About branching points. Branching points is a collection of resources designed to give science graduate students ideas for nonacademic careers. Much of the material here is based on the dozens of informational interviews I conducted to figure out what I wanted to do after grad school. You’ll find career profiles, Q&A’s with recent grad-school-grads, a beginner’s guide to informational interviewing, musings on branching out, and more. Learn why I call the site branching points.
About me. I studied neuroscience at Bowdoin College before working as a research technician in Anatol Kreitzer’s lab at the University of California, San Francisco. We showed how the brain reorganizes itself in Parkinson’s disease, and used optogenetics (lasers in brains!) to help a Parkinsonian mouse move again. While applying to PhD programs in neuroscience, my life and my research collided in the most bizarre way, and I told that story on an episode of NPR’s Radiolab. I left San Francisco for the University of Washington in my hometown of Seattle, where I was a graduate student funded by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. By day I researched how Lou Gehrig’s disease slowly obliterates muscle control, but by night (ok, actually just other days when I was waiting on an experiment) I explored the many career options open to graduate students in the sciences. I left my graduate program with a Master’s degree and ventured out to Manhattan for a year where I was a management consultant for a firm specializing in product evaluation and strategic planning for clients in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device industries. I am now thrilled to be back in Seattle, where I’m a consultant at a boutique strategy consulting firm serving clients in the healthcare and non-profit sectors.