Your UBC Experience
Clubs/Programs involved in at UBC
- Ex officio member of the Microbiology and Immunology New Faculty Search Committee
- Member of the Dolman Lecture Student Committee
- Member of the I3 Aaron Wyatt Memorial Lecture Student Committee
- Four Year Fellowship (2010-2012)
- University Graduate Fellowship (2009-2010)
Your Career Journey and Achievements
After graduation, I worked as a post-doc researcher in non-profit organizations for almost five years (2 years at a research institute in Switzerland and 3 years in another University in Italy). When I started to do research more than 10 years ago, I did not have any specific plan, but, since I always like new challenges, I decided that I wanted to see how research and development are performed in the "pharma/biotech world". I started to work in the pre-clinical department of Chiesi Faramceutici in 2017. Finding my first job in the private sector was quite hard: it took several months to land a position. I have to say that my long experience abroad at UBC really helped my CV to stand out from the crowd. At UBC, I focused on the development and validation of in vivo models to study different human diseases. This is what I am still doing now in the field of neonatology. During my PhD, I learned how to formulate hypotheses and develop appropriate experiments to address them. I acquired different experimental skills to work with in vitro and in vivo models. I also developed excellent abilities in time and project management, key skills to work in a pharmaceutical company. What I like the most of my job today is the possibility to work simultaneously on different projects and disease models in collaboration with a variety of external partners (universities labs and contract reasearch organizations). This multi-project work can sometimes be really challenging due to the diversity of the projects and the partners. However, "really challeging" often means also "very rewarding"!
Advice to current students
When you are developing a scientific project, time management is crucial. You need to remain focus on the goal to be as productive as possible. A key aspect of a career in science is the number of scientific articles that you are able to publish: the more, the better. Peer-reviewed publications are the most important paragraph of your CV or resumé, either you want to pursue a career in academia or industry. Your articles show what your skills are and the quality of your work. As I described above, networking and presenting your work to the scientific community are very important as well. Always show to everybody how passionate you are about your work.
- Ph.D./Microbiology & Immunology
PhD supervisor: Dr. Marc Horwitz
Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan, Italy - 2007, B.Sc. / Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies