Malini Varadarajan Scientist I Developmental and Molecular Pathways (DMP) Cambridge, MA
Describe your job and how it fits into the overall big picture of serving the patient. I work in the NGx hub in DMP where we develop pooled screening technologies being deployed within NIBR. The recent revolution in sequencing technology enables us to understand the function of human genes as well as their role in human disease like never before. We are now able to ask the right questions with a great set of tools allowing us to do some really good science headed towards deciphering outstanding questions in the field of disease biology—ultimately impacting the lives of patients.
What made you want to work at NIBR? The great culture and the welcoming community within NIBR is very unique, making it a great place to work. My decision to join NIBR was one of my best thus far. Working with extremely talented and experienced scientists every day makes me want to come to work.
What makes you proud to be a part of the NIBR team? The high quality science that we do as part of our teams makes me proud to work here. We generate very high quality unbiased data for a question at hand, get multiple expert scientists to approve of it, and collectively make decisions to move forward or not. I play a small role in this effort, but the science that we end up with is something to be proud of and a result of wonderful team work.
Please describe a ‘typical’ day in your job. Typical days at work involve setting up experiments to answer scientific questions at hand, analyzing data sets, deriving interpretations, and planning the next steps to progress the project. During the course of planning an experiment, my team and my manager give me feedback that guides me in the right direction. I also attend various seminars within NIBR from experts in the field, and these seminars/talks add a lot of value and perspective to my everyday work.
How would you describe the culture at NIBR? The culture at NIBR is very welcoming, making it a great environment to do science. The scientists I work with on an everyday basis are very helpful and they help me do my job better.
What is your favorite part about working for NIBR/Novartis? My favorite part about working for Novartis is the core value our company stands for—doing high quality science to deliver the best quality medicine to our patients. I consider myself very lucky to be a small part of such a great effort.
What would you want to tell a candidate you meet about NIBR? I would tell candidates that they are at a great junction in their career, being presented with the opportunity to work for a company that impacts patients’ lives every day. The NIBR community will make them feel good about their everyday work. The state-of-the-art technology that NIBR deploys to answer scientific questions will make them a great scientist. The chance to work with the best in field will enhance their career development. And finally, being part of Novartis will make them a better human being in their community through their contributions to understanding and curing diseases.