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Trainee Bootcamp Workshops

Saturday, July 16, 2016

North Tower


8:00 am - 9:00 am: Concurrent Session 1

Finding a Job in Academia

Publishing in the Digital Age

Finding Funding

Finding a Job in Academia

Bahamas

Come and learn about the academic job search process from those who have been through it! Our faculty panelists represent public and private colleges and universities both large and small, and will give insight into how to prepare your applications, what search committees are looking for, and what to expect from on-campus interviews.

Anne Hart, PhD - Professor, Brown University

Dr. Hart's graduate work in Neuroscience at UCLA focused on cell fate specification in Drosophila. This was followed by post-doctoral wok at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School working on sensory response in C. elegans. Her independent research group, now located in the Department of Neuroscience at Brown University, has used C. elegans to study neurodegenerative disease, development, metabolism, sensory response and sleep. She has served as resident faculty in neuroscience courses at both the Marine Biological Laboratories and Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology. 

Dr. Hart is the Director of the Brown University NIH Graduate Partnership program

Mark Hickman, PhD - Assistant Professor, Rowan University

Following his passion for research and teaching led Dr. Hickman to Rowan University.  He obtained his PhD from Harvard working with Leona Samson, did his first postdoc at Harvard Medical School with Fred Winston and a second postdoc at Princeton with David Botstein. Dr. Hickman's lab has 10 undergraduate and master's students with research focused on how yeast cells respond to hypoxia.

Undergraduate and master's student mentoring Teaching bioinformatics, genetics and biochemistry

Jun (Kelly) Liu, PhD - Professor, Cornell University
Jun "Kelly" Liu obtained her PhD from Cornell University and did her postdoctoral research at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Department of Embryology. She joined the faculty at Cornell in late 2001. Her lab uses C. elegans as a model system to study mesoderm development and TGFbeta signaling. In addition to research, she teaches the undergraduate Developmental Biology class at Cornell.
Interests include: teaching, mentoring, and working in the lab.

Jason Tennessen, PhD - Assistant Professor, Indiana University
Dr. Tennessen is a first generation college student who grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. His academic journey was devoted to understanding how environmental factors influence developmental timing and maturation. He recently started a lab at Indiana University that studies the link between metabolism and developmental growth in flies.
"Most of my time is spent chasing my five year old son, but I enjoy hiking and exploring quiet places. My move to Indiana (and pre-tenure life) has also rekindled my interest in woodworking and gardening."

Publishing in the Digital Age

Aruba

Scientific communication and publishing has been changing at a rapid pace thanks to technological enhancements. What new technologies are available, and how do they help scientists and their research?

Stacy Konkiel, MIS, MLS - Outreach & Engagement Manager, Altmetric LLP
Stacy Konkiel is the Outreach & Engagement Manager at Altmetric, a data science company that uncovers the attention that research receives online. Her research interests include incentives systems in academia and informetrics, and Stacy has written and presented widely about altmetrics, Open Science, and library services. She also currently chairs the Innovation committee of Library Pipeline and is building the Metrics Toolkit. Previously, Stacy worked with teams at Impactstory, Indiana University & PLOS.

Lenny Teytelman, PhD - Cofounder, protocols.io
Lenny has over a decade of computational and experimental biology experience. His graduate research was on the evolution of silencing in budding yeasts and his postdoctoral work was on single-cell transcription dynamics. Lenny brings to protocols.io a strong passion for sharing science and improving research efficiency through technology.

Tracey DePellegrin - Executive Editor, GSA Journals
Tracey DePellegrin is Executive Editor for the Genetics Society of America journals GENETICS, and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics. She is also Editor-in-Chief of Science Editor, the journal for the Council of Science Editors. She serves as a member of the NISO Working Group developing a definition for ‘altmetrics’. In the past, she was a researcher/analyst with the Carnegie Mellon University libraries, studying the ways faculty and students searched for and used scholarly databases and journals. She created and taught a course in software documentation at Carnegie Mellon, and has also worked as a market researcher, freelance journalist, and photography instructor.
Other interests include: anything related to photography; kayaking; hiking; sailing; the cinema; foxes; corvids; and bears.

Finding Funding

Grand Cayman/Puerto Rico

Join representatives from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health as they guide you through the process of fellowship and grant applications. Learn what the acronyms mean, how to identify the best source for your work and find out about the review process.
          
Anthea Letsou, PhD - Science Advisor, National Science Foundation

Dr. Letsou received her BA from Harvard University and PhD from Yale University. She is a Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Utah, using Drosophila to research human development and disease. She is also a Science Advisor in the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems within the Bio Directorate at the National Science Foundation. 


Mariam Eljanne, PhD - Program Director, NCI/NIH
Dr. Mariam Eljanne serves as a Program Director for the Physical Sciences-Oncology Network initiative and the Mammalian Models for Translational Research Program within the Division of Cancer Biology at the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health. In this role, she oversees the scientific progress in both programs.

Peter Good, PhD - Program Director, NIH/NHGRI

After completing his BSc at Iowa State University, Dr. Good received a PhD from University of Wisconsin in 1987 in the analysis of DNA tumor viruses. He did a post-doc at the NICHD with Igor Dawid in the analysis of developmental genes in early stages of Xenopus laevis. After six years as an assistant professor at Louisiana State University-Shreveport, Dr. Good returned to Washington, D.C., area to be an NIH program director in bioinformatics at the National Human Genome Research Institute. The job has involved the ENCODE project, the TCGA project, the Model Organism Databases (MODs) and other grants that involve bioinformatics.


Rebekah Rasooly, PhD - Program Director, NIH/NIDDK
Dr. Rebekah S. Rasooly has been a Program Director for the Genetics & Genomics Program, in the Division of Kidney, Urologic & Hematologic Diseases at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of NIH since 2001. Dr. Rasooly came to the NIH from St. John's University, where she had funding from both NIH and NSF for basic research in Drosophila genetics. At NIH, Dr. Rasooly manages a portfolio of grants and contracts, and serves as co-Chair of the Trans-NIH Zebrafish Coordinating Committee. Dr. Rasooly graduated from Harvard University in 1982, has a Ph.D. in genetics from Michigan State University, and has received numerous awards and honors, including several NIH and NIDDK Director’s awards.

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9:00 am - 10:00 am: Concurrent Session 2

Beyond Traditional Academia

Scientific Publishing

Finding Funding

Careers Beyond Traditional Academia

Bahamas

While most PhD students and postdocs have extensive exposure to academic career opportunities, it can be difficult to meet people who have followed other paths. Come explore possible career trajectories with a panel of experts representing several different professions, from science editing to biotech.

Karen Christie, PhD - Scientific Curator, The Jackson Laboratory

Dr. Christie received her PhD from the University of California Berkeley studying transcriptional elongation in S. cerevisiae. She followed this with a short stint teaching a summer course in General Biology at Berkeley and a post-doctoral position at the University of Dundee in Scotland investigating calcium-independent functions of calmodulin. She then switched from bench work to curation for model organism databases, first at Saccharomyces Genome Database (Stanford), and currently at Mouse Genome Informatics (The Jackson Laboratory).


Paraminder Dhillon, PhD - Disease Models & Mechanisms, Company of Biologists
Paraminder obtained her PhD from the Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge, where she studied bacterial type III secretion. Before joining Disease Models & Mechanisms (DMM) in 2013, Paraminder was on the editorial team of the open-access journal Genome Medicine. As Scientific Editor of DMM, she oversees the journal's review articles and other invited content, and provides support to the academic editors of research articles.

Ethan Perlstein, PhD - CEO, Perlstein Lab PBC
Over the course of the last 15 years, first as a PhD student at Harvard University in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and then as an independent postdoctoral fellow at the Lewis-Sigler Institute at Princeton University, Dr. Ethan Perlstein developed an approach to studying old drugs and discovering new drugs in model organisms called evolutionary pharmacology. Ethan is an author on 19 peer-reviewed scholarly publications, including the discovery of a novel mechanism of action for the antidepressant Zoloft based on studies in yeast cells. In 2014, he founded Perlstein Lab, PBC (PLab), the first Public Benefit Corporation accelerating precision drug discovery for 5000+ rare genetic diseases.

Tina Saey, PhD, MS - Molecular Biology Writer, Science News
Tina Hesman Saey is a scientist turned science journalist. After earning a PhD in molecular genetics, Tina got a master's degree in science journalism. She is currently the molecular biology reporter at Science News magazine and was the recipient of the GSA's Excellence in Research Journalism award in 2010.
“I'm a fan of both science fiction and science fact.”

Lenny Teytelman, PhD - Cofounder, protocols.io
Lenny has over a decade of computational and experimental biology experience. His graduate research was on the evolution of silencing in budding yeasts and his postdoctoral work was on single-cell transcription dynamics. Lenny brings to protocols.io a strong passion for sharing science and improving research efficiency through technology.

Scientific Publishing

Aruba

Publishing your research findings is an integral part of the academic experience. How can you determine the impact of your research? Learn about the history of scientific publishing, navigating authorship in an increasingly competitive climate, how to review a manuscript, and some tips and tricks for getting published in a journal. 

Mark Johnston, PhD - Professor and Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Johnston received his BA from the University of Wisconsin, a PhD in molecular biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and did postdoctoral training in the Biochemistry Department at Stanford University. He was on the faculty of the Department of Genetics at Washington University in St. Louis for 25 years and 154 days before joining the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2009. He is the author of more than 100 papers and articles, and a co-author of Genetic Twists of Fate, a popular science book published September 2010 by MIT Press. A Past President of the Genetics Society of America (GSA), Johnston is Editor-in-Chief of GENETICS (a peer-edited journal of the GSA).
Dr. Johnston is the 2004 "B" flight champion of Gateway National Golf Links (St. Louis).

Dirk-Jan de Koning, MSc, PhD - Professor in Animal Breeding, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Dr. de Koning received his MSc and PhD from Wageningen University in the Netherlands before joining the Roslin Institute in Scotland as a postdoc. He then held Career Track and Group Leader positions at the Roslin Institute before joining the faculty of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in 2010. He is interested in dissecting the genetic basis of variation in complex traits and using this information in breeding programs. His research covers traditional livestock species as well as fish, mice, and plants. He is an Associate Editor for the Complex Traits section of the GSA journal GENETICS.

Tracey DePellegrin - Executive Editor, GSA Journals
Tracey DePellegrin is Executive Editor for the Genetics Society of America journals GENETICS, and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics. She is also Editor-in-Chief of Science Editor, the journal for the Council of Science Editors. She serves as a member of the NISO Working Group developing a definition for ‘altmetrics’. In the past, she was a researcher/analyst with the Carnegie Mellon University libraries, studying the ways faculty and students searched for and used scholarly databases and journals. She created and taught a course in software documentation at Carnegie Mellon, and has also worked as a market researcher, freelance journalist, and photography instructor.
Other interests include: anything related to photography; kayaking; hiking; sailing; the cinema; foxes; corvids; and bears.

Finding Funding

Grand Cayman/Puerto Rico

Join representatives from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health as they guide you through the process of fellowship and grant applications. Learn what the acronyms mean, how to identify the best source for your work and find out about the review process.

Amanda Simcox, PhD - Program Director, National Science Foundation
Dr. Simcox is a Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics at The Ohio State University, and is currently serving as a rotating Program Director at the National Science Foundation. She works with the Division of Biological Infrastructure which funds undergraduate and graduate training programs within the Biological Sciences Directorate.

Mariam Eljanne, PhD - Program Director, NCI/NIH
Dr. Mariam Eljanne serves as a Program Director for the Physical Sciences-Oncology Network initiative and the Mammalian Models for Translational Research Program within the Division of Cancer Biology at the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health. In this role, she oversees the scientific progress in both programs.

Peter Good, PhD - Program Director, NIH/NHGRI

After completing his BSc at Iowa State University, Dr. Good received a PhD from University of Wisconsin in 1987 in the analysis of DNA tumor viruses. He did a post-doc at the NICHD with Igor Dawid in the analysis of developmental genes in early stages of Xenopus laevis. After six years as an assistant professor at Louisiana State University-Shreveport, Dr. Good returned to Washington, D.C., area to be an NIH program director in bioinformatics at the National Human Genome Research Institute. The job has involved the ENCODE project, the TCGA project, the Model Organism Databases (MODs) and other grants that involve bioinformatics.


Rebekah Rasooly, PhD - Program Director, NIH/NIDDK
Dr. Rebekah S. Rasooly has been a Program Director for the Genetics & Genomics Program, in the Division of Kidney, Urologic & Hematologic Diseases at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of NIH since 2001. Dr. Rasooly came to the NIH from St. John's University, where she had funding from both NIH and NSF for basic research in Drosophila genetics. At NIH, Dr. Rasooly manages a portfolio of grants and contracts, and serves as co-Chair of the Trans-NIH Zebrafish Coordinating Committee. Dr. Rasooly graduated from Harvard University in 1982, has a Ph.D. in genetics from Michigan State University, and has received numerous awards and honors, including several NIH and NIDDK Director’s awards.

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