Laura Maurer is a former Duke postdoc who currently works at ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences. Laura received her PhD and MPH in Toxicology from the University of Michigan. As a postdoc, she worked in the Meyer Lab of the Nicholas School of the Environment, where her projects involved the investigation of mitochondrial toxicity during silver nanoparticle exposure, utilizing C. elegans as an experimental model. Laura was also the social chair and president of the Duke University Postdoctoral Association (DUPA).
Laura will discuss how she made the leap from postdoc to industry scientist, describe her job duties and what a typical day is like at ExxonMobil, and give first-hand advice to postdocs and grad students who are considering moving from academia to industry. Laura also interviewed with and received offers from academic and governmental institutions while at Duke, and will discuss (and welcome questions on) her experience interviewing across three different sectors.