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Women in Science: Mentorship, Support & Science: Women’s Advocacy in Life Sciences
Join our conversation with Jillian Sheeran, Senior Scientific Associate and Grace Russell, PhD, Senior Scientist at Snapdragon Chemistry to learn more about their experiences as women leaders and champions in science. What inspired them to pursue their career path? What does a typical day in their role look like? What advice do they have for someone interested in their field? Jillian and Grace will answer all these questions and more as they describe both the challenges and opportunities of following a career path in science.
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Jillian Sheeran is an engineer at Snapdragon Chemistry. She has been with the company for over six years, starting as an associate scientist before being promoted to senior scientific associate in 2018 and engineer in 2020. Previously she worked as a synthetic chemistry technician at RainDance Technologies. She began her career as a chemical development intern at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Sheeran graduated from Stonehill College in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and environmental science. Currently a third-year graduate student at Columbia University, Sheeran is pursuing a master’s degree in chemical engineering. Using her platform and experience as a leader in life sciences, Sheeran co-leads Snapdragon’s internal employee advocacy group, participates in “Women in Science” volunteer initiatives and, earlier this year was published in Organic Process Research and Development’s special edition, “Celebrating Women in Process Chemistry.”
Grace Russell, PhD
Grace Russell, PhD, is a senior scientist at Snapdragon Chemistry. She began at the company in 2019 and was promoted to her current position in May 2021. Russell earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology working under Snapdragon co-founder Professor Tim Jamison. During her time at MIT, she worked on developing new methods and technology for continuous flow synthesis. Russell contributed with colleague Jillian Sheeran on the paper “Scalable On-Demand Production of Purified Diazomethane Suitable for Sensitive Catalytic Reactions,” which appeared in Organic Process Research and Development earlier this year. She co-leads Snapdragon’s internal employee advocacy group and has been a mentor and leader for young women looking to break into the life sciences industry.