Tell us a bit about yourself.
I grew up in northern Wisconsin, attended the UW for undergrad before spending a few years in Massachusetts, then returned to Madison to pursue a M.S. in Biotechnology. I’ve previously worked in genomics technology development in both academia and industry. In my free time I enjoy reading, hiking, kayaking, fencing (sabre and epee) and entertaining my two rambunctious young children.
What is your current job?
I started with Roche Sequencing in Madison in April of 2016 as a Scientist in Production Bioinformatics. It’s a great position for interacting with customers and ensuring our custom offerings are tailored to their applications.
I had previously worked with Roche NimbleGen in R&D before spending a few years at a local startup. It’s been great to return to Roche and to see how the developing technologies have matured into a successful product line, and to work with customers to ensure they get the most from the application of these products.
Where did you study?
University of Wisconsin.
In which Roche location are you currently working? What can you tell us about that location?
Madison, WI. It’s a great location with an astounding level of collegiality and a great culture. It was interesting to be a part of the early integration of NimbleGen into the Roche world, and it’s gratifying to see how successful that integration has been.
While much of the world still regards us as ‘flyover country’, Madison has a fantastic university, great cultural activities, lots of green space and lakes.
Why did you decide to join Roche and why at this location?
While Madison has a relatively healthy biotechnology sector, there are few organizations that have the impact that Roche does. It’s rewarding to work at place that actually has an impact on the development of personalized medicine.
What makes it a great place to work?
I enjoy supporting the development and application of innovative technologies, and working with customers to get the most from these products. I also very much enjoy the culture at Roche; the sincere commitment to sustainability, inclusiveness, and the recognition of the importance of a healthy and productive work-life balance.
How would you describe Roche as an employer?
I think Roche does a good job of providing employees with what they need for success. They recognize the importance of engaged team members and work towards that goal. The emphasis on culture leads to a very cohesive team.
What makes it such a great job?
Working with interesting technology that has a clear impact on sequencing marketplace, with a dedicated team of like-minded individuals.
What sets Roche apart from other companies?
In my experience, Roche excels at providing opportunities for professional growth, not simply as a linear progression but as opportunities to explore experiences across a range of functions. There is universal encouragement towards personal and professional growth and the support to make it feasible.