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Ira Schulman interview

Interview with Dr. Ira G. Schulman, Associate Professor of Pharmacology, University of Virginia School of Medicine

Interviewer: Joanna K. Sandilos

Introduction from Dr. Sandilos: I had the pleasure of meeting with Dr. Ira Schulman to talk about his unique professional journey which included research positions in both academia and industry. Dr. Schulman’s research interests lie in the fields of gene expression regulation by nuclear hormone receptors in the context of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases.

In the following interview, Dr. Schulman shares his story about how he moved from his postdoctoral work onto positions into biotech and eventually a startup company. He goes into detail to discuss key differences between academic and industrial work environments and what ultimately lead to his transition back into academia. He stresses the importance of networking and professional connections and shares some key advice on the application and interview process.

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