Daniel Okobi - Chair
Daniel grew up in the New York suburbs before leaving town to study "science" (chemical and physical biology) at Harvard University. After discovering how fun and unpredictable neuroscience research could be in college, he decided to come back to New York to enter the M.D./Ph.D. program at New York University. After a couple of years of medical school, he began full-time research in behavioral neuroscience in the Long Lab, starting work on neural circuits that encode song in songbirds before turning to characterize similar neural circuits in the brain of a relatively novel species of mouse renowned for its singing ability. He completed his Ph.D in September 2015 and is sticking around to finish up medical studies. When not studying singing or seeing patients, he sings in a choir, enjoys listening to music, and constantly looks for ways to fit as many TV shows and podcasts into as little time as possible.
Marvin Sandoval - Vice Chair
Marvin originates from California, having lived mostly in sunny Los Angeles but also cool San Francisco, prior to venturing out to a much colder east coast. Since as far back as he can remember, he has always been interested in science. His current interests in science revolve around the world of pathogens and how our immune system is able to eliminate them, or fails to eliminate them in some cases. Thus, at NYU, Marvin has chosen to investigate how interferons confer antiviral protection and how they impact the nature of immune responses to viral pathogens. Outside the realm of science, Marvin enjoys the great outdoors, playing music, traveling, and sharing good drinks and good times with friends.
Joan Pulupa - Secretary/Sergeant of Arms
Joan grew up in Maryland, where she overcame her childhood fear of math and went on to double major in Physics and Biology at Goucher College. She fell in love with Biology and microscopes after her first forays into immunohistochemistry. Today, she is a graduate student at Rockefeller University, where she works in the Laboratory of Cellular Biophysics. She studies the nuclear pore complex with coarse-grained computational modeling and novel imaging techniques that allow her to study protein dynamics in vivo. In addition to her work in the lab, she volunteers at the BioBus/BioBase. Joan enjoys long runs in Central Park, almond croissants with coffee, hiking in the mountains, and cooking for friends.
Sabriya Stukes - Director of Science Events
Sabriya Stukes is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine researching the interactions that occur between macrophages and the fungal pathogen, Cryptococcus neoformans.
Russell Ledet - Outreach Chair
Russell Joseph Ledet is a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana and has lived in New York City, NY since June 2013. Russell served over 9 years in the U.S. Navy in the field of intelligence before earning Bachelors' degrees in Chemistry and Biology at Southern University and A&M College. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Molecular Oncology at NYU School of Medicine, focusing on biochemical processes in prostate cancer. Russell is also the founder of Clear Direction, a mentoring program that provides underrepresented minority high school students with invaluable exposure to STEM through formal long-term mentorship from current PhD and MD/PhD students at top-tier institutions in New York City. He has a wife of nearly 10 years, Mallory, and a 4 year-old daughter, Maleah.
GENEWIZ is looking for a Ph.D. graduate who can speak Spanish or Portuguese to join our Inside Sales Team: http://genewiz.mytribehr.com/genewiz/careers/view/195
Notre Dame University of Maryland has an opening for a Medicinal Chemistry position. Please see the link below and feel free to forward to anyone that you think might be qualified and/or interested. https://ndm.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=77448
The School of Engineering & Applied Sciences (SEAS) at University of Pennsylvania is actively looking to hire a Director of Diversity & Inclusion (see https://jobs.hr.upenn.edu/postings/23754). The new Director will be responsible for overseeing the multi-cultural office at SEAS and create new and exciting programs with SEAS.
PBS NOVA is currently looking for scientists from diverse backgrounds, for a new 6-topic show, who are good communicators to speak on a handful of topics: •Artificial Intelligence. How does today’s A.I. actually work, and is it truly intelligent? And for that matter, what is intelligence? The world’s brightest programmers are trying to build brighter machines by reverse-engineering the brain and by inventing completely new kinds of computers, with exponentially greater speed and processing power. And over their work, the question looms: if we can build human or super-human intelligence, is it safe?
The search for ET. From the Kepler mission’s astounding discovery of thousands of extrasolar planets, to the exhilarating probing of planetary ecosystems within our own solar system, to the high tech telescopes under development, the prospects for discovering life beyond Earth have never been stronger. Still, there are daunting hurdles to surmount. How can we study small planets light years away? Is the failure of SETI to hear any other voices in the galaxy a warning sign that advanced civilizations don’t last long? And if we do find other life in the universe… then what?
Dark matter and dark energy. Find out what scientists know about dark matter and dark energy – and don’t know – as the latest generation of detectors rev up, the Large Hadron Collider attempts to make the mysterious stuff, and powerful telescopes peer deeper into the cosmos than ever before to understand just how this mysterious dark sector of the universe behaves. The answers could reveal not only how the universe was shaped over the last thirteen plus billion years, but how it will end.
Microbiome and other parasites that live in us. Our human cells are literally outnumbered by non-human bacteria, viruses, and fungi that live in and on us, making our bodies more like an ecosystem for trillions of microbes. Evidence suggests that a damaged microbiome can cause obesity, allergies, even mental disorders – but scientists are just beginning to venture into this newly discovered biological frontier, opening up a new world of microbial forensics, cheese fermented by armpit microbes, and life-saving poop pills.
Animal communication. Around the world, scientists are deciphering an amazing array of animal noises – prairie dog screeches, mouse love songs, whale clicks – revealing how animals share information that’s critical to their survival. At the same time, these exotic vocalizations are revealing new clues into the roots of language itself.
Synthetic biology. A revolution in genetic engineering and thrilling innovations in synthetic biology are bringing the dream of creating life in the lab closer to reality. Already, researchers have the ability to use cells to 3D-print body parts, to synthesize alien-like DNA with extra base pairs, and to edit any genome – including our own – at will. There’s serious talk of using the newest technologies to bring long-extinct animals back from the dead. But the power to make life comes with deep ethical questions.
iJOBS SciPhD Workshop: Leadership and Business Skills for Scientists. This is a 4 day (35 hr) workshop. You only need to register once, however, all 4 sessions are required. Feb 9, 10, 23, and 24 from 9am-5pm https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ijobs-sciphd-workshop-leadership-and-business-skills-for-scientists-registration-30316975891
(limited capacity so sign up early)
SciPhD is run by Human Workflows, LLC (http://sciphd.com/) and helps trainees assess their current skill set, express it in business-friendly language as well as recognize/fill skill gaps in areas such as communication, leadership, team building, negotiation and project management. This workshop focuses on 24 essential core competencies valued by industry and business, relates those competencies to activities and behaviors commonly experienced by academic scientists through the scientific method, and demonstrates how those competencies work together to form the operational competencies that are essential in business. These transition business competencies can also be applied by academic and government scientists in running their laboratories. SciPhD is a very interactive and hands-on exposure to these concepts with real action items to take away from the workshop. Throughout the program, students and postdocs will experience at least four behavioral-based interview experiences in which they will play the role of the candidate and the interviewer.
The Business of Science, Successful Communications as a Scientist, Six Leadership Styles, Developing Your People, Negotiation and Finance, Building Effective Teams, Strategic Project Management for Scientists, Applying What You've Learned
December 2016 Opportunities
STEM fellowship and career opportunities:
The California Alliance Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for 2017-2018. Prospective applicants in the mathematical sciences, physical sciences, chemistry, computer science, and all fields of engineering are invited to apply by completing ONE application for postdoctoral positions at any of the four partner schools: Berkeley, Caltech, Stanford and UCLA. The California Alliance’s Postdoctoral Fellowship applications are accepted online at: https://www.california-alliance.org/postdocfellowships
Contact: Dr. Catherine Newman: email@example.com
The Cancer Immunology Lab at UC Davis is searching for a postdoctoral fellow.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
T32 Postdoc Training Program in Health Disparities Research of University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health is seeking applications for Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Disparities Research funded by the NICHD. Provides training in interdisciplinary research that addresses disparities in health status and health outcomes among minority populations with an emphasis on maternal/child, adolescent and family health.
Application Deadline: February 3, 2017.
Please contact Dr. Pamela Asquith for more information: 608-265-2643
November 2016 Opportunities
November 11, 2016
Weill Cornell Medicine Clinical & Translational Science Center presents
Research In Progress Lunch Series
Conducting mentored clinical and translational research from the perspective of Trainees and Scholars
Yuan-Shan Zhu, PhD
CTSC Associate Program Director
Associate Professor in Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine
Friday, November 11, 2016
Weill Greenberg Building, Conference Room A
1305 York Avenue, New York, NY
Click here to RSVP (Pizza will be served)
“Study of TB Latency and Persistence”
CTSC KL2 Scholar – Kathryn Dupnik, MD
Medicine/Infectious Diseases, Weill Cornell Medicine
“Predicting Hospital Utilization in Home Hospice Patients”
CTSC Master’s Degree Candidate – Veerawat Phongtankuel, MD
Medicine/Geriatrics, Weill Cornell Medicine
“Gene expression profiling of leukemic stem cells reveals novel chemoresistance pathways in acute myeloid leukemia”
CTSC TL1 Trainee – Alec Stranahan, MS
Molecular Biology, Weill Cornell Medicine
Visit the CTSC website for more information about the
CTSC Education and Training Program
Need help defining your professional/career goals? Looking for research mentors but unsure how to find them? Have questions about how best to sustain a current mentoring relationship? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to come out on Tuesday to:
Developing and using an Individual Development Plan (IDP)
& Finding and sustaining relationships with research and career mentors
Joan M. Lakoski, PhD
Professor of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology,
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Robert J. Milner, PhD
Associate Vice Provost for Professional Development, Professor of Neurology,
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Griffis Faculty Club (Weill Cornell Medical College)
1300 York Avenue, New York, NY
Click here to RSVP
Weill Cornell Clinical &Translational Science Center (CTSC) will host a workshop on defining your professional goals, developing an action plan using an Individual Development Plan, and how to find mentors and sustain the relationship.
• Defining your personal goals and career mission
• Developing an action plan
• Finding research mentors and sustaining the relationship
8:00 – Registration & Breakfast
8:30 – Program Start
8:30- 10:30am – Career Planning
· Individual Development Plan (IDPs): define career mission, goals and objectives
· Career Development Plan: translate goals and objectives into action
Individual Consultations: 10:30-11:30
Lunch Break – (11:30-12:30)
12:30 – 3:30pm – Your Mentoring Team
· The Myths and Realities of Mentoring
· Finding Mentors: five steps to mentoring
· Managing the Relationship