Help people conduct and use science, responsibly. Patent and intellectual property law deals with protecting people’s rights to inventions and designs.  Science policy experts apply scientific knowledge to the creation of policies in an effort to best serve the public. Regulatory affairs professionals ensure that companies abide by all laws and regulations. Each of these areas involves expert scientific knowledge combined with the ability to read and write highly detailed laws, policies & procedures.

Alumni Spotlight

Seth Ogden, PhD, JD, Attorney, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, and Dunner

In the “Beyond the Lab” video series, the BRET Office of Career Development within the Vanderbilt School of Medicine interviews Vanderbilt PhD and postdoctoral alumni about their career path.

Sample Job Titles

Patent agent

Intellectual property lawyer/attorney

Policy advisor/coordinator/officer/analyst/fellow

Public affairs officer

Government relations

Regulatory/compliance director/officer/associate

Quality control specialist

Technology transfer agent/officer/specialist

Professional Organizations

Additional Resources

The Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG) is a 501-c3 non-profit, non-partisan and internationally recognized, open-access peer-review publication. JSPG serves as a vehicle for students, policy fellows, early career professionals and young scholars of all academic backgrounds to publish on the widest range of topics at the intersection of science, technology, innovation, and public policy.