Securing the Future of the Biomedical Workforce

For this newsletter, we ask early-career scholars and established leaders in the biomedical field to share their perspectives on the career challenges that many young scientists face today and the special issues concerning women in science. Our interviewees also discuss what inspired them to pursue research, the satisfaction they find in administrative positions, and why communicating scientific advances to the public is important. We invite you to read the interviews below to find out more. As always, your comments and questions are welcome.


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Shirley Tilghman

Princeton President Emerita to Women Scientists: Toss Guilt out the Window

Shirley Tilghman shares with the Lasker Foundation what contributed to her early success as a scientist, how she became president of Princeton University, and strategies to help women attain leadership positions.

Beth Kozel

Being a Physician-Scientist Today

Beth Kozel, a Lasker/NIH Clinical Research Scholar, talks about the challenges and rewards of being a physician-scientist.

Left to right: J. Michael Bishop, Elizabeth Neufeld, Robert Gallo, Roscoe Brady, Michael DeBakey, Raymond Erikson, Harold Varmus, Hidesaburo Hanafusa

Neufeld’s Advice to Young Scientists: Be the Best You Can Be

Lasker Laureate Elizabeth Neufeld on being a woman in academia in the late 1940s and early 1950s, her advice to young scientists today, and what getting a Lasker Award meant to her.

David Ottenheimer

Q&A with the Winner of the 2016 Lasker Essay Contest

David Ottenheimer answers our questions about what inspired him to pursue a career in the field of psychiatric illness, the role of researchers in science communication, and how he sees his future as a young scientist.