Speakers' Biographies

An introduction to the guest speakers at the CLS Careers Symposium - Wednesday 09 January 2019

Transitioning from Academia to Industry – Dr Jaelle Foot, Research Scientist, Adaptimmune.

Not knowing exactly what I wanted to do for a career, I studied an Undergraduate degree in Mathematics with Biology. Enjoying both of these subjects at A-level, I quickly realised that Biology was the subject I preferred and went on to get an MSc in Cancer Cell and Molecular Biology and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Leicester. Having thoroughly enjoyed my PhD, I moved to Heidelberg for a 2-year postdoc at EMBL, and I am now a research scientist at Adaptimmune.

Science to Consulting: a perfect match? – Dr Janica Auluck, Senior Healthcare Strategy Consultant.

Janica  joined Executive Insight in March 2018 with a focus on Market Access Strategies in the pharmaceutical industry. Previously, she worked at Evidera | PPD and GfK where she was part of the Market Access Strategy practice.

Prior to consultancy, she was a healthcare professional working in the hospital laboratories and an academic researcher focused on biomarker discovery. Her special focus is on developing and implementing effective pricing and access strategies for pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

The Discovery of Procurement: Exploring a career path I had never heard of before.– Dr Abisola Sanusi, Packaging Buyer, Allied Bakeries.

I studied BSc Biochemistry at the University of Leicester, graduated in July 2012, and then went on to study for my PhD with the Cardiovascular Sciences Department based at the Glenfield Hospital. My research was focused on investigating the ability of mitochondrial targeted antioxidants to prevent cellular senescence and the onset of ageing. I graduated in 2016, and decided to pursue a career outside of science. I now work as a Packaging Buyer for a British FTSE 100 company, a multinational food processing and retailing company.

From PhD to PE – Dr Marie Nugent, Engagement Manager, University of Leicester.

I’ve always enjoyed studying science and language. My university career started at Kings College London studying Biomedical Science. I specialised in Genetics and was very interested in research, hence going on to study for a PhD here at the University of Leicester. Throughout my PhD I took part in outreach activities. From that, I was successful in getting a job at Mars Petcare in Science Engagement and Communication. I spent just over a year there developing new skills in a corporate environment. I am now Public Engagement Manager, developing partnerships and raising seldom heard voices in a research environment.

Being a scientific editor at a high-impact journal - Dr Leonie Welberg, Senior Editor, Nature Neuroscience

Leonie Welberg obtained an MSc in Biomedical Sciences from Leiden University, followed by a PhD from Edinburgh University. She then moved to Emory University in Atlanta, GA (USA) for postdoctoral research. In 2006 she returned to the UK to start a career in journal editing. Her first position was at Nature Reviews Neuroscience (2006-2014), where she commissioned and edited review and perspective articles and wrote short ‘research highlight’ pieces for the journal. In 2015 she took on a 2-year secondment as a Senior Editor with Nature, handling neuroscience papers submitted to the journal. Since 2017 she has been a Senior Editor at Nature Neuroscience.

Life after PhD: a leap into Medical AffairsDr Adelina Sharman, Medical Science Liaison

2019 marks my 10 year anniversary in the UK. I started my training as a molecular biologist, did my PhD in Immunology at the University Leicester and then did my postdoc in the United States. In 2017 I returned to the UK and made the big jump from academia to industry. It’s been an exciting journey!

Chris Finnis

Chris Finnis has worked in the biopharmaceutical industry for over 25-years developing production strains for cGMP manufacturing processes.  After studying a Biotechnology BSc and Biochemical Engineering MSc he joined Delta Biotechnology in Nottingham, to develop yeast strains producing recombinant albumin, albumin fusion proteins and transferrin.  After a PhD at University of Nottingham and Novozymes’ acquisition of Delta Biotechnology, he led their Molecular Biology Department and Biopharma Innovation Group, before working as a life-science consultant and Royal Society Entrepreneur-in-Residence in the University of Leicester’s Department of Genetics and Genome Biology.

Hunger for the FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) - Depesh Pankhania, Project Manager (Associate Scientist), PepsiCo, Inc.

    • Bachelors in Molecular and Medical Microbiology from the University of Sheffield (2:1, Hons).
    • Voluntary Laboratory Technician at the University of Leicester, under Prof. Aras Kadioglu (now at the Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool)
    • Masters in Medical Microbiology from the University of Leicester (Distinction)
    • PhD from the University of Leicester under the supervision of Dr. Ed. Galyov (titled: serine/threonine protein kinase of Burkholderia pseudomallei).
    • Head of Science, Business Development, Buying & Sales and Operations at Cool & Co Ltd. Leicester.
    • Research Scientist at Envigo, Leicestershire.
    • Technical Sales Specialist. Source BioScience, Nottingham.
    • Now a Project Manager (Associate Scientist) at PepsiCo Int. Leicester.

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