CaSB students pursue a wide range of post-graduate opportunities, including careers in industry, health professional school, and Master’s/Ph.D. programs across a wide range of disciplines.
Because CaSB is an interdisciplinary major, there is no one path that students take post-graduation. Some go directly into industry, while others pursue graduate education. Possible post-grad opportunities include:
Industry: Biotechnology, Technology, Data Science, Software, Medicine, Public Health, Research, Business/Finance, Law, Consulting, Startups, Education
Health Professional Schools: Medical School, Dental School, Optometry School, etc.
Graduate Programs: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering & Computer Science, Business, Education, Law
To provide an idea of where previous students have gone after graduation, below is a list of some of the post-grad placements for students who graduated between 2008 and 2020. Please note that this list is based on voluntary data from recent alumni and is not meant to be an all encompassing list of possible programs/companies that students may pursue.
Students can also check out UCLA One, UCLA’s networking portal, to connect with alumni and current students.
Profiles of Recent Alumni
Sebastian graduated from UCLA in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Computational and Systems Biology, specializing in Biomedical Systems. After graduation, Sebastian began working at Amgen and is now a Sr. Associate Data Scientist in the Quality Data Sciences (QDS) group. Here, he focuses on Natural Language Processing and statistical monitoring of product complaints. At Amgen, he has developed novel deep learning methods and, in the process, has become the deep learning expert for the team. Prior to QDS, Sebastian was in the Operations Information Systems group where he worked with scientists to aid in process development of Amgen’s pipeline. While at UCLA, Sebastian was actively involved in research at CNSI, as well as a staff member for the Care Extenders Program at Ronald Reagan Medical Center.
Christine graduated in the Spring of 2020 with a concentration in Neurosystems. Christine is currently working in the healthcare industry as a Healthcare Consultant, as well as gaining experience in business as the COO of a startup. Past work experiences include interning at Janssen (Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson) as a Neurobiology Researcher, working as a Research/Admin Assistant at the VA Hospital, and coaching gymnasts as a Gymnastics Coach. Miscellaneous experiences include being an Undergraduate Researcher using VR to study brainwaves, a Head Learning Assistant, and interning as a Business Intern at a 3D-printing start-up.
Ikaasa graduated from UCLA in 2020 with a custom concentration in Neuroinformatics. Throughout her time at UCLA, she became fascinated by the intersection between medicine, technology, and public policy. As an undergraduate, Ikaasa worked as a Virtual Reality Engineering Intern at Booz Allen Hamilton and helped co-found a biotechnology startup. She also served as the President of the Society of Women Engineers, through which she founded the Women in Engineering Lobbying Program and Mental Health Awareness Week, and as the Internal Coordinator for the Student Stroke Force. Currently, Ikaasa is taking a gap year before she starts medical school. During this time, she worked on the Biden for President campaign as the Associate Director of Sikh Americans for Biden and currently serves as a Policy Fellow at the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, a civil rights organization based in Washington, DC.
Bruin Success Podcasts Featuring CaSB Alumni
Check out some of our CaSB alums who have been profiled on the Bruin Success Podcast produced by UCLA Alumni.
The UCLA Career Center is the primary resource on campus for exploring careers and searching for job opportunities throughout students’ time at UCLA. The Career Center helps students identify internship and full-time job opportunities, explore industries and career interests, refine resumes and cover letters, understand the job search/graduate school application process, and connect with recruiters and alumni.
The Career Center uses Handshake to connect students with career counseling, internships, events, and job opportunities. Make sure to register for an account. Also check out their comprehensive Career Guide that provides valuable overview of the career exploration, job search, and graduate school application processes.
Check out upcoming events from the Career Center on Handshake (must have a Handshake account).