Jacob Koskimaki (PhD, Biomedical Engineering) is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia.
“The INBT training program gave me exposure to course work, collaborations and other students outside of my immediate discipline of biomedical engineering. This proved to be a huge asset in planning my dissertation work. In addition, I had expertise in biomedical engineering and bioinformatics that was immediately useful to my collaborators. INBT taught me to read and learn broadly across scientific disciplines, and more importantly to see that as an asset for my professional development as a scientist and engineer. Often the most creative insights and discoveries occur through collaborations at the interface of different disciplines. I have kept in contact with several of my INBT friends and collaborators. We have referred one another to various job postings and prospects that have also widened the possible career choices I will consider after my postdoctoral fellowship. We also received training in effective science writing and communication, even with video. I found in graduate school many students received no formal training in such matters. Without an effective way to communicate the big picture of complex, difficult science, the greater impact is sometimes lost. I hope collaborative, interdisciplinary institutions such as INBT continue to thrive. I found it to be an instrumental part of my growth and development of professional skills at Hopkins.”