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:

September Announcements

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the monthly Postdoc Happy Hour, Friday, September 14 at 5:30pm. Details below!

Important Announcement

National Postdoc Appreciation Week

Featured Article

Featured Postdoc


Career Development and Training

Job Openings

Funding Support

Social Events


Offices of Postdoctoral Affairs and Responsible Research Training to be Expanded, Renamed to Align with Key Strategic Initiatives at the CHOP Research Institute

Effective July 1, 2018, the Offices of Postdoctoral Affairs and Responsible Research Training was integrated and renamed. The new Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs (ATOP) will continue the work of both administrative groups, with expanded functions to be rolled out in FY2019 and beyond.

This change reflects an expansion and clarification of the groups' administrative roles at the CHOP Research Institute, and will reside under the purview of Chief Scientific Strategy Officer, Bev Davidson, PhD. This change comes as the result of feedback and suggestions from faculty, investigators and institutional leadership. The reconceptualized office will be led by Wendy Reed Williams, PhD, Senior Director.

The Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs will include three service tiers: Academic Training, Outreach Programs, and Diversity/Specialty Programs, led by David Taylor, PhD, Jodi Leckrone, MEd, and Paulette McRae, PhD, respectively. The office will continue to manage the key functions of the Offices of Postdoctoral Affairs and Responsible Research Training, including:

  • Postdoctoral affairs administration
  • Management of research training requirements
  • STEM pipeline programming
  • Diversity programming, including administration of the Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity and the Diversity Fellowship Advisory Committee
  • Administration of institutional advisory committees, including the Research Education Programs Advisory Committee and the Research Trainee Advisory Committee

Over the course of FY2019, the new office will add to and expand upon its core services for research staff and trainees. New functional areas include an expansion of support services to a wider audience of early-career researchers, the roll out of new research exposure opportunities for science-minded undergraduate and high school students, the development of a formalized diversity support infrastructure at the Research Institute, and the creation of discipline-specific research programs and pilot grant opportunities for scientists-in-training, among others.

Additional information related to this transition and expansion will be shared in coming months. Questions may be directed to Dr. Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

National Postdoc Appreciation Week, September 17-21, 2018

On the week of September 17, 2018, the Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs (formerly Postdoctoral Affairs) will celebrate National Postdoc Appreciation Week, recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of our postdoc community to the success of Children's Hospital.

Please note that registration is required for select events. If you have trouble registering through KnowledgeLink, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More details and a full calendar of events can be found HERE!

National Postdoc Appreciation Week was created and sponsored by the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of the postdoc experience for fellows nationwide.

Learn more about the NPA and how you can get involved.

Featured Article: A Road Map for Successful Career Exploration

Jennie Dorman and Bill Lindstaedt describe a tool designed to help you visualize the process, track your progress and identify the most strategic next steps.

Featured Article

 September Featured CHOP Postdoc: Annabel Torres, PhD

The September Featured CHOP Postdoc is Annabel Torres, PhD. Annabel is originally from Trenton, New Jersey and she received her PhD from Thomas Jefferson University. Currently, Annabel works under the mentorship of Andrew D. Wells, PhD. To learn more about Annabel, please read the September Featured CHOP Postdoc Article!

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

Start Talking Science on September 27, 2018

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Location: Science History Institute, 315 Chestnut St, Philadelphia PA, 19106

Learn from 30 different STEM researchers from the Philadelphia area at Start Talking Science 2018! The presenters are specifically gearing up to explain their research to the general public through feedback, revisions, and workshops. Topics include astronomy, medicine, archaeology, computer science, and more!

Start Talking Science (STS) is a free public event where STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) researchers present non-technical posters to the community. We aim to increase the public awareness of - and interest in - cutting-edge, local research in order to make STEM more accessible. We hope to foster insightful conversations and connections while strengthening the communication skills for researchers. For more info, visit StartTalkingScience.com and check out their flyer.

2018-2019 Faculty Luncheon Series

We are pleased to announce that this year's series will consist of 8 sessions as outlined below. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us!

Session 1: Title TBD

Presenter(s): Kristy Arbogast, PhD, Nathan Roy, PhD, Danielle Mor, PhD, and Sarah Wood, MD

Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: ARC 123-ABC

Session 2: Title TBD

Presenter: Amelia Eisch, PhD

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: CTRB 1200B

Session 3: Using Human Pluripotent Stem Cells to Model Monogenic Diseases of the Pancreas

Presenter: Paul Gadue, PhD

Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: ARC 123-ABC

Session 4: Title TBD

Presenter: Alan Flake, MD

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: ARC 123-ABC

Session 5: Treating Thalassemia: Thinking 'Out of the Box'

Presenter: Stefano Rivella, PhD

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: ARC 123-ABC

Session 6: Uncovering Neuronal Type Specific Vulnerabilities to Childhood Neurodegenerative Disorders

Presenter: Naiara Aquizu-Lopez, PhD

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: ARC 123-ABC

Session 7: Mitochondrial Metabolism and Diabetes Prevention

Presenter: Shana McCormack, MD, MTR

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: ARC 123-ABC

Session 8: Title TBD

Presenter: Jorge Henao-Mejia, MD, PhD

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: ARC 123-ABC

Session 9: Title TBD

Presenter: Louis Ghanem, MD, PhD

Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: ARC 123-ABC


Please contact Milara Joseph (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.

Apply Today: Grant Proposal Success Workshop to Begin in Fall 2018

The Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs (ATOP), in collaboration with Grant Review Communities, is please to announce a new, four-session workshop designed to provide grant development support for researchers-in-training. This workshop series is geared towards those intending to submit K- (K01, K08, K99/R00) and F- (F32) series NIH grant applications (or equivalent foundation grants) within 2019. Basic, clinic, behavioral, and translational scientists are encouraged to participate.

Participation in this program is competitive, and space is limited. The deadline for the application is September 24, 2018.

Participants in the Grant Proposal Success (GPS) Workshop will receive instruction in the development of key components of the application and a timeline to ensure that applications are completed in time for a 2019 submission. Participants must submit a statement of interest and CV, and complete a Nomination Form and Agreement to be eligible for this program.

The GPS Workshop will include four interactive events led by Matthew Weitzman, PhD, Professor Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. These structured workshops will be followed by informal peer-to-peer grant review sessions. All candidates must participate in Session 1 in order to participate in the full program.

Session 1: Identifying NIH Resources and Evaluating Readiness to Apply

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Location: Colket Translational Research Building, Room 3040


Session 2: Developing Your Specific Aims

Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2018

Time: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Location: Colket Translational Research Building, Room 9040


Session 3: Developing Your Biosketch and Career Development Plan

Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Time: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Location: Colket Translational Research Building, Room 3040


Session 4: Mock Study Session

Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Time: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Location: Colket Translational Research Building, Room 3040


Peer-to-Peer Grant Review

*Organized through March 2019, Details to be announced


View eligibility information and apply

Questions? Please contact David Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2018 Sartorius & Science Prize | Application due October 1, 2018

The Sartorius & Science Prize for Regenerative Medicine & Cell Therapy is an annual prize aimed at supporting and encouraging scientists focused on basic or translational research that advances medical progress in regenerative medicine and cell therapy. Established in 2017, the prize is awarded for outstanding research performed by the applicant and as a mutual endeavor to raise awareness for the field and its fundamental significance for our future.

The winner of the Sartorius & Science Prize for Regenerative Medicine & Cell Therapy is awarded US$25,000 and a publication of his or her essay in Science. This Grand Prize essay and those of up to three runners-up are also published on Science online. The winner and the runners-up will be invited to attend the formal award ceremony. Furthermore, a 5-year AAAS membership and online subscription to Science, accompanied by other perks and benefits from Sartorius, are awarded!

Click HERE to learn more about the Sartorius & Science Prize.

Apply Now!

RCR Web Site September Feature: Research Misconduct

What factors significantly influence the rate of research misconduct? This month, participate in the September opinion poll and explore an interactive simulation, "The Lab" or "The Research Clinic," where you make the decisions on how to avoid unethical research practices. Visit the RCR Web site at http://rcr.research.chop.edu/ to learn more about the impact of research misconduct and national efforts to increase the transparency and accountability in science.

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

Postdoctoral Positions Available in Circadian Biology of the Lung

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

The Sengupta lab studies the effect of circadian disruption on lung health at different stages of life, using different models for the same. We are currently investigating mechanisms by which circadian rhythms influence and modify lung inflammation and airway hyper-reactivity in an influenza model. To approach this problem, we have been/will use various tissue specific and conditional circadian knock-out models as well as classic circadian disruption models. Further, we are interested in studying the effect of early life exposures on the development and function of the circadian system.

We are looking for enthusiastic postdoctoral researchers to join our team. Experience in circadian biology is not a necessity. Experience in basic molecular biology is needed; other skills in immunology will be an advantage, but not necessary. PhD, MD or MD/PhD required.

Please send your application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In your email, include the following:

  • CV with a list of publications
  • A short summary of your present and future research interests
  • A list of up to three references

CHOP and Penn adhere to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Earl Stadtman Investigators

The National Institutes of Health, the U.S. government's premier biomedical and behavioral research enterprise and a component of the Department of Health and Human Services, is pleased to announce its tenth annual call for researchers who want to be "NIH Early Stadtman Investigators." These are tenure-track positions (assistant professor equivalent) within the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP). As a member of the IRP, you join a team whose hallmarks are stable funding, intellectual freedom, shared resources, and access to a wide range of scientific expertise. A wide array of scientists already has been hired through the "Stadtman" recruitment mechanism over the last nine years. Seeking a diverse cadre of creative thinkers eager to take on innovative, high-impact research.

Qualifications/eligibility: Applicants must have an MD, PhD, DDS/DMD, DVM, DO, RN/PhD, or equivalent doctoral degree and have an outstanding record of research accomplishments as evidenced by high quality publications in peer-reviewed journals. Appointees may be U.S. citizens, resident aliens, or non-resident aliens with, or eligible to obtain, a valid employment-authorization visa.

Deadline: September 30, 2018

For more information and how to apply, please click HERE.

Assistant Clinical Investigators

The Center for Cancer Research (CCR), a division of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is pleased to announce its annual call for applications of the Clinical Investigator Development Program (CIDP). This is an exciting training opportunity intended for physicians interested in dedicating their careers to clinical research. Come join a vibrant, multidisciplinary research community featuring: flexible funding that supports innovative, high-impact bench-to-bedside research, access to the largest hospital in the world devoted exclusively to clinical research, extensive shared research resources, and availability of a broad range of scientific and clinical expertise. The CIDP assists board-eligible/board-certified translational researchers to transition from a mentored position to that of an independent investigator in laboratory-based or patient-oriented research in academia, or comparable positions in government and industry.

Deadline: September 30, 2018

For more information and how to apply, please click HERE.

Tenure-Track/Tenure-Eligible Investigators

The newly established RNA Biology Laboratory at the Center for Cancer Research (CCR), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Frederick, Maryland is recruiting Tenure-eligible or Tenure Track Investigators to join the Intramural Research Program's mission of high impact, high reward science. These positions, which are supported with stable financial resources, are the equivalent of Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor in an academic department. The RNA Biology Laboratory is looking for candidate(s) who will complement their current group of seven dynamic and collaborative principle investigators (https://ccr.cancer.gov/RNA-Biology-Laboratory). They encourage outstanding scientists investigating any area of RNA Biology to apply.

Deadline: October 1, 2018

For more information and how to apply, please click HERE.

Postdoctoral Fellow Positions in Metabolic Diseases

Postdoctoral fellow positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Ling Yang in the Department of Medical Genetics and Molecular Biochemistry at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Yang laboratory combines genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, molecular biology, cellular biology, biochemistry, physiology, and CRISPR-mediated genome engineering to explore the complex regulatory networks of metabolic disorders, and to translate our findings into novel therapeutic approaches for metabolic disorders treatment.

To apply, please send a letter of interest detailing your expertise, CV, and contact information of three references to Dr. Ling Yang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information regarding the lab's research, please click HERE.

Adjunct Teaching Positions in Bryn Mawr's Psychology Department

The Psychology Department at Bryn Mawr is looking for a few adjuncts to teach courses in the Spring. The courses include Abnormal Psychology and an upper level seminar or two (area is pretty flexible except no straight behavioral neuroscience). Postdocs preferred rather than graduate students. Candidates should be prepared to develop their own teaching materials. Anyone with a strong interest and some stellar teaching skills interested?

If interested, please email Laura Grafe, PhD, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Postdoctoral Associate Position in Temple University's Physics Department

The Physics Department at Temple University invites applications for a postdoctoral associate position in the field of experimental nuclear physics.

The Temple University nuclear physics group is seeking outstanding candidates to be involved in its Jefferson Lab (JLab) 12 GeV upgrade science program. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to lead some of the upcoming experiments in Hall C lead by the group, threshold J/psi production, VCS, A1n and d2n experiments, to completion. The candidate can also contribute to a variety of other projects as the group is currently focusing on future opportunities with SoLID in Hall A at JLab and at an electron ion collider (EIC). Other activities of the group also involve an R&D effort towards new detector systems that will be used in a high luminosity and high acceptance environment as well as research activities within the CLAS12 collaboration at JLab.

A PhD in nuclear or particle physics is required. The candidate should send a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a research statement, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to Prof. Nikos Sparveris (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Review of applications will begin on August 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. The appointment is expected to start on January 1, 2019 and the candidate is expected to be located at Jefferson Lab.

Senior Scientist Biochemistry/Cell Biology

Would you like to explore the frontiers of biology to discover breakthrough therapies and first-in-class drugs? The ubiquitin pathway is such a frontier; from it a new wave of drugs are emerging http://www.progenra.com/. Senior Scientists at Progenra are expected to translate cellular mechanisms of enzymes that act on ubiquitin into novel and efficacious therapies for a broad spectrum of diseases, including cancer (traditional and immune based therapies), cardiovascular disease, inflammation, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. A working knowledge of cell and molecular biology and expertise in assay development, screening, target validation, and pharmacodynamics evaluation are advantageous. The senior scientist occupies a leadership position on a team to develop drug discovery technologies and contribute to the company’s business development effort. He/she will be expected and encouraged to write scientific articles and patents and presents data at national and international meetings.

To learn more about the position, click here.

Applications can be submitted online at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Postdoc Positions Available at Jefferson

Several Jefferson labs have available postdoc positions. These positions can be found HERE. The job ID#s when applying through Jefferson’s Human Resources website, can be found HERE.

Postdoc Funding Opportunities and Resources

For postdoc funding opportunities and resources, please click HERE.

Tuition Support for CHOP Postdocs and Other Research Staff

The Tuition Assistance Eligibility Extension program offers an opportunity for CHOP investigators (Postdoctoral Fellows, Laboratory Technicians, Research Assistants, Research Associates, Research Scientists) to request tuition support beginning as soon as the employee has completed his/her probationary period and covering coursework initiated through the first year of employment, at which time the employee becomes eligible for the standard hospital education assistance benefit.

Learn about the Tuition Assistance Eligibility Extension

Learn about the Hospital Education Assistance Program

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 | September 14, 2018

The BPC Social Committee will be hosting the monthly happy hour at the PHS Beer Garden (36th & Filbert St) on Friday, September 14, 2018, from 5:30 to 8:00 PM!

Come join them to meet other friendly Penn/CHOP postdocs, stay up-to-date to BPC activities, and have fun!

Look for the BPC sign to find us. Feel free to bring guests as long as they are 21+ (kids are also welcome).

Date: Friday, September 14, 2018

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location: PHS Beer Garden (36th & Filbert St.)

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