BCLA Informational Interview Series

Curious about what careers you can do with a Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD degree in life sciences? Have you heard from or met someone in the biotech community who has a really cool sounding job, or a job you aspire to? BCLA is here to help you get started in learning about the plethora of opportunities available for those trained as scientists in our Informational Interview web series. Informational interviews are a good tool to create, grow and cultivate your professional network. Click on the links below to find some informational video interviews we’ve conducted with professionals in the biotech community and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more upcoming videos. Check out a few, and then go out and conduct your own informational interviews as you explore your career path! If you don’t know where to start, click on the resource link for some questions you can ask during your informational interviews.

Carolina Amador - Commercial Insights Manager

Carolina is a Commercial Insights Manager at Amgen. She completed her PhD in bio-organic chemistry at USC, studying synthetic methods in drug development. 

Stefanie Volland - European Global Project Manager

Stefanie is a former postdoc from UCLA and now works at the Fundingsland Group where she is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic long-term medical education plans.

Radhika Palkar - Licensing Associate

Radhika is a Licensing Associate at the USC Stevens Center for Innovation. Prior to that, she was a postdoc at UCLA in neuroscience and has a PhD from USC. 

Tom Allison - Field Application Scientist

Tom completed a postdoc in neuroscience at UCLA and went on to work for Stemcell Technologies as a Field Application Scientist. 

Paris Bentley - Senior Medical Writer

Paris is a Senior Medical Writer with Exelixis. She has a PhD in Virology from Harvard University.