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May Announcements

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the monthly Postdoc Happy Hour, Friday, May 1 at 5:30 pm and lunch with fellow Postdocs, Friday, May 22 at 12:00 pm. Details below!

  • Register Now for the CHOP Research Institute Scientific Symposium, May 5
  • Faculty Luncheon, May 1 - Gerd Blobel, MD, PhD, Presents "Structure, Function, and Therapeutic Potential of Chromatin Looping"
  • CHOP Translational Research Workshop for Basic Scientists - Applications Open May 4
  • Postdoc Seminar Series: Research Poster Day Winners Present - May 21
  • Conducting Research at CHOP: "Exploring Diversity in the Scientific Community," June 9
  • Save the Date: Annual Postdoc Info Meeting, June 18
  • Notice to CHOP Postdocs Regarding Individual Development Plans
  • RCR May Feature: Conflicts of Interest
  • F Award Workshop - May 15
  • 8th Annual NIH Career Symposium
  • Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC): Tools for Managing Finances and Loans
  • Research Trainee Orientation Sessions in June and July
  • Two Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions at UPenn
  • 2015 Symposium on Advances in Genomics, Epidemiology, and Statistics (SAGES)
  • BPP Postdoc Travel Award Program
  • Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour - May 1
  • Postdoc Monthly Lunch - May 22

  • Register Now for the CHOP Research Institute Scientific Symposium, May 5

    2015 CHOP Research Institute Scientific Symposium


    Join us on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 for our annual CHOP Research Institute Scientific Symposium. This daylong celebration of the research conducted at CHOP will take place on the first floor of the Colket Translational Research Building (CTRB) with presentations beginning at 8:30am. A reception will follow in the Colket Lobby after our final presentation. This year’s program will emphasize the critical role that experimental systems play as the cornerstone of groundbreaking bench-to-bedside discoveries. The entire CHOP community is invited to attend.

    Our external keynote "Nuclear Receptors: Feast, Famine and Physiology" will be presented by Ronald Evans, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Gene Expression Laboratory at the Salk Institute. Our internal keynote "The Philadelphia Measles Epidemic of 1991: Lesson from the Past or Prologue to the Future" will be presented by Paul Offit, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

    To register, visit http://www.research.chop.edu/programs/symposium.


    Faculty Luncheon, May 1 - Gerd Blobel, MD, PhD, Presents "Structure, Function, and Therapeutic Potential of Chromatin Looping"

    Title: Structure, Function, and Therapeutic Potential of Chromatin Looping
    Date: May 1, 2015
    Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
    Location: ARC 123-ABC
    Presenter: Gerd Blobel, MD, PhD

    Please join us for the last Faculty Luncheon of the 2014-2015 academic year. Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:45 am. This event is open to all members of the research community.


    CHOP Translational Research Workshop for Basic Scientists - Applications Open May 4

    The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Research Institute will begin accepting applications for its second Translational Research Workshop for Basic Scientists on May 4, 2015. This program, taking place on September 28-October 2, 2015, is an intensive learning experience designed to introduce early career researchers to the principles and fundamental elements of translational research. By employing a combination of didactic presentations, lectures, and clinical experiences, this workshop aims to bridge the gap that exists between bench research and the clinic.

    Instructors and lecturers will include top researchers from the Philadelphia area and beyond, who will draw their discussions from their own personal experiences and lessons learned. Participants who complete the program in its entirety will receive a certificate of participation.

    Additional information can be found at http://www.research.chop.edu/programs/ptrw. You may also sign up for additional information and program announcements at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/choptrw.

    Applications will be accepted online beginning May 4.

    Please contact the CHOP Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for all general inquiries.


    Postdoc Seminar Series: Research Poster Day Winners Present - May 21

    Research Poster Day Winners Present
    Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
    Location: Abramson Research Center (ARC), 1st Floor, Conference Room 123-C
    12:00pm-1:00pm (pizza at 11:45am)

    Featured Speakers:
    Elizabeth Bhoj, MD, PhD

    Center for Applied Genomics
    Next Generation Sequencing in the Discovery of Novel Mendelian Syndromes

    Kara Dods
    Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
    Matrix Stiffness Influences TGFβ1 Signaling and Fibroblast Activities Associated with Eosinophilic Esophagitis

    Description:
    This session will feature presentations delivered by two of our 2015 Research Poster Day Winners. View their abstracts at: http://www.research.chop.edu/programs/posterday/

    For more information, visit the CHOP Research Trainee Portal or contact Janet Stuart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 267-426-7496.

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


    Conducting Research at CHOP: "Exploring Diversity in the Scientific Community," June 9

    Title: Exploring Diversity in the Scientific Community
    Event Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015
    Location: Colket Translational Research Building, 1st Floor, Room 1200B
    Time: 10:00am-11:30am
    Register for the session at: http://www.research.chop.edu/programs/crac/

    Speaker:
    Corinne Moss-Racusin, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
    Skidmore College

    Description:
    What is the impact of gender biases on promotion and advancement in the scientific community? Dr. Moss-Racusin will share her latest research exploring the impact of gender biases on meritocracy, diversity, and the pursuit of knowledge throughout academic science. She will discuss educational strategies designed to increase awareness and reduce bias, and provide examples of effective scientific diversity interventions.

    The "Conducting Research at CHOP" seminar series is designed to educate the CHOP workforce on key topics related to the implementation and management of sponsored research.

    All are welcome to attend.


    Save the Date: Annual Postdoc Info Meeting, June 18

    Please save the date for the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs' Annual Postdoc Info Meeting on Thursday, June 18. The session will be held in ARC 123-C from 12:00pm-1:30pm. More information coming soon!


    Notice to CHOP Postdocs Regarding Individual Development Plans

    CHOP postdoctoral fellows are NOT required to complete Individual Development Plans at this time.

    The UPenn Biomedical Postdoctoral Program (BPP) recently announced that all UPenn postdoctoral fellows are required to complete an Individual Development Plan (IDP) at the point of reappointment. Please note that IDP completion is NOT currently required for CHOP postdocs. The CHOP Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is assessing an institutional requirement for IDPs and will have more information to share in mid-2015.

    Please direct any and all questions to David Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


    RCR May Feature: Conflicts of Interest

    How much do “conflicts of interest” (financial, commitment, personal or intellectual) increase the risk of unintentional bias in research? Tell us what you think by participating in the May Opinion Poll at the RCR internal Web site: http://rcr.research.chop.edu. This month, learn about the federal regulations, CHOP experts and institutional training resources that are available to help you identify, manage and ultimately avoid potential conflicts of interest.

    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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 267-426-7496.

    View Conflicts of Interest Resources


    F Award Workshop - May 15

    Presented by: Beth Schachter, Ph.D.
    Date: Friday, May 15, 2015
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Location: CRB Austrian Auditorium
    Register Here

    This workshop is aimed at early-stage postdoctoral fellows. Workshop leader Beth Schachter will use the NIH F32 fellowship as a model but much of what the information given will be applicable to other postdoctoral fellowships as well. During the two-hour workshop, we will cover key components for planning and writing fellowship proposals. In the final half-hour, we will also hear from a recent fellowship awardee who will you give additional insight into assembling a strong mentoring team and planning a training plan that complements the research plan. These are hands-on workshops; you will get to start (or continue) organizing both the scientific and the training/mentoring parts of the fellowship proposals. Therefore, please bring writing tools (tablet, laptop or pen/paper) to the workshop.

    In preparation for the event, potential F32 applicants will need to watch the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) Webinar: Meet the Experts in NIH Peer Review for Fellowship Grant Applicants (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29GCb1f59LM). This webinar gives you essential information for targeting your proposal to the best-fit funding source and (if appropriate) the best-fit review panel. It also explains the criteria on which proposals are reviewed so that you can write a proposal that specifically addresses the review criteria.

    Following each workshop, a limited number of participants who are working on proposals for the next deadline can have a 45 minute session with Beth, either to discuss your plans and/or mentoring and training plan or to have her read/critique the all-important Specific Aims page. This will be done on a first-come, first serve basis.


    8th Annual NIH Career Symposium

    Date: May 15, 2015
    Time: 8:00am – 4:15pm
    Location: NIH Campus- Bethesda, Maryland
    Natcher Conference Center, Building 45
    More Information
    Register

    The 8th Annual NIH Career Symposium aims to highlight the diversity of career choices available to your generation of biomedical researchers. Whether you are a new graduate student, postdoc, or clinical fellow just beginning to consider career options or a senior student/fellow ready to look for a job, the NIH Career Symposium is for you. Read write-ups (written by postdocs) of past NIH Career Symposiums here: https://www.training.nih.gov/nih_career_symposium.

    NEW THIS YEAR:

  • More variety of career choices than ever before
  • Two panels of careers outside of the US (virtual panels)
  • A view on publishing from a journal editor
  • The Senior Vice President, R&D and Head of Research from MedImmune will discuss the myths of industry
  • The Symposium includes panels and workshops with over 75 speakers.

    International Opportunities in Science (new in 2015)
    Two panels: one from Asia/Australia, one from Europe

    INDUSTRY PANELS
    Careers in Industry R&D
    Careers in Clinical Research and Medical Affairs
    Industry Careers in Business Development and Marketing
    Industry Operations, Quality Control, and Regulatory Affairs Jobs
    How to Successfully Transition to Industry
    Bench Careers in Unexpected Places

    ACADEMIC PANELS
    Finding an Academic Position
    Academic Careers in Unexpected Places
    How to Start Up a Lab for the First Time
    Teaching-Intensive Careers in Academia

    NON-BENCH PANELS
    Careers in Science Policy
    Technology Transfer Careers
    Careers in Science Administration
    Leveraging Your Science Through Business: Consulting Careers
    Science Education and Outreach Careers
    Careers in Science Communication

    CLINICAL PANEL
    Career Options for Clinicians

    SKILL BLITZES
    Demystifying USAjobs.gov
    Finding Ways to Enhance Your Resume
    Interviewing
    Networking and Informational Interviews
    Resumes and Cover Letters
    Top Ten Tips for Grant Writing
    Using LinkedIn for Career Success
    Finding a Postdoc
    Stress Management for Scientists
    Find the Career for You
    Getting Published: Tips from an Editor
    Unraveling the Myths of Industry

    Please note: This is NOT a job fair; it is a place for you to gain information about the next step in your career. There will be NO recruiting tables.


    Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC): Tools for Managing Finances and Loans

    The Association of American Medical Colleges offers tools and resources to assist graduate students and postdocs with managing finances and loans. While some of the content is messaged to medical students, the information applies to all student loan borrowers, including graduate students and postdocs. Resources include a loan organizer and calculator and fact sheets on loan repayment.

    Financial Information, Resources, Services, and Tools (FIRST) home page
    Loan organizer and calculator
    Income-driven repayment plans

    Any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


    Research Trainee Orientation Sessions in June and July

    The Offices of Responsible Research Training and Postdoctoral Affairs in conjunction with the Department of Pediatrics will be offering two orientation sessions for training grant, postdoctoral, or physician fellows who will be moving into a "research trainee" status and receiving stipends for Fiscal Year 2016, beginning on July 1, 2015.

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015
    Abramson Research Center, 123-AB
    1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

    Or

    Thursday, July 9, 2015
    Abramson Research Center, Room 123-C
    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 more information, please contact Janet Stuart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 267-426-7496.


    Two Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions at UPenn

    Principal Investigator: Matthew J. Lazzara, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Bioengineering
    University of Pennsylvania

    The Lazzara Lab seeks applications to fill two open postdoctoral research associate positions on a new project to study cell signaling regulatory responses to targeted therapeutics in brain cancer. The project will integrate experimental and computational approaches. Prior experience with basic cell and molecular biology techniques is required. Prior computational modeling experience is helpful, but not required. Competitive salaries are available and will be determined based on experience. Qualified applicants who will soon complete, or completed within the last 2-3 years, doctoral training in biochemistry, cell biology, cancer biology, bioengineering, or chemical engineering should send a current C.V. to Dr. Lazzara at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Start date: July 1, 2015 or later.


    2015 Symposium on Advances in Genomics, Epidemiology, and Statistics (SAGES)

    The Center for Genetics and Complex Traits (CGACT) of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania will hold a Symposium on Advances in Genomics, Epidemiology and Statistics (SAGES) (previously MAGES Conference) on May 29, 2015.

    The topic of SAGES 2015 is: Beyond DNA Sequencing: Emerging Challenges in Quantitative Genomic Analysis.

    Program:
    Richard Bonneau (NYU): "Connecting the Immune System and the Microbiome through Dynamic Network Inference"
    Nancy Cox (U Chicago): "Getting to Real Integration Across Omics"
    Eleazar Eskin (UCLA): "Known and Unknown Confounding Factors in Genetic Studies"
    Hongkai Ji (Johns Hopkins): "Big Data Methods for Dissecting Variations in High-Throughput Genomic Data"
    Mingyao Li (Penn): "Statistical Modeling of RNA Sequencing Data"
    Xihong Lin (Harvard): "Analysis of Integrated Genetics and Genomics"
    Stephen Montgomery (Stanford): "Identifying the Extent and Impact of Rare Non-Coding Variants"
    Jianxin Shi (NCI): "Detection of Regulatory Hotspots in Highly Dimensional Genomic Data"

    SAGES 2015 will take place in the Colket Translational Research Building of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia located at 3501 Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104. To register, visit: http://www.med.upenn.edu/sages/registration.shtml.

    Visit our website at: http://www.med.upenn.edu/sages

    For further information and to be included in future mailings about SAGES 2015 contact Katherine Toder: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 215.898.8511.


    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. CHOP Postdocs must be enrolled in the BPP to be eligible for the award. 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)
  • Awards will be processed as reimbursements
  • Questions regarding eligibility of CHOP Trainees should be directed to David Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Am I Eligible to Participate in the UPenn BPP?

    View the BPP Travel Award Program application


    Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour - May 1

    UPenn Event
    May 1, 2015
    5:30pm-7:30pm
    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 5:30-7:30 pm. 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.


    Postdoc Monthly Lunch - May 22

    UPenn Event Hosted at ARC Cafeteria
    May 22, 2015
    12:00pm-1:00pm
    UPenn BPP Social Committee
    Have lunch with fellow CHOP/Penn Postdocs!

    The UPenn Biomedical Postdoctoral Program (BPP) Social Committee hosts a monthly happy lunch event at ARC cafeteria. All CHOP and UPenn postdocs are welcome to join.

    Bring your lunch and join other postdocs for a casual lunch networking opportunity.

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