Read more about how one UW alum immerses himself in the biotechnology field. Written by Grace Padgett, CALS Career Services Peer Advisor
Albert Zygmunt is a UW-Madison graduate ‘15 currently working as a Quality Assurance Sales Associate for Catalent Biologics here in Madison, WI. The company specializes in biological manufacturing and promotes a mission to allow for better biologic therapies to get to patients in need, which is transforming the treatment of disease. Through the company’s proprietary technology platform and range of integrated development, manufacturing and clinical supply services, they are able to partner with biologic and biosimilar developers on innovative new biologic products.
Before starting his career, Albert majored in Microbiology and History at UW-Madison. He choose Microbiology after completing a research project in his introductory biology course that was centered around Microbiology. He double majored with History due to a long-time passion. Albert shares that the writing and critical problem solving skills that he developed during his time at UW has helped him succeed in his current position. His position requires a large amount of investigative writing and his skills helped set him apart from his peers.
Albert’s advice for students interesting in pursuing a career in Biotechnology is to develop strong writing skills because “anyone can pipette, but not anyone can write a report well.” Additionally, he explains the majority of knowledge needed for jobs in Biotechnology are trained on site, so don’t be concerned if you lack a lot of lab experience. Lastly, he urges that to be successful in the biological manufacturing industry, one just needs to have a willingness to learn and the ability to be trained.