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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 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 Johns Hopkins University, where she researches enzymes of fungal pathogens. When she’s not researching or writing, Courtney likes to travel, cook and read. 

Articles by Courtney Chandler

Internships in industry
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Internships in industry

3/27/2020
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
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How spider venom could help relieve pain

3/20/2020
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
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Embracing diversity in industry

3/6/2020
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
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Program highlight: BD’s Technology Leadership Development Program

2/14/2020
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
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Inclusive Excellence aims at lasting change

2/13/2020
“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

1/24/2020
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
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The best of both worlds: careers in tech transfer

12/23/2019
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
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Tackling the job market — with a little help

12/5/2019
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
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Blending clinical, research perspectives to define early lipid disease

12/1/2019
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
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Industry insights: an interview with Isaiah Hankel

11/13/2019
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
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Johnson innovates in the study of a neglected parasite

11/1/2019
She won the 2020 Alice and C. C. Wang Award in Molecular Parasitology.
Zhang takes the lead in protein modeling
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Zhang takes the lead in protein modeling

11/1/2019
Yang Zhang's computational methods for predicting protein structure include prediction algorithms I-TASSER and QUARK.
Bacterial invasion may explain recurrent urinary tract infections
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Bacterial invasion may explain recurrent urinary tract infections

11/1/2019
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
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Networking in industry

10/24/2019
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
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Taking translational research out of the lab: working on clinical trials

10/4/2019
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
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From the journals: June/July 2019

6/1/2019
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
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Understanding the link between metabolism and aging

6/1/2019
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
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Chng a ‘rising star’ in bacterial membrane lipid research

4/1/2019
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
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Bankaitis a ‘tour de force’ in the field of lipid biology

4/1/2019
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
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Lipoprotein researcher to talk about structure studies

3/1/2019
John Melchior refined a technique to separate high-density lipoprotein particles based on the presence of certain proteins.
From the journals: March 2019
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From the journals: March 2019

3/1/2019
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
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Investigating genetic variants that underlie abnormal lipid phenotypes

3/1/2019
Jacqueline Dron investigates genetic variants that underlie abnormal lipid phenotypes.
Using cross-linking to analyze protein interactions in mitochondria
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Using cross-linking to analyze protein interactions in mitochondria

3/1/2019
Fan Liu uses cross-linking mass spectrometry to describe the interactome of intact mitochondria. 
Novel gene function in breast cancer
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Novel gene function in breast cancer

12/1/2018
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: December 2018
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From the journals: December 2018

12/1/2018
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…
From the journals: September 2018
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From the journals: September 2018

9/1/2018
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
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Orth a ‘scientific trailblazer’ in the field of bacterial pathogenesis

4/1/2018
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
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Ion channel researcher receives Tabor award from journal

1/1/2018
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
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JBC: How green tea affects cells

10/1/2017
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
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JLR: Thematic series highlights Alzheimer’s greatest genetic risk factor, ApoE

9/1/2017
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
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JBC: Zinc homeostasis and autophagy: beyond protein recycling

6/1/2017
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
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Haucke’s work has 'high impact' in membrane biology

4/1/2017
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'
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Yang a 'highly accomplished crystallographer'

4/1/2017
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
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JBC: Another role for c-Myc, one of cancer’s biggest players

2/1/2017
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
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JLR: How a single-cell marine organism makes fatty acids

11/1/2016
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
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JBC: Targeting semen amyloid fibrils to reduce HIV infectivity

10/1/2016
Gallic acid prevents a specific human factor from increasing the ability of HIV to cause infection.