Skip to content

Industry Transition Spotlight: Desyree Jesus, PhD

An interview with Desyree Jesus, Ph.D.

What is your name, your full job title, and the full name of the company you work for?

My name is Desyree Jesus and I am a scientist at Audentes Therapeutics.

What is your biggest or most satisfying career goal you’ve reached since transitioning into industry?

My biggest career goal so far was when I was chosen as one of the top performers in the company during the yearly review (I didn’t even know there was such a thing, so it was a pleasant surprise). But, this meant I was doing a good job in my first year, which is always my ultimate goal, no matter my position.

What’s been your biggest learning experience or Ah-Ha moment since transitioning into your new role?

There are a couple of experiences actually. The first one is getting to know all the different positions I can get in research (scientific affairs, process development, tech transfer, and pre-clinical just to name a few). The second one is how some things in industry need to be done in a VERY precise way. Being part of the analytics group and working closely with quality control, I can see why many experiments in academia cannot be repeated in another lab!

How is your current industry position different from your academic postdoc or experience as a graduate student?

The main difference is how you think about the experiments you need to do. In academia, you do experiments because they are interesting. In industry, you do experiments because they will help the company to accomplish its goals. Doing an experiment just because you want to know how something behaves is not the priority unless it gets you closer to the final results. The other difference is how collaborative industry is. You have your project, but sometimes, someone else is helping you with the project and this person is not necessarily someone at a lower level than you or someone you are managing. You really work together.

If you could go back in time, to before you received your job offer, and give yourself one piece of advice or encouragement, what would it be?

Even though things seem hard now, hang in there and work hard on your transition because it will be so worth it at the end. You just need to get your foot in the door and this is the hardest part.

What was the most memorable moment for you (so far) as a Cheeky Scientist Associate?

The most memorable moment is when I finally got into the mindset of how to write a resume. It was not very easy for me to forget the academia way of showing my accomplishments (papers, learning new things) and to learn the terminology that is important for industry. After all the help from Laura, it finally clicked at some point. And another important moment was when I realized how many skills I acquired during my PhD and postdocs (besides being good at the bench).

What do you see as the next step in your career?

I want my next step to be a management position, with a small group, where I can have a more direct role in the strategy to reach the company goals. I also want to get more experience with pre-clinical studies.

How has the Association and the Association’s members helped you continue to achieve your career goals?

First, I like being part of a group of accomplished, responsible, smart, and hardworking people. There is a lot to learn from the different perspectives each member brings into the association. The network is also remarkable, since all these people are going to get jobs in industry at some point. Being part of CSA also helps me not to forget to always be thinking about the next step and be strategic about it.

Now that you’ve spent some time working in industry, what is the biggest takeaway(s) you’d like to share with those who are still executing their job search?

Be persistent. All you need is a foot in the door. This is the hardest part. Once you are in, you will be able to show all you can do and will be rewarded for that. By showing how good you are, it will be much easier to build a network of people that trust your work since this field is very small and everyone knows everyone else. Do not wait for the perfect job at first. It might happen, it might not. Just try to get in. Once you are in, another world opens to you and your dream job might even change completely.

To learn more about how you can transition into an industry career like Desyree, including instant access to our exclusive training videos, case studies, industry insider documents, transition plan, and private online network, get on the wait list for the Cheeky Scientist Association.

Cheeky Scientist Association Learn More

Isaiah Hankel

Chief Executive Officer at Cheeky Scientist
Isaiah Hankel holds a PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology. An expert in the biotechnology industry, he specializes in helping other PhDs transition into cutting-edge industry career tracks.

Isaiah believes--from personal experience--that if you feel stuck somewhere in your life, it’s a clear sign that you need to make a change. Don’t sit still and wait for the world to tell you what to do. Start a new project. Build your own business. Take action. Experimentation is the best teacher.

Isaiah is an internationally recognized Fortune 500 consultant, CEO of Cheeky Scientist, and author of the straight-talk bestsellers Black Hole Focus and The Science of Intelligent Achievement.
Isaiah Hankel


Top 40 Networking Scripts For PhDs

Learn how to get replies from top employers and recruiters as a PhD. This eBook will show you the exact words and phrases to use ...

Informational Interviews For PhDs

Learn how to set up and execute informational interviews with PhDs and other professionals working in industry. In this eBook, you will learn exactly which ...

Top 20 Transferable Skills For PhDs

Learn the top 20 transferable skills that industry employers ranked as "most important" for PhDs to include on their resumes and LinkedIn profiles. In this ...

Salary Negotiation For PhDs

Learn advanced salary negotiation strategies for PhDs. In this eBook, you will learn how to set your "walkaway number," spot "appeal-to-authority" tactics,  and avoid "muddying ...

Industry Resume Guide For PhDs

Learn how to craft the perfect industry resume to attract employers. In this eBook for PhDs, you will get access to proven resume templates, learn ...

Top 20 Industry Jobs For PhDs

Learn about the top 20 industry careers for PhDs (regardless of your academic background). In this eBook, you will gain insight into the most popular, ...

Related Posts You Might Like

Karina Petrossian PhD transition pic

Industry Transition Spotlight: Karineh Petrossian, PhD

Industry Transition: An interview with Karineh Petrossian, PhD, Director of Development in Philanthropy Communications   What is your name, your full job title, and the ...
Read More
Sherri Ter Molen spotlight banner

Industry Transition Spotlight: Sherri Ter Molen, PhD

Industry Transition: An interview with Sherri Ter Molen, PhD, National Council Of State Boards Of Nursing   What is your name, your full job title, ...
Read More
sara artusi's industry transition banner

Industry Transition Spotlight: Sara Artusi, PhD

Industry Transition: An interview with Sara Artusi, PhD, Scientist Platform Development, Krystal Biotech, Inc.   What is your name, your full job title, and the ...
Read More

Industry Transition Spotlight: Nicole Bowens, PhD

An interview with Nicole Bowens, PhD, Medical Writer, Arbor Scientia   What is your favorite part about working in industry? What I most enjoy about ...
Read More

Industry Transition Spotlight: Marios Tsatsos, PhD

An interview with Marios Tsatsos, PhD 1. What is your name, your full job title, and the name of the company you work for? Marios ...
Read More

Industry Transition Spotlight: Joydeep Pal, PhD

An interview with Joydeep Pal, PhD 1. What is your name, your full job title, and the name of the company you work for? Joydeep ...
Read More