Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Megan and I am 23 years old. I was born in Wichita, Kansas and moved to Livermore, California when I was 12. I attended High School in Livermore and was among the first three students to complete a Biotechnology pathway there. My studies continued at California State University Channel Islands obtaining my Bachelors in Cell and Molecular Biology with a minor in Chemistry. I had two internships with Roche during my studies, which is how I was first introduced to the company. Aside from science my biggest passions are singing, playing guitar and baking!
In which Roche location do you currently work and what can you tell us about that location as a work environment?
The Pleasanton campus has offered up many opportunities, from the summer internship I started out in to my current position in the Life Science Systems Development group. This campus is a mere hour or two away from everything, Mountains with snow, San Francisco, or the beautiful beaches in the Monterey Bay area, which is why I was happy to move back to the Bay to take this opportunity. The employees in Pleasanton come from all different backgrounds and all have many experiences to share which makes the location all that more attractive.
Why did you decide to join Roche and why at this location?
Joining Roche was an easy decision to make, I grew up in the neighboring town and hoped to be able to find a job in the area. The main reason though I joined Roche was in the hopes of being able to help make an impact in the world of diagnostic testing. As many of my friends here at work know my family, as many do, has a long history of multiple types of cancer which puts me at a higher risk, so working in a company that makes an impact on that has been a key goal in my life for as long as I can recall.
What is your current position at Roche?
My current role here at Roche is as a Systems Integration Scientist, and quite honestly when I first applied I had no idea what that meant! I have enjoyed every minute of my job so far, it has been a big learning opportunity. Any work we can do to improve the capacity of the instruments in our portfolio could help to expand our assays. For me this is a very exciting position to be able to see all the different components that must come together to get the instruments in working order for our company and for customers.
How would you describe the people working here?
The people here at Roche make it a great place to work. Each person I have encountered so far in my time here at Roche has been open to questions, and happy to help me work out any experimental problems. Many people at Roche practice an open door policy which makes it much more comfortable to approach people with questions.
How is your job connected to “doing now what patients need next”
In our department we are constantly trying to develop cutting edge new technology or improve the technology we have to expand the options for the customers. Many of our customers which use the instruments we support and develop are those who are working in clinical trials, developing new tests, or discovering new targets. All of these aspects will contribute to expanding the options for early detection of any health issues before they become hazardous to the patients health.