Alumni Profile

Nikhil Sasidharan Pillai.

Nikhil Sasidharan Pillai, CDSE PhD '20

How was your experience while at UB getting your degree?

PhD in the CDSE program under Dr. Robert Bies helped me gain both academic research experience and industrial research experience through internships. I was provided with numerous opportunities to attend and present my research at various international conferences which helped me to stay up to date with the current industry and academic trends in the field, and also helped me to gain professional contacts which in turn helped me land multiple job interviews.

Where are you at now? 

I will be joining Sanofi as a Senior Scientist.

How your degree has helped you get there?

My PhD helped me gain interdisciplinary research experience. It also helped me diversify and strengthen my research background which I believe gave me a competitive edge over other candidates in the job market.