Alumni case study: Leila Alexander

Scientific Director, Elucidata Corporation
Cohort
Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science
Job title
Scientific Director
Company
Elucidata Corporation

In what way was your DPhil important to your employer?

Not specific wet/dry lab techniques but transferrable skills.

In what ways have the skills and knowledge from your DPhil been useful in your current role?

Knowledge of adjacent disciplines, inter-personal skills, problem solving, collaboration with industry.

What do you think has been of most value to you in undertaking a DPhil at Oxford?

Quality of training and network created.

How do you think you benefited from being part of a cohort?

Those who undertook different career directions can be easily asked about their experiences.

What would you say to someone who was considering doing a DPhil at the DTC?

If your thinking is flexible and you grasp new concepts easily, you will love it. There is a lot to learn: not only different interdisciplinary techniques, but importantly the ability to formulate and address biological questions from different perspectives. Keep your mind open. If instead you prefer to focus more exclusively on a narrow subject then perhaps consider a traditional DPhil or PhD.

Do you have any fond memories about the DTC to share?

It has been a great to share the experience with the DTC-fellows, especially from the same cohort but also across the years. No matter how simple or hard the assignment was, there was a lot of mutual support. It's really the intellectual development and social bonding that made the DTC so special for me.

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