Kathy Piliouras

Name: 
Kathy Piliouras
Grad Year: 
2001
Degree: 
BSc
Program: 
Biology
Title: 
Senior Study Manager for Clinical Trials
Industry: 
Natural & Applied Sciences
Organization: 
GlaxoSmithKline(GSK)

“GSK is one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies,” says Kathy, who earned a Masters of Biotechnology degree in 2003. “The main reward of my position is knowing that my work will someday make a difference in the lives of patients. I am easily able to manage the challenges my position entails.”

Kathy lists passion, persistence, independence, time management skills, and an ability to multitask as key characteristics involved in her job.

“I started as a co-op student at GlaxoSmithKline and was offered a contract position by the company before I graduated. I think I was hired because the company had been able to see my work for 10 months. I had proven to them that I was an asset to the company,” says Kathy. “I found that the co-op portion of the Master of Biotechnology program enabled me to get a foot in the door.”

Kathy previously worked as a Life Sciences and Biotechnology Consultant Intern at Strategic Health Innovations and a Study Manager at GlaxoSmithKline before landing her current position.

“I think the key to success is confidence, believing that you can do what you put your mind to” she says. “It might sounds contrite, but everyone can see that confidence.”