Courtesy of Jane Chin
Early indications: I was a microbiology major as an undergraduate and doing research in a lab. While isolating plasmids and hobnobbing with Pseudomonas putida, I found the research environment to be exciting, and decided to study mammalian cell biology in graduate school.
How I got here: As my research was concluding, I knew that I had no desire to continue with a postdoc, but in graduate school I had no idea medical science liaisons (MSLs) even existed. I became a pharmaceutical sales rep, and one day someone brought in an MSL. I saw them in action and thought, "I can do that!" So I looked for MSL opportunities, and since I've become one, I haven't looked back. As a medical science liaison, I foster collaborative research relationships between research clinicians and industry.
Mentors of merit: Because I was researching...