In an October issue of New Scientist, Assistant Professor Douglas Densmore (ECE, BME) was featured as a researcher in one of “science’s hottest disciplines,” synthetic biology.
Author Becky Oskin spoke with Densmore about his job search experience in 2009. He wanted to work in synthetic biology, a field that applies science and engineering to biological components. With a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and postdoc experience in a “synbio” laboratory, he promoted himself as a two-for-one deal, but the plan backfired.
“They weren’t sure what I was going to do, and I was already a risky bet,” he told Oskin.
When he applied again in 2010, Densmore instead focused on his credentials in computational synthetic biology. The plan paid off when he was offered a position at Boston University, which New Scientist dubbed “a synbio hotspot.”
When it comes to switching careers, Densmore told New Scientist to “make sure people know what they are getting, and don’t be afraid to take a risk.”
-Samantha Gordon (COM ’12)