Carly Morrison – Bioprocess Engineer, TurtleTree Labs
Q: Could tell us a little bit about yourself, how you got interested in your field, and how you ended up at TurtleTree?
Carly: I have a background in chemical and bio engineering. I started out in the pharmaceutical/bio side of things. I was interested in branching out a little bit and TurtleTree was an exciting company in the cellular agriculture food biotech field. This was different for me in some ways but also pretty similar in others. And that was exciting.
Q: What types of assignments are you tasked with on a daily basis?
A lot of my work is around cell culture – maintaining our cells, developing experimental plans, and taking notes on them. I also think more about the bio process. One way that I think about my job is “how can we make the cells as happy as possible?”
Q: What has been a challenge for you in this role?
One of the bigger challenges I’m dealing with right now is that sometimes things don’t work as planned. I’m working to develop a plan that allows us to have multiple avenues of success and learn from every experiment. That way, we can, even if things don’t work out, keep progressing.
Q: What have you enjoyed most about working here?
I came from a very large company, so I really enjoy the small company atmosphere. I really like my coworkers. It’s the collaborative environment that can come with the smaller groups.
Q: What advice would you give to somebody who’s just starting out in your field?
Try to gain both breadth in the science as well as your soft skills. Learn to manage projects and meetings. Effectively going into a meeting is more helpful than you would think.
Q: What is your favorite movie, either from this year or all-time?
I’ll give you my all-time: Pitch Perfect. Very solid, fun movie.