Pharmacogenomics Scientist

Find the connection between a person's genes and how he reacts to drugs.
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$39,000 – $102,000

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What do Pharmacogenomics Scientists do?

A Psychic Reader reads people to predict their future. A Pharmacogenomics Scientist does the same thing. Instead of their palms, however, she reads people’s genes, specifically to find out how they’ll react to drugs.

Still, the goal is the same: A Pharmacogenomics Scientist believes that a Doctor should be able to look at patients and predict what’s going to happen to them. Not romantically or financially, but medically.

Without the benefit of a crystal ball, the best way a Doctor can do that is by consulting the human genome, which is a library of all human genes. If you’re a Pharmacogenomics Scientist, therefore, you’re the Librarian: It’s your job to know what books — that is, genes — are in the library and where they’re stored. That way, when a Doctor or Pharmacologist needs to consult a specific gene, you can tell them where to look (and also recommend related reading).

Specifically, your goal is identifying and studying the genes that impact how people react to medications and drugs, as evidence has shown that people’s genetic makeup influences what therapeutic benefits they receive from drugs, as well as their susceptibility to adverse drug reactions.

Unlike a Pharmacogeneticist — who studies the interactions between specific genes and specific medications — you’re focused on the pharmaceutical profile of the whole genetic system. You more or less have the same job, which is conducting clinical research on the relationships between genes and drugs. The difference is: If the human genome were an Author, a Pharmacogeneticist would read just one of its books. You, however, would read its collected works.

Ultimately, though, what you’re searching for in the text is the same: a way to genetically customize medications to make them safer and more effective.

Should I be a Pharmacogenomics Scientist?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.

  • How to Become a
    Pharmacogenomics Scientist

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