM 68-181

Are you considering a job in industry? Join us for an exciting Q&A session with a panel of scientists who belong to different areas of industry. Learn about their day-to-day life, how they transitioned from academia to industry, and find out whether industry is right for you.

Eric Bell - PhD, Senior Scientist, Translational Biology, Dan Denning - PhD, Investigator II, Cardiovascular & Metabolic Diseases, Ann Marie Faust - PhD, Investigator II, Synthetic Biology group,, Setu Roday - PhD, Senior Scientist,Materials Discovery & Characterization