How to Find an Impactful Postdoc: A Panel Discussion Aug. 14

August 13, 2015


This Friday, August 14, 2015 from 2:00 – 3:30 at 34-101, find out more about the skills required to land a postdoctoral position in academia or industry. Learn about the search process, interviewing and tips for how to be most successful. Bring along your questions and friends. Co-sponsored by the MIT Graduate Student Council, MIT Global Education & Career Development and the MIT Office of the Vice President for Research. Refreshments will be provided. Register here!

Tom Pollard is a Postdoctoral Associate at the MIT Lab for Computational Physiology. Prior to joining the lab Tom completed his PhD at University College London, where he worked on an interdisciplinary project between a hospital and a space science laboratory. His research focuses on how secondary analysis of critical care data can be used to understand health trajectories and to improve patient outcomes. He is also interested in open data, open access, and collaborative approaches to research. He is a Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute and occasionally blogs ) and Tweets (@tompollard).
Zoe Fonseca-Kelly, PhD is a Senior Program Director for Faculty Appointments in the Office for Faculty Affairs at Harvard Medical School. Zoe obtained her B.Sc. and Ph.D. from University College Dublin in Ireland. Zoe spent several years as a postdoctoral fellow working on multiple sclerosis at Thomas Jefferson University and then optic neuritis at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Most recently she worked as a senior research fellow at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary where she was involved in identifying and functionally characterizing novel genes associated with inherited forms of retinal diseases. Zoe is also an active member of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) and has held various leadership roles within the NPA including serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the NPA in 2011.
Reza Azizian is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His areas of technical expertise are nanofluid technology, fluid dynamics, heat transfer and two phase flow. He received his PhD from the University of Newcastle in Australia in 2013. He is the author and co-author of 14 articles in refereed journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings. His paper on magnetite nanofluids in IJHMT ranked as the 4th most read article in 2013 in that journal. He received his MSc. degree in 2009 from Middle East Technical University, where he worked at the Energy Research Center as a research assistant.
Piyush Jain obtained a Bachelors in Pharmacy from India and an interdisciplinary PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences/Chemistry from University of Missouri-Kansas City. He joined MIT in June 2013 as a postdoctoral associate in Prof. Sangeeta Bhatia Lab at the Koch Institute and also serves a co-chair of Advocacy committee in MIT Postdoctoral Association. During his PhD, he developed a light activated insulin delivery system and now he is working on traumatic brain injury and genome editing tools. Photo by Flazingo Photos

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