Dina Uzri is a Senior Scientist at Abreos Biosciences, a local assay development company which focuses on precision dosing and drug development. She earned a Ph.D. at Harvard University and a postdoc at Stanford University School of Medicine. When Uzri began searching for an MBA program, she knew exactly what she wanted, but wasn’t quite sure where to find it.
“In addition to picking a business school that fit my educational needs and was compatible with my busy work schedule, I wanted to go somewhere that emphasized innovation and entrepreneurship in science and technology. It was also very important that the school have faculty who are top-notch both in their research and in the classroom. Finally, I wanted to be surrounded by talented, inspiring, and driven students from diverse backgrounds who would provide me with new ideas and perspectives,” said Uzri.
Uzri was one of many Rady School students who benefitted from a student referral. Uzri was first referred to the FlexEvening program by a student at the time, Shu Tu Boles. Boles had a similar educational and professional background.
When Uzri found the Rady School, conveniently located in the heart of the biotech industry in La Jolla, California, she was surprised by how well the program fit all of her needs. Uzri did, however, have qualms about how well she would be able to balance work, school and family life.
“It was very encouraging to see that [Boles] successfully balanced school with work and other activities, and I was also impressed by her enthusiasm for the FlexEvening program and how much she had learned in her first year,” said Uzri. “This conversation definitely gave me the last bit of convincing I needed to apply.”
Although Uzri is only in her first year at the Rady School, she has already begun to develop a valuable network of connections with other students, professors and mentors. Not only does she cite her classmates as a strong support system, she also recognizes their value as professional connections who will be important in identifying future business opportunities.
Overall, Uzri is thankful for her referral to the Rady School, and excited for the future of her MBA journey.
“The dynamic and innovative culture of the Rady School definitely sets it apart from other older schools that are less nimble in the face of today’s challenges and needs. The Rady School embraces change, openness, agility, and creativity, and, importantly, it instills in its students the goal of making meaningful and long-lasting contributions no matter where we go.”
Aleena Karamally is a student writer for the Rady School and a sophomore at UC San Diego. She is a Human Development major and a member of the UC San Diego Equestrian Team.