Marie Lee, PhD
ASHG: If you could go back to when you
were a trainee, what is one piece of advice you would give
yourself for your current career?
Dr. Lee: I would have taken the time to learn some bioinformatics and
dealing with big data. My PI always thought I should have
taken on some bioinformatics courses when I was training. I
should have listened to him. I thought I was busy then but
once you leave your training period, people will expect you
to drop running and there is no time to learn on your own.
ASHG: What are your favorite and least favorite parts of your job?
Dr. Lee: My favorite part is combining science with my
communication and soft skills to educate audiences about the
cool new tech my company has developed. While in grad school
and post docing, people kept saying that I should be out
speaking and interacting with people. Well-known professors
complimented me on my speaking and my seminar content. So,
when I decided to try industry, I looked for a job where I
could interact with other scientists and still utilize my
Traveling for work gets old after a few years
of business travel. I have been to many lovely places in the
world only to drive by the sites on the way to a meeting.
ASHG: What do you
think the future holds for the field of genetics?
I think personalized and molecular medicine is the
future of genetics and I'm so excited to be working toward
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