Career Options for Cell Biologists

Joel Tolson, Graduate Student Career Advisor, University of California, San Diego

This session will provide an overview of the variety of career options available to cell biologists. While PhDs are earned in an academic setting, many scientists will eventually transition outside of academia. However, graduate students and postdocs often are not exposed to the variety of career opportunities available to them. This session will cover the variety of careers available, helping attendees to choose which focused career panels they want to attend later during the meeting.  This session took place at the 2019 ASCB|EMBO Meeting in San Diego, CA.


  1. Learn about career options available to cell biologists across a variety of sectors.
  2. Understand how to begin strategically planning your career path.
  3. Develop informed questions for panels during the remainder of the meeting.

Part of the “What Cell Biology Career is Right for You?” Video Series

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This post was collaboratively written by several ASCB staff members.