February 2018 social media collection: Alternative Careers

Career trajectories in physiology are often a consequence of conscious choices as well as unique, unexpected opportunities.  Young scientists may be unaware of the diverse career trajectories or the skill development required for success in these jobs.


This symposium brings together scientists working in industry, government, education and consulting to provide students, early career professionals, and mentors an overview of the varying array of scientific career options in physiology.


Individuals on the panel will share their perspectives on:

  1. job functions and responsibilities;
  2. career path trajectories;
  3. skill sets, degrees and training opportunities that will improve (or perhaps limit) one’s chances of success; and
  4. expectations and potential obstacles.

Symposium format will include a brief career trajectory description from panel participants, followed by a discussion / question-answer period and a closing breakout session to meet and interact with the speakers.



A government physiologist’s perspective: http://bit.ly/2FTZoWK
Kathy Ryan, Ph.D.,
 US Army Institute of Surgical Research


Career opportunities for scientists in big pharma: http://bit.ly/2mU0Fp0
Michael Statnick, Ph.D.,
 Lilly Research Laboratories


Application of physiology in product innovation and business strategy http://bit.ly/2mQXKwA
Brad Wilkins, Ph.D.,
 Nike Inc.


Transitioning from faculty to professional advisor: http://bit.ly/2DRZ0Yj
Lori Seischab, Ph.D.,
 Michigan State University


Physiologists role as medical school curriculum architects: http://bit.ly/2mSy8iL
Anthony T. Paganini, Ph.D.,
 Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

  Amanda Miller, PhD is a post-doctoral fellow at Penn state College of Medicine. She researches how the renin-angiotensin system alters the sympathetic nervous system and vascular function in mice and humans.

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