Bio Careers Blog


Welcome to the Bio Careers Blog. Opinions expressed on this blog are those of the bloggers, and not necessarily those of Bio Careers. Any registered member of our community is free to post comments on the blog. Postings and comments must conform with the  RULES.
Ron Hunter

03.11.2015 |    6,564 |   reply |
No votes yet

Chemists work everywhere!  Over the years, I interviewed for jobs ranging from forensic chemist at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to research professor at Drexel University.  As PhDs, we have mastered the art of learning. As a result of completing an ultra-specific dissertation, one of our best talents becomes our capability to learn. One of my favorite quotations from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia comes from the character Charlie Kelly as portrayed by Charlie Day. He says, “Oh, get a job? Just get a job? Why don’t I strap on my job helmet and squeeze down into a job cannon and fire...
Tags: working for the CDC


Maida Taylor

09.11.2013 |    34,665 |   reply |
No votes yet

The drug giant, Glaxo Smith Kline, has a lot of explaining to do.  This month the company has suffered a public relations storm with charges of  bribery, arrests of executives in China,  and allegations of falsifying research results, to name a few. Here at home, GSK is also in hot...
Tags: outsourcing ethics, outsourcing jobs


Maida Taylor

05.03.2013 |    21,302 |   reply |
No votes yet

Last month, I attended two days of hearings at the FDA campus in White Oak, MD.  The first day concerned two neuroscience molecules, gabapentin and paroxetine, both being evaluated for the treatment of menopausal vasomotor symptoms. Gabapentin was originally developed as an anti-seizure medication, and is also approved to treat...
Tags: FDA seminar, Gabapentin and Paroxetine, Public safety


Maida Taylor

02.13.2013 |    25,527 |   2 reply |
No votes yet

I am sure everyone who reads these blogs on Bio Careers is familiar with the on-going story about the outbreak of fungal meningitis traced to contaminated compounded corticosteroids used to treat back pain. The index case was described in the New England Journal of Medicine (Nov 29,2012) as a man...
Tags: compounders, death, drugs, infection, pharmacy


Maida Taylor

05.17.2012 |    37,900 |   reply |
No votes yet

It’s the same old song---contaminated drugs from China.  The news was reported by Laurie Burkitt in the Wall Street Journal  on April 17, 2012.  Chinese authorities halted the sale of 13 drugs, because the gelatin capsules used in manufacturing were found to have high levels of the heavy metal chromium....
Tags: FDA, public health


Meghan Mott

05.08.2012 |    15,293 |   2 reply |
No votes yet

Postdocs have few years to identify career goals, strengthen CVs, and construct a professional network, all while working full time in the lab. Given the current situation in academia, most of us will end up in what used to be considered alternative careers. There is a long list of non-academic...
Tags: Academia, CV, postdoc, public health, Science policy


Maida Taylor

09.28.2011 |    25,763 |   reply |
No votes yet

In 1925, Sinclair Lewis published Arrowsmith (a novel for which he later won a Pulitzer Prize), the story of a young medical researcher.  Martin Arrowsmith, the protagonist, served as a role model for scores of medical students intent on devoting their lives to medical science.  The portrait of Martin is...
Tags: bench, clinical, medical science, public health


Maida Taylor

07.04.2011 |    12,710 |   reply |
No votes yet

I am sitting in an auditorium at Georgetown University attending a symposium on the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on scientific publications and continuing medical education.  This is a decidedly hostile crowd.  The crusaders are all here, including Arnold Relman, MD, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.  He is...
Tags: Corporate, medicine, Pharma, public health


Lisan Parker

11.24.2010 |    27,611 |   3 reply |
Your rating: None Average: 3 (4 votes)

Hello, my name is Lisan.  Biocareers has asked me to share my experiences and career path with you.  My sincere hope is that you will find the lessons that I and others have learned to be helpful as you journey and make your own career decisions.  Thank you Biocareers for...
Tags: Choosing career path, non-profit, public health


go to:

Register Now!

Free Membership
for our Partner Institutions
Not in List?
We serve 200+ Institutions with limited Free Accounts or $19.95/1 Yr or $39.95/Lifetime Accounts
Not in List?
  • Search over 1500+ listings for MS, PhD and MD holders
  • Discounted Career Tools customized for life science postgraduates
  • Attend Webinars to expose you to varieties of career paths, experts and peers
  • Be able to join the Bio Careers Blog, where you can ask your career questions and find bloggers going through the same job transitions you are


  • The Bio Careers blog covers a lot of career advice, job search and career transitions stories that are shared by HR experts and life science professionals.
    Get automatic blog updates by email by subscribing to our blog.
    Latest comments
    Victoria on What do you do in Strategic Marketing? Or where is the dart board? said: I want to comment using the author's closing remark:Strategic Marketing is an ar...08.19.2013
    lele on Self-Reflection and a Current CV – Thoughts from a Working Vacation said: this a good articles dude ! i get the new ideas about vacation with your site. v...07.29.2013
    Anonymous Anonymous on MSL: Medical..Science…What? said: Every MSL listing I see requires prior MSL experience. How can inexperienced, bu...07.26.2013