AWIS Summer of Science Spotlight of Elizabeth Hileman PhD

Elizabeth Hileman, PhD teaches young scientists critical written and verbal communication skills

By Elizabeth Hileman, PhD

Introduce yourself and describe your work

I’m a mom, wife, and scientist with expertise in scientific writing, technology commercialization, research development, and strategic alliance management. I lead a writing studio where I provide unique resources for successful grant submissions and plan career development activities for predoc and postdoc trainees.

What do you consider to be your most important career achievement or discovery?

I would have once said working to establish strategic partnerships with pharmacutical companies to bring in research dollars and give access to new drugs for cancer patients. Now, my most important achievement is guiding and molding young scientists toward contributing to the scientific field in various ways.

During times of imposter syndrome or feelings of discouragement, what or who helped you persevere?

My husband was my constant pillar of support throughout my PhD training years and afterward when I chose a non-traditional scientific career trajectory.

How does your work impact people and the world around us?

My work develops critical written and verbal communication skills of trainees. I am providing the biomedical science field with well-rounded scientists able to convey their discoveries to both technical and lay audiences that will one day influence healthcare, science policy, and prevent or cure diseases.

What is a unique fact about your career/industry?

There are a lot of women in this field and this is not the norm in the scientific world!

What advice do you have for other women or nonbinary individuals considering this field?

Reach out to others in the field and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Networking is key!