Interdisciplinary Job Opportunities for Biomedical Scientists
(iJOBS) program, implemented through a $1,937,000 grant
from the NIH. The program, which is open to all PhD and
postdoctoral candidates in the life sciences at Rutgers, has been
especially popular among women. Its three executive directors
include Janet Alder, PhD, associate professor of neuroscience
and cell biology and assistant dean for graduate academic and
student affairs, Rutgers School of Graduate Studies.
career in academia, says Dr. Millonig. iJOBS, however, pro-
vides broad exposure to options in nonacademic fields, offer-
ing a mix of formal academic instruction and workshops,
shadowing opportunities, and mentoring by professionals
from outside academia.
in cellular and molecular phar-
Bernard completed the Rutgers Mini-
MBA: BioPharma Innovation program
and interned in Rutgers' Office of
ing, marketing, and entrepreneurship.
universities, first at the Rockefeller University and then at the
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In her most recent
reinvention, Dr. Bernard works for Elsevier, a health analytics
company and publisher of science and health research.
Initially in the United States, and now globally, her team meets
with institutional leadership to develop strategies to "fill in
their gaps," she says, citing as examples helping scientists
early in their careers to collaborate better, reach solutions
faster, and make their research more visible.
girls from around the world who are interested in STEM with
outstanding women scientists who serve as their mentors.
ing, and women are very good at that," she says. Professionally
and as a volunteer, she feels Dr. Walworth's influence more
than any other. "She is compassionate, nurturing, and always
available. This is how I operate with colleagues, and I learned
it from her."
doctoral work in Dr.
yeast to explicate the role of
chromatin in response to
DNA damage to cells. As an
American Cancer Society fel-
low, she did postdoctoral work in the laboratory of James
Broach, then professor of molecular biology at Princeton, and
later joined the laboratory of Thomas Muir, PhD, Van Zandt
Williams, Jr., Class of 1965, Professor and chair, Department
of Chemistry, as a senior researcher.
enjoying a flexible schedule that allows her to spend more
time with her children.
most difficult scientific topics as easily she talked about life
outside the lab. She helped me see every aspect of a question,
all the pros and cons, and let me decide what was best."
addition, she changed the makeup of
the lab team to include a balance of
graduate students and undergraduates,
senior scientist since 2012.
encourages women's education by subsidizing fees for girls in
all government-supported schools. She then spent six years at
the NIH in the fast-paced lab of Gordon Hager, PhD, study-
ing endocrine receptors. Dr. George enthuses over being a sci-
entist in America. "It's the best!" she says, adding that she
loves her work: "mentoring, and learning from the under-
graduates--and keeping the yeast cells alive."