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Martina G. Efeyini

Martina G. Efeyini
Martina G. Efeyini became an ASBMB Today contributor in 2014 and now is a columnist who writes about alternative science careers. She is a toxicologist, science communicator and STEM advocate who is passionate about sharing resources for the next generation of scientists. She earned her bachelor's degree in toxicology from the Pennsylvania State University and her master's degree in toxicology from St. John’s University. Her experiences as a mentor, researcher and writer inspired her to combine her passions (STEM, communication and advocacy) to create Mademoiselle Scientist, an online resource for students and scientists. Martina’s commitment to the next generation shines through her work as a program assistant at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, CURE Scholars Program and outreach coordinator at Understanding Interventions. Outside of science, Martina loves spending time with her family, reading and cooking plant-based meals. 

Articles by Martina G. Efeyini

What it’s like to work for a state health department
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Working for a state health department

Nov. 5, 2021
An interview with toxicologist Alejandra Maldonado, a Utah epidemiology manager.
Advice for those seeking careers at scientific societies
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Advice for those seeking careers at scientific societies

Oct. 15, 2021
This is the third part in a series about scientists who've launched and established careers at nonprofit professional-development organizations.
Doing policy work at scientific societies
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Doing policy work at scientific societies

Sept. 14, 2021
This is the second part in a series about scientists who've launched and established careers at nonprofit professional-development organizations.
Working at a scientific society
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Working at a scientific society

Aug. 23, 2021
This is the first part in a series about scientists who've launched and established careers at nonprofit professional-development organizations.
From Smithsonian fellow to research botanist
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From Smithsonian fellow to research botanist

June 15, 2021
Careers columnist Martina G. Efeyini interviewed Manuela Dal Forno, a lichenologist at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.
7 tips for preparing for alternative science careers
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7 tips for preparing for alternative science careers

May 21, 2021
One of the most popular talks at the ASBMB annual meeting last month was by careers columnist Martina G. Efeyini. Here are some takeaways. (You can also watch it on demand.)
Meet Efraín E. Rivera–Serrano
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Meet Efraín E. Rivera–Serrano

April 30, 2021
Careers columnist Martina G. Efeyini talked to Efraín E. Rivera–Serrano to learn how he made the switch from having one academic job to having several science communication jobs.
A molecular biologist by day and a science artist by night
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A molecular biologist by day and a science artist by night

April 2, 2021
Beata Mierzwa is a postdoctoral researcher at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at the University of California, San Diego. She is also an artist with a growing science art brand.
Connecting chemistry with education
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Connecting chemistry with education

Feb. 26, 2021
Meet Christiane Stachl, director of education, outreach and diversity at Center for Genetically Encoded Materials at UC Berkeley.
#BlackInX Twitter movement creates visibility for Black scientists
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#BlackInX Twitter movement creates visibility for Black scientists

Feb. 5, 2021
In celebration of Black History Month, careers columnist Martina G. Efeyini shares how #BlackInX movements create a community of support for Black scientists.
From neuroscientist to science policy analyst
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From neuroscientist to science policy analyst

Jan. 15, 2021
Careers columnist Martina G. Efeyini talked to NHLBI staffer Nicholas Jury about his career path.
End-of-the-year checklist: Getting ready for 2021
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End-of-the-year checklist: Getting ready for 2021

Dec. 25, 2020
Navigating career changes is challenging, especially during a pandemic. Here are some tips for preparing for the new year.
A career supporting research innovation
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A career supporting research innovation

Dec. 4, 2020
Careers columnist Martina G. Efeyini talked to Kerisha Bowen about how she transitioned from organic chemist to patent agent.
Alternative science careers at a glance
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Alternative science careers at a glance

Oct. 23, 2020
Are you interested in a career away from the bench and the academy? Columnist Martina G. Efeyini highlights a handful of jobs to help you start thinking outside the box.
From bench scientist to biotech business booster
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From bench scientist to biotech business booster

Oct. 2, 2020
Meet Ernesto Chanona, senior manager in the Office of the BioHealth and Life Sciences at the Maryland Department of Commerce.
Doing epidemiology at the FDA
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Doing epidemiology at the FDA

Sept. 11, 2020
Careers columnist Martina G. Efeyini talked with Michael Bazaco about how he wound up at the agency and what he does there.
Tales from the 'Food Science Snob'
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Tales from the 'Food Science Snob'

Aug. 7, 2020
Ever wondered how astronaut food is made? How to brew kombucha? Are you a foodie? Careers columnist Martina G. Efeyini talked to Ariel Carter to learn about her experience as an early career food scientist.
NIH employment and training opportunities
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NIH employment and training opportunities

July 17, 2020
The National Institutes of Health is made up of more than two dozen institutes and centers that focus on specific diseases, systems and populations. Learn about positions, fellowships, training and resources to jump-start or advance your career.
Get the most out of your university’s career services
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Get the most out of your university’s career services

June 26, 2020
Why not take advantage of career services offered by your alma mater? You paid for them!
We are all connected: exploring environmental science careers
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We are all connected: exploring environmental science careers

June 5, 2020
Take a step in your backyard and explore nature's free museum. Then ask yourself: Might an environmental science career be right for you?
Building your professional brand
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Building your professional brand

May 15, 2020
Careers columnist Martina G. Efeyini shares quick tips you can use now to build your professional brand.
Science inreach: why building connections as scientists matters
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Science inreach: why building connections as scientists matters

April 24, 2020
Our careers columnist talked with Lou Woodley, director of the Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement, to learn what it takes to be a scientific community engagement manager.
How to become a principal investigator at the NIH
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How to become a principal investigator at the NIH

April 3, 2020
The NIH Intramural Research Program has about 1,000 principal investigators and an extensive training program for early-career scientists, many of whom become principal investigators at the NIH and elsewhere.
How to have a successful informational interview
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How to have a successful informational interview

March 13, 2020
Are you in a career transition, or do you just want to learn about a new field? Informational interviews are a good way to learn about science jobs.
Investigating public health careers
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Investigating public health careers

Feb. 21, 2020
If you are a scientist who wants to protect the health of society, consider a public health career. The field is great for those who want to be real-life disease detectives.
How mentors make an impact on your career
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How mentors make an impact on your career

Jan. 31, 2020
At every stage of your career, mentoring matters. In honor of National Mentoring Month, careers columnist Martina G. Efeyini shares why a mentor is essential for your career success.
The other side of research
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The other side of research

Jan. 10, 2020
There are research administrators at all experience levels and at every stage of research.
#SeasonOfGiving: exploring nonprofit careers
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#SeasonOfGiving: exploring nonprofit careers

Dec. 13, 2019
Are you a natural problem solver looking for a career that supports the greater good of science? If so, a nonprofit career may be a career for you.  
Making science more accessible: science communication careers
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Making science more accessible: science communication careers

Nov. 22, 2019
A great science communicator does three things: makes science more engaging to the public, finds ways to support outreach, and curates content using a variety of formats to target audiences.
As Election Day nears, a look at science policy careers
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As Election Day nears, a look at science policy careers

Oct. 30, 2019
Our careers columnist writes about how to prepare for a career in science policy and offers a sampling of open policy positions, including fellowships.
Careers in STEM education
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Careers in STEM education

Oct. 8, 2019
STEM education increases diversity, inclusion and equity because we all deserve a seat at the table. So what does this mean? We need more scientists in STEM education careers!
Clothed in bacteria
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Clothed in bacteria

April 1, 2016
A bioartist develops new concepts of clothing inspired by the actions of bacteria that coat human skin. 
Pursuing dragons and damsels with Hal White
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Pursuing dragons and damsels with Hal White

Aug. 1, 2015
Martina Efeyini interviews Harold White III, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Delaware.