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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 careers for those with scientific training. 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.  Outside of science, Martina loves spending time with her family, reading, making vegan meals and having a good up of tea.

Articles by Martina G. Efeyini

'Keep developing your expertise'
Interview

'Keep developing your expertise'

Sept. 16, 2022
Anand Balakrishnan is a biochemist at Enanta Pharmaceuticals. He leads a team that has worked on respiratory syncytial virus, SARS-CoV-2 and hepatitis B virus.
‘I wanted to go where I was needed’
Interview

‘I wanted to go where I was needed’

Aug. 19, 2022
Yuliya McAnany, a senior associate scientist at Amicus Therapeutics, talked to our industry careers columnist about her work.
‘Our technology allows you to name the nameless’
Jobs

‘Our technology allows you to name the nameless’

July 8, 2022
Swathi A. Kumar is senior director of marketing at Verogen, a company based in San Diego that produces next-generation sequencing solutions for forensic investigations.
‘Life happens, but we keep pushing’
BMB in Africa

‘Life happens, but we keep pushing’

June 21, 2022
ASBMB member Adaude Amalunweze is a scientist and educator in Nigeria.
‘We're all a bunch of weirdos doing our stuff’
Jobs

‘We're all a bunch of weirdos doing our stuff’

May 20, 2022
An interview with Charles Sanders, a research associate at XBiotech.
'Anywhere you go, be ready to review your work'
Interview

'Anywhere you go, be ready to review your work'

April 29, 2022
Maria Grandoni is a scientist at PPD. She talked to our industry careers columnist about her work on the manufacturing and quality side of industry.
‘Have faith in that training’
Interview

‘Have faith in that training’

March 18, 2022
Raghuvir Sengupta has been a biochemist for HP and is now a Pfizer postdoc. He talks about his work and how his graduate training prepared him for his industry career.
'A different career almost every three years'
Interview

'A different career almost every three years'

Feb. 25, 2022
Christian Cunningham traces his path from washing dishes at Berkeley to discovering drugs at Genentech.
Black scientists to follow
Observance

Black scientists to follow

Feb. 5, 2022
In celebration of Black History Month, columnist Martina G. Efeyini shares a roundup of Black scientists you should know.
Working at a national laboratory
Jobs

Working at a national laboratory

Jan. 28, 2022
Meet Faith Dukes, director of K–12 STEM programs at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.
7 skills you need in 2022
Jobs

7 skills you need in 2022

Jan. 7, 2022
Our careers columnist highlights the top skills shared by the scientists she interviewed this past year.
Provost makes chemistry accessible for undergrads
Award

Provost makes chemistry accessible for undergrads

Dec. 14, 2021
Joe Provost will receive the 2022 ASBMB Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education recognizing an individual who encourages effective teaching and learning of biochemistry and molecular biology.
Meet data scientist Kelsey Florek
Jobs

Meet data scientist Kelsey Florek

Dec. 3, 2021
For the state of Wisconsin, the bioinformatician develops computational infrastructure for investigating infectious diseases.
What it’s like to work for a state health department
Jobs

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
Jobs

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
Jobs

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
Jobs

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
Jobs

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
Jobs

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
Jobs

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
Art

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
Jobs

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
Professional Development

#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
Jobs

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
Jobs

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
Jobs

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
Jobs

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
Jobs

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
Jobs

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'
Jobs

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
Jobs

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
Jobs

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
Jobs

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
Professional Development

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
Jobs

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
Jobs

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
Professional Development

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
Jobs

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
Jobs

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
Jobs

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
Jobs

#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
Jobs

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
Jobs

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
Jobs

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
Art

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
Hobbies

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.