Dr. Joseph Lutz is the Associate Director of Postdoctoral Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs serves as an advocate, resource, and central point of contact for the postdoctoral community. As such, the OPA, in collaboration with various campus units, provides and coordinates research career and professional development activities that support postdocs on campus. In addition, the OPA coordinates and develops external relations to area institutions to expand opportunities for postdocs in the Chicago area. The OPA is also involved in developing and creating materials for and hosting orientation sessions for newly hired UIC postdocs and the faculty members that hire UIC postdocs, as well as developing and implementing processes and tools for complying with federal sponsors’ requirement of Individual Development Plans (IDPs). Finally, the OPA is analyzing data regarding postdocs to create reports on topics impacting UIC’s postdocs, including benchmarking best practices, national trends and funding agencies initiatives.
Dr. Lutz received his Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Bath, United Kingdom, and his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Kentucky. His predoctoral research focused on identifying and characterizing neuroprotective natural products targeted at nicotinic receptors against alcohol induced neurotoxicity. He subsequently joined the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where he completed his postdoctoral training in the Department of Psychiatry under the mentorship of Dr. Emma Childs. His postdoctoral research, in the Human Addiction Psychopharmacology lab, focused on the human behavioral pharmacology of drugs of abuse. Specifically, he investigated various aspects of subjective responses to alcohol including their reliability, their potential use to classify heavy drinkers in various at-risk groups, and their ability to predict abuse liability and drinking in the lab. He then became Program Manager of a multi-investigator research group administering several NIH funded research projects focused on neuroimaging of mental illness. He has been an active member of the UIC Postdoctoral Association (PDA) since 2015 where he participated in organizing the first iteration of the UIC Career Development Symposium and completed a tenure as President of the PDA Executive Committee.
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