The Joy of Membership Podcast

Helpful through Member-Contributed Value: Needlework Guild of Minnesota

June 10, 2021 Joy Duling Episode 44
The Joy of Membership Podcast
Helpful through Member-Contributed Value: Needlework Guild of Minnesota
Show Notes

Denise Beusen retired from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review where she served as a Scientific Review Officer. Immediately prior to joining NIH, Dr. Beusen had her own business, Life Science Marketing and Communication. Other previous professional roles include Chief Operating Officer for a start-up company, MetaPhore Pharmaceuticals, and Director of Technical Marketing at Tripos, Inc., a provider of software and chemical libraries for drug discovery. Dr. Beusen holds a B.S. in chemistry from North Dakota State University and a Ph.D. in molecular biology and biochemistry from Washington University in St. Louis. Her love of the fiber arts dates from her youth when, as a member of 4-H, she learned to sew.

Please note: Any opinions expressed by Denise are hers alone and are not official positions of the Needlework Guild of Minnesota.

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