Upcoming Career Showcase: Medical Science Liaison

Beyond the PhD is excited to welcome Dr. Leia Shuhaibar, a Medical Science Liaison, for our first hybrid career discovery seminar on Tuesday May 17th at 1pm ET. This event will be streamed via Zoom, as with most of our recent events, but we will have the in-person portion on campus at UConn Health in conjunction with the Cell Biology Department. Due to COVID restrictions, in-person attendance is limited to students, faculty, & staff at UConn Health Center only. We apologize for any inconvenience, but look forward to hopefully continuing more inclusive hybrid events in the future as it becomes safe to do so.

Our speaker, Dr. Shuhaibar, is a UConn alumna, having completed her Ph.D. studies at UConn Health in 2015. Under the mentorship of Dr. Laurinda Jaffe, Leia investigated the signaling pathway controlling oocyte meiosis in mouse ovarian follicles. Later, as a Postdoctoral fellow and Assistant Professor, Dr. Shuhaibar investigated clinical applications of reproductive biology research and translated discoveries into developing a new therapy for bone growth disease. She also collaborated with the UConn fertility clinic and worked as an Embryologist in the IVF lab helping infertility patients. For family reasons, Leia and her family moved to Texas where she took a 1-year break, taking care of her children and searching for new career opportunities. In August 2021, Leia started her position at Ferring Pharmaceuticals, a pharmaceutical company in reproductive medicine. In this role, she is applying her research, teaching, and embryology experience to support physicians treating infertility patients. Dr. Shuhaibar will be giving a seminar about her career path on Tuesday, May 17th at 1PM ET. Registration for the event is free and is open to anybody interested. To attend the event, you must register using the link below. In-person attendees also must register using the link below and select “In-person Attendance” for your ticket option.

We look forward to seeing you there, whether it be in person or virtual!

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Published by Rachel Gilmore

Rachel is a third year PhD candidate in the Biomedical Science program at UConn Health. She studies a rare neurodevelopmental disorder, Prader-Willi Syndrome, using stem cell and stem cell-derived neuron models. Outside of lab, she enjoys hiking, yoga, good food, lots of coffee, and snuggling with her cat.

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