Career Paths



Teaching at the High School Level

Welcome to the first of many blog entries about teaching at the High School level.   I have been a teacher for three years now at a local private high school.  I have taught all levels of difficulty, and have enjoyed my time thus far.



Lean Mean Science Machine

When I decided to pursue the idea I had for a better way to keep up with science, aka Scizzle (check it out, I’d love to get your feedback), I really didn’t know where to start. And so, like a good researcher….I went on Google. This is how I came by the lean startup approach – a methodology ...

Lauren Celano


Building your Professional Network through Involvement

A well developed network is one of your most important assets.  The quality and strength of your network significantly impacts career opportunities, your career trajectory, and overall success.  It can take years, sometimes decades, to develop a robust professional network, and it often do...



Just Publish!

Do you want to write, be an author, or publish? Well, here’s my advice…but first, some history.

Bio Careers


The Art of Picking a Lab: The Pre-Application Stage

Over the past 10 years, I have talked with numerous graduate students that are in the process of selecting a laboratory to conduct their research. One thing that has stood out during those conversations is the lack of homework that students do when selecting a laboratory. With the average time to a ...



What is your Worth?

I haven’t been on Twitter a lot recently, but imagine my surprise when I glanced at my news feed and saw all the scientific bloggers I follow, talking about the same subject.  This is unheard of, and they were all very unhappy.  They even had a hashtag specifically for it #istandwithDNLe...


Reineke Pohlhaus

What is government contracting and why should I care?

What is government contracting and why should I care? If you have only a vague idea of what is means to “be a contractor” then this blog post is for you.Being a contractor means making my living by providing services (my skills, abilities, and knowledge) to the government and nonprofit sectors. ...


Reineke Pohlhaus

The Seven-Year Postdoc

I am on the WICB (Women in Cell Biology) email listserv, which, on occasion, has some real gems of articles that are distributed to the group.  WICB is a Committee of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB). 


Reineke Pohlhaus

The Best of Both Worlds

I’m a government contractor and I often say that my job is the best of both worlds: being a government employee, and being part of the private sector. Here are the ten reasons why I think being a government contractor is so great:



PhDs Are Everything

Over 50% of PhDs work outside academia (Science and Engineering Indicators 2012) which means that many PhDs are indeed working in a variety of different jobs, and most importantly, this means that the majority of PhDs are not pursuing tenure track faculty positions. Despite this, a perpetuating stig...