Sr. Scientist of Regulatory Affairs International at Merck & Co.

Mar 12, 2024
Sr. Scientist of Regulatory Affairs International at Merck & Co.

LaKeisha Batts PhD, works as a Sr. Scientist of Regulatory Affairs International at Merck & Co., where she provides regulatory oversight for the development and approval of clinical trial applications (Phases I-V) in ex-US countries and have global responsibility for all regulatory activities for marketed (mature) products.

What is the highest degree you have earned and what can you tell us about your academic path?

I have a Ph.D. in ImmunologyI am a biomedical researcher by training with post-doctoral experience focused on health equity.Note: I took a career break between my post-doc and my industry job to care for my family. I am also married to, SMDP Alumni, Torey Batts, Ph.D.

Where do you work now and what is your company about?

I currently work at Merck & Co.Merck is a US-based pharmaceutical company that focuses on improving human and animal health through its innovative products and research efforts.

How did you first learn about the company?

I first heard about Merck in graduate school.

What do you like most about the company?

I most admire Merck for its dedication to putting the patient first in its business practices.

What skills make you successful in your role and why did you choose this role?

My project management skills and attention to detail make me successful in my role. I chose this role because I knew it would push me beyond my comfort zone. I have encountered new information and stepped into areas where I'm not the subject matter expert (SME). This challenge has provided me with valuable opportunities for growth and learning.

How do you define success?

Success is the realization of a goal or aspiration that aligns with your personal values and principals.

What's the most fulfilling aspect of your job?

I am most fulfilled knowingthat my work contributes to the dissemination of safe and effective healthcare products on a global scale.

What advice do you have for students and job seekers?

Conduct informational interviews with professionals in the areas that you areinterested in to gain valuable insights. Seek out internships/co-ops to gain hand-on experience. Tailor any internship/co-op application by highlighting your relevant skills and experiences.

What book did you read last?

Bull’s-Eye: The Power of Focus by Brian Tracy