Careers after a PhD/Postdoc: ECR event

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At Proteintech, we understand that often Early Career Researchers are unsure about what career path to take. For this ECR event, we are hosting 5 scientists who work in academia and industry but with highly varied roles. Hear from them about their personal career journey and what their current job entails.

This event is now complete. To watch a recording of the webinar, follow the link below. 

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Keynote Speaker: Dr Lisa Bouchier-Hayes

Associate Professor @ Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Lisa Bouchier-Hayes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine. A native of Ireland, she was awarded her Ph.D. from the Department of Genetics at Trinity College, Dublin and completed post-doctoral fellowships in molecular mechanisms of apoptosis at La Jolla Institute in San Diego and at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. In her (non-existent) “spare time,” Dr. Bouchier-Hayes has created a robust workshop program to propel junior investigators forward and support all faculty in their journeys toward discovery.


ECR: Dr James Quinn

Translational Scientist II @Eisai USA

James Quinn is a translational scientist working in neurology at the Guided Genetics for Dementia Discovery (G2D2) site at Eisai in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He undertook his PhD at the University of Manchester studying the role of tau in Alzheimer’s disease before moving to Massachusetts in the US to undertake his postdoc at the Alzheimer’s Clinical & Translational Research Unit (ACTRU) at Massachusetts General Hospital. His postdoc involved studying the role of neuropeptides in Alzheimer’s disease and TDP-43 in ALS. His research has taken him around the world and recently facilitated his move from Academia into Industry.



ECR: Dr Harry Potter

Lecturer in Medical Sciences @University of Central Lancashire, UK

I am a teaching-focussed Lecturer in Medical Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire, Burnley campus. My research interests are the neuro-immune developmental programming of neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, particularly in the context of adverse prenatal environments. I am also heavily involved in student pastoral care and career development, as well as pedagogical research into modern assessment strategies.



ECR: Dr Vrutant Shah

Research Associate II @Methodist Research Institute

Vrutant Shah did his Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology at University of Houston under the mentorship of Dr. Amy Sater where he explored the gene regulatory network and miRNA-mRNA regulation in fate specification of ectoderm. For postdoctoral training, he joined Dr. Michelle Barton’s lab at M D Anderson Cancer Center where he developed a pre-clinical mouse model for Metaplastic Breast Cancer, a rare and aggressive subclass of TNBC, and determined therapeutic targets that can be explored further in clinic. Currently, he is working as a Research Associate II at Methodist Research Institute under Dr. Kristopher Brannan and developing mRNA techniques to target Metaplastic Breast Cancer cells using RNA editing enzymes.



ECR: Dr Rwik Sen

Field Application Scientist @Active Motif

As a field application scientist, I educate researchers at academia and industry on Active Motif's technology, develop new applications, build alliances, and bring in revenue. My training at Southern Illinois University and the University of Colorado, an inclusive group of mentors, and experiences with mentoring, teaching, peer-reviewing, communication, contribute to this ever-evolving role.