Q: What university are you attending and what are you studying?
Shea: Colorado State University, Graduate Student in the Cell and Molecular Biology Program. I study the food and bioenergy crop Sorghum bicolor, and am trying to understand the underlying metabolism that makes many sorghum varieties extremely drought- and heat-resistant.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I am a huge fan of Colorado’s NHL team, the Colorado Avalanche, and I also play ice hockey once a week. Also, I try to make it home as much as possible to spend time with Maya, my family’s Portuguese Water Dog.
What attracted you to CABLE and what do you hope to gain from your experience?
A:The opportunity to improve my knowledge on the bioeconomy as a whole
B: Learn what makes individuals and companies successful in this ever-changing, dynamic, fast-paced, and ultra-competitive industry.
What are your career aspirations?
I would love to work at a biotechnology company that is focused on utilizing cutting-edge tools in biology and metabolic engineering to improve sustainable food and energy production through the development of multi-purpose crops. Ultimately, I hope to have a leadership role that maintains some technical responsibilities, as I thoroughly enjoy experimental work.
How will CABLE help you in achieving your professional goals?
By introducing me to the market complexities involved in the bioeconomy, I will be much better prepared to make decisions regarding my career path and any future companies I may hold leadership roles in. CABLE also will also provide several opportunities for me to grow my professional network.
What Working Group are you in and how do you see that connecting to your goals?
I am in the Career Pathways Working Group, and it has opened my eyes to how non-linear career progression can be in the bioeconomy. The field is diverse with technological advancements being made in biology, chemistry and engineering, but these won’t be long-term solutions unless they make economic sense. Therefore, I have realized that to be successful, I need to balance my technical skills with an understanding of the larger bioeconomy market place and identify companies have high impact while remaining profitable.