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  • Finding My Way Into the Ag Industry

    Martijn van de Mortel, Ph.D.
    Career Paths
    Agro Research
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    How did I decide on my career path? That is a good question! For me, it came down to the opportunities I had and the ones I ended up accepting. I knew I wanted a graduate degree in science, and I decided to study molecular biology, because genetics (biology) and chemistry were topics I liked and seemed to come fairly easy to me. There was a new program at a local 4-year college in biotechnology, and I enrolled in medical and laboratory sciences. The program offered many lab courses, as well as lectures on a range of topics from immunology and biochemistry to separation methods and spectrometry. For molecular biology, it does not matter what organism you work with; DNA, RNA and proteins don’t differ between (most) organisms. However, for topics such as immunology, pathology and microbiology, I was exposed to (mostly) humans and their ...