Allison Gregg

Research and Development Manager

Microvi

“I research new ways to treat water.”

MY WORK LIFE:

Research and Development Manager

foundation interest 1 interest 2

My work allows me to combine the foundation of PROBLEM-SOLVING and the interests of SCIENCE and ENVIRONMENT & NATURE.


DAY IN AND DAY OUT

Working for a biotechnology startup is very fast-paced, and almost everyday there is a new and exciting project going on. A typical day includes conducting experiments, analyzing samples, data analysis, and report writing of experiments conducted. There are usually team meetings to discuss the various projects, what has been accomplished, obstacles encountered, and where to go next.

SKILLS, TRAINING, OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED

I was trained as a molecular/microbiologist in school, but I have had to learn a great deal about chemistry, engineering, water treatment and the bio-based fuels industry on the job.

EDUCATION TO GET HERE:

Research and Development Manager

I RECOMMEND COMPLETING:

  • High School
  • Undergraduate - Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Graduate - Molecular Biology

What I studied STRONGLY RELATES to my work...

MY EDUCATION

  • High School -
  • Undergraduate - San Diego State University, Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Graduate - San Diego State University, Molecular Biology

SOME HELPFUL FIRST STEPS FOR SOMEONE IN COLLEGE

The best first step you can take is to seek out a professor who is conducting research that seems interesting to you and volunteer to work in their lab. I recommend doing this around your sophomore year. That way, if you find that area of science isn't the right fit you can look for a different lab that is of more interest to you. There are so many exciting areas of science, so being able to explore different opportunities early will help you to find your perfect fit.

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