University at Albany RNA Fellow and student in Cara Pager’s lab, Rachel Netzband, will be interning with local pharmaceutical company Regeneron this summer in the Quality Control Virology department. The Regeneron summer internship gives the opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to train in analytical techniques that are critical to careers in industry, while also providing valuable experience in the day-to-day life of how companies are run and what they expect of their employees.
Rachel’s project entails continued development of an RNA-Seq approach to characterize and quantify the presence of viruses in a sample. The techniques and equipment used in this project will be state-of-the-art and allow for in-depth analysis of samples. The Regeneron internship will help Rachel translate her research into pharmaceutical applications and further her goals of a career in research and development.
Last summer, Cathleen Schiraldi, a graduate student in Marlene Belfort’s lab, also interned in QC Virology group. When she returned to SUNY Albany, Cathleen shared her excitement about the internship and how nicely her bench skills translated to science at the pharmaceutical company. Working at Regeneron gave Cathleen a trial run of an industry career, which she has decided to pursue upon graduation. Through discussion, Cathleen helped Rachel network with employees of Regeneron to land the internship.
This opportunity builds upon a continued partnerships fostered by The RNA Institute, University at Albany Life Sciences and other industry leaders to provide invaluable on-the-job experience to graduate students and trainees and provide opportunities to explore careers outside of academia.