Author: [AUTHOR] Published on 6/1/2021 12:00:00 AM
Vidya Ramakrishnan, PhD, Associate Scientist, Genentech, Foster City, California
Who has inspired you in your career?
I owe a lot to the faculty at my alma mater, the University at Buffalo, SUNY, for the excellent training in pharmacometrics and clinical pharmacology that I received during graduate school. The fundamentals via rigorous coursework and the scientific thought process through thesis work that they help students develop is admirable. My PhD adviser, Dr. Donald Mager, introduced me to ASCPT and the International Society of Pharmacometrics as a student and encouraged me to participate and network with members. The ASCPT community brings together clinical pharmacologists, translational scientists, clinicians, and pharmacometricians who play a key role in the clinical development of medicines.
Do you have a favorite tip or trick for clinical practice or research that you want to share with fellow members?
My favorite tip would be to talk about your research with colleagues, peers, managers, advisers, mentors (trainee-mentor meetings) at the Annual Meeting, Network meetings, and Community meetings. ASCPT provides a lot of opportunities for this via presenting your work as poster/presentations, attending and asking questions during webinars, and reviewing abstracts/articles submitted to meetings and the ASCPT Journal Family. More often than we realize these scientific conversations lead to interesting ideas, diverse perspectives for more informed research, and offer first-hand review from experts in the field, which in turn helps to find a scientifically sound answer to a research question.
What is your favorite Society memory?
My favorite memory is the ASCPT 2017 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. I had the opportunity to present some of my work from graduate school as a poster and a flash presentation at the Quantitative Pharmacology Network Meeting within the theme of “Translational Medicine and Therapy Optimization.” Being in the last year of my PhD program, the meeting offered a great platform for me to network with potential employers. In fact, it was at that meeting that I met a lot of folks from the Clinical Pharmacology group at Genentech, followed by my application for a position, interview, and joining the group.
What was your childhood dream job?
My childhood dream job was to be part of the healthcare system. Undergraduate training in pharmaceutical sciences was the first step toward this goal and is where I was introduced to the field of pharmacometric modeling. I followed my interest in the field in graduate school where I learned the diverse application and impact that mathematical modeling (including traditional PK/PD, population modeling, quantitative systems pharmacology models) has on drug development in the clinic. Working in the clinical pharmacology group as an M&S scientist now only helps me build on this path toward engaging in smarter and faster ways to bring medicines to the clinic and patients!
Dr. Ramakrishnan has been a member of ASCPT since 2016.