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  • Interview with Nigam Shah: Biomedical Informatics Academic

    Nigam H. Shah, Ph.D
    Academia
    Changing Careers
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    1.    Why did you want to become a postgraduate scientist?  What interested you in academia as a long term career? What do you enjoy the most about your career? I chose a postgraduate position because I wasn't sure that I wanted to go to the Industry. When I graduated in 2005, academia was the place to go, and the current funding crisis had not happened yet. So, I figured I should do a postdoc and, if I don't like it, can go to the industry. During my postdoc, I spent considerable time consulting with companies (Stanford is unique in that respect, that it has proper channels to enable such interactions). That experience gave me a good view into both industry and academia. Both sides have unique pluses and their own minuses. Industry is very focused and ...