4 Reasons Why Students and Postdocs Should Check Out This Year’s AAAS Annual Meeting in D.C.

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Seven years since I first went, the 2023 AAAS Annual Meeting is back in D.C. March 2-5, and I couldn’t be more excited. And if you’re not able to join in person, never fear – there’s also a virtual option as well.

5 Reasons Why PhD Programs are Falling Short at Preparing Today’s Workforce

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As time has marched on, I’ve seen more and more impressive training programs pop up across the BioHealth Capital Region and the nation. Everything from specialized biotech training courses such as Bio-Trac to incredible biotech-focused associate degrees such as those offered through Montgomery College, Frederick Community College, and the Universities at Shady Grove. Communities colleges are partnering with nearby industries and offering internships and apprenticeships, some of which actually pay for students’ tuition and all but guarantee a job after finishing.

Pursuing Balance in the New Year

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Whether it be at work or in your personal life, January is a time where people set their New Years intentions and goals into motion. For many, those goals might include being more intentional in your time management so you can find a sense of balance. February is just around the corner, though, and we all know what tends to happen – you taper off. This often involves saying “yes” to things we never intended to, leading us right back into an unbalanced lifestyle and the stress that comes with it.

Bio-Trac and ATCC Partner to Lead Workshop on Best Practices in Mammalian Cell Culture

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Bio-Trac and ATCC will partner in February to conduct a “Best Practices in Mammalian Cell Culture” workshop at the MC Bioscience Education Center in Germantown to offer a comprehensive overview of best principles and techniques related to cell culture technique.

Why It’s Important to Have Mentors Beyond Your PI, and How to Find Them

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During graduate school we lean heavily on our Principal Investigators (PIs) to provide us guidance on our projects and experiments. And while PIs can be great mentors in this regard, that doesn’t mean they are great mentors in all areas of a student’s career development, especially if the student wants to pursue a job outside of academia.

Do You Need a Graduate Degree to Have a Fulfilling Career in the Life Sciences?

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For high-achieving science majors, it’s almost expected that they pursue some sort of graduate education, whether that be an M.D., Ph.D., Pharm.D., Master’s, etc. Decades ago, you could probably make a strong argument that yes – a graduate degree would open significantly more doors for you in the life sciences. In recent years, though, as the industry and job market continue to grow and change, this is not necessarily the case. Jobseekers from all over are finding careers in biotech, biopharma, and medtech that are not only fulfilling, but also have immense opportunities for career growth. Biomanufacturing and Quality Control/Assurance are just a few notable examples.

Biopharma/Biotech Companies Hiring Right Now in Philadelphia – Q1 2023

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BioBuzz rounds up some of the top Philadelphia life sciences companies looking to strengthen their teams for the coming year. The companies offer multiple job listings in different departments for candidates with a wide range of skills and experience levels.

Frederick Community College Offering Affordable, Accessible Cell Therapy and Flow Cytometry Course in Spring 2023

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Flow cytometry is undoubtedly one of the most powerful and important lab techniques needed for cell therapy work. We can use fluorescent markers to track how well viruses are transfecting cells with the genes needs to create CAR T cells. Cells can be labeled with a plethora of antibodies to get a precise characterization of cell type distribution in a sample. We can get a before-and-after screenshot of how a cell population responds to certain stimuli and how they differentiate, and we can also assess the health of cells and whether they’re proliferating or dying.