Welcome CHOP Research Trainees!

Please take a moment to browse through the following trainee updates - clicking on each link will bring you to that announcement:

January Announcements

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the monthly Postdoc Happy Hour, Friday, January 19 at 5:30pm. Details below!

Featured CHOP Postdoc (New!)


Career Development and Training

2018 Distinguished Research Trainee Awards

Job Openings

Funding Support 

Social Events

January Featured CHOP Postdoc: Diana Cousminer, PhD

Diana Cousminer, PhD is our January Featured CHOP Postdoc! Diana is originally from Florida, but received her PhD from University of Helsinki, Finland and the Finnish Institute for Molecular Medicine (FIMM). Currently, Diana works under the mentorship of Struan Grant, PhD. To learn more about Diana, click HERE.

Would you like to have your achievements recognized at CHOP? Are you interested in building the postdoc community?

The CHOP Office of Postdoctoral Affairs would like to announce the call for submissions for a monthly featured postdoc article. We hope that this effort will bring together our community of postdocs to get to know each other a bit more, both personally and professionally.

If you are interested in participating, please submit your answers in the following survey. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Complete this survey to become a Featured CHOP Postdoc

Postdoc Seminar Series: A Focus on Trainees | January 17, 2018

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (pizza at 11:45 a.m.)

Location: Abramson Research Center, Room 123-C

Learn about the exciting research being conducted by research trainees within the CHOP Research Institute. Four researchers will be featured during this session.


12:00 to 12:15 p.m.

Alexandra Psihogios, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Oncology

Medical Adherence Among Adolescents and Young Adults on Treatment for Cancer: A Multi-Faceted Adherence Conceptualization


12:15 to 12:30 p.m.

Christopher Rock, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Cardiology

A Model System for Advanced Glycation End Product-Related Structural Degeneration of Bioprosthetic Valves


12:30 to 12:45 p.m.

Jing Karchin, PhD, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

VMAT2 and SLC35D3 Sort from Endolysosomes to Dense Granules During Megakaryocyte Differentiation to Proplatelets


12:45 to 1:00 p.m.

Nadia Kadry, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases

Molecular Determinants of N-linked Glycosyltransferase Specificity in Nontypeable Haemophilus Influenzae


For more information, visit the CHOP Research Trainee Portal or contact Janet Stuart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 267-426-7496.

Sponsored by the Offices of Responsible Research Training and Postdoctoral Affairs

UPDATE: CHOP Research Poster Day and Scientific Symposium Will Not Be Held in 2018

Due to unforeseen space limitations, CHOP Research Poster Day and the Research Institute Scientific Symposium will not be held in 2018. The events will return in a revamped format in May 2019. This supersedes previous announcements regarding a joint program in 2018.

Next year, the CHOP Research Institute will bring together Poster Day and the Scientific Symposium to create a two day celebration of all-things research. Participants can expect more opportunities to engage with colleagues at both CHOP and the University of Pennsylvania. Scientific presentations, keynote speakers, receptions and award ceremonies will be supplemented with additional time to network and celebrate a year of research and innovation.

Additional details on the May 2019 event will be announced at a later date.

Register NOW: Technology Training Workshops

Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs (BPP) is offering the popular series of technology training workshops in early Spring 2018. Information is provided below for all three workshops. Due to limited space, pre-registration is required up to 16 postdocs per workshop. It’s important that everybody has their own computer to work on.

Biomedical Postdocs MUST pre-register to attend the Technology Training Workshops.

Register through Knowledge Link: http://knowledgelink.upenn.edu/

You will need your Penn Key to login.


Beginner Illustrator

Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Anatomy-Chemistry 202

Instructor: Mary Leonard

This workshop covers the basic functions of Illustrator for the beginner level.



Intermediate Illustrator

Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Anatomy-Chemistry 202

Instructor: Mary Leonard

This workshop covers the functions of Illustrator for the Intermediate level.



Beginner Photoshop

Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Anatomy-Chemistry 202

Instructor: Mary Leonard

An introduction to the Photoshop interface and basic photo editing, where you will get hands-on learning and practice with the application.


Register NOW: Scientific Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English | February 16 and 23, 2018

In collaboration with the Office of Faculty Development, the Office of Responsible Research Training is offering a two-session workshop, "Scientific Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English" on February 16 and February 23, 2018. The workshop is designed for research trainees, including postdoctoral fellows, training grant fellows and physician fellows. Mary Blitzer Field, M. Phil., Assistant Director, Office of Faculty Development, is the instructor for both sessions. Participants bring their scientific expertise to the sessions while the instructor brings her expertise in writing. Working together, they analyze sections of biomedical papers to uncover the principles of clear, concise writing, with a special emphasis on language issues that frequently plague non-native English speakers.

Session 1 – Abstracts: Capturing Your Scientific Story

Date: February 16, 2018

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Abramson Research Center, 1st Floor, Room 124

Trace the underlying anatomy of abstracts from basic science and clinical journals. Learn to write abstracts that present scientific stories economically while convincing readers of their novelty and impact. Sample language issues: When is it right to use “a”…“the”? How do verb tense and verb voice differ? What are some myths about the much maligned passive voice?

Session 2 – Introductions: Engaging Your Reader

Date: February 23, 2018

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Abramson Research Center, 1st Floor, Room 124

Trace the story lines of introductions for both hypothesis-testing and descriptive papers. Learn to write introductions that awaken readers’ interest and prepare them for the content that follows. Sample language issues: Why do verb tenses shift in Introductions? How can sentence structure create a sense of inevitable movement forward?

How to Register

Send your name, department/division, email address and phone number to Janet Stuart (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Friday, February 9, 2018.

Register NOW: Preparing for College Teaching in STEM Course | February 21 – May 2, 2018

Dates: February 21 – May 2, 2018

Time: 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Location: Stellar Chance, room 104

Instructor: Julie McGurk, PhD (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) room 144 Center for Teaching & Learning

Description: Preparing for College Teaching in STEM is an eleven week teaching course designed to train postdocs at the University of Pennsylvania to teach in higher education and support diverse student populations. The course will encourage participants to become more thoughtful teachers by engaging with selected readings, creating course materials, and working with other participants to develop their teaching skills. The expectation is that participants will come prepared to each of these sessions having done the assigned readings and activities found on Canvas. Each week will require about 2 – 4 hours of prep work for the course.

Goals: The goals of the course are to prepare participants to teach in higher education and gain the confidence and practical skills to be able to successfully transition into academia or any industry requiring strong pedagogical skill sets.

Commitment: Attending all or nearly all (missing no more than 2 sessions) and completing the required work (2 – 4 hours per week)

Please register here: https://goo.gl/forms/oEoiOQSXcPfNUNGJ3

2018 Biomedical Science Careers Student Conference | April 6 – 7, 2018

Date: Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7, 2018

Location: The Westin Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts

The Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP) is asking for your help in identifying underrepresented minority postdocs (research and clinical); medical, dental and graduate students; post-baccalaureates; college and community college students; and high school seniors and juniors (particularly African-American, Hispanic/Latino or American Indian/Alaska Native students) who would benefit the most from attending the conference. Student participants should be seriously interested in or currently studying medicine, biomedical science or other science-related fields, such as chemistry, physics, biology, biology, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, engineering, biotechnology, physical therapy, public health, allied health or environmental science.

The aim of the Conference is to provide students/fellows with an opportunity to network with advisors/role models from the basic and clinical sciences, medicine, public health, academia and the biopharmaceutical industry.  These advisors/role models will encourage students/fellows to complete advanced studies and provide concrete advice and information on available resources, professional opportunities and career paths in biomedical science and other science-related fields.  The Conference also enables student/fellow participants to meet, inspire and network with one another.  Additionally, each Conference offers breakout and plenary sessions, and a program featuring science resources, including internships, summer programs and after-school activities.  Please see attached flyer for more information.

There is no fee to attend, but completion of a four-page application is required.

Application Deadline: February 5, 2018

Interested students should contact Lise D. Kay at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request an application.

Registration is Now Open for the 2017-2018 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Sessions

The CHOP RCR program promotes ethical research practices based on regulatory standards and professional guidelines. RCR covers a range of topics including: Conflict of Interest; Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership; Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship; Peer Review; Collaborative Science; Research Involving Human Subjects; Research Involving Animal Subjects; Research Misconduct; Mentor/Trainee Responsibilities; Laboratory Safety, Researcher and Society; and Intellectual Property.

Register today for in-person Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training. Upcoming sessions will be held on:

RCR 1: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 RCR 2: Friday, March 16, 2018 RCR 1: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 RCR 2: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Review your RCR training requirements

Register for in-person RCR training

RCR Web Site January 2018 Feature: Authorship and Publication Practices

If fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism is discovered in a published scientific paper, should all authors be held equally accountable? Tell us what you think by participating in the January Opinion Poll at: http://rcr.research.chop.edu/. Learn how to navigate the ethical issues involved in responsible authorship – defining criteria, allocating credit, ensuring accountability, and avoiding deceptive publication practices.

The RCR Web site provides centralized education, policy and training resources that encourage best practices and promote scientific integrity. For more information about CHOP’s RCR program, contact Janet Stuart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 267-426-7496.

Announcing the 2018 Distinguished Research Trainee Award Winners

The annual Distinguished Research Trainee Awards recognize exceptional CHOP Research trainees and offer an opportunity for mentors to highlight the work of their researchers-in-training. The Research Trainee Advisory Committee at Children’s Hospital recently selected the winners of the 2018 award.

Graduate Student Category

  • Danielle Mor, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow Category (Co-Winners)

  • Laura Grafe, PhD
  • Nathan Roy, PhD

Physician Fellow Category

  • Sarah Wood, MD, MSHP

Congratulations to all of the 2018 winners!

GSK Investigator – Biochemistry

Details: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is a world leading research-based pharmaceutical company that combines a talented workforce and technical resources to create a platform for the delivery of strong growth in a rapidly changing healthcare market. Our mission is to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. An opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and creative scientist to join a biochemistry group in the department of Screening, Profiling & Mechanistic Biology (SPMB) at GSK’s facility in Upper Providence, Pennsylvania. The primary responsibility of the department is to deliver high quality, biologically relevant pre-clinical leads for all GSK therapeutic areas, by employing a combination of scientific tools and methodologies, including but not limited to assay development, high throughput screening, compound profiling, and mechanism of action studies. In this role, the individual will contribute to discovery projects and technology advances in preclinical drug discovery.  In that capacity, the individual will lead interactions with key internal and external business partners including scientists from within the division, GSK therapeutic area units, target validation departments and other platform groups. The ideal candidate will possess significant technical expertise in assay development and enzymology, and have a demonstrated track record of strategic leadership in this discipline. The successful candidate will be expected to be effective in prioritizing across multiple projects, exhibit strong partnering behaviors, be highly flexible and productive, and possess positive communication skills.

To find more information about the GSK Investigator-Biochemistry position, please click HERE.

Assistant Professor of Developmental Biology (Tenure-Track) - Hope College

The Hope College Biology Department invites applicants for a tenure-track at the Assistant Professor level to begin in August 2018. The ideal candidate will develop a vigorous, externally funded research program that addresses questions of fundamental importance in developmental biology and that engages undergraduate students as active collaborators; generous start-up funds support this endeavor. S/he will be responsible for an upper-level course in developmental biology and will contribute to the introductory biology sequence; teaching advanced courses in her/his area of expertise is possible as well. Depending on research area and qualifications, participation in Hope's Neuroscience and/or Biochemistry & Molecular Biology programs may also be appropriate. Information about the Department of Biology can be found at http://www.hope.edu/academic/biology/.

View the full job posting HERE

For more information, contact Gerald D. Griffin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Caspar Wistar Fellows Program | Applications due January 29, 2018

The Caspar Wistar Fellows Program will recruit two exceptional post-doctoral fellows as independent investigators, creating a springboard for the Caspar Wistar Fellows to facilitate a subsequent faculty appointment and join the next generation of scientific leaders.

Two fellows will be recruited in 2018: One fellow with a cancer focus that will join Wistar’s NCI-designated Cancer Center and one with a vaccine/immunology focus that will join Wistar’s Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center.

The search committees will be led by Wistar program leaders who are ideally suited to recognize how well a prospective candidate fits within the overall Wistar mission, and its specific programs. Interested candidates should electronically submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a description of previous research (one page), a concise statement of research plans (up to two pages), reprints of four publications and the names of three references to the attention of Maria Colelli, Search Coordinator Caspar Wistar Fellows Program (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Applications will be evaluated by January 29, 2018. Interviews will be held beginning in April 2018.

For more information about the positions and the application procedure, please click HERE.

2018 L'Oreal USA For Women in Science program | Applications due February 2, 2018

The L'Oreal USA For Women in Science fellowship program honors female scientists at a critical stage in their careers with grants of $60,000 each. Since 2003, they've awarded 70 postdoctoral women scientists over $3.5 million in grants. They're seeking five exceptional female scientists looking to advance their research and serve as role models for the next generation of girls in STEM.

Applications for the 2018 L'Oreal USA For Women in Science program will open on December 4, 2017 and are due by February 2, 2018.

They invite you to share the attached materials with your community and hope that with your help they can encourage some of your institution's outstanding women postdocs to apply.

Please find more materials below:

Candidates are selected from a variety of fields including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics. Candidates must have completed their PhD and have started in their postdoctoral position by the application deadline.

The application and more information about the L'Oreal USA For Women in Science program can be found at www.lorealusa.com/forwomeninscience.

Should you have any questions or require additional information, please e-mail Rachel Pacifico at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Resources Available for Trainees Applying for F and K Awards

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has developed a centralized repository of information to help trainees navigate the F (Fellowship) and K (Career Development) Awards process. These resources can be found on the research intranet and includes information related to:

  • Putting together a successful application
  • Components of the application
  • Modified Biosketch tips
  • When and how to engage the Office of Sponsored Projects
  • Sample applications from successful CHOP researchers

Click HERE to visit the F Award Resource Page (Active Directory Log-in Required)

Click HERE to visit the K Award Resource Page (Active Directory Log-in Required)

Visit the Office of Faculty Development Site to see Funding Opportunities

The Office of Faculty Development Site provides details regarding Funding Deadlines and Opportunities.

For more information, please click HERE.

For any questions, contact Mary Field (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Postdoc Happy Hour | January 19, 2018

Join us for another Postdoc Happy Hour!

Date: Friday, January 19, 2018 Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Location: City Tap House, 39th and Walnut Street

UPenn BPP Social Committee

Meet up with fellow CHOP/Penn Postdocs!

The UPenn Biomedical Postdoctoral Program (BPP) Social Committee hosts a monthly happy hour event at City Tap House in West Philly. All CHOP and UPenn postdocs are welcome to join. Feel free to bring co-workers, friends and significant others, as long as they are 21+.


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