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CBLS Program Sparks Academic's Business Side

Arthur Luhur

Doctoral Student, IU Department of Biology; CBLs Graduate Associate

Arthur Luhur

“Classes are very interactive, classroom facilities are top-notch, and the CBLS staff is full of great people. The events also provide ample networking opportunities.”

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Long ago, Arthur Luhur had made up his mind to pursue a career in academia. Ever since becoming involved with the CBLS Graduate Associates program, however, he has been seriously considering making a switch. “Now I realize that my scientific training could help me transition to the business side of life sciences,” he says.

As a Ph.D. student in the biology program at IU, Luhur has always had a fascination with life sciences—especially therapeutics. During the SARS outbreak a few years ago, he conducted viral therapeutic research in Singapore. When he came to IU, he saw the CBLS graduate associate program as an opportunity to gain a better understanding of how the outcomes of scientific pursuits reach and impact consumers.

Luhur’s experiences with CBLS have exceeded his expectations. “Classes are very interactive, classroom facilities are top-notch, and the CBLS staff is full of great people,” he says. “The events also provide ample networking opportunities.” He has taken CBLS classes, attended conferences, and his team for one of his courses contributed two articles to the CBLS Web site.

In addition to having studied genetic, cell, and developmental biology at IU, Luhur is also a New York Institute of Photography-certified photographer. He hopes to one day work in either academia or the business of life sciences while also making time for his photography on the side.

Published April 11, 2011