Business Concepts for Life Scientists

Prepare for Career Transitions into Lab or Industry

Business Concepts for Life Scientists

Prepare for Career Transitions into Lab or Industry

About the Course

The purpose of the Business Concepts for Life Scientists course is to enhance PhD scientists’ understanding of foundational business concepts. This business coursework is unique because it is designed to prepare scientists for career transitions into both academic and non-academic settings. This course is designed for graduate students, postdocs and junior faculty who want to start their own labs, or who want to transition into business-related roles in industry.

By the end of this FREE online course, you will be able to: (1) explain key terms used in the business and financial management of scientific enterprises, (2) apply foundational concepts to your own research planning, (3) develop increased confidence in using business terminology during interviews or networking events, and (4) identify knowledge areas within business for further study.

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Course Directors

Thi Nguyen
Deborah Dauber

Course Staff

Shannon Behrman
Alexandra Schnoes
Eric Kornblum
Linet Mera
Kevin Hartman
Daniel McQuillen
Noah Green


Bill Lindstaedt, Michael Penn, Mark Ansel, Patti Meyer, Natalie Lundsteen, Kayla Jackson, Thomas Magaldi, Stephanie Eberle, Laura Stark, Brad Grueter, Benjamin Miller, Calli Merkel, James Olzmann, Yaisa Andrews-Zwilling, Lazar Dimitrov, Carlos Solorzano, Sharon Lee, Eric Vieira, Faith Kreitzer, Peter Mui, Kelly Albus, and especially all the Strategy4Scientists podcast interviewees.

This course was supported by: (1) Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Guidance for Trainees grant to UC San Francisco Office of Career and Professional Development, (2) National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health T32 administrative supplement grant to the Biomedical Sciences graduate program, (3) NIGMS grant under award 5R25GM116704 to iBiology.