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Industry Careers In Life Sciences


Term 1 Event

Thank you to everyone who joined us in person or online on 9th December 2022. We hope you had a chance to learn and network.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback.
Please feel free to reach out to us with any further suggestions. We hope to organise another event in the future.

Magdalena's presentation


Industry Careers In Life Sciences is a network for postgraduates to explore career possibilities in Life Sciences outside of academia.

Join us for events featuring talks and Q&A session from industry professionals in a variety of non-academic careers. Pizza provided!

Our aim is to provide first hand career information and personal experiences from perspectives outside of academia.


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You can access Mary's slides here:
Observations on a career 09 Dec 2022 Updated.pptx

You can access the video recordings of Magdalena's and Laura's talks here:

Industry Careers in Life Sciences Event 1.mp4

Term 1 Speakers

Dr Mary McElroy

Dr Mary McElroy

Dr Mary McElroy has worked in lung discovery and safety assessment for over 25 years. At Charles River, Mary combines her current role as Head of the Respiratory Pharmacology Group (Edinburgh) with previous roles as an inhalation toxicologist and academic group leader in respiratory biology and pharmacology to provide expertise on development projects for major lung diseases, including ARDS and IPF.

Dr. McElroy received her PhD from the University of Southampton, investigating the role of antioxidants in neonatal lung diseases. Her postdoctoral work was conducted as a Fellow of the Californian Lung Association in the CVRI, University of California at San Francisco, working on alveolar epithelial cell biology and physiology. Dr. McElroy continued her academic work as a lecturer at Trinity College Dublin and group leader at the University of Edinburgh. Additionally, she has an MSc in toxicology, an MBA, and is also a European Registered Toxicologist.

Magdalena Tyka


Magda is a Senior Analyst at Synetic Life Sciences, a boutique Management Consulting for the Pharmaceutical industry. She has experience delivering projects across R&D, Medical Affairs, and Quality Assurance in process optimisation, operating model design and change management.

Before joining Synetic, Magda worked in Medical Communications for two years, supporting on PR and Marketing projects across a range of products and therapeutic areas for Pharmaceutical clients. She holds a degree in Biological Sciences from University College London.

Magda is looking forward to introducing these two industries to people who are considering them and telling you about their differences.

Dr Laura Palmer

Laura Palmer

Dr Laura Palmer is the manager of the South West Dementia Brain Bank (SWDBB), an invaluable research resource of post-mortem brain tissue from people with dementia or other neurological conditions and from people who have not been affected. Laura manages the SWDBB team and on a day-to-day basis co-ordinates the collection, receipt and processing of brain donations to the SWDBB from across the South West of England and beyond. Dr Palmer is the Designated Individual for the SWDBB: Bristol Medical School Human Tissue Authority (HTA) license, having previously served as Senior Person Designated since the introduction of the Act in 2004. She is also a trained First Aider and Fire Warden.

Dr Palmer completed her degree in Pathology & Microbiology at the University of Bristol, and later a PhD in Neuroscience which she undertook part-time. She has worked for the University of Bristol for 18 years, starting as a SWDBB technician and progressing to a managerial role.