Sherry Zhao

Be open-minded to other people's advice and always reflect on your own experiences.
Director, Business Development
Qingdao, China
Vancouver, Canada
Applications of capillary electrophoresis - mass spectrometry interfaced by a flow-thourgh microvial electrospray ionization sprayer
David Chen

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Where and what is your current position?

Building industry/university collaborations.

Is your current career path as you originally intended?

No. I started as wanting to be a professor and then changed direction to be an industrial research scientist. My experience in industry and also volunteering work made me change ideas again to become somebody who can help the academics in a broader view.

How does this job relate to your graduate degree?

My work involves connecting companies with relevant expertise (researchers) at universities. The problem solving and analytical thinking skills are essential in that regard.

What motivated you to pursue graduate work at UBC?


What are key things you did that contributed to your success?

Always getting out there to meet different people!

What is your best piece of advice for current graduate students preparing for their future careers?

Be open-minded to other people's advice and always reflect on your own experiences.

Did you have any breaks in your education?

I had two paid internships during my education: the 1st one delayed my graduation a little bit and also helped me to see where I'd like to be for my career; the 2nd one lead to my current position.

What do you like and what do you find challenging about your current position?

Working with a fantastic team and getting to know great ideas all the time.