Saturday, April 21, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
San Diego Marriott Marquis Hotel
North Tower, Lobby Level, Marriott Hall 4

Saturday’s Professional Development for Trainees program is open to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who have registered in advance during the Experimental Biology meeting registration process.  See below for event registration specifics. (**)

Begin the morning exploring an array of career options that could inspire your future professional endeavors at the bench or beyond.  Continue the discussion with our panelists over lunch and network with fellow attendees who may help you land your first, next or future job.  Afternoon workshops focus on career development issues facing graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in today’s professional environment with ample opportunity to get your questions answered.  

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This career session features individual presentations and a panel discussion with audience participation.  Presenters will join attendees for lunch and continued discussion.

Joan Heller Brown, UCSD
Perseverance, passion and serendipity on the path to success (career at a medical university)

Peggy Hsieh, NIDDK NIH
A Career in Science: Through a Biochemist’s Lens (career in government research)

Mitch Malachowski, U. of San Diego
Career at a small primarily undergraduate college/university

Saurabh Sen, Lucigen Corp.
What industry can offer: Tips for putting your foot inside the door

Annalisa VanHook, Science Signaling, AAAS
Entering the Publishing World: Benefits and Challenges of Leaving the Bench Behind

Dianne Hannemann, NIH

Career in science policy


12:00 PM – 1:30 PM 

Invited presenters will join the trainees for continued discussion of career interests and issues while enjoying lunch. 


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM


Pathway(s) to Your Own Lab: A Workshop for Postdoctoral Fellows
A no-holds barred question and answer session on becoming a PI of your own lab.  There is no single right answer to how this is done, but through shared experiences of the panel and audience members already starting the process, participants at any stage of their postdoc should find helpful hints to achieving success in academia. 

Joan Heller Brown, UCSD

Christopher D. Heinen, U. of Connecticut Health Center

Mitch Malachowski, U. of San Diego 

Taking the Industrial Route - Tips for Careers in Science Industry
A panel discussion for graduate students and postdocs who are potentially interested in a career in industry.  This session is an opportunity to ask questions of those already in the field.  Find out if a career in industry may be right for you and what steps you can take now to prepare. 

Saurabh Sen, Lucigen Corporation

Melissa Starovasnik, Genentech, Inc. 

Advice for Surviving Graduate School: A Workshop for Graduate Students
This session will help students navigate graduate school by providing information and advice on how to take the next step.  Tables will be set up on individual topics, and students are encouraged to ask specific question and get advice from the professionals.  Thirty-minute sessions will give participants the opportunity to explore multiple topics.

Larry Brunton, UCSD

Graeme K. Carnegie, U. of Illinois at Chicago
Looking for a Postdoc

Kimberly Dodge-Kafka, U. of Connecticut Health Center
Work-Life Balance

Aurthur Gutierrez-Hartmann, U. Colorado, Denver, School of Medicine
Minority Scientists Professional Development Issues

Timothy D. O’Connell, Sanford Health
Interviewing Skills

Sandra K. Weller, U. Connecticut Health Center
Grant Writing 



Registration for Saturday’s program is available through the Experimental Biology (EB) meeting registration site only.  Sign up for this event when you register for the EB meeting.  ASBMB Travel Award recipients do NOT have to register for this EVENT, but will be provided with complimentary EVENT registration only, as participation is mandatory for ASBMB Travel Award recipients.  All other interested attendees must be registered in advance.  

Space is limited and registration will close when the event is fully subscribed.  There will be no onsite registration. 

Event registration includes lunch. 

$25 – ASBMB members
$35 – all other EB registrants

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