Case Studies

Meet Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay, science writer for ASBMB Today

This Q&A originally was published in Enzymatic, the newsletter for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Undergraduate Affiliate Network.

Learning military lingo

Emily Heuring left the bench for a career that would help policymakers understand scientific concepts. Here, she reflects on her work at the Institute for Defense Analyses.

There and back again: from scientist to CEO

Now, instead of spending my days at the bench, I spend them with my small team of software developers and business developers in rented offices in Palo Alto — the heart of Silicon Valley. Instead of writing grant applications, I court investors and partners. But building a business is also about testing hypotheses: ideas about what our users need and want.

How do you do that?

How one "fresh-faced pharmacology graduate" became a science policy analyst in the Policy and Program Analysis Branch of the Office of the Director at the National Human Genome Research Institute.

Going deeper into the pile

A conversation with Jorge Cham, the creator of "PHD Comics."

Helping scientists stay in science

An interview with Alan Marnett, founder of, a resource dedicated to providing researchers with protocols to support their lives both in and out of the lab.

A life of, and for, change

David R. Wilson, a member of ASBMB's Minority Affairs Committee, takes risks that promise to pay off for him and young underrepresented scientists.

A scientist in marketer's clothing, or vice versa?

Mary Canady is the founder of Comprendia, a firm specializing in helping biotechnology and life science companies grow through the creation, commercialization and communication of value. Here she describes her journey from crystallographer to marketing entrepreneur.

Note to self: If I network, the jobs will come

Why bother networking? "The statistics speak for themselves: I hear regularly that networking fills 80 percent of jobs. For four out of every five jobs, the person hiring is somehow connected to the person being hired. That’s why you should bother."

What do you want to do after school?

Genetic counselor Catherine Griswold recounts the many steps she took to answer the ubiquitous question, "What do you want to do after school?"

The key to success: Believe in yourself

Research scientist Saurabh Sen gives some practical job-seeking advice and talks about his current job at Lucigen Corporation.