Her current job responsibilities:
Julia is the primary interface with pharmaceutical/biotechnology client representatives, as well as internal personnel, with the responsibility of ensuring the timely initiation and completion of clinical trials.
She manages the project timeline, budget, resourcing, and issues/risks throughout the duration of a clinical trial.
Agility Clinical is a unique consulting and contract research organization dedicated to working with virtual, small biopharma, and device companies with a lean infrastructure. They put their expertise and passion to work helping small companies – particularly those involved with orphan drug development – to move forward and bring important new treatments to patients.
Why did you decide to get this MAS degree?
“Shortly after graduating college while on a backpacking trip in Costa Rica, I realized I wasn’t quite done with school yet. I started working part-time for a Contract Research Organization (CRO) in college in clinical data management and I liked the clinical research field. Once I got back from my trip, I researched various programs, and the program at UCSD was a great fit. I was also able to work in industry during the day while attending classes in the evening.”
What did you like best about the program?
“What I liked most was the diversity in the classroom. My peers included MDs, PhDs, PharmDs, nurses, clinical research coordinators, bench scientists and local biotech industry experts, to name a few. In every single class, I was learning very effective communication skills simply by attending and interacting with my peers. I didn’t realize this at the time, but I am now very thankful for it. The majority of my professors were faculty at the UCSD School of Medicine involved in cutting-edge research, so I felt very fortunate to be learning from the pros.”
What skills are you applying in your job that you learned in the program?
“I use the scientific thinking, writing and communication/presentation skills I learned in the program on a daily basis. I had to think outside the box in every single class I took, which I think got me in the habit of thinking strategically, which I do every day at work.”
What would you like to tell someone who is considering the program?
“It is possible to finish the program in a year or so, but it is OK to go at your own pace and take the time you need to complete the program in order to ensure a healthy work-life balance.”
What do you like to do in your free time?
“Running, soccer, going to the beach and spending time with family and friends.”
Julia’s Capstone Project:
“Entericept: A 12-week, double-blind, randomized study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Entericept in subjects with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s Disease.”
2010 MAS, Clinical Research, UC San Diego
2006 BS, Biopsychology
University of California, Santa Barbara
Other work experience:
1/2008 – 10/2016 Consultant, Drug Development
PAREXEL International, San Diego, CA
3/2007 – 1/2008 Clinical Project Assistant
Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Aliso Viejo, CA
12/2006 – 2/2007 Clinical Project Management Assistant
6/2004 – 11/2006 Clinical Data Processor
Synteract Incorporated, Carlsbad, CA