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Postdoc Life: Keep Up to Date with the Postdoc Executive Committee (PEC) - July 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Julie Briggs
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Here is the latest from the Postdoctoral Executive Committee (PEC):


The PEC is looking forward to autumn with the 7th Annual Postdoc Day to be held on Friday, September 23. The theme this year is “Industry: Beyond the Bench” and we are already excited about what is shaping up to be a stellar line-up of speakers! The keynote speaker is Dr. Lana Skirboll, previous Director of Science Policy at the NIH and current Vice President of Science Policy at Sanofi, and the plenary lecture will be given by Dr. Joanne Kamens, Executive Director of Addgene. Both of these outstanding scientists will tell us about their paths into non-academic careers and share their advice to help postdocs obtain their career goals. A panel discussion with leaders in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries will be held along with a networking reception (and a professional prep session!). If you’d like to be involved in the networking reception, please email


A recent development in postdoc life in NYC is the formation of the NYC Postdoc Coalition. Started in April 2016, this group consists of representatives from all 7 major research institutes in NYC (ISMMS, Rockefeller, Columbia, NYU, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center). The aim of this coalition is to better advocate for the needs of postdocs in NYC by having an open discussion between postdoc representatives about what is and isn’t working at their respective institutions. Future plans also include NYC-wide postdoc socials – this is a great networking opportunity and we’re thrilled to be a part of the group!


The July issue of the Postdoc Periodical is out! This month's issue contains the following:

  • Natasha gives great advice on how to stay stress-free and achieve happiness on a postdoc budget.
  • Victor interviews Dr. Mark Yondola of Avatar Biotechnologies (and ISMMS alumnus!) on his role as Director of Research.
  • Hélène Salmon, PhD, and Lara Manganaro, PhD, are the winners of the 2016 Robin Chemers Neustein Postdoctoral Fellowship Award. Find out more about the research from these two outstanding scientists.

Find past Postdoc Periodical issues, learn how to get involved, and more on the Postdoc page of the ISMMS website here. 


Download the July Postdoc Periodical here.


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