Biomedical Engineer---Research Professor

Laura Marcu

Tell us about your work---what do you do? In the big scale my field is biomedical optics , and I conduct research in optics . I do experiments and write papers , as well as writing grant proposals to receive funding . What skills are needed? You need to understand the fields of physics, optics, and electronics . Courses in biology physiology are also necessary. Writing skills are essential to write grants, proposals and scientific papers . What was your major? Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering How did you get started in your career? I came from a different background and made an unusual switch from mechanical engineering to biomedical engineering. I was working on designing optical instruments and became interested in the field of biomedical optics. What experience do you need in this job? You have to be very focused and have great intellectual curiosity. You have to have experimental as well as theoretical skills . Describe your "typical" workday: I guess a typical workday consists of writing proposals, doing experiments, analyzing and collecting data, and studying other scientific papers . What is the hardest aspect of your job? I guess being able to interpret many facets of the subject. There are many areas of research involved in biomedical engineering and it can be hard to interpret and integrate all that information into a paper that makes sense and makes a contribution to the field. What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? When you get a proposal approved or you finish a paper that summarizes your work. What are your suggestions for someone considering this field? You have to have ability and willingness to integrate and bridge aspects in the medical and biological sciences as well as to the engineering field. You must like physics and chemistry , and have ability grasp for information on various levels and combine them in a unique way so you can have a new view of a biological problem.