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In the Spotlight: Chris Callahan, M.D., Ph.D.

Discovering a Satisfying Career at the Intersection of Science and Medicine

Stanford Affiliation: Postdoctoral Scholar
Department: Pathology
School: Medicine
Degree: M.D., Ph.D.
Industry: Biopharma
Position:
Scientist
Location:
Genentech, South San Francisco, CA

During my pathology residency and postdoctoral training I became aware of opportunities in industry.  I realized that the skill sets acquired during physician/scientist training in academia were well-suited for companies bringing discoveries from the bench to the bedside.  At the end of my post-doc, after a School of Medicine Career Center (SoMCC) workshop, I met a recruiter from Genentech and we quickly discussed my background and how these might contribute to Genentech’s mission.  This led to introductions at the company and eventually a rewarding position that leverages my training and knowledge in both pathology and science.  I recommend keeping your mind open to the rapidly growing opportunities in industry and utilizing the resources at the SoMCC to help develop a successful job search.

Chris Callahan
April 2006

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