Clinical Research Assistant II
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
"I had a very influential professor, Melanie Berkmen. I worked with her biochem lab all four years. My initial desire was to get my PhD in biochemistry and work in a bench research lab. I had many internships at Novartis and MIT, and I started to see some pre-clinical work. Seeing its more direct impact on patients got me really excited to try clinical."
"I actually work with patients. I help doctors implement clinical trials, usually with medications not yet approved by the FDA. So I see patients, go over drug administration, go over their history and how they’re feeling on the drug, take their vital signs, draw blood. There’s a lot of contact with patients."
"Going to actual transplants. When a study patient is called in for a liver transplant, I might get called in the middle of the night. I get called into the OR to take a specimen of the old liver. I get to see the entire transplant. It’s a really awesome part of my job. I thought I’d be in a lab playing with cells for the rest of my life."
"I’m definitely a coffee person, not really a breakfast person."
Stephanie has been accepted into Northeastern's Master's program in Physician Assistant Studies. She will be starting there in August 2014, and in a short time will be a licensed PA.