2017 Stanford Postdoc Symposium 

October 12th-13th, 2017 - Clark Center and surrounding buildings

Download the 2017 Abstract Book here!

This 1.5 day event will not only provide a venue for Stanford postdocs to present their original research, but will also feature a variety of workshops focused on professional development (grant writing, ethics, science communication, improv, careers in industry, etc.). Registration is free and open to all Stanford postdocs. We are excited to showcase the breadth of research happening in our community!

Thursday 10/12: Professional Development Workshops


Interviewing for Jobs (Lokey G3000 12:30-2:00 pm) 

Stephanie Eberle, Assistant Dean of the School of Medicine Career Center, will provide helpful tips to navigate and nail your job interview.

Improv (MSOB 140 1:00-2:00pm & 2:00-3:00 pm)

Annelies Ransome from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, will present an interactive session that uses techniques from improvisational theatre to focus on communication skills for mentoring, collaboration, day-to-day conversations, presentations and job searches.

Creating your Digital Presence (Lokey G1002 1:30-3:00 pm)

Sheetal Patel and Helen Chen from the BEAM, Stanford Career Center and Hume Writing Center will present a variety of ways to develop your professional digital presence. You will learn the steps for telling your professional story online and why this matters in the digital age.

Science Communication (Lokey G1000 2:30-4:00 pm)

Kristin Sainani, freelance science writer and Stanford instructor, will provide and overview of careers in the field of science communication, which wiill help you to understand what these different roles look like and how you can prepare for them.

Transition to Industry: Transferrable Skills (Lokey G1002 3:30-4:30 pm)

Rhea Daughtery, Associate Direction of the School of Medicine Career Center, will showcase careers available outside of academia and highlight how the skills we acquire during our research as a postdoc are transferrable and valuable in many areas of industry.

Career Panel: Discovering a Career in Industry (Lokey G1002 4:30-6:00 pm)

Presented by the Association for Women in Science, this discussion panel will focus on career transitions from academia to industry and the role of mentoring for a successful transition.

Grant Writing (Lokey G1161 3:30-5:00 pm)

Kevin Beier, a former Stanford postdoc and current Stanford instructor, will discuss career development awards to support the transition to independence. Career development awards are typically very competitive and this workshop will provide an overview for formulating a strong application.

Screening of Rare and QA with the Director (Lokey G3000 4:30-6:00 pm)

Maren Monsen, Director of the Stanford Program in Bioethics in Film, will present a screening of her documentary film “Rare”, which focuses on a rare genetic disorder, and discussion of the importance of patient advocacy groups and clinical trials process in the United States. *drinks & popcorn will be provided

Friday 10/13: Research Symposium - download Abstracts

9:00 – 9:30 Registration and Breakfast (Clark Center Courtyard)

9:30 – 12:30 Keynote Address and Oral Presentations (Clark Center Auditorium) 

9:30 – 10:00 Keynote address

“Designing Your Life” presented by Bill Burnett

10:15 – 10:30

"A Gut Feeling" presented by Carolina Tropini

10:30 – 10:45

"Navigating Problem-Based Learning Across Content Areas: A Mixed-Methods Examination of English Learner Insights of Support and Participation" presented by Annie Camey Kuo

10:45 – 11:00

"Impacts of vector abundance and weather on risk of dengue and chikungunya incidence across Kenya" presented by Amy Krystosik

11:00 – 11:15

"Membrane morphology and topology for fouling control in Reverse Osmosis filtration systems" presented by Bowen Ling

11:15 – 11:30 Coffee Break (Clark Center Courtyard)

11:30 – 11:45

"Tracking rapid adaptation in Drosophila melanogaster populations" presented by Sharon Greenblum

11:45 – 12:00

"Lymph node metastasis of tumors represents a critical step in disease progression through its effects on the immune system" presented by Nathan Reticker-Flynn

12:00 – 12:15

"Row, row, row your bones: Can an FES rowing exercise program prevent osteoporosis after spinal cord injury?" presented by Rebecca Lambach

12:15 – 12:30

"Intrinsically Stretchable Skin Electronics for Future Wearable Technologies"presented by Sihong Wang

12:30 – 2:00 Networking Lunch (Clark Center Courtyard)

2:00 – 3:30 Poster Session #1 (Odd-numbered abstracts)

3:30 – 5:00 Poster Session #2 (Even-numbered abstracts)

5:00 – 7:00 SURPAS Happy Hour (MSOB Lawn)

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Submission deadline passed

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and should be directed towards a broad audience. Keep in mind that this event is open to the entire Stanford postdoc community. Therefore, the organizing committee is looking for abstracts that convey the significance and key results of the work while still being inclusive to a broader research community.

To contact the organizers, email:

Organized by: 2017 Postdoc Symposium planning committee

Supported by: SURPAS, VPGE and SOM