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August Announcements

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the monthly Postdoc Happy Hour, Friday, August 7 at 5:30pm. Details below!

  • Save the Date: National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week, September 14 - 18
  • CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) Poster Session Set for Thursday, August 6
  • What is Your Role in The Responsible Conduct of Research?
  • Registration is Now Open for the 2015-2016 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Sessions
  • Save the Date: Faculty Luncheon, September 4—Bryan Wolf, MD, PhD
  • Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC): Tools for Managing Finances and Loans
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate Position at UPenn
  • Opportunity to Serve on the Associate Member Council of the American Association for Cancer Research
  • Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour – August 7
  • Monthly Postdoc Lunch – August TBD

  • Save the Date: National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week, September 14-18

    On the week of September 14, 2015, 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


    CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) Poster Session Set for Thursday, August 6

    The CHOP research community is invited to attend the CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) poster session on Thursday, August 6 in the Abramson Research Center Lobby.

    CRISSP is a highly competitive summer internship program for undergraduate students interested in careers in biomedical research. Twenty-five students were selected to participate this summer from a pool of over 500 applicants. Students were placed full-time in a participating CHOP host lab/research group and worked under the direct supervision of mentors throughout the Research Institute. As part of their internship experience, all CRISSP students completed an independent research project to be presented during the August 6 poster session.

    Please stop by to view the research conducted by these exceptional students. Posters will be on display from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Students will be on hand to present at their posters between 11:30am and 1:00pm.

    For more information about the CRISSP internship, please visit http://www.research.chop.edu/programs/crissp/ or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


    RCR Summer 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 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 2015-2016 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: Friday, October 16, 2015
    RCR 2: Thursday, December 3, 2015
    RCR 1: Thursday, January 28, 2016
    RCR 2: Friday, March 11, 2016

    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


    Save the Date: Faculty Luncheon, September 4—Bryan Wolf, MD, PhD

    CHOP Event
    Title TBD
    September 4, 2015
    Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
    Location: Abramson Research Building (ARC), Room 123-ABC
    Presenter: Bryan Wolf, MD, PhD

    Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:45 am. This event is open to all members of the research community.

    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 2015 - 2016 series!

    Session 2
    Title: TBD
    Guest Lecturer: Michael Chorny, PhD
    Event Date: Friday, December 4, 2015
    Location: Abramson Research Building (ARC), Room 123-ABC
    Time: 12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    Session 3
    Title: TBD
    Guest Lecturer: Struan Grant, PhD
    Event Date: Friday, March 11, 2016
    Location: Colket Translational Research Building (CTRB), Room 1100B
    Time: 12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    Session 4
    Title: TBD
    Guest Lecturer: Robery Levy, MD
    Event Date: Friday, June 17, 2016
    Location: Colket Translational Research Building (CTRB), Room 1100B
    Time: 12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


    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..


    Postdoctoral Research Associate Position 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 one open postdoctoral research associate position 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 salary is 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.


    Opportunity to Serve on the Associate Member Council of the American Association for Cancer Research

    The Associate Member Council (AMC) serves as an advisory body to the AACR, helping to develop programs and services to address the needs of young investigators in cancer research. The AMC also provides a venue for collegial discussion about the challenges of a cancer research career and provides recommendations on how to sustain this important workforce.

    Graduate students, medical students or residents, and clinical or postdoctoral fellows with demonstrated leadership potential are sought as candidates for the AACR Associate Member Council. Through a competitive selection process, four Associate Members will be selected to serve three-year leadership terms, starting at the AACR Annual Meeting 2016 and concluding at the AACR Annual Meeting 2019.

    Candidates must be recommended by their mentor and submit a complete Application for Candidacy online in order to be considered for selection. The application, full eligibility criteria, and detailed information about the AACR Associate Member Council may be found on their website. The deadline for application is August 26, 2015.

    Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour – August 7

    UPenn Event
    August 7, 2015
    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.


    Monthly Postdoc Lunch – August TBD

    UPenn Event Hosted at ARC Cafeteria
    Aug TBD, 2015
    12:00 PM-1:00 PM
    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.