February 2006 Mentor of the Month Q&A Session: Liu-Ying Luo
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Dear Dr.Luo: It's very interesting to read your interviews, because I share some similarity with you in education, except that I received my Ph.D in China after the bachelar degree of Medicine. I also had several years of postdoctoral training experience in USA and got some publications in basic research. Currently I'm in the process of developing some basic research projects on my own in China, with financial support by 2 small grants domestically. For a long-term consideration, I do believe that I should take advantage of both my previous Medical background with the current research experience (Molecular Biology and Biochemistry) together, as you have choosed, Clinical Chemistry seems very much appealing to me at present? Do you have any suggestion or advice on me regarding to pursuing in this field ? Please be direct and frank, thanks in advance. my pesonal email: zifan_lu@yahoo.com.cn zifan lu
China, Xian city

Liu-Ying Luo, PhD
I am sorry that I am not very familiar with the current status of clinical chemistry in China. In the past, you did not need to have special training in order to practice in this field and all you needed was just a M. D. degree. But I am not sure whether you can find a job in the hospital now and work as a clinical chemist since you had no such experience after you graduated. If you have no intention to work in the hospital as a clinical chemist, the easiest way for you to get involved in this field, in my opinion, is that you incorporate some clinical chemistry related ideas into your grant applications. The other way is to get in contact with the clinical chemistry organizations in China and see whether it is possible to build up some collaborations.

What are some of the advantages and disadvantages to working in industry vs. an academic institution?
Syracuse, NY

Liu-Ying Luo, PhD
When I just finished my training, I chose industry because I had no idea what it was like and wanted to get some experience. Now that I have experienced both fields, I realize that both of them have some advantages and disadvantages. In academia, the most exciting part for me is that you are free to make new discoveries. But it seems that it can be difficult to obtain an academic position and to get enough funding. In industry, you get to learn many new things since the products that you are involved in are quite diverse and often require knowledge in many different fields. One of the drawbacks about product development is the repetitive nature of the work, but this is a necessary aspect of any clinical development project in order to ensure high-quality products and assays.

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