Bijal Kakrecha, a research scientist in translational medicine, relocated to Cambridge from New Jersey to work on better understanding cancer resistance. The entire Cambridge team focuses on discovering innovative targets and pathways for tumors that have not traditionally responded to Immuno-Oncology (I-O) therapies. She quickly found this central mission made her colleagues feel like a “close-knit family” in which collaboration comes naturally.
Bijal attributes her success as a researcher in translational medicine to “excellent time management skills, resiliency and flexibility,” adding that “no two days are ever the same.” With the same amount of trial and error as in her experiments, Bijal finds ways to optimize her actions daily. Recently, while running two simultaneous experiments, she took time to share her formula for a balanced and successful day.