2020 ASBMB Annual Meeting

Events for graduate students and postdocs

In addition to learning about groundbreaking science at the ASBMB annual meeting, graduate student and postdoc travel award recipients gain access to extraordinary career-development opportunities. Explore potential career paths, network with people inside and outside of academia, and develop new professional skills.

Friday, April 3

ASBMB Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Researcher Travel Awardee Networking Event

5:30–7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 4

ASBMB Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Researcher Travel Awardee Career Development Event

Organizers: Christopher Heinen, University of Connecticut Health Center, and Timothy O'Connell, University of Minnesota

Career options: The bench, the boardroom or in between?

8:30–11:30 a.m.

Presenters share their individual stories of finding fulfilling industry, academic and careers away from the bench.


Douglas Tilley, Temple University
Gustavo Monteiro Silva, Duke University


Robert To, Bayer Healthcare
Joanne Kamens, Addgene

Careers away from the bench

June Oshiro, Mayo Clinic
Erika Dahl
Kristie Kapinas, UCB

Mentoring luncheon

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Presenters will be at a designated table where participants can join them for continued discussion over lunch (advance sign up at Friday evening reception required).

Career development workshops

1–2:30 p.m.

Constructing your elevator pitch

Nicole Woitowich, Northwestern University

Networking 101: Building professional relationships

Erica Gobrogge, Van Andel Institute

Practical tools for navigating your career path evolution

Panel discussion and Q&A

2:45–4:15 p.m.

Panel discussion and Q&A with the morning session presenters.

Program wrap-up and concluding remarks

4:25 p.m.