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Career Insights: Interview - 'Exploring Entrepreneurship as a Postdoc'

Join this live online podcast recording to learn about the journey of an entrepreneur and opportunities to "try out" entrepreneurship during your postdoc or PhD.

Past Event

May 5, 2022
11:30 - 12:30


This event has been organised by the PDC as part of a series of live online podcast recordings. In this career insights session, Dr Alice Dubois, Postdoctoral Development Centre Manager, will be joined by guests, Dr Caroline Barelle (QUB MHLS Entrepreneur in Residence / CEO and Founder of Elasmogen) and Kat Maguire (Lean Startup Programme Manager, QUB).

Caroline will talk about her career, from being a postdoc to working in small companies, big pharmaceutical companies and setting up her own start-up.

Kat will then highlight some of the innovation programmes she manages, and how they enable postdocs and PhDs to learn about research commercialisation, test the market for their research and even become CEOs!

The conversations will be recorded with the intention of converting them to episodes of the PDC's podcast, "The theory of the postdoc evolution".

We advise interested parties to attend the recording live in the event that any technical issues arise that may prevent us from using the recording. Attendees will also be able to see our guests and use the chat function to ask questions.


This recording is open to anyone who is interested in attending, including those external to Queen's University Belfast, postdocs and PhD candidates! Note that the entrepreneurship programmes Kat will talk about are not limited to Queen's University Belfast.

Our Guests


Dr Caroline Barelle


Dr Caroline Barelle is the CEO and Founder of Elasmogen, a company that discovers and develops soloMER biologics for the treatment of inflammatory diseases and cancer.

Before establishing Elasmogen, she successfully led teams at Wyeth and subsequently Pfizer in Global Bio-therapeutic Technologies progressing early platform technologies to late-stage clinical development. Prior to this she was Alliance and Programs Manager at Haptogen Ltd and a key part of the acquisition team that successfully exited the business to Wyeth Inc.

Caroline has been awarded a prestigious Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowship, she is a doctoral graduate from the University of Aberdeen in Biochemistry and has an MBA (distinction) from Robert Gordon’s University, Business School. 

Caroline is a member of the Enterprise Skills and Strategy Board, is a Senior Associate for the Entrepreneurial Business School, Edinburgh, and Entrepreneur in Residence for Queen’s University Belfast.

Kat Maguire 


Kat Maguire is the Lean Startup Progamme Manager based in Research and Enterprise at Queen's University Belfast. Kat has long experience as a business adviser and supporting entrepreneurship at Queen's, both in the Student's Union and Research and Enterprise.

Kat notably manages the Lean Launch Programme and ICURe programme, which enables teams led by an Early Career Researcher to investigate the commercial potential of their research.

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