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August Announcements

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the monthly Postdoc Happy Hour, Friday, August 1 at 5:30pm. Details below!

  • Save the Date: National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week, September 15 - 19
  • CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) Poster Session Set for Thursday, August 7
  • RCR July/August Feature: What is Your Role in The Responsible Conduct of Research?
  • Registration is Now Open for the 2014-2015 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Sessions
  • Save the Date: Faculty Luncheon
  • Save the Date: CHOP Research Institute Scientific Symposium
  • Save the Date: 3rd Annual Ellen Hyman-Browne Memorial Lecture Scheduled for October 2, 2014
  • Upcoming American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Conferences
  • Introduction To Clinical Research Course at UPenn
  • Postdoctoral Position Available at Thomas Jefferson University
  • Manager/Investigator Position Available for GlaxoSmithKline
  • Free Editing Services from the UPenn Postdoctoral Editors Association
  • BPP Postdoc Travel Award Program
  • Review the Physician Fellows Entering Research: FAQs
  • Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour – August 1

  • 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

    CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) Poster Session Set for Thursday, August 7

    The CHOP research community is invited to attend the CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) poster session on Thursday, August 7 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 7 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.

  • Jeremy Applebaum, Carnegie Mellon University - Michael A.Levine, M.D., FAAP, FACP, Endocrinology
  • Kaylin Beiter, Rochester Institute of Technology - Elizabeth Lowenthal, M.D., General Pediatrics
  • Adebayo Bello, Community College of Philadelphia - Maurizio Pacifici, Ph.D., Orthopedic Surgery
  • Alexis Berry, Brown University - Antonella Cianferoni, M.D., Ph.D., Immunology
  • Carine Cattier, Community College of Philadelphia - Philip J. Mason, Ph.D., Hematology
  • Christine Chow, Cornell University - James P. Guevara, M.D., M.P.H., General Pediatrics
  • Daniel Friedman, Columbia University - Kristen A. Feemster, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P.R., Infectious Diseases
  • James Grivas, Temple University - Long Zheng, M.D., Ph.D., Laboratory Medicine
  • Millicent Horn, Centre College - Sharon J. Diskin, Ph.D., Oncology
  • Nicholas Janigian, Villanova University - Mark R. Zonfrillo, M.D., M.S.C.E., Emergency Medicine
  • Emily Ji, University of Virginia - Yael P. Mosse, M.D., Oncology
  • Julie Kim, Pennsylvania State University - Adam Resnick, Ph.D., Neurosurgery
  • Danielle Kovalsky, Pennsylvania State University - Meghan Marsac, Ph.D., Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Brenna Lilley, Haverford College - Beverly S. Emanuel, Ph.D., Human Genetics
  • Maggie Morash, Rutgers University - Ian Krantz, M.D., Human Genetics
  • Elena Nikonova, University of Pennsylvania - John A. Germiller, M.D., Ph.D., Otolaryngology
  • Jessica Noyes, Villanova University - Lamia P. Barakat, Ph.D., Oncology and Chavis Patterson, Ph.D., Neonatology
  • Ursula Parlin, Oberlin College - Struan Grant, Ph.D., Human Genetics
  • Andrew Parsons, University of Pennsylvania - Phyllis A. Dennery, M.D., Neonatology
  • Mansee Patel, Community College of Philadelphia - Matthew D. Weitzman, Ph.D., Cancer Pathology
  • Christopher Paterno, Boston College - Sandra Amaral, M.D., M.H.S., Nephrology
  • Morgann Reed, Elizabethtown College - Edward J. Doolin, M.D., General Surgery
  • Neha Shafique, Wesleyan University - Eric Marsh, M.D., Ph.D., Neurology
  • Christine Spaulding, Stony Brook University - SUNY - Stephen S. Leff, Ph.D., Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Kailyn Witonsky, Swarthmore College - Christina Szperka, M.D., Neurology
  • For more information about the CRISSP internship, please visit http://www.research.chop.edu/programs/crissp/ or contact .

    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.

    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

    Save the Date: Faculty Luncheon

    CHOP Event
    Title TBD
    September 5, 2014
    12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
    Location: ARC123-ABC
    Presenter: Beverly Davidson, Ph.D.

    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 2014 - 2015 series!

    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.

    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.

    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 4 pm 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.

    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
    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
    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
    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.

    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.

    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

    Manager/Investigator Position Available for GlaxoSmithKline

    Title: Manager/Investigator (grade 6/7)
    Requisition ID : 100666
    Posting link: http://us.gsk.com/html/career/career-search.html
    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 .

    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?

    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 – August 1

    UPenn Event
    August 1, 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.