We at the Texas Medical Center are delighted to welcome you to the eight edition of the Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium! We understand that choosing the right career path post-PhD can be difficult for many, with so many options available it can be overwhelming knowing where to start looking. The Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium is designed and run by postdocs to help postdocs and those finishing grad school to seek out the career options that appeal to them most, and in some cases open up doors that we might not have known existed.
Now more than ever there are a wide range of careers that are relevant to doctoral level scientists that extend beyond the traditional academic pathway. We have worked hard to bring together high caliber professionals from government, business, pharmaceuticals, data science and more who can help to inspire attendees to push their career prospects to the next limit.
The day of the event will be structured to provide a mixture of lectures, on topic panel discussions, skills focused workshops, and career development skills clinics.
We believe in you, and we hope that this symposium will provide you with the opportunities needed to put your career on the right track for you.
Prepare, persist, prosper!
Baylor College of Medicine
Paul Klotman, M.D. Alicia D. H. Monroe, M.D.
President & CEO Provost and Senior Vice President
Welcome to the Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium, and to the Texas Medical Center. We’re pleased to be a sponsor of this important annual event that shares Baylor College of Medicine’s goal of preparing graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to attain positions of leadership in education, research, and the community of science locally and globally. We understand that there is more to your graduate education than working in the lab, and at this symposium you’ll find sessions that cover topics such as scientific writing, interviewing skills and job searches, entrepreneurship and start-ups, and much more. At Baylor and in the Texas Medical Center, we believe that collaboration and multidisciplinary partnerships are the hallmarks of contemporary science, and the symposium underscores this by offering you the opportunity to network with your peers and with leaders from the TMC. We hope you enjoy the symposium and offer our congratulations on your accomplishments to date – and for those to come in the future.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Peter Pisters, M.D. Diane Bodurka, M.D.
President VP, Education
Carin Hagberg, M.D. Giulio Draetta, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Academic Officer Sr. VP, Therapeutics & Discovery
Chief Scientific Officer ad interim
On behalf of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, welcome to the Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium. We’re excited to welcome you to Houston and to the MD Anderson Texas Medical Center campus. This Symposium represents an extraordinary collaboration between MD Anderson and our distinguished partnering institutions. Our shared commitment to you, our next generation of leaders, is strong, whether you remain in academic science or go on to discover new opportunities in government, industry and other fields.
We value your professional and career development. We recognize the importance of research skills development. We also know your future success hinges on developing all areas of your professional skillset. We hope and trust that you will maximize the opportunities this Symposium offers by attending the various sessions and workshops and building relationships with your postdoctoral peers, panelists and exhibitors. Please enjoy your time at the Symposium! We look forward to your continued success and achievement.
University of Houston
Paula Myrick Short, Ph.D.
Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UH System
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, University of Houston
Director, NSF Center for ADVANCING UH Faculty Success
On behalf of the University of Houston, welcome to the Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium. The connections and relationships you make today will serve you well as you "prepare, persist, and prosper." Congratulations on your work and achievements as graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. You have shown that you have the passion and determination to succeed in the challenging, yet rewarding, field of biomedicine. As Provost, I am proud to support your efforts to understand your career choices and opportunities in the biomedical field and beyond. As you continue to do groundbreaking research and solve real-world problems, I hope you will see that the field of biomedicine is limitless and you are the creative power capable of transforming the lives of humanity. Again, congratulations to each of you for your accomplishments. Enjoy the symposium!
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Kevin A. Morano, Ph.D.
University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Associate Vice President
Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
On behalf of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), it is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium. It is the goal of UTHealth to attract first-rate researchers and provide them with an outstanding training experience to prepare them for their future endeavors in science. Today’s program is one step in fulfilling that commitment.
I encourage you to take advantage of the symposium resources.. The breakout sessions will reveal a myriad of careers available to you as a scientist. The workshops will focus on preparing you for a successful job search, and the networking sessions will give you an opportunity to meet one-on-one and thereby get to know leaders in the field and build strategic alliances.
I would like extend sincere thanks to the APCS Planning Committee comprised of postdoctoral fellows from the various institutions for their extraordinary work to bring you this valuable program.
Texas A&M University Health Science Center
Hubert Amrein, Ph.D.
Professor, Molecular and Cellular Medicine
Vice Dean of Research, College of Medicine
Texas A&M University Health Science Center
College Station, TX
Welcome to the 8th Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium. The Texas A&M University Health Science Center (TAMHSC) is pleased to be a sponsor of this important event that gives postdoctoral scientists a great opportunity to network and meet colleagues from other institutions across Texas. At TAMHSC, we strive to attract top researchers in the field of biomedical sciences and provide them with the best possible training so that they are prepared to succeed in their future endeavors.
This symposium is one important aspect of that training. It presents an excellent venue to learn new and improve on established skills that are important for careers in science.
The time when postdocs predominantly moved on to academic jobs as researchers is in the past. And while mastery in scientific writing, teaching, CV/resume preparation, and basic management skills remain critical, other aspects of training have become just as important. Knowledge of and development of the skills necessary to pursue other career paths is vital. We hope that this year's program, with experts in these areas, will help you advance your career in whatever direction suits you. Make sure to take advantage of the many breakout sessions that provide excellent opportunities for questions and time for in-depth discussions.
I would like to extend my gratitude to the APCS Planning Committee for their outstanding effort to make this event such a great resource for all postdoctoral fellows.
David W. Leebron Marie Lynn Miranda, PhD
President Howard R. Hughes Provost
Welcome to the Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium. Rice University is pleased to be a sponsor of this annual event that helps prepare postdoctoral researchers and graduate students for positions of leadership in their respective fields. Postdoctoral leaders from Rice University and across the Texas Medical Center have spent months planning this event, and we are grateful for their initiative and leadership. These leaders have organized sessions that cover topics such as scientific writing, job search strategies, and entrepreneurship and start-ups. We recognize that there is more to your postdoctoral and graduate experience than research, and we hope that you will take this opportunity to further refine skills that will serve you well, both in your current position and in your future. During this event, you will also have an opportunity to meet peers from other institutions in the Texas Medical Center, network with academic and industry leaders, and explore opportunities that can further define your future. We are glad that you have taken advantage of this opportunity. We thank you for your many contributions to research at Rice and the other institutions in the Texas Medical Center.
Enjoy the symposium!
Houston Methodist Research Institute
Mauro Ferrari, Ph.D.
Ernest Cockrell Jr. Presidential Distinguished Chair
President and CEO, Houston Methodist Research Institute
Director, Institute for Academic Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital
Executive Vice President, Houston Methodist Hospital System
On behalf of the Houston Methodist Research Institute and the Houston Methodist Hospital System, welcome to the Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium. At the Houston Methodist Research Institute, the heart of our core mission is fostering innovative research and science with potential for impactful clinical application. This mission is undertaken by interdisciplinary teams of clinicians, researchers and personnel who are dedicated to the development of translational medicine which leads to treatment and cures for our patients. None of this translational medicine occurs without the dedication and determination of quality people. We hope that through participation in this annual event you will gain valuable information and experiences in leadership and research which will truly have an impact on your development as a graduate student and postdoctoral academic as you participate in the various sessions aimed at technical and personal improvement. Enjoy this wonderful event and congratulations in all of your success with much more to come in the future.