Polina Feldman

Polina Feldman

Director of Research and Human Performance


Recovery Force

Fishers, IN USA


I always think about [life] in terms of attainable chunks of time. Have that long term goal, but focus on what you can do really well for the next five years—your life can change a lot in that time.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Was born in Ukraine and immigrated to the U.S. with her family in 1990 after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Has always had an interest in science and math—as an undergrad, she gravitated towards learning about how to invent things that can help people using technology and medicine.
While in college, she explored different topics and spent a lot of time in labs—says this gave her a wide breadth of knowledge and allowed her to explore different career paths within neuroscience.
After graduating, she realized she had two choices if she wanted to pursue neuroscience: go to medical school or go to graduate school.
Unsure of where her path was going, she took a year off and went to the University of Chicago where she became a research technician for one of the leading professors studying brain development.
Decided to attend Indiana University where she received her PhD in neuroscience, focused on developing new therapies to treat pain.
She developed an interest in the business of biotechnology and how medical inventions are brought to the market—instead of pursuing her postdoc, she went back to get her master's in business instead.
Her career is now dedicated to promoting emerging healthcare technologies and improving patient wellbeing by bridging the gaps between the medical and business industries.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
University of Wisconsin-Madison
undergrad
Bachelor
Psychology, General
University of Wisconsin-Madison
graduate
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General
Indiana University-Bloomington
graduate
Graduate
Accounting and Finance
Indiana University-Bloomington
doctorate
Doctorate
Neuroscience
Indiana University-Bloomington
Career

Career

Director of Research and Human Performance

I develop clinical research and development programs focused on improving patient wellbeing.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Science
Science
Business
Business
Problem Solving
Problem Solving

Day to Day

I facilitate the clinical and usability testing of our patented compression technologies. I also organize clinical trials and conduct market research focused on improving patient outcomes and well-being.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Communication and presentation skills - aka "soft skills".

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Pay attention to what motivates you, your natural inclination. Follow that wherever it leads.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
undergrad
Bachelor
Psychology, General
graduate
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General
graduate
Graduate
Accounting and Finance
doctorate
Doctorate
Neuroscience
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Why would you pursue business school if you already have your PhD?"

At the time, it was looked down on to leave academics in favor of industry. Pursuing a different path than others like me caused problems and confusion. Instead of looking at this in a negative way, I choose to look at it as something that I was interested in and that I wanted to do for myself. If people aren't supportive, don't listen to them.

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant
First-Generation Immigrant

I came to the United States in 1990 from Ukraine as a first generation immigrant.

First-Generation College Student
First-Generation College Student

I was the first in my family to go to college and to graduate school. It was something that my parents pushed a lot because they didn't have that opportunity growing up.