Welcome CHOP Research Trainees!

Please take a moment to browse through the following trainee updates - clicking on each link will bring you to that announcement:


September Announcements

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the monthly Postdoc Happy Hour, Friday, September 5 at 5:30pm. Details below!

  • Register Today for National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week Events, September 15-19
  • UPenn Center for Orphan Disease Research and Therapy (CODRT) RFA Announcement: Pilot and Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants
  • RCR September Feature: Research Misconduct
  • Registration is Now Open for the 2014-2015 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Sessions
  • NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP)- Application Opens September 1st
  • Faculty Luncheon – September 5, Beverly Davidson, PhD, Presents "Emerging Therapies for Inherited Brain Diseases"
  • Save the Date: 3rd Annual Ellen Hyman-Browne Memorial Lecture Scheduled for October 2, 2014
  • Save the Date: CHOP Research Institute Scientific Symposium
  • Upcoming American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Conferences
  • BPP Event: Built for Success: The Science of Personal Presentation
  • Manager/Investigator Position Available for GlaxoSmithKline
  • Free Editing Services from the UPenn Postdoctoral Editors Association
  • Volunteering Opportunities to Work with Grade School Students
  • BPP Postdoc Travel Award Program
  • Review the Physician Fellows Entering Research: FAQs
  • Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour – September 5

  • Register Today for National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week Events, September 15-19

    On the week of September 15, 2014, the CHOP Research Institute and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will celebrate National Postdoc Appreciation Week, recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of our postdoc community to the success of Children's Hospital.

    VIEW THE CALENDAR OF EVENTS.

    Please complete the 2014 Postdoctoral Fellow Survey for a chance to win an iPod Nano!

    National Postdoc Appreciation Week was created and sponsored by the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of the postdoc experience for fellows nationwide.

    As a CHOP postdoc, you can join the NPA as an affiliate member and take advantage of the membership's many benefits!

    Join the NPA as an Affiliate Member
    Learn more about the NPA and how you can get involved


    UPenn Center for Orphan Disease Research and Therapy (CODRT) RFA Announcement: Pilot and Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants

    As a result of the Million Dollar Bike Ride, the Center for Orphan Disease Research and Therapy announces a Request for Applications (RFA) to support rare disease research from fundraising efforts and matching funds for $50,000 - $65,000 Pilot Grants, and $35,000 Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants.

    Pre and full application instructions, and scientific research focus are available by clicking on the diseases below.

    RFA Pilot Grants:
    Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD)
    Congenital Hyperinsulinism (CHI)
    Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM)
    Mucolipidosis Type IV
    Niemann Pick Type C (NPC) Pilot Grant
    Pitt Hopkins
    RASopathies

    RFA Postdoctoral Fellowships Grants:
    Congenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)
    Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia (HoFH)
    Friedreich's Ataxia (FRDA)
    Hemophilia
    Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS)
    Niemann Pick Type C (NPC) - Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Tay-Sachs and related disorders

    For more information and online application please click on the following link: http://www.med.upenn.edu/orphandisease/rare-disease-overview.shtml

    Timeline for the RFA/grant program is as follows:
    RFA Release Posted: August 4, 2014
    Pre-application deadline: September 15, 2014
    Invitation to submit a Full-application by September 18, 2014
    Full-application deadline: October 15, 2014 (by invitation only) Documents are to be uploaded no later than 5pm.
    Anticipated start date: December 1, 2014


    For updates on funding, please visit our website: http://www.med.upenn.edu/orphandisease and click on the drop down menu under "Research and Funding."

    If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


    RCR September Feature: Research Misconduct

    What factors significantly influence the rate of research misconduct? Tell us what you think by participating in the September opinion poll at the RCR internal Web site: http://rcr.research.chop.edu. This month, take a lead role in "The Lab" or "The Research Clinic," interactive simulations where you make the decisions on how to avoid potential research misconduct.

    View Research Misconduct Resources

    The RCR internal Web site provides centralized education, policy and training resources that encourage best practices and promote scientific integrity. For more information about CHOP's RCR program or internal Web site, contact Janet Stuart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 267-426-7496.


    Registration is Now Open for the 2014-2015 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Sessions

    Register today for in-person Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training. Upcoming sessions will be held on:

    RCR 1: Thursday, October 30, 2014
    RCR 2: Thursday, December 4, 2014
    RCR 1: Friday, January 30, 2015
    RCR 2: Friday, March 27, 2015

    The CHOP RCR program promotes ethical research practices based on regulatory standards and professional guidelines. RCR covers a range of topics including: Conflict of Interest; Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership; Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship; Peer Review; Collaborative Science; Research Involving Human Subjects; Research Involving Animal Subjects; Research Misconduct; Mentor/Trainee Responsibilities; Laboratory Safety, Researcher and Society; and Intellectual Property.

    Review your RCR Training requirements

    Register for in-person RCR training


    NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP)- Application Opens September 1

    The National Institutes of Health LRPs repay the student loans of doctoral level, biomedical or behavioral researchers conducting research funded by nonprofit institutions.

    Approximately 1,500 scientists benefit from the $70 million plus NIH invests each year through the extramural LRPs.

    The FY 2015 application cycle will open on September 1, 2014. The application is available online at www.lrp.nih.gov

    Why Apply?

  • Repay up to $70,000 of qualified educational debt with a 2 year contract
  • Most federal and state taxes are paid by the LRP
  • An average of 50% of all LRP applications are funded
  • Undergraduate, graduate, medical school and other health professional school loans may qualify for repayment
  • NIH funding is not required to participate
  • Eligibility

  • Hold a doctoral degree (With the exception of the Contraception and Infertility Research LRP)
  • Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • Conduct qualified research for at least 20 hours per week
  • Receive funding from a domestic nonprofit source (e.g., a university or government entity)
  • Be a non-federal employee (or qualified part-time federal employee)
  • Have qualified educational debt equal to or exceeding 20% of your salary
  • Tips
    For guidance on the application process as well as research priorities at NIH Institutes and Centers (IC):

  • Watch this Webinar
  • Review the Tips for Writing a Competitive LRP Application
  • Contact an LRP Liaison at NIH ICs

  • Faculty Luncheon – September 5, Beverly Davidson, PhD, Presents "Emerging Therapies for Inherited Brain Diseases"

    Join us for our first CHOP Research Faculty Luncheon of the academic year, scheduled for Friday, September 5, 2014 at noon in the Abramson Research Building (ARC), conference room 123-ABC. Beverly Davidson, Ph.D., Arthur V. Meigs Chair in Pediatrics, Director, Center for Cellular and Molecular Therapeutics, will be presenting "Emerging Therapies for Inherited Brain Diseases." Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:45 am. This event is open to all members of the CHOP community.

    Session 1
    Title: "Emerging Therapies for Inherited Brain Diseases"
    Guest Lecturer: Beverly Davidson, Ph.D.
    Event Date: September 5, 2014
    Location: Abramson Research Building (ARC), Room 123-ABC
    Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

    Session 2
    Title: "The Quest for an HIV Vaccine"
    Guest Lecturer: Philip R. Johnson, MD
    Event Date: Friday, January 9, 2015
    Location: Abramson Research Building (ARC), Room 123-ABC
    Time: 12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    Session 3
    Title: TBD
    Guest Lecturer: Ian D. Krantz, MD
    Event Date: Friday, March 13, 2015
    Location: Colket Translational Research Building (CTRB), Room 1200B
    Time: 12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    Session 4
    Title: "Structure, Function, and Therapeutic Potential of Chromatin Looping"
    Guest Lecturer: Gerd Blobel, MD, PhD
    Event Date: Friday, May 1, 2015
    Location: Abramson Research Building (ARC), Room 123-ABC
    Time: 12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    The CHOP Research Institute Faculty Luncheons are held four times per academic year and feature scientific presentations from CHOP Research Faculty members. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the 2014 - 2015 series! Lunch will be provided at each session beginning at 11:45 am. This event is open to all members of the research community.


    Save the Date: 3rd Annual Ellen Hyman-Browne Memorial Lecture Scheduled for October 2, 2014

    To honor the memory of CHOP's first director of Research Compliance, Ellen Hyman-Browne, J.D., Children's Hospital will hold the third Ellen Hyman-Browne Memorial Lecture on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 4pm in the Colket Translational Research Building (1st Floor, Conference Room 1200B), followed by a reception in the Colket Lobby.

    The goal of this event is to promote discussion and awareness of ethical and compliance-related issues. Steven Joffe, M.D., M.P.H., Vice Chair of Medical Ethics in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania will join us to present "Mandate or Millstone: The Ethical Challenges of Genomic Incidental Findings."

    Ellen Hyman-Browne served for five years as CHOP’s first director of Research Compliance. She approached her work with the highest standards of integrity and professionalism and contributed in countless ways to helping the organization address compliance issues. Ellen especially loved being around scientists and helping to support their work. Sadly, Ellen passed away in 2011 after battling cancer.

    All are welcome to attend this event. Please visit http://www.research.chop.edu/ehblecture for additional information about the session and to register.


    Save the Date: CHOP Research Institute Scientific Symposium

    The 2015 CHOP Research Symposium will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 in the Colket Translational Research Building’s first floor conference space. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for this day-long celebration of CHOP Research! Details to follow in the coming months regarding the event’s agenda.


    Upcoming American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Conferences

    The AACR will be holding several Special Conferences in Philadelphia in September 2014 and we hope to have you and your colleagues join us! AACR conferences present unique opportunities to interact with the world’s leading experts and discuss the latest findings in rapidly developing areas of cancer research.There is still time to submit an abstract and register to attend the following conferences offering CME Credits:

    Hematologic Maligancies: Transplanting Discoveries to Novel Therapies
    September 20-23, 2014

    Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
    Philadelphia, PA
    Register Here

    This conference is focused on the blood-based cancers and associated disorders categorized as hematologic malignancies and will include presentations on leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, myelodysplastic syndrome, and myeloproliferative neoplasms. This conference will span the spectrum of relevant cancer science and medicine, from basic science discoveries to their translation in the clinic, and will cover those scientific areas that cut across all blood cancers such as genomics, epigenetics, cell death pathways, and the tumor microenvironment, as well as translational and clinical topics such as targetable signaling pathways, drug development, immunotherapy, other treatment modalities, and early clinical trials.

    Advances in Melanoma: From Biology to Therapy
    September 20-23, 2014

    Lowes Philadelphia
    Philadelphia, PA
    Register Here

    Despite the success of various "targeted" inhibitors, therapeutic responses in melanoma patients are often short-lived due to rapidly acquired drug resistance. Therefore, it is essential that melanoma researchers translate the novel understanding of melanoma biology to decipher the mechanisms of innate and acquired drug resistance for the development of improved therapeutic options. To bridge the gap between scientists and clinician-scientists’ professional practice, this conference will provide a platform for discussion and potential collaborations for the discovery of new therapeutic targets.

    Targeting the PI3K-mTOR Network in Cancer
    September 14-17, 2014

    Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
    Philadelphia, PA
    Register Here

    This AACR conference will highlight recent progress in understanding the molecular wiring of the PI3K-mTOR signaling network and its activation in cancer, the major downstream functions contributing to cancer pathology, and therapeutic strategies for targeting the network and overcoming resistance. Talks will range from structural, pharmacological, and mechanistic insights to genetic mouse models and results from clinical trials. The program is designed to foster interactions between basic and clinical investigators and to emphasize critical discussions around the most pressing topics. Opportunities for early career researchers and trainees to present through oral and poster presentations are an important part of the program.


    BPP Event: Built for Success: The Science of Personal Presentation

    Mary Mitchell is a part of The Mitchell Organization. Her group provides critical training in communications, interpersonal and professional etiquette skills to help business, school, individuals, and government agencies achieve their maximum potential. To find out more about The Mitchell Organization go to their website. Monday: Luncheon workshop Tuesday through Thursday: One-on-one interviews

    Part I - Online Portion: Register Here
    Part II - Luncheon Portion: Register Here

    There is a $20 fee to reserve your spot in the workshop due to the BPP office on or before Monday, September 8, 2014.


    Manager/Investigator Position Available for GlaxoSmithKline

    Title: Manager/Investigator (grade 6/7)
    Requisition ID : 100666
    Posting link: http://us.gsk.com/en-us/careers/search-jobs-and-apply/
    Location : King of Prussia, PA
    Department : Immunologic Toxicology, Safety Assessment

    Basic Qualifications

  • PhD with post doctoral training in Immunology, immunotoxicology, or related discipline
  • Strong research background in immunopharmacology (protein therapeutics and small molecules) and investigating mechanisms of altered immune status and function as evidenced by publications in peer reviewed scientific journals
  • Demonstrated expertise in state of the art and emerging platforms and technologies that can be used for immunotoxicology testing
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and proven strength in managing professional development of others
  • Independently thinking, highly motivated, excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate effectively in matrix environment and across departments
  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Developing in vivo, ex vivo and in vitro assays to investigate mechanisms involving murine, monkey and human immune systems.
  • Strong expertise in flow cytometry, immunoassays and bioassays
  • Understanding and application of systems toxicology
  • Experience in method development, optimization and validation of assays according to current industry standards and regulatory guidelines
  • Experience in pharmaceutical/biotechnology company with supervisory responsibilities
  • Details
    We are seeking a highly motivated scientist to fill a position in the Immunotoxicology Group in Safety Assessment. The successful candidate will lead a scientific research team that is responsible for characterizing immune-related safety risks stemming from pharmacology, nonclinical toxicology findings, clinical safety data, and Regulatory questions on drug projects across the portfolio at all stages of development (target selection to post-marketing). The candidate will be responsible for identifying scientific approaches that are tailored to the specific immunopharmacological properties or immunotoxicological concerns of the pharmaceutical agent, including development of novel assays that measure pharmacodynamic (PD) activity of biopharmaceutical products on general toxicology studies


    Free Editing Services from the UPenn Postdoctoral Editors Association

    The UPenn Postdoctoral Editors Association (PEA) offers free, confidential editing of your scientific writing.

    Contact the PEA grammar and scientific clarity of manuscripts, abstracts, grant proposals, posters, slides and more.

    For more information or to submit a document for editing, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Visit the Postdoctoral Editors Association Web site


    Volunteering Opportunities to Work with Grade School Students

    Saturday Morning Science Lessons

    The Science Education Academy, Inc. is gearing up for it's 2014-2015 Saturday Science program! They support grade school students from West Philly in their science education with hands-on exposure and experience in the scientific method and inquiry. They are looking for enthusiastic graduate students and postdocs who can join them 1-2 Saturday mornings a month. Lesson plans and materials will be provided in advance.

    Orientation Date: September 27 (Location & Time TBA)
    Fall Session Start Date: October 11
    Saturday Time: 9:30am-11:30am
    Location: White Rock Baptist Church, 5238 Chestnut Street

    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested. Further information will be sent from this address; please add to your contacts.

    This program is a collaboration between the Science Education Academy Inc, EE Just Biomedical Society and the White Rock Baptist Church Ministry to Youth and Children.

    Spark Mentors Needed

    About Spark
    Spark combats the epidemic of disengagement and dropping-out among low-income urban youth with a unique apprenticeship model that brings 7th and 8th grade youth into professional workplaces. Through hands-on activities within a meaningful adult relationship, Spark mentors help students develop foundational social-emotional skills, connect their school work to tangible career opportunities, and increase their motivation and performance in school. Volunteering with Spark helps mentors develop new skills and increase their job satisfaction.

    This fall, Spark will serve 25 students from the Henry C. Lea school in West Philadelphia. Through Spark's partnership with the Wharton Social Impact Initiative and aligned with the University's broad investment in Lea, our goal is to provide each Lea student with a mentor at Penn. Mentors host students from 3:15pm-5:15pm weekly on Tuesdays starting in late September 2014.

    View the Spark Flyer

    For more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; http://www.sparkprogram.org; YouTube

    To Join: Complete the online application here

    Please Note: Minors under the age of 16 are not permitted to work in CHOP research labs. Meetings must occur outside of laboratory space in a conference room.


    BPP Postdoc Travel Award Program

    The University of Pennsylvania Office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs (BPP) announces the establishment of the BPP Postdoc Travel Award Program.

    This award program is funded by contributions from UPenn's Aetna health insurance cost savings and the Office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs. All postdocs currently registered with the BPP are eligible to apply for one travel award per calendar year. The maximum amount of each award will be $500.

    Complete applications should be submitted to the Office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs at least one month prior to the anticipated travel event.

    The eligibility criteria and terms of the BPP Travel Award Program are as follows:

  • Participants must currently hold a postdoctoral appointment in one of the four participating schools or be currently registered with the BPP through an affiliate group/institution
  • Participants must currently hold a postdoctoral appointment at the time of the application for travel funds, during the travel period and upon return from the traveled destination
  • Participant must be a presenting attendee in order to be eligible for this award (poster presenter and/or platform presenter)
  • Applicants are expected to have some level of funding support from their PIs/mentors or Department/Divisions to be eligible
  • Awards will be processed as reimbursements
  • Questions about this program should be directed to Ms. Mary Anne Timmins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    View the BPP Travel Award Program application

    Am I Eligible to Participate in the UPenn BPP?


    Review the Physician Fellows Entering Research: FAQs

    The Physician Fellows Entering Research: FAQs are designed to provide Physician Fellow researchers with the basic information necessary to navigate the transition into the CHOP Research Institute.

    Does your fellowship program have a dedicated research requirement? Do you know how to find a lab and where to look for funding as you transition into research? The Physician Fellows Entering Research: FAQs can help you answer these questions and more.

    View the Physician Fellows Entering Research: FAQs


    Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour – September 5

    UPenn Event
    September 5, 2014
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    UPenn BPP Social Committee
    Meet up with fellow CHOP/Penn Postdocs!

    The UPenn Biomedical Postdoctoral Program (BPP) Social Committee hosts a monthly happy hour event at City Tap House (3925 Walnut Street) in West Philly. All CHOP and UPenn postdocs are welcome to join. Feel free to bring co-workers, friends and significant others, as long as they are 21+.

    Enjoy drink specials from 5:30-7:30pm. When you arrive, tell the hostess you are with the postdoc happy hour and get a wristband to get the specials.

    For more information, visit the Biomedical Postdoctoral Council (BPC) site.