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Lesley Chan, MSEM '19

Senior Scientist
bluebird bio

Education: Ph.D. in Bioengineering, National University of Singapore; B.A.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto
Work Experience before Tufts: Scientist II, bluebird bio; Development Scientist, Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine

Where were you in your career and what drove your decision to go back to school?

I was in a highly technical role and could see opportunities to expand my scope and responsibility. I wanted to be prepared to seize these opportunities and to succeed in these new roles, so I decided to go back to school.

Why did you choose to pursue a M.S. in Engineering Management at Tufts?

I chose the Tufts MSEM program because the curriculum fit with what I was looking for to advance my career. Plus, the program was designed for part-time students in mind, and the cohort experience seemed like a valuable way to build my network.

How have you been able to apply aspects of the MSEM curriculum at work?

Learning to see problems from a business perspective, rather than just a technical perspective, has helped me better understand the decisions made at my company. I am able to have more business-minded discussions with colleagues from all parts of my company.


Favorite MSEM course so far:
Business Strategy

What scientific or engineering innovation would you like to see in the next 100 years? 
The ability to print new tissues and organs for regenerative medicine and cures for cancers.