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In the Spotlight: Micheal Hebert, Ph.D.

Finding an exciting career at the intersection of science & law

Stanford Affiliation: Postdoctoral Scholar
Department: Pediatrics & Genetics
School:
Medicine
Degree: Ph.D.
Industry: Legal (Intellectual Property Law)
Position:
Technical Specialist
Location:
Foley & Lardner LLP, Palo Alto, CA

I started my postdoc at Stanford University with the intention of spending several years doing research and moving on to an industrial job at a biotechnology company.  However, I soon realized that conducting bench work was not really satisfying to me.  My next step was to seek guidance and counsel through the SoM Career Center and I began to explore alternative career paths.  In addition to one-on-one advising sessions, I attended several of their seminars, which is where I was introduced to Intellectual Property Law.  Their assistance and guidance throughout helped me secure multiple offers and ultimately select a position as a Technical Specialist (i.e. scientific advisor) at a great law firm.  This career choice is perfect for my personality; I enjoy the ability to be close to science, but away from the frustration of bench work.  I truly feel energized and excited about taking my career in this direction.

Micheal Hebert
April 2007

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