Tell us a bit about yourself
I graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Biological Sciences (emphasis in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior). I worked for a large DNA manufacturing lab before coming to Roche as a Scientist I in the Clinical Operations Lab. After working as lab operator on many different clinical trials at Roche, I decided to enter a post-Bachelor nursing program at UCSF. I graduated with my RN degree, and ultimately came back to Roche as a Clinical Research Associate (CRA). I fell in love with my position as a CRA, and watched as my lab and nursing background seems to create the perfect fit. To continue to increase my job knowledge, I recently obtained certification as a CCRA through ACRP. As a CRA I have a direct impact on the implementation of large diagnostic clinical trials, and I get to travel to many different companies and see our hard work in action.
In which Roche location do you currently work and what can you tell us about that location as a work environment?
I work at the RMS Pleasanton site, and I love the location. I am close to home, which is great since I have a 2 year old son in a daycare nearby. I also have access to the gym here on campus, which allows me to work-out on my lunch break or after work. There are many restaurants nearby, so it is easy to grab food off campus, however also having the convenience of an on-site cafeteria is wonderful when days get busy.
Why did you decide to join Roche and why at this location?
Roche has a wonderful reputation as an industry leader and as a great place to work. I have always been fascinated with medicine and science, and how these two come together through research to improve people’s lives on a daily basis. I was particularly interested in diagnostics, since I came from a lab background. Since the Roche Pleasanton site was also close to home, it was an easy decision to accept when I was offered a position.
What is your current position at Roche?
I am currently a Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) in Clinical Operations for the HPV/Microbiology Lifecycle Team. I am an integral part of the study set-up and implementation. I have a direct impact on how smoothly a study is completed, and I can see my hard work pay off at the completion of each study. I develop great relationships with the Principle Investigators and site study staff, and I get to travel to each of my sites to meet each member in person. There is never a dull moment, and my responsibilities are always changing and growing with each new challenge our team faces. This motivates me to continue to excel in my current position each day.
How would you describe Roche as an employer?
I enjoy working for Roche because I feel that I have job stability, great benefits and a good work-life balance. Roche also understands the importance of continued education and does everything they can to facilitate meaningful job-related training on an on-going basis. I feel that my career development and progression is important to the company and to my managers.
How would you describe the people working here?
I can honestly say that I love coming to work every day because of the people I work with. One big difference I noticed when I first started working at Roche, was that everyone here was incredibly self-motivated and dedicated to their job. Not only is everyone committed to their own responsibilities, but my team members are always willing to help me out when I need it. Our group definitely exemplifies “teamwork” on a daily basis. I know that I can always count on someone to help me out, especially when I am away from the office traveling.
How is your job connected to “doing now what patients need next”
Through the years that I have worked at Roche, I have seen many advances in diagnostic testing that ultimately affect patients in need of an accurate test result in order to receive the best care. I know that the clinical trials I have been directly involved in have led to the approval of these tests. As a team we are always looking for what “else” patients need in order to improve healthcare, and then designing the most efficient clinical trial in order to expedite an approval get our products to the patients who need it.