Career Programs

Registration is required:

Career Roundtable Luncheon
Postdoc to Faculty Q&A: Transitions Forum and Luncheon  SOLD OUT

Registration is not required for the following functions:

Postdoctoral Breakfast
Moving on from your Postdoc Position: Negotiating the Transition
How to Get Your Scientific Paper Published
Grant Writing Workshop: How (Not) to Write Your NIH Grant Proposal
Getting Started in Start-Ups and CPOW Travel Awardee Reception
US Investment in Energy Research: What Happens Next?
Networking with Minority Biophysicists: Resources and Opportunities
Transitioning from Academia to Industry

Postdoctoral Breakfast

Sunday, February 26, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Supported by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund
This breakfast presents an opportunity for postdoctoral members of the Society to meet and discuss the issues they face in their current career stage. Members of the Early Careers Committee will be there to answer questions about how the Committee serves postdocs in the biophysical community and to recruit new Committee members. Limited to the first 100 attendees.

Shai Silberberg, NINDS, NIH

Career Roundtable Luncheon

Sunday, February 26, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
This is a forum for mid-career biophysicists to discuss challenges typically faced at their career level share in an informal, relaxed atmosphere. Topics include:
Funding.  How to nail the competitive renewal; how to retool in midflight: add new expertise to your research program and develop a new direction.
Marketing. Learn to sell yourself and market your science: explain in plain English what you do and why it is important; spread the word: tell people about your large and small accomplishments.
Promotion: How to argue for a raise, and win; how to advocate for your own promotion; how to learn about, apply for, and win awards for your work.
Should You Move: Why and When? Are you movable; what benefits can you expect; what challenges can you expect?
It’s Time to Serve! You can and want to contribute—learn how to go about it.

Each roundtable discussion will focus on one of these topics and participants will have the chance to engage in several such conversations. Discussions will be moderated and will conclude with a representative from each table sharing the summary for their topic with the whole group, as a chance for all participants to learn from all conversations. Attendance at this CPOW-hosted event is limited to 100 participants. Pre-registration is required and the fee includes a box lunch.
Ivet Bahar, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Ligia Toro de Stefani, University of California, Los Angeles
Vasanthi Jayaraman, University of Texas Health Science Center
Al George, Vanderbilt University
James Weiss, University of California, Los Angeles
Shai Silberberg, NINDS, NIH
Harel Weinstein, Weill Cornell Medical College
Diomedes Logothetis, Virginia Commonwealth University
Dave Piston, Vanderbilt University

Moving on from Your Postdoc Position: Negotiating the Transition

Monday, February 27, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
This popular session, hosted by the Early Careers Committee, will provide advice on how to find a permanent position after your postdoctoral training. Each panelist has recently obtained a faculty position as an Assistant Professor.

Sudha Chakrapani, Case Western Reserve University
Damien Samways, Clarkson University
Sakthivel Sadayappan, Loyola University Chicago
Tanja Mittag, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

How to Get Your Scientific Paper Published

Monday, February 27, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Moderated by Dave Piston
Ed Egelman, Editor-in Chief, Biophysical Journal
Kathleen Hall, Associate Editor, Biophysical Journal
Les Loew, Associate Editor, Biophysical Journal
Lara Szewczak, Editor at Cell Press

This panel discussion, sponsored by the Publications Committee, will focus on the practical issues involved in publishing a scientific paper. The panelists have extensive experience in writing, reviewing, and editing papers, and will provide information on the “dos and don’ts” of submitting research manuscripts.Topics will be chosen from questions submitted to the moderator in advance ( and from the audience at the event. Discussions will likely focus on strategies to avoid common pitfalls, how to prevent and fix problems before submission, and how to respond to critiques and even rejection of a paper.

Grant Writing Workshop: How (Not) to Write Your NIH Grant Proposal

Monday, February 27, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Through mock study sections, veteran NIH officials will demonstrate what review panels look for when they read and assess proposals. They will also answer questions about the changes at NIH and how to communicate with funding agencies prior to submitting a proposal and after its review. This session is sponsored by the Public Affairs Committee and is appropriate for both experienced principal investigators and those applying for their first grant.

Ravi Basavappa, NIH
Jean Chin, NIGMS, NIH
Charles G. Edmonds, NIGMS, NIH
Donald L. Schneider, DBIBS, NIH
Janna P. Wehrle, NIGMS, NIH

Getting Started in Start-Ups and CPOW Travel Awardee Reception

Monday, February 27, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM 
The Committee for Professional Opportunities for Women (CPOW) will host a discussion panel on start-up companies. Biophysicists with a broad array of experiences in start-ups will share their perspectives and take questions from the audience. A reception for the CPOW Travel Awardees will follow the panel.
Gina Devasahayam, GenetikSignal
Chris Mathes, Sophion Bioscience, Inc.
Steve Smith, Fluxion Biosciences

Postdoc to Faculty Q & A: Transitions Forum and Luncheon SOLD OUT

Tuesday, February 28, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
This question-and-answer luncheon, sponsored by the Committee for Professional Opportunities for Women, is designed for postdocs finishing and actively applying for academic faculty positions. New faculty and recently tenured faculty in basic science and/or medical school departments will lead the discussion as well as experienced senior-level faculty who have served as department chairs and/or part of faculty search committees. Topics for discussion include how to prepare the curriculum vitae, the interview process, how to negotiate the job offer, and advice for new faculty as they balance research with their department obligations. Pre-registration is required, and the fee includes a box lunch.

Emil Reisler, University of California, Los Angeles
Gaudenz Danuser, Harvard Medical School
Alessio Accardi, Weill Cornell Medical College
Gabriela Popescu, SUNY Buffalo
Shai Silberberg, NINDS, NIH
Diane Lidke, University of New Mexico

US Investment in Energy Research - What Happens Next?

Tuesday, February 28, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
The Presidential Administration has shown its commitment to creating new sources of energy and making our lives more energy efficient. Researchers are working diligently on these challenges and are making progress, but where does US policy stand on adopting and implementing these technologies? Is the public ready to make the necessary changes? This session will explore the intersection of energy sciences, politics, and the public.
Scott Ander, University of San Diego School of Law
Laurie ten Hope, California Energy Commission
Robert Blankenship, Washington University in St Louis

Networking with Minority Biophysicists: Resources and Opportunities

Tuesday, February 28, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
The Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) is sponsoring a networking event for minority students and scientists. Join MAC members for coffee, cookies, and mingling.

Aldrin Gomes, University of California, Davis

Transitioning from Academia to Industry

Tuesday, February 28, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
This panel is sponsored by the Early Careers committee.
Panelists from the industrial sector will discuss the process of finding an industry job coming from an academic background.

Mary Canady, Comprendia LLC
Karen Kustedjo, BP
Dipesh Risal, Illumina
Matt Zierhut, Amylin Pharmaceuticals

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