Margot Puerta (M.S. '02, M.B.A. '10)
Margot Puerta Q & A:
What was your favorite class, who was your favorite professor, and what is your fondest memory of Hofstra?
My favorite class was Real Estate Finance and my favorite professor taught that class, Professor Robert Campbell. My fondest memory was when Professor Luke Ng taught a class on crutches and used a crutch to point to the whiteboard. That’s dedication!
What was your first job after graduating from Hofstra, and what was the most valuable thing you learned there?
I received two degrees from Hofstra – an M.S. in biology (2002) and an M.B.A. in finance (2010). My first job after the biology M.S. was as a research associate in a neuroimmunology laboratory at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, North Shore-LIJ Health System. I focused on the molecular mechanisms underpinning sepsis and septic shock. One of the most valuable lessons I learned was that science does not occur in a vacuum. Communication is essential. You must write and present your work at scientific meetings and to the public or it’s as if your discovery never happened. I was already working as director of scientific affairs/laboratory operations at the Feinstein Institute when I pursued the M.B.A. I was responsible for working with cross-functional internal teams to oversee biomedical research planning and operations of more than 200,000 square feet of research space. One of the most valuable lessons I learned in this position was to know your audience and how to negotiate with them.
What is your field of specialty, and how did you come to work in the industry?
Publishing. Currently, I am the managing editor of the biomedical research journal, Molecular Medicine. I always loved reading and writing. That, combined with my training in biomedical research, led to the perfect combination for my current position.
What advice would you give current Hofstra students?
Think about where you want to be in your career, then work backwards and plan how to get there.
In one word, how would you describe Hofstra?
How have your degrees helped you?
My Hofstra degrees have helped to broaden my skill set and have provided me with a business foundation that I plan to build upon as I advance in my career.
What is your favorite part of your job?
The best part of my job is that I’m afforded tremendous opportunities to explore new communication technologies as the publication industry evolves.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Where do you see your career progressing to in the future?
In 10 years I’d like to be a director of publications, responsible not just for one publication, but for a suite of publications.