Christina Mastromonaco was one of these participants. A PhD student who works in the ocular pathology lab at the MUHC hospital, Mastromonaco had a solid vision of where her career would be leading her. Or so she thought.
“I didn’t realize that it could be a potential job to go into startups after doing my PhD,” Mastromonaco says. Often, startups are not presented as a possible career option, and the opportunity gets glossed over in favour of more established professions. However, both the creation of startups and the collaboration of life sciences professionals with startups are relatively untapped markets for students who are finalizing their studies in the life sciences sector and entering the workforce. The prospect of following a different set of paths was interesting to Mastromonaco who had previously been unaware of the possibilities of straying from the career path she was pursuing.