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Ph.D. Connections Conference Career Panel: Biotech, Healthcare, and Pharma Organizations

March 13, 2023, 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm EDT

The combined impact of the biotech, pharma, and healthcare industries on the future of human health outcomes is huge. Ph.D. degree holders have many career options within these industries in areas that are related to, but not limited to, scientific research. Panelists will discuss lessons from their career trajectories, describe their daily professional lives, and provide tips and tools to best prepare for launching new careers in these industries.


Nnamdi Edokobi utilizes a technical background in electrophysiology, microscopy, therapeutics, and molecular biology to assist Choate’s life sciences contacts in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, as well as freedom-to-operate and patentability analyses.

Megan Huizenga completed her Ph.D. in pharmacology and physiology from Georgetown University. Her research focus was on preclinical evaluation of safety and efficacy of cannabinoid compounds in animal models of seizures. She then moved into a position as a scientist on the clinical development team at Vanda Pharmaceuticals, where she was responsible for developing a Phase 3 clinical trial for a new indication of an existing approved drug product. Next, Megan accepted a position as a medical science liaison with Greenwich Biosciences, which was later acquired by Jazz Pharmaceuticals, and she remains in this position today.

Alex Sun grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, and obtained her B.S. in chemistry from Brandeis University. She pursued her Ph.D. studies in chemistry at the University of Michigan with Professor Corey Stephenson as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Alex joined Merck in 2020, where she is currently a senior scientist in the Data-Rich Experimentation (DRE) group within Small Molecule Process Research and Development. In the DRE group, she is involved in the development of automation tools for accelerating process development.

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March 13, 2023
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm EDT
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