Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Postdoc Symposium such a success. Looking forward to seeing you again at Symposium 2018!

Postdoc Symposium Program

April 28, 2017 (Friday), 1:00 – 6:00 pm

Great Hall and Main Auditorium
RWJMS Research Tower (Busch Campus)
675 Hoes Lane West, Piscataway, NJ 08854

Registration & Lunch (1:00 – 2:00 pm)

Panel Sessions (2:15 – 3:30 pm) – Note that all 3 panels will run simultaneously.

Panel 1: Preparing for Jobs Outside Academia


Dr. Britt Dahlberg, Director, Center for Applied History, Chemical Heritage Foundation

Dr. Paul-André Genest, Senior Editor, Wiley Publishing

Dr. Jun Huang, Research & Development Manager, Admera Health

Dr. Ina Nikolaeva, Medical Writer, ClinicalThinking, a subsidiary of Nucleus Global

Panel 2: Preparing for Jobs Within Academia


Dr. Asher Ghertner, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Rutgers University

Dr. Diana Roopchand, Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science, Rutgers University

Dr. Premal Shah, Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics, Rutgers University

Dr. Ileana Soto, Assistant Professor, Department of Biologic Sciences, Rowan University

Panel 3: Polishing Your Communication Style


Dr. Patricia Irizarry, Manager of Academic Programs and Director of Outreach, Rutgers University

Patricia Munoz, Media Specialist, Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics, Rutgers University

Dr. Nicholas M. Ponzio, Professor and Master Educator, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Christen Pruitt, Assistant Editor, Wiley Publishing

Poster Session with Coffee & Snacks (3:30 – 4:30 pm)

Plenary Session (4:30 – 6:00 pm)

The Plenary Session will feature 5-minute spark talks by two lucky postdocs, an introduction to the new Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and a keynote address by Dr. Franklin Carrero-Martíneza Ph.D. neurobiologist who works as Acting Deputy Science and Technology Adviser, U.S. Department of State.

Special Symposium Happy Hour (6:00 – 8:00)

Pino’s Gift Basket Shoppe, Wine Cellar & Lounge

13 N 4th Ave, Highland Park, NJ 08904


The Symposium is sponsored by…

the Office of the Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs

the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Rutgers Public Engagement Project

Rutgers AAUP-AFT

Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers)

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