Fortunately, with my Keene State biology education and help from my Keene State professors, I was able to get a job in research immediately following graduation. I am currently working as a research associate at MassBiologics, a Boston-based non-profit pharmaceutical company that is part of the (UMass Medical School network)[http://www.umassmed.edu/Massbiologics/index.aspx]. Our mission is to discover and develop immunoglobulins that can better public health. As a non-profit company, we often deal with serious public health issues that are of particular concern in low-income areas of the world and may not be as lucrative for large companies. When I first started at MassBiologics, I worked on developing a vector-based expression system in mammalian cells for an ALS monoclonal antibody. More recently, I have worked on a project studying the pharmacokinetics of antibody half-life in sera, which will ultimately involve engineering antibodies for greater half-life in a lyme disease vaccine.