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Claire Zhao

“You have the direction, you have the skillset, and you want to understand in what kind of field that your specific skillset and knowledge give you a head start in certain things, give you an edge in certain things.”

School of Medicine

Biomedical Engineering, PhD 2009

Associate Director at Pfizer

Claire‘s Podcast Episode

In this episode, we discuss how Claire’s undergraduate education and her experiences working in industry contributed to her decision to pursue a PhD in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins, her take on the differences between academia and working in the impact-driven pharmaceutical industry, and her advice for critically examining and developing your skillset for transitioning into the nonacademic workforce.

Learn More About Claire‘s Story

Enjoying sailing on Charles River, Boston, MA

It was a bright day early in September. The sun was pale gold. The sky was high. The wind was constantly changing in direction and in the force it blew. We still managed to stay on course to circle around the Charles River. I thought of the many seemingly different things I have done so far, and I was amazed at how they all unwittingly intertwined together to fuel the next steps.

Life is a journey and every step counts

Popping on a merry-go-round at Disneyland, Orlando, FL

Never too old to set another goal!

Always keep a curious attitude, inquisitive mind, and open heart!