After graduating with a Ph.D. in neural computation from Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC) in 2014, Kubra Komek made the switch to the medtech industry.

Komek’s degree comes in handy every day as a regional clinical research manager for the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Turkey. Komek manages the execution and regional strategy of clinical studies at Medtronic and plays a role in connecting local commercial teams with clinical teams to disseminate the clinical evidence of their therapies more effectively. She also develops expertise in cardiovascular, neuromodulation, diabetes and surgical therapies.

The CNBC is a joint center between the University of Pittsburgh and CMU that trains the next generation of neuroscientists through an interdisciplinary graduate and postdoctoral training program and fosters close collaborations between faculty. The center integrates Pitt’s strengths in basic and clinical neuroscience with CMU’s strengths in psychology, computer science, biological sciences, engineering and statistics. Read more…