All change in 2009, no more academia

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Last week I completed what was my first week of working in academia in 2009 and also my last for the foreseeable future. I have decided to leave academia, as well as Newcastle to take a position in a Biotech company in Cambridge.

I have certainly enjoyed just over 5 years working in Newcastle encompassing my PhD and a postdoc. Within that time my research interests have developed from representing scientific data, to data standards to ontology development. I am still maintaining some of my research interests in my new position. I will be working for an antibody company called Abcam, and as part of my role I will be investigating how to represent their product catalogue as an ontology and how users can have a more direct interaction with it.

I am really looking forward to this fresh challenge. I don’t know how this change of position will effect the content of this blog, although I expect it to still largely reflect my interests on the representation of scientific data and open science. I think its probably safe to assume there might be the odd post about antibodies as well.

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  1. #1 by Deepak on January 19, 2009 - 10:12 pm

    Congratulations!!! As someone who strongly encourages scientists to give industry a try, hope this works out well.

  2. #2 by Andraz Tori on January 20, 2009 - 10:56 am

    Yeah, agreeing with Deepak, industry experience is priceless, even if you return to academia later. 🙂


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