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  1. Is there a thread for Fall 2021 Medical Sciences program at McMaster University or University of Toronto IMS? I've applied to both the schools for the MSc program and looking to see if there's anyone else on the same boat?
  2. Hey everyone, I'm having a little dilemma about whether to enroll in a PhD program or not. In some ways I believe I must and in other ways I am wondering if I really need to do it. It's just such a long road that I don't want to waste time on if I don't need to. So here is my background: I have a BS in chemistry from a very good public US university. I performed undergraduate research there for about 1.5 years but didn't really accomplish anything significant (was just to get exposed). After my junior year, I did a summer research fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering 3rd author on a paper about polymeric nanoparticles for kidney diseases Graduated in May 2015 and received a Fulbright Fellowship to use targeted nanoparticles to deliver gene therapy to different hematological malignancies. So far I have 2 publications from this: small contribution on a review of delivery strategies of siRNA to hematological malignancies first author on a commentary on a siRNA aptamer study to modulate T cell function I will hopefully have/be working on another publication on my own work when I am leaving. I was accepted to Weill Cornell pharmacology program (fall 2016) but deferred for a year to continue doing my Fulbright project for some more time So now I am supposed to start PhD in August 2017 My interests/career goals: I really enjoy what I am working on, and would like to stay involved with and of the following: nanomedicine, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, gene therapy, delivery strategies I don't want to go into academia I am interested in research but it has to be at a very applied level within therapy (preferably in cancer) However, I don't want to work in a lab forever I believe I want to go into industry but not in a typical fashion... managing a biotech startup or maybe biotech venture capital sound appealing to me. What I want advice on: Given my experience and prospective career path, is a PhD just a rite of passage I must go through? Or should I find a job instead and work my way towards what I would like to be in? Due to the novel nature of the subjects I have interest in, I have a feeling that I must do a PhD to be qualified (nanomedicine, gene therapy, immunomodulation) If the school I am supposed to attend has a few researchers that are not doing exactly what I want to do but are related and I would accept work with, should I settle for one of these? Or should I not pursue the PhD if I don't find someone who matches exactly what I want? What kind of jobs can I get with this experience? I am not really sure because all I have is a bachelor's degree but I have been performing research at the level of graduate students for quite some time now. Thanks in advance for all the help.
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