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Courtney Chandler

Courtney Chandler
Courtney Chandler has been an ASBMB Today contributor since 2016 and has a passion for scientific communication. You’ll see her insights on industry career paths monthly in her ASBMB Today careers column. She earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. from the biochemistry and molecular biology program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She loves Baltimore and decided it was the city for her (crabs are a personal favorite). She is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She's also a member of the Journal of Biological Chemistry's Early Career Reviewer Board. When she’s not researching or writing, Courtney likes to travel, cook and read.

Articles by Courtney Chandler

In memoriam: Gertrude Forte
In Memoriam

In memoriam: Gertrude Forte

Oct. 18, 2021
The first woman to be named editor-in-chief of the Journal of Lipid Research died June 9.
Addressing accessibility in STEM
Observance

Addressing accessibility in STEM

Oct. 12, 2021
"Stigma and internalized ableism are preventing conversations about how to be more accommodating and supportive," says Alyssa Paparella.
Improving mentoring to increase inclusion in science
Jobs

Improving mentoring to increase inclusion in science

Oct. 8, 2021
Meet Diana Azurdia, director for recruitment and inclusion for UCLA's Graduate Programs in Bioscience.
Applying your experience as a field application scientist
Jobs

Applying your experience as a field application scientist

Sept. 24, 2021
Our industry careers columnist talked with Dominique Gales–Badea at Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies about her professional journey.
Cholesterol Education Month 2021
Health Observance

Cholesterol Education Month 2021

Sept. 1, 2021
Research highlights: genes, bears and bugs (of the viral variety).
Account managers as problem solvers in industry
Jobs

Account managers as problem solvers in industry

Aug. 27, 2021
Learn how Cleyde Helena helps academic clients get the instruments they need to move their research forward.
In memoriam: Shelby Kashket
In Memoriam

In memoriam: Shelby Kashket

Aug. 23, 2021
The ASBMB recently learned that this member, known for his research on the formation and prevention of dental caries, died late last year.
What we’ve learned about careers in industry
Jobs

What we’ve learned about careers in industry

Aug. 6, 2021
Industry careers columnist Courtney Chandler and staff writer Laurel Oldach team up to offer advice for job seekers.
Research roundup: Olympics edition
Observance

Research roundup: Olympics edition

July 23, 2021
A snapshot of science relevant to sports in the spotlight at the Tokyo Games.
A primer on performance reviews in industry
Jobs

A primer on performance reviews in industry

July 16, 2021
Our industry careers columnist provides an overview of what you can expect and how to handle a lukewarm or negative review.
Climbing the research ladder in industry
Jobs

Climbing the research ladder in industry

June 25, 2021
Our industry careers columnist offers brief descriptions of entry-level, mid-level and senior-level positions in the R&D world.
How an interest in circuits led to a career in medical devices
Jobs

How an interest in circuits led to a career in medical devices

June 4, 2021
Our industry careers columnist spoke with Damini Agarwal of Infinite Biomedical Technologies.
Working on sustainable science in industry
Jobs

Working on sustainable science in industry

May 14, 2021
Our industry careers columnist talked to Jake Courtney of Conagen, a biotechnology company that focuses on synthetic biology, about his role as a scientist in industry.
The impacts of COVID-19 on women’s mental health
Health Observance

The impacts of COVID-19 on women’s mental health

May 12, 2021
As the pandemic has stretched from weeks to months to over a year, data have emerged showing the unequal toll it has had on women’s mental and emotional health.
Moving from medical liaison to medical lead
Jobs

Moving from medical liaison to medical lead

April 23, 2021
Our industry careers columnist talked to Jason Howard, who works in the medical affairs department of Sanofi Genzyme, a company that develops therapies for patients with rare diseases.
Free biotech and pharma training
Professional Development

Free biotech and pharma training

March 26, 2021
Our industry careers columnist collected free classes, courses, seminars and certificate programs for those of you interested in biotech or pharma.
Kountz tracks methyls in microbe metabolism
ASBMB Annual Meeting

Kountz tracks methyls in microbe metabolism

March 12, 2021
As a JBC Herbert Tabor Early Career Investigator Award recipient, Duncan Kountz will present his work at the 2021 ASBMB Annual Meeting.
Finding a fulfilling scientific career in industry
Jobs

Finding a fulfilling scientific career in industry

March 5, 2021
Our industry careers columnist talked to Sadiye Amcaoglu Rieder, who has worked in biotech for more than five years and currently works at Viela Bio.
Securing space for Black women scientists in a crooked room
Diversity

Securing space for Black women scientists in a crooked room

Feb. 3, 2021
Spelman College has developed approaches to train and retain STEM grads. Will other institutions follow suit?
What is a project analyst?
Jobs

What is a project analyst?

Jan. 22, 2021
Our industry careers columnist talked with Surya Sundar, a project analyst for Emergent BioSolutions, about what his job entails and how he landed it.
Celebrating together, apart
Wellness

Celebrating together, apart

Jan. 11, 2021
When a good friend earned an award, Courtney Chandler didn’t let social distancing stand in the way of a party.
Transferable skills for industry
Jobs

Transferable skills for industry

Jan. 1, 2021
Convince hiring managers of your value by highlighting your experience working in teams, meeting deadlines, communicating clearly and using technology.
Looking to 2021 with industry in mind
Jobs

Looking to 2021 with industry in mind

Dec. 11, 2020
Highlights of and takeaways from a year of industry career columns.
The development side of R&D jobs in industry
Jobs

The development side of R&D jobs in industry

Nov. 20, 2020
Brandon Anjuwon–Foster talks about being a research scientist and project manager at PPD, a global contract research organization.
Time, place and pay
Jobs

Time, place and pay

Oct. 30, 2020
These three factors significantly influenced Brandon Anjuwon–Foster's decision to take a job in industry rather than continuing on the academic research path.
Bridging industry and academia to improve community health
Jobs

Bridging industry and academia to improve community health

Oct. 9, 2020
Our careers columnist Courtney Chandler talked to Sunita Dodani about her professional journey, which has spanned the medical, research, and healthcare industries.
Starting your own company in graduate school is possible
Jobs

Starting your own company in graduate school is possible

Sept. 18, 2020
Neurophotometrics CEO Sage Aronson offers an inside look at going from Ph.D. to biotech startup.
Job variety and stability in the food and beverage industry
Jobs

Job variety and stability in the food and beverage industry

Aug. 21, 2020
Careers columnist Courtney Chandler continues to explore careers in the food sciences. This week she talked to Jody Renner–Nantz of DDW, The Color House, a global manufacturer of natural colors.
JLR’s new article format puts images at the forefront
Journal News

JLR’s new article format puts images at the forefront

Aug. 4, 2020
“Images in Lipid Research” series aims to celebrate the images scientists create.
Colorful research in the food industry
Jobs

Colorful research in the food industry

July 31, 2020
Our industry careers columnist interviews a scientist who works for a company that develops natural colorings for the food and beverage industry.
Fall internships in industry
Jobs

Fall internships in industry

July 10, 2020
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, companies are still looking for interns with all levels of experience.
A year in regulatory affairs
Jobs

A year in regulatory affairs

June 19, 2020
Industry careers columnist Courtney Chandler talked with Kendra Seckinger about her first year as an associate program manager of regulatory affairs at the biotechnology company Genentech.
An introduction to regulatory affairs positions in industry
Jobs

An introduction to regulatory affairs positions in industry

May 29, 2020
Industry careers columnist Courtney Chandler spoke with Stephen Amato, department chair for regulatory affairs, quality assurance and advance manufacturing at Northeastern University in Boston.
What are industry technology specialists, and what do they do?
Jobs

What are industry technology specialists, and what do they do?

May 8, 2020
Our careers columnist explores the role of technology specialist by talking to Jonathan Levine, a next-generation sequencing specialist with the synthetic DNA company Twist Bioscience.
What are industry account executives, and what do they do?
Jobs

What are industry account executives, and what do they do?

April 17, 2020
Careers columnist Courtney Chandler talks to Chad Whitman, an account executive with the digital genome engineering company Inscripta, about his job.
Internships in industry
Jobs

Internships in industry

March 27, 2020
If you’ve been looking for a chance to try your hand at industry work, these internships are a great way to start.
How spider venom could help relieve pain
Journal News

How spider venom could help relieve pain

March 20, 2020
Does the key to safe, effective pain treatments lie in modified tarantula venom? A recent JBC article from Janssen Research and Development offers an answer.
Embracing diversity in industry
Jobs

Embracing diversity in industry

March 6, 2020
Our careers columnist talked to Biogen's Cherié Butts about her career path and advice for underrepresented scientists interested in careers in industry.
Program highlight: BD’s Technology Leadership Development Program
Jobs

Program highlight: BD’s Technology Leadership Development Program

Feb. 14, 2020
The medical technology company BD has a training program for new scientists who want to get experience in different business units and roles. Our careers columnist spoke to a program participant about her experiences.
Inclusive Excellence aims at lasting change
Diversity

Inclusive Excellence aims at lasting change

Feb. 13, 2020
“While these ‘fix the student’ interventions might help the students who participate, they generally do not result in lasting change.” — David Asai, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Reworking your résumé for industry

Reworking your résumé for industry

Jan. 24, 2020
Interested in entering or moving up in industry? Michael Matrone, associate director of the Office of Career and Professional Development at the University of California, San Francisco, offers tips for creating an effective résumé.
The best of both worlds: careers in tech transfer
Jobs

The best of both worlds: careers in tech transfer

Dec. 23, 2019
If you’re passionate about academic research but are interested in industry, technology transfer and commercialization may be the career for you.
Tackling the job market — with a little help
Jobs

Tackling the job market — with a little help

Dec. 5, 2019
Our careers columnist writes about recruitment companies and other businesses that work with life science professionals transitioning into the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
Blending clinical, research perspectives to define early lipid disease
Annual Meeting

Blending clinical, research perspectives to define early lipid disease

Dec. 1, 2019
After Rotonya Carr had trained and practiced as a primary-care physician, the JLR junior associate editor went to work in a lab studying the biology of fatty liver disease.
Industry insights: an interview with Isaiah Hankel
Jobs

Industry insights: an interview with Isaiah Hankel

Nov. 13, 2019
Our careers columnist interviewed Isaiah Hankel, founder and CEO of Cheeky Scientist. His company specializes in helping Ph.Ds. transition into careers in industry.
Johnson innovates in the study of a neglected parasite
Award

Johnson innovates in the study of a neglected parasite

Nov. 1, 2019
She won the 2020/2021 Alice and C. C. Wang Award in Molecular Parasitology.
Bacterial invasion may explain recurrent urinary tract infections
News

Bacterial invasion may explain recurrent urinary tract infections

Nov. 1, 2019
Kim Orth, Nicole DeNisco and a team  at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have found that a variety of bacteria, not just one strain, correlate with recurrent urinary tract infections.
Networking in industry
Jobs

Networking in industry

Oct. 24, 2019
Our careers columnist writes about how to network for jobs in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.
Taking translational research out of the lab: working on clinical trials
Jobs

Taking translational research out of the lab: working on clinical trials

Oct. 4, 2019
Our careers columnist writes about the duties and skills required of research scientists, research coordinators and research associates working on clinical trials.
From the journals: June/July 2019
Journal News

From the journals: June/July 2019

June 1, 2019
Tackling an incurable blood cancer. Sharpening an arthritis drug’s aim. Preventing atherosclerosis. Read about this work and more in our latest roundup.
Understanding the link between metabolism and aging
Research Spotlight

Understanding the link between metabolism and aging

June 1, 2019
Melanie McReynolds, a postdoc at Princeton, studies how the molecule nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, which decreases with disease and age, is produced and used. She also shares her insights to motivate younger scientists.
Chng a ‘rising star’ in bacterial membrane lipid research
Award

Chng a ‘rising star’ in bacterial membrane lipid research

April 1, 2019
In the field of bacterial lipid trafficking, Shu-Sin Chng has defined the biochemical mechanisms of the membrane lipid asymmetry system in Escherichia coli and reported that the Tol-Pal system is actively involved in phospholipid transport.
Bankaitis a ‘tour de force’ in the field of lipid biology
Award

Bankaitis a ‘tour de force’ in the field of lipid biology

April 1, 2019
Vytas Bankaitis is recognized for his work on elucidating the role of lipid transfer and phosphatidylinositol exchange proteins in cell biology.
Lipoprotein researcher to talk about structure studies
Annual Meeting

Lipoprotein researcher to talk about structure studies

March 1, 2019
John Melchior refined a technique to separate high-density lipoprotein particles based on the presence of certain proteins.
From the journals: March 2019
Journal News

From the journals: March 2019

March 1, 2019
What’s the lipid situation in bone cancer? How can a scorpion venom vanquish viruses? How does a protein block cell fusion in chemotherapy? These and other research questions are addressed in our roundup.
Investigating genetic variants that underlie abnormal lipid phenotypes
Annual Meeting

Investigating genetic variants that underlie abnormal lipid phenotypes

March 1, 2019
Jacqueline Dron investigates genetic variants that underlie abnormal lipid phenotypes.
Using cross-linking to analyze protein interactions in mitochondria
Annual Meeting

Using cross-linking to analyze protein interactions in mitochondria

March 1, 2019
Fan Liu uses cross-linking mass spectrometry to describe the interactome of intact mitochondria. 
From the journals: December 2018
Journal News

From the journals: December 2018

Dec. 1, 2018
How early screening can help cure a rare genetic disease in newborns. The connection of genes, brains and immune cells in a risk factor for obesity. The difference between white and brown fat cells. Read about this research and more in our roundup o…
Novel gene function in breast cancer
Feature

Novel gene function in breast cancer

Dec. 1, 2018
Janice Knepper’s most recent paper focuses on the function of a protein called Zc3h8, which her lab at Villanova University — staffed largely by undergrads — found can contribute to aggressive tumor behavior in breast cancer models.
From the journals: September 2018
Journal News

From the journals: September 2018

Sept. 1, 2018
What’s the link between lipids and sleep apnea? How is obesity related to fertility? What’s the fastest way to screen heart drugs? Read about these topics and more in our roundup of recent papers from the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the Journa…
Orth a ‘scientific trailblazer’ in the field of bacterial pathogenesis
Award

Orth a ‘scientific trailblazer’ in the field of bacterial pathogenesis

April 1, 2018
Kim Orth of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute has worked to elucidate the activity of bacterial virulence factors on the molecular level.
Ion channel researcher receives Tabor award from journal
Award

Ion channel researcher receives Tabor award from journal

Jan. 1, 2018
Manu Ben–Johny, a postdoc at Johns Hopkins University, studies the molecular and physical properties involved in channel fine-tuning and how synthetic proteins can modulate channel function.
JBC: How green tea affects cells
Journal News

JBC: How green tea affects cells

Oct. 1, 2017
Researchers explore why the bioactive ingredient epigallocatechin gallate has complex and sometimes opposing effects on cellular signalling pathways, in a paper in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.
JLR: Thematic series highlights Alzheimer’s greatest genetic risk factor, ApoE
Journal News

JLR: Thematic series highlights Alzheimer’s greatest genetic risk factor, ApoE

Sept. 1, 2017
The eight articles in this Journal of Lipid Research review series study a lipid carrier protein that greatly increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
JBC: Zinc homeostasis and autophagy: beyond protein recycling
Journal News

JBC: Zinc homeostasis and autophagy: beyond protein recycling

June 1, 2017
A study in the Journal of Biological Chemistry by the lab of Nobel laureate Yoshinori Ohsumi revealed that the cellular-degradation system known as autophagy is another consequence of zinc starvation.
Haucke’s work has 'high impact' in membrane biology
Award

Haucke’s work has 'high impact' in membrane biology

April 1, 2017
Volker Haucke at the Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology is recognized for defining the roles of membrane lipid homeostasis in cellular transport.
Yang a 'highly accomplished crystallographer'
Award

Yang a 'highly accomplished crystallographer'

April 1, 2017
Wei Yang at the National Institutes of Health wins ASBMB's Mildred Cohn Award.
JBC: Another role for c-Myc, one of cancer’s biggest players
Journal News

JBC: Another role for c-Myc, one of cancer’s biggest players

Feb. 1, 2017
It turns out that hepatoblastomas are no different in needing c-Myc for tumor growth.
JLR: How a single-cell marine organism makes fatty acids
Journal News

JLR: How a single-cell marine organism makes fatty acids

Nov. 1, 2016
Thraustochytrium are an important source for dietary omega-3 fatty acids. New research shows how they produce such quantities.
JBC: Targeting semen amyloid fibrils to reduce HIV infectivity
Journal News

JBC: Targeting semen amyloid fibrils to reduce HIV infectivity

Oct. 1, 2016
Gallic acid prevents a specific human factor from increasing the ability of HIV to cause infection.