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WIB-Pittsburgh: Spotlight on Andrea Dobbs

Posted By Sarah Najjar, Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Each month, we are featuring profiles of WIB-Pittsburgh members. We asked about their career path and experience in WIB. Read on for some interesting stories and insights!


Andrea Dobbs
                     Chair, Membership, WIB-Pittsburgh

- Career position: 

Lab Manager, University of Pittsburgh


- Education: 

  • BS Biology (small liberal arts school)
  • MS, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health - Infectious Diseases and Microbiology


- Research interests: 

During my MS thesis work I studied severe secondary infections related to reinfection with a second Dengue virus serotype. Currently, my lab studies alloreactive T-cell metabolism in the context of Graft-versus-Host Disease. 


- Hobbies: 

Aviculture. I lived in Australia for part of my childhood and there I was introduced to the practice of taming and raising birds. At 11 I brought home a lutino Indian Ringneck and a Hybrid cockatoo (Galah & Corella cross) who travelled successfully with us from Australia back to the States. I love birds and learning more about their behaviors and all the challenges involved in this complex companion pet. 


Experience in WIB

- What drew you into the life sciences field and WIB?   

 Science was always my favorite subject in school, so it only seemed natural to pursue it as a career. The technical and intellectual challenges of this field keep me on my toes and always present an opportunity for continued learning. I joined WIB after a close friend recommended I become part of this group of women to further immerse myself in the Life Sciences field.


 - How has WIB played a role in promoting your personal or professional growth? 

This group has exposed me to many successful senior women with diverse science backgrounds. They are very inspirational in their business and career savviness.

- If you had one piece of advice to give a new WIB member, what would it be? 

Get involved and invest in yourself and your future. It is essential to seek out great mentors and positive professional friendships, but at the end of the day no one is as invested as you are in your career development. 

Career Trajectory


- What are your career goals? 

I’m preparing to go back to school with the goal of entering the healthcare field. 


 - What has been the biggest challenge in your career and how did you overcome it?

Currently, it is balancing full time employment and other personal obligations while studying to return to school. Nothing replaces supportive family and friends. 

Tags:  2019  Member Spotlight 

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