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April 2021

Discover Your Career Fit: InterSECT Job Sims with Dr. Thi Nguyen

Workshop for doctoral students in any discipline, Offered by QB3-Berkeley Graduate and Postdoc Career Development and Sponsored by GradFest, the Graduate Division and the LEAD Center. Register here: https://forms.gle/TLLZUKGCiWPUTPs38 Do you want to explore PhD career paths and narrow down options as quickly as possible? Do you want to try out real job tasks in different fields/roles all while staying in your lab, or at home? Thi Nguyen, PhD, founder and developer of InterSECT job simulations will lead an interactive…

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Panel: Finding the Right Postdoc

What makes for a GREAT postdoc experience, whether it is in industry, national labs or academia?  How can you ensure that this next step in your training will prepare you for a successful career? Panelists will discuss the process of identifying and pursuing. postdoctoral opportunities. Why do a postdoc? What are the steps in. searching for a postdoc position? What do PIs look for when evaluating candidates?

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Bioengineering Seminar Spring 2021:User-Programmable Hydrogel Biomaterials to Probe and Direct 4D Stem Cell Fate

April 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Cole A. DeForest, Professor, University of Washington Cole A. DeForest, Ph.D. Weyerhaeuser Endowed Professor Associate Professor & Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, Department of Chemical Engineering Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry Core Member, Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine University of Washington The extracellular matrix directs stem cell function through a complex choreography of biomacromolecular interactions in a tissue-dependent manner. Far from static, this hierarchical milieu of biochemical and biophysical cues presented within…

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Panel: Funding Your Postdoc

In the progression from graduate student to postdoctoral scholar, early-career scientists start demonstrating their independence as researchers. Finding and securing funding can serve as an important step in the transition, demonstrating your ability to design research projects (as well as build your CV). In this panel, you will learn the types of awards Berkeley bioscientists pursue and hear from current awardees, as well as reviewers for prestigious awards. Panelists will share their tips and insights into the application process.

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Professional in Residence Program with Michael Holmes, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer of Ambys Medicines

April 16 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Friday, April 16, 2021 at noon: Career presentation/discussion Friday, April 23, 2021: Career advising/mentoring sessions Registration https://forms.gle/JnGgYp4RvyhLuszJ9 Mike Holmes is CSO of Ambys Medicines, a Bay Area company pioneering the novel application of cell and gene therapies to reverse liver disease progression and restore liver function. Prior to Ambys, Mike worked at Sangamo, most recently as its senior vice president and chief technology officer. Mike received his Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and…

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Neurocircuits for Motivation and Reward

April 29 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Garret Stuber, University of Washington This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

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May 2021

“Science writing and Science Careers: Reflect and explore to find what works for you” with Rachel Bernstein, PhD, Editor at Science Careers

Professional in Residence program offered by QB3-Berkeley May 6 - presentation and discussion, open to all STEM PhDs exploring career options and interested in professional development resources May 13 - advising on careers in science communication Event registration here (for advising sessions and/or career discussion program) Rachel Bernstein is the editor of Science Careers, a publication of Science magazine and AAAS that explores issues and challenges associated with pursuing scientific careers. Prior to this role, she worked in other areas…

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Deep reinforcement learning and its neuroscientific implications

May 6 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Matthew Botvinick, Director of Neuroscience and Team Lead in AGI Research, DeepMind, Honorary Professor, Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, University College London This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

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Academic Job Search Overview – workshop

Gain insights into the mechanisms of academic hiring, and use the perspective to strengthen your chances for success while you are on the job market.  This broad overview will focus on helping you prepare for your faculty job search, and provide practical suggestions and resources to support your efforts. Learn what to expect from the typical hiring process, the differences (and similarities) in hiring at teaching or research-focused institutions, and how to present yourself effectively in preliminary and campus interviews.…

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June 2021

Professional in Residence: Debkishore Mitra, PhD, CTO and Co-founder, Lucira Health

Tuesday, June 8, 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm: Career path presentation/discussion Thursday, June 10: Entrepreneurship mentoring/advising (small groups) Registration: https://forms.gle/sYGemWCGLs24wZvX7 Debkishore (Deb) Mitra completed his PhD in Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco and an undergrad in Biotechnology at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He has an extensive background in bioengineering, infectious disease biology, assay development, and the development of microfluidic platforms and systems. He co-founded and served as the Chief Technology Officer for Lucira…

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