Dr. Yulia Surovtseva received her Ph.D. in 2007 in the lab of Dr. Dorothy Shippen. She credits BioBio and her Ph.D. mentor for her continued enthusiasm for academic research and her career successes. During her Ph.D. studies, Yulia was a recipient of several academic honors and awards including Women in Science Ethel Ashworth Tsutsui Award and John Mack Prescott Award for Excellence in Research and Scholastic Achievement, and her postdoctoral research at the Yale University School of Medicine was supported by two highly competitive fellowships (NIH National Research Service Award and Yale University James Hudson Brown-Alexander Brown Coxe Fellowship).
Yulia is also passionate about translating academic research and building entrepreneurship programs based on academic discoveries. In her current role as a Director of Biology at the Yale Center for Molecular Discovery, Yulia works on many basic scientific research projects as well as a variety of early-stage biotechnology programs. She manages projects and supervises staff members developing high-throughput small molecule and siRNA screens, coordinating target validation efforts, and supporting preclinical proof-of-concept drug discovery studies. Her work is highly dynamic and interdisciplinary, including collaborations with over 30 groups a year representing over 20 University departments. She truly enjoys working hand-in-hand with academic researchers and helping them create relevant data packages to support their grant applications and attract investment for their early-stage biotechnology companies, supporting educational and translational missions of the University.
Yulia’s advice to current graduate students:
“Do not be afraid to challenge yourself, and use every success and failure as a learning opportunity. Life is an exciting journey – perhaps never perfect, but we should aim to make it as fulfilling as possible!”