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:

July Announcements

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the monthly Postdoc Happy Hour, Friday, July 11 at 5:30pm. Details below!

  • Save the Date: National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week, September 15 - 19
  • Postdoc/Physician Fellows: Serve as 2014 CRISSP Poster Day Judges, August 7
  • RCR July/August Feature: What is Your Role in The Responsible Conduct of Research?
  • Upcoming American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Conferences
  • Research Trainee Orientation Session, July 10
  • Introduction To Clinical Research Course at UPenn
  • 2014 CHOP Summer Scientific Research Colloquium (SSRC)
  • K and F Award Workshop - Slides and Materials Posted
  • Postdoctoral Position Available at Thomas Jefferson University
  • Free Editing Services from the UPenn Postdoctoral Editors Association
  • BPP Postdoc Travel Award Program
  • Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour – July 11

  • Save the Date: National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week, 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 tentative calendar of events.

    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

    Postdoc/Physician Fellows: Serve as 2014 CRISSP Poster Day Judges, August 7

    We are currently recruiting up to 16 postdoctoral fellows and physician fellows to judge scientific posters at the CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) poster session on Thursday, August 7 from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Abramson Lobby.

    CRISSP is a highly competitive summer internship program for undergraduate students interested in careers in biomedical research. Twenty-five students have been selected to participate this summer from a pool of over 500 applicants.

    As part of their internship experience, all CRISSP students must complete an independent research project presented during the August 7 poster session. Judges will be asked to visit several assigned posters during the judging period and identify the best research project. Judging criteria will be provided to guide the selection process. A judges meeting will be held at 1:00pm in ARC 809 to discuss the winners.

    A new addition to CRISSP Poster Day will emulate CHOP Research Poster Day, where students will be split into 3 judging tracks: Basic, Translational, and Behavioral/Clinical. In response to the revised judging format, we are looking for 4 basic research judges, 4 translational research judges, and 8 behavioral and/or clinical research judges. Judges are also invited to attend the awards ceremony from 4:00pm-6:00pm, Thursday, August 7 in Abramson 123-ABC.

    If you are interested in serving as a CRISSP poster day judge, please email and provide your name, department, division, and which area of research you are interested in judging.

    RCR July/August Feature: What is Your Role in The Responsible Conduct of Research?

    CHOP is committed to fostering a research environment that promotes adherence to the highest ethical standards in conducting scientific investigations and scholarly activities.

    The CHOP Research Institute’s RCR Training Policy and Plan outlines the institutional training requirements that apply to faculty, NIH early career investigators, all research trainees, and staff participating in research activities. What are the RCR training requirements? How do they apply to you and your role at CHOP? Visit the RCR Internal Web site at http://rcr.research.chop.edu to learn more.

    The RCR internal Web site provides centralized education, policy and training resources that encourage best practices and promote scientific integrity as a core value. For more information about CHOP’s RCR program or internal Web site, contact Janet Stuart at or 267-426- 7496.

    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.

    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

    Abstract submission deadline: Monday, June 23
    Advance registration deadline: Monday, August 4

    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
    Steptember 20-23, 2014

    Lowes Philadelphia
    Philadelphia, PA

    Abstract Submission deadline: Monday, June 30
    Advance registration deadline: Monday, August 4

    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
    Abstract Submission deadline: Monday, July 7
    Advance registration deadline: Friday, August 1

    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.

    Research Trainee Orientation Session, July 10

    The Office of Responsible Research Training, in conjunction with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Department of Pediatrics, will be offering a, orientation session for training grant, postdoctoral, or physician fellows who will be moving into a "research trainee" status and receiving stipends for Fiscal Year 2015, beginning on July 1, 2014.

    Location: Abramson Research Center, Room 123-AB
    Time: 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

    The orientation sessions will provide information on the health and benefits package, financial and tax implications, and training requirements and will offer other valuable resources for new trainees. For questions, contact Janet Stuart, or 267-426-7496.

    Introduction To Clinical Research Course at UPenn

    Registration for the Introduction to Clinical Research, offered by ITMAT, for the 2014-15 academic year is now open. The course is primarily geared towards junior faculty, fellows and post docs who have an interest in learning about the practical aspects involved in undertaking clinical research. Clinical research staff members are also eligible to enroll if their application is supported by their supervisor. Lectures are organized into modules covering four main content areas:

  • Module I: Introduction & Research Methods
  • Module II: Data Management & Biostatistics
  • Module III: Study Conduct
  • Module IV: Scientific Conduct & Regulation
  • MTR 510: Introduction to Clinical Research
    September 2, 2014- April 29, 2015
    Tuesdays, 4:30- 6:00 pm
    8030 Maloney Building, HUP

    For full course details, syllabus, and to register visit: http://www.itmat.upenn.edu/ctsa/ICR.shtm

    The course registration deadline is August 15, 2014. Please contact the course coordinator, Megan Maxwell at 215.662.4581 or with any questions.

    2014 CHOP Summer Scientific Research Colloquium (SSRC)

    Please see the list of speakers, presentation titles, and room locations below:

    Monday, July 14, 2014
    Say Again? Hearing, Deafness, Surgery, and Science
    John A. Germiller M.D., Ph.D.
    Director of Clinical Reserach
    Abramson Research Center Center, 1st floor, Room 123-C
    5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (pizza and refreshments provided at 4:45 p.m.)
    John A. Germiller M.D., Ph.D.

    Monday, July 21, 2014
    Translating Genomics into Patient Care in the Solid-Organ Transplant Setting
    Brendan J. Keating, D. Phil.
    Division of Human Genetics and Molecular Biology
    Abramson Research Center Center, 1st floor, Room 123-C
    5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (pizza and refresments provided at 4:45 p.m.)
    Brendan J. Keating, D. Phil.

    Monday, July 28, 2014
    Beyond Treat and Street: Blending Research and Service in Community
    Joel A. Fein M.D., M.P.H.
    Director, The Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center
    Director of Advocacy and Health Policy, The Division of Emergency Medicine
    Abramson Research Center Center, 1st floor, Room 123-C
    5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (pizza and refresments provided at 4:45 p.m.
    Joel A. Fein M.D., M.P.H.

    The SSRC is an exciting summer lecture series designed specifically for scientific trainees (i.e., physician fellows, postdoctoral fellows, pre-matriculation graduate students, medical students, undergraduates, selected high school students, CRISSP scholars) who are new or returning to biomedical research. The series provides research and career development insights through "chalk talks" given by some of CHOP’s most distinguished physician-scientists and mentors. These speakers will lead interactive discussions aimed at demystifying academic medicine and helping trainees to "make the right moves." The sessions are held on Mondays (5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.) in the Abramson Research Center or Colket Translational Research Building and will continue through July 28th.

    For a complete list of faculty presenters and schedule, visit the Office of Responsible Research Training Intranet Site (Active Directory Log-in Required). For more information, contact Janet Stuart at or 267-426-7496.

    Sponsored by the Offices of Responsible Research Training and Postdoctoral Affairs.

    K and F Award Workshop - Slides and Materials Posted

    On Monday, May 5, 2014, Joan M. Lakoski, Ph.D. and Robert J. Milner, Ph.D. presented an all day workshop at the University of Pennsylvania to provide guidance on applications for NIH Career Development (K) and training (F) awards.

    Joan M. Lakoski, Ph.D.

    University of Pittsburgh
    Schools of the Health Sciences

    Robert J. Milner, Ph.D.
    University of Massachusetts
    Medical School

    View the Session Materials

    Postdoctoral Position Available at Thomas Jefferson University

    Position Type: Cancer and miR Biology Postdoctoral Position at Thomas Jefferson University

    Position Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

    Position Description: The Simone Laboratory in the Radiation Oncology Department at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA is seeking an outstanding postdoctoral fellow to work in the area of cancer and radiation biology. Our laboratory has 2 main focuses: 1) how stressors such as radiation effect microRNA using a knock out mouse generated in our laboratory and, 2) using dietary alteration to enhance radiation. Our work is funded for hormonally responsive cancers such as breast and prostate and we are working with both in vitro and in vivo models. In addition, from the pre- clinical data generated in the Simone Laboratory, we have now opened a clinical trial with breast cancer patients which allows for the laboratory to evaluate translational endpoints of our basic science research.

    Experience Required: The candidate must be highly motivated, independent and interested in our projects. The candidate must have PhD in molecular biology, cell biology or a cancer related field. Although not absolutely necessary, the ideal candidate will preferably have some experience with caloric restriction, epigenetics, microRNA or radiation biology. Expertise in microarray analysis, RT- PCR, ChIP, cloning, mouse husbandry, in vivo tumor experiments are also a plus. The successful candidate will of course have mentoring so that career goals can be achieved, but must be able to independently generate hypotheses, design experiments to test the hypothesis, performs routine and more difficult procedures, analyze data and coherently present results in the form of presentations, abstracts, manuscripts and the basis for grant writing, preparation and submission. In addition, qualified candidates should have strong verbal and written communication skills, and a demonstrated record of scientific achievement through peer-reviewed publications. Successful, well-motivated candidates will join a highly interactive, interdisciplinary team of researchers with diverse backgrounds and expertise in a collaborative scientific environment. Preference will be given to individuals with these skill sets who are now completing their thesis work and have at least one high- impact publication.

    Additional Information: Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae with full bibliography and a statement of research interests to:
    Nicole Simone, MD
    Department of Radiation Oncology
    Thomas Jefferson University Hospital


    Candidates may be U.S. citizens, resident aliens, or nonresident aliens. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer that values and fosters diversity throughout the entire organization.

    Application Deadline Date: 7/22/14

    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 .

    Visit the Postdoctoral Editors Association Web site

    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 .

    View the BPP Travel Award Program application

    Am I Eligible to Participate in the UPenn BPP?

    Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour – July 11

    UPenn Event
    July 11, 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.