Career Development

Funding Your Research: NIH Course – The Harvard Catalyst Education Program

Harvard University – Boston, MA

Completed a 5-week online course, accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society, which provided an overview of the NIH grant submission process, with a particular focus on the R01 and K career development grants. Topics explained how to develop a fundable research topic, practice effective project management, work with grant administrators and collaborators to assemble the grant, and navigate the NIH peer review process. (June 2018)

Leadership Strategies for the Researcher Course – The Harvard Catalyst Education Program

Harvard University – Boston, MA

Completed a 2-day, intensive course, accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society, which featured both interactive and didactic sessions, with a focus on best practices in leading and managing a team, and navigating a career path in research. Session topics detailed how to develop a personal strategy, manage grant finances, effectively use communication styles, resolve conflict, and hire, manage, and terminate team members. (June 2018)

Funding Your Research: Non-NIH Governmental Agencies Course – The Harvard Catalyst Education Program

Harvard University – Boston, MA

Completed a 5-week online course, accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society, which explored the availability of medical research funding beyond the NIH. Topics covered included the grant submission process, with examples drawn from agencies of NSF, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and DoD. Learn lessons from professors who have successfully acquired these types of grants. (May 2018)

Effectively Communicating Research Course – The Harvard Catalyst Education Program

Harvard University – Boston, MA

Completed a 2-day, intensive course, accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society, which was designed to provide fellows and junior faculty with the skills necessary to express their science clearly to diverse audiences; to prepare abstracts, manuscripts, and posters, and to speak effectively. With the guidance and expertise of the course faculty, including journal editors and leading scientists, acquired tools necessary to convey science effectively. (October 2017)

Successful Grant Writing Strategies Course – The Harvard Catalyst Education Program

Harvard University – Boston, MA

Completed a 5-week online course, accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society, on scientific grant writing. The course provided information on the preliminary components needed to apply for funding, with special emphasis on the importance of clear communication of the major grant ideas. Learned about the basic construction of a grant, the budget process and the general peer review process with implications of the final decision. (May 2017)

Patent Law Essentials Workshop – The Independent Activities Period (IAP)

Stata Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Cambridge, MA

Completed a 4-hour interactive workshop covering the basics of U.S. patent law, including the patent application process, prosecution, litigation and licensing. Learned about recent developments in patent law specifically for inventors and examples ranging from the computer software to the pharmaceutical industries. (January 2017)

Healthcare Innovation & Commercialization Course (HIC)

Armenise Auditorium, Harvard Medical School – Boston, MA

Participated in a 10-week hands-on workshop led by accomplished entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, corporate executives, and experts who are closely involved in commercializing innovations in healthcare. Learned about industry trends in the life sciences, regulatory and reimbursement issues, health policy, startups and startup financing, venture capital, licensing and technology transfer process from academia to industry. After selecting a current Harvard technology [DNA nano-origami capsule for targeted drug delivery], in a small team setting, investigated it’s market potential and developed a roadmap for a successful product launch during an 8-week period. Finally, in the form of a 3-minute venture capital pitch, presented the problem, market opportunity and solution to the technology in development. (September 2016)

Medical Device Development Course – The Harvard Catalyst Education Program

Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School – Boston, MA

Completed a 2-day intensive course, accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society, on medical device development and translation. Designed for clinical and translational researchers, the course provided an opportunity to explore and navigate the principles underlying the challenges of medical device and diagnostics development, with a special focus on technology transfer, the regulatory process, and commercialization. Gained knowledge on how to identify the clinical need, valuate and validate novel technologies, improve on existing medical devices and technologies and conduct pre-clinical and clinical studies and post-market surveillance. (May 2016)

IARPA/SRC Workshop on DNA-based Massive Information Storage

Senate Ballroom, Hyatt Arlington – Arlington, VA

This invitation-only workshop explored the near‐term feasibility of developing a massive information storage technology based on DNA organizing principles. In an interactive framework, it encouraged exploratory thinking with the goal of supporting an aggressive DNA‐based memory system development cycle. Leading questions were offered to stimulate discussion for each of the workshop topical areas and these were followed by a set of straw five‐year development objectives. (April 2016)