My desire to have a career in business developed long before I ever had a passion for science. I am constantly seeking out ways to combine my interests and will share what I learn as I navigate the life science industry (and the outdoors).
I make it a priority to escape to the mountains as often as possible. Most weekends you will find me climbing, backcountry skiing, mountaineering, or sleeping in a tent waiting out the weather.
What I do
I currently work as a Product Manager at a life science company in Seattle. My work allows me to communicate with internal and external scientists to develop products that meet the needs of researchers across the globe, while also ensuring these products will be commercially viable. So in short, I get to be the liaison between science and business every day.
What I did
I finished my Ph.D. in Pharmacology at the University of Washington in August 2015. My research focused on understanding ligand-directed signaling mechanisms of mu opioid receptor inactivation in the context of morphine tolerance. Ultimately, a better understanding of opioid receptor mediated signaling pathways will allow for the development of more targeted analgesics with reduced side effects. Prior to graduate school, I received a B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University. I also worked at a life science consulting firm, Adjuvant, and spent a year researching signaling mechanisms that contribute to cognitive decline following epileptic seizures.
While in graduate school, I have was able to find ways to combine my interests in science and business. I worked as a Market Analyst for the Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program, which provided $100K grants to commercially viable technologies, and I worked as a Technology Licensing Fellow at UW CoMotion, the UW Technology Transfer office. In both positions, I analyzed various technologies coming out of UW labs and developed commercialization plans. I was also President of the Science & Engineering Business Association (SEBA), a student run non-profit organization that aims to expose science and engineering students to business through events, seminars, and volunteer opportunities in the Seattle area.