During a special interest session at the American Society for Microbiology annual meeting that is being held in New Orleans, La., this week, researchers shared career preparation guidance for a variety of positions in academia and government. Before he became a federal employee, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Aaron Brault began his career in academia as an assistant, and then associate, professor at the University of California, Davis.

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