Career Development Symposium

This unique annual symposium, organized by the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) since 2017 and now in collaboration with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA), gathers postdocs and grad students from across the greater Chicago area and country to connect, network, collaborate and learn about different PhD career paths. The goal of this event is to educate postdocs and grad students about careers in academia, industry, communications, business, and beyond. We bring in outstanding speakers and panelists to come share their experience to inspire budding postdocs and graduate students into fulfilling careers.

2021 Career Development Symposium

This virtual edition of the Symposium was held September 20th through September 24th, 2021 in celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW).

  1. Monday, September 20, 12:30-2:00 pm: Opening Remarks by Dr. Joanna Groden, UIC Vice Chancellor for Research and Opening Industry Keynote Address by Dr. Jim Audia, Founder and President of Audia Consulting, LLC, Distinguished Scientist at FLARE Therapeutics, and former director of the Chicago Biomedical Consortium
  2. Tuesday, September 21, 4:00-6:00 pm: Careers in Core Facilities Panel. Join us from 4-5 pm for a panel discussion followed by informal networking with the panelists from 5-6 pm
  3. Wednesday, September 22, 4:00-6:00 pm: Medical Science Liaison Panel. Join us from 4-5 pm for a panel discussion followed by informal networking with the panelists from 5-6 pm
  4. Friday, September 24, 10:30-11:45 am: Academic Keynote Address by Dr. Antentor "AJ" O. Hinton Jr., Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Vanderbilt University

2021 Symposium Agenda

DateTimeProgram
Monday, September 13, 20214:00-5:00 pm CTPre-CDS Workshop: Developing, Enhancing, and Leveraging your LinkedIn Profile

Lauren Celano, Co-Founder and CEO, Propel Careers
Monday, September 20, 202112:30-2:00 pm CTOpening Remarks: Dr. Joanna Groden – Vice Chancellor for Research, UIC

Opening Industry Keynote Address: Dr. Jim Audia – Founder and President of Audia Consulting, LLC, Distinguished Scientist at FLARE Therapeutics, and former director of the Chicago Biomedical Consortium

Title: Reflections on a Career in the Pharmaceutical Industry
Tuesday, September 21, 20214:00-5:00 pm CTCareers at Core Facilities Panel

Dr. Jiwang Chen - Director, Cardiovascular Research Core, Research Resources Center, UIC
Dr. Jesse Cushman - Neurobehavioral Core Director, The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Dr. Alvaro G. Hernandez - Director of DNA Services, UIUC
Dr. Maria Sverdlov - Director, Histology Core, UIC
5:00-6:00 pm CTInformal Networking with Panelists
Wednesday, September 22, 20214:00-5:00 pm CTMedical Science Liaison Career Panel

Dr. Adriana Bora - Medical Science Liaison, Neurology at Sanofi Genzyme
Dr. Denise Briggs - Medical Science Liaison at AbbVie
Dr. Mitch R. D'Rozario - Malignant Hematology Medical Science Liaison at Genentech
Dr. Sadie Nennig - Medical Science Liaison, Neurology at Bristol Myers Squibb
5:00-6:00 pm CTInformal Networking with Panelists
Thursday, September 23, 20219:00-9:45 am CTCoffee Conversation with UIC Vice Chancellor for Research Dr. Joanna Groden
4:00-5:00 pm CTIndustry Postdoc Panel

Dr. Nabeelah Kauser - Former Postdoc at Merck and Scientist at Mersana Therapeutics
Dr. Lluc Mosteiro - Postdoctoral Scientist at Genentech
Dr. Frank Olechnowicz - Former Postdoc and now Scientist at Behr Paint Company
Dr. Lindsay Stolzenburg - Former postdoctoral Scientist at AbbVie Genomics Research Center and Scientist at Exicure
5:00-6:00 pm CTInformal Networking with Panelists
Friday, September 24, 202110:30 am-11:45 am CTAcademic Keynote Address: Dr. Antentor "AJ" O. Hinton Jr. - Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Vanderbilt University

Title: Becoming Visible in STEM While Finding Your Niche

Closing Remarks

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