Author: Suleman Hussain | Category: Beyond The Bench | Physiology & Pharmacology | Physiology and Pharmacology | March 25, 2016
Suleman Hussain, graduate student in the Department of Pharmacology was recently accepted into The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) Mentoring Network program. He is mentored by Dr. Addanki P. Kumar.
1) In your words, what is the Mentoring Network
The ASPET Mentoring Network program provides career guidance to graduate students and
Keeping in mind our future
goals, a faculty coach will be assigned to each
student, who will provide guidance and help us develop skills to succeed both professionally and personally.
will be meeting our faculty coach at the Experimental Biology meeting and they will also be in touch through
group phone/ skype throughout the year.
2) Why are you excited to be part of this
My long-term career goal is to be involved
in drug discovery and development research in the pharmaceutical industry
which will benefit cancer patients.
I believe that
joining the ASPET Mentoring Network will give me the guidance to answer
questions related to my future such as ‘Should I do an
academic or industrial postdoc or start working in the industry directly?’,‘What are the hurdles I might face being an international student?’ and
‘What are the skill-sets which I should develop for a successful industry
I am hoping
that joining this network will help me get in touch with mentors from the industry
and will give me first-hand guidance.
3) I know that you also got a travel award to the
Experimental Biology conference in San Diego, what part of the conference are
you most looking forward to?
I am excited to present my research
findings at the Experimental Biology conference and receive feedback from pioneers in
I am also looking forward to attend educational sessions on
pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism, which are research areas I want to
explore in the future.
Also, the newly formed
cancer discovery group in ASPET, is an excellent opportunity to network.
4) How will this program help you as a graduate
As I am nearing the end of my graduate program,
this program will give me the necessary guidance to move to to the next step.
am hoping that the connections I make will broaden my horizons and expose me to new opportunities.
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