Career Services : Recent Alumni Profiles

Jenelle Lin, MSPH ‘13

Clinical Trial Associate, FibroGen, Inc, San Francisco, California

How did your MPH or MSPH prepare you for what you’re doing now?

In addition to having a fundamental understanding of public health; clinical trials design, project evaluation and data management are core competencies required in my job responsibilities as a clinical development specialist. I owe much of this real-world exposure to my experience working on my research project – an investigation of HPV vaccine receipt among young women.

Please provide a description of what you’re doing now and what you like best about it.

My role as a Clinical Trial Associate involves providing support to a global clinical development program for Phase III and Phase II investigational drugs. My aim is to help develop the safety and efficacy profile of a novel therapeutic drug, which includes data management and evaluation of study results. My core responsibility is to co-monitor clinical trials and ensure that all clinical study activity is in compliance with the study protocol and Good Clinical Practice guidelines. This job requires an extremely detail-oriented mentality, which I believe compliments my characteristics.

What advice would you give to prospective and current MPH/MSPH students looking to do something similar to you?

Continue to excel in your classes and always be sure to have an understanding for the subject material before the end of each class. It is incredibly important to get research experience under your belt. I can assure any student seeking advice – if it was not for the experience I gained through working with Dr. David J. Lee and my individual work in developing my MPSH research project thesis, I would have had much difficulty landing a job. Employers frequently want to see that applicants have co-op experience that demonstrate real, on-the-job experience in their field of interest, in addition to the academic program.