From Ebola in Africa to biotechnology in Washington DC — with Michelle Rozo

She’s worked across continents, industries, and the government to use the life sciences to improve people’s lives.

Alexander Titus
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2 min readAug 18, 2020

Good morning my friends!

Today I get to have an awesome conversation with a good friend of mine, Michelle Rozo, about stretching yourself in your career, taking opportunities when they come up, and always finding a way to fun with what you’re doing.

Michelle has had an amazing career. Her passion for science was built from the ground up as a 7-year old studying bugs at summer camp, and now she’s a biotechnology leader working in Washington, DC. If you would have asked her a few decades ago where she would end up, however, she never could have predicted it.

After finishing her PhD at Johns Hopkins, Michelle took a job as a post-doc for the Navy and eventually founder herself managing a clinical trial in Liberia after the Ebola outbreak in 2014–15. She brought the lessons she learned managing diverse teams to Capitol Hill where she worked as a Staffer in the Senate, focused on Pennsylvania healthcare policy. From there, she found herself at the State Department and eventually the Department of Defense as the Principal Director for Biotechnology.

Every step along the way, shes build relationships, had a blast, and took every opportunity to stretch herself outside of her comfort zone.

I hope you enjoy the conversation!


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