iPBS Events

March 21VBR301Noon - 1:00pmBeyond graduate school: Tips for finding a successful 
postdoc position
Michael Gonzalez, PhDCareer
March 21VBR3014:10 - 5:00pm

Being a scientist in industry - my journey 

Sethu Sankaranarayanan, PhDCareer
May 8CUB Jr Ballroom8:30am-4:00pm3rd Annual Maloney Workshop, Science Speak:  Explaining your science to everyone from peers to the publicVariousCommunication & Career
TBDTBA4:00-5:00pmDeveloping your research statement Career
May 30Bustad4044:00 - 5:00pmCreating & updating your CV:  Next steps a post docSteve Simasko, PhDCareer

Beyond graduate school:  Tips for finding a successful postdoc position:  Dr. Michael Gonzalez is a bioinformatics scientist in the lab of Dr. Hakon Hakonarson, Director of the Center for Applied Genomics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He received his PhD in the Immunology and Infectious Diseases program within the School of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in December, 2015 and so, is not far removed from his own search for a postdoctoral appointment. He was able to successfully use his experience in livestock genomics (at WSU) to make the jump to human medicine and now uses the tools he learned during his PhD to uncover the genetic underpinnings of complex disease etiologies in pediatric populations. Come learn about some of the tips (and pitfalls) he found helpful while navigating the complex world post-PhD, and learn about the great opportunities available at CHOP!   


Being a scientists in industry - my journey:  Dr. Sankaranarayanan earned a PhD in Neuroscience from Washington State University in 1996 and went on to do postdoctoral research at the Max-Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg, Germany and Weill Medical College of Cornell in New York City. In 2002, he decided to leave academia and take a position at Merck Research Labs as a Research Fellow. Fast forward 17 years and he is now Senior Director at a small biotech start-up, Annexon Biosciences, in the Bay Area of California. During his time in industry, he has continued to publish in the primary scientific literature. Dr. Sankaranarayanan has agreed to meet with interested graduate students from any program to discuss his journey into industry, from big pharma to small start-up. He will provide a brief overview of his experience and then open the floor to any questions you may have.  

Risk communication in science: Informing stakeholders effectively without alarm:  A culture of optimal laboratory safety is vital for professional scientists and technicians in academia or industry.  Too often we become refractory to risk as we become more familiar any effort like laboratory safety, especially when it comes to passing along safety standards to new staff, undergraduate and graduate students as well as junior faculty.  In this free session, learn how to optimize risk communication about laboratory safety to ensure consistent, accident-free operations with minimal downtime.