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    February 27, 2004

    The Mathematical Biology Job Market

    "If some significant fraction of the NIH budget is going to large-scale projects, and a substantial fraction of each project's budget goes into informatics, that translates into a lot of jobs." --David States, professor of bioinformatics, University of Washington

    March 03, 2006

    Working the Systems

    Systems biology seeks to connect the dots between molecular data. It's a hot career field, but success requires making connections between disciplines.

    December 02, 2005

    Physicist, Heal Thyself

    I knew a little molecular biology, but I had no notion of what you could do experimentally. It reminded me of electronics, the idea that you had these tools to splice things together in an ordered way, that you could reengineer things in the cell to do something else. --Mark Goulian

    July 01, 2005

    Undisciplined

    Malik goes to seminars to learn not just what they're doing, but how they're approaching questions. "It's really exciting to see how this person went about developing the story and making these connections . . . It's really useful to see how a scientific mind thinks about a particular problem."

    February 27, 2004

    Profile: The Scrutable and the Inscrutable

    "I gravitated toward the principle of minimum effort." --Ben Goertzel, chief scientific officer, BioMind LLC

    February 10, 2006

    Model Builder

    "It is definitely an asset to work with more than one system. It opens us up to different ways of thinking and keeps us flexible and less likely to sink into dogma. The differences in how the various systems are wired are as important as the similarities." --Sabeeha Merchant, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

    April 08, 2005

    Opposite Extremes

    "It would be really heartbreaking to spend 18 days doing work in the submersible and get back home to the lab only to find out you screwed up. I've seen it happen a lot." - Craig Cary

    December 24, 1999

    Two Words: Classical Pharmacology

    September 09, 2005

    The University in Corporate Clothing

    "This is an environment where everyone is considered and assumed to be a responsible, engaged adult until proven otherwise. You do what you have to do to get the job done." -Holly Butler

    September 12, 2003

    Life In Biotech

    "Here you have to make sure you're getting things done and meeting your objectives. It's almost a completely different experience."

    March 05, 2004

    Pharmacogenomics Profiles

    There are molecular biologists, and biochemists, and immunologists. There are toxicologists, and pharmacologists. But there are no pharmacogenomicists.

    December 08, 2006

    Chinese Medicine, Western Style

    "The focus isn’t because this is cheap. In fact logistically, it’s quite a challenge to do this. Whether you’re AstraZeneca, or Roche, or Novartis, you have to pay quite a bit to have that presence. Our focus is to have a presence in China, for China, and for the rest of Asia." --John Ramsey, AstraZeneca

    September 29, 2006

    Your Genetic Future

    The field is rife with opportunities to improve human health and to take part in the inevitable health-care revolution.

    October 07, 2005

    Entrepreneurs: Surviving the Dot-Com Crash

    "Because I was still passionate about this, I stuck through it and managed to keep it running with lots of help from some very good people. Now I have quite a bit of business experience." --Lee Jensen

    March 05, 2004

    Personalized Drugs, Personalized Careers

    "There isn't a pharmaceutical company that doesn't want these people. [Fellowship participants] are getting calls from headhunters 6 months or a year before they've finished." --Dave Flockhart, professor of medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine

    April 07, 2006

    Alone in the Lab

    Aside from radiation, few U.S. organizations have policies regarding pregnant lab workers, which means women are on their own when it comes to worrying about exposure during pregnancy.

    June 09, 2006

    Marketing Molecules

    "If you're young and you want a job that involves very intriguing research in industry, you might have to create the company that allows you to do it." --George Whitesides

    September 09, 2005

    Captain of the Farm Team

    Give your students skills, not just stories.

    March 11, 2005

    Careers in National Security: The Defense Intelligence Agency

    Duties might include tracking and analyzing foreign weapons systems and capabilities; coding and maintaining weapon system simulations; C and C++ programming; keeping tabs on foreign threat capabilities against ground, naval, air, and space weapon systems; or maintaining contacts with counterparts elsewhere in the intelligence community and in government and industry.

    November 14, 2003

    Hot Careers: RNAi

    "Although many of the jobs in the RNAi industry will closely resemble positions in other industries--biochemists, molecular biologists, and pharmacologists will be in demand--some specializations will be particularly sought after."

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