ACADEMIA

It’s 2020 and the ideological divide between the Biotech industry and academic research is closing fast.

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When I interviewed for Ph.D. programs in the spring of 2020, instead of glossing over my industry experience, I proudly highlighted it. A couple of decades ago, my interviewers might have seen this as a sign that I wasn’t fit for Academia; instead, they were only impressed in the diversity of experience and skills that I had gained in Biotech.

It also used to be that Academia and Biotech served different purposes; the former produced research and the latter used that research to make products. …


Laptop, coffee mug and iphone on a brown desk in front of a man in black sweater also on laptop.
Laptop, coffee mug and iphone on a brown desk in front of a man in black sweater also on laptop.
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Computational biology is becoming a popular buzzword in tech-media and on LinkedIn. There are dozens of articles about how to become a computational biologist and the benefits thereof. But often these articles don’t really make clear what a computational biologist actually does.

When I started looking for my first job around the end of college, I didn’t have a good idea of this either. So I looked for a job that would expose me to a lot of different types of comp bio work. I ended up joining a company that had a chemical biology-based platform with a small comp…

Steffan Paul

PhD Student in Bioinformatics at Harvard Medical school | Biotech Enthusiast | Computational Biologist

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