IMMUNOLOGY 2019 provides a wide range of sessions to support the career development of students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty.

  • Attend our workshops, roundtables, and panel discussions to explore specific career topics and issues
  • Network with experienced scientists to gain insight into your own career development
  • Consult with career experts one-on-one or in small groups to learn advice specific to your own situation and goals

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Career Services

NIH Grant Review and Funding Information Room

NIH program and review staff will be available in the NIH Grant Review and Funding Information Room for individual conversations and consultations. The schedule is posted here (PDF) and also on site to show specific times staff members will be available to answer questions about the scientific review process, grant/fellowship opportunities, and NIH institute-specific interests. Consultations will be available on a drop-in basis. No appointments are necessary.

Jobs Board

AAI is sponsoring a virtual Jobs Board on the IMMUNOLOGY 2019 website. The Jobs Board service is FREE to all meeting registrants and exhibitors. Job Seekers! Review the online AAI Jobs Board to identify positions that target attendees. Reach recruiters directly; job postings will include e-mail addresses for recruiters’ designated contacts. Employers! Take advantage of this unparalleled opportunity to recruit from over 3,000 immunologists at all career stages!

Career Sessions

Friday, May 10, 2019  9:00 am – 10:00 am  Room 32AB  

How to Convert Your CV into a Résumé

  • Derek Haseltine, Director, Career Develop. Ctr., Baylor Col. of Med.
For anyone seeking a job outside of academe, how you present yourself on paper is critical. A well-prepared résumé can make all the difference in securing that interview. The focus of this session will be on the important elements of a résumé, the differences between a résumé and the standard academic curriculum vitae, and the information needed to make a good impression. In this special career development session, attendees will be instructed in how to transform their CVs into professional résumés. Small breakout sessions for individual consulting will follow. Bring your CV!
Friday, May 10, 2019  11:00 am – 1:00 pm  Room 32AB  

Immunology Teaching Interest Group

Sponsored by the AAI Education Committee

  • Anil K. Bamezai, Villanova Univ.
  • Stephanie James, Regis Univ. Sch. of Pharmacy
  • Michelle Snyder, Towson Univ., Student outcomes in a CURE course using simple model organisms to characterize host-pathogen interactions
  • Laurie Shornick, Saint Louis Univ., Using an entrepreneurial mindset activity to create value in an immunobiology course
  • John Frelinger, Univ. of Rochester, Immunology “hooks”: strategies to increase student engagement
  • William Carr, Medgar Evers Col., City Univ. of New York, Using "Pillars of Immunology" research articles to enhance problem-solving skills among undergraduate students at a Predominantly Black Institution
Breakout Session Leaders:
  • Deborah Brown, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, JiTT strategies and student outcomes
  • Devavani Chatterjea, Macalester Col., Ready to talk about it? A toolkit for reading and discussing scientific papers in undergraduate immunology classrooms
  • Nicholas Pullen, Univ. of Northern Colorado, Authentic science engagement: toward a CURE for undergraduate immunology
  • Kara Lukin, Univ. of Colorado, Denver, Jeffrey Novack, Col. of Med., Pacific Northwest Univ., and Sarah Redmond, Radford Univ., Using case studies across the immunology curriculum
Are you looking for new ideas or strategies to enliven and improve your teaching? If so, please join us for this special interest group which will focus on strategies that instructors can use to successfully convey immunology concepts to students at the undergraduate and graduate level. The session will explore the use of course-based undergraduate research experiences (CURE), just in time teaching (JiTT), research articles, entrepreneurial mindset activities, and more through talks and structured breakout discussion groups. Current educators, new faculty, and trainees with an interest in teaching are welcome.
Friday, May 10, 2019  11:45 am - 2:15 pm  Ballroom 20A  

Careers Roundtable and Speed Networking Session

Sponsored by the AAI Minority Affairs Committee (MAC)

  • Robert J. Binder, Univ. of Pittsburgh; AAI Minority Affairs Committee Chair
Networking skills have never been more crucial to ensure success for early/mid-career scientists, including those traditionally under-represented in biomedical research. At the roundtable, take advantage of the opportunity to meet in small-group format with accomplished, senior immunologists to hear how they have handled the career challenges you now face and learn what they believe will work for you today. Then, practice networking in a relaxed environment offering a structured networking exercise and personalized feedback on communicating your scientific interests/objectives most effectively. Scientists and trainees of all backgrounds are encouraged to attend! Registration Fee: $30 (Includes coffee break.)

Discussion topics and table leaders:

Grad Student: finding a mentor, setting sights on postdoc training
  • Table Leaders: Robert J. Binder, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Luis A. Sanchez-Perez, Duke Univ.; Tonya Webb, Univ. of Maryland; Santiago Partida-Sanchez, Ohio State Univ.
Postdoc: finding a mentor, setting sights on a faculty position
  • Table Leaders: Mireia Guerau-de-Arellano, Ohio State Univ.; C. Henrique Serezani, Vanderbilt Univ.; Avery August, Cornell Univ.
Junior Faculty: preparing for promotion and tenure
  • Table Leaders: Margaret S. Bynoe, Cornell Univ.; Prosper Boyaka, Ohio State Univ.
Work-life balance, it’s real!
  • Table Leader: Claudia Jakubzick, Natl. Jewish Hlth.
Academia or Industry: how to decide (or switch sides)
  • Table Leaders: Homero Sepulveda, Thermo Fisher Scientific; Cherié Butts, Biogen; Jonathan A. Deane, GNF/Novartis; Louis Gonzalez, Shattuck Labs
Government Agency Careers:
  • Table Leaders: Jennifer Martinez, NIEHS, NIH; Marta Catalfamo, Georgetown Univ.
Non-Bench-Research Science Careers – e.g., entrepreneurship/research technology; non-profits/foundations; intellectual property/patent law
  • Table Leaders: Robert Balderas, BD Biosciences; James W. Lillard, Morehouse Sch. of Med. and JYANT Technologies; Thandi Onami, Gates Fndn.; Gregory P. Einhorn, Greer, Burns and Crain, Ltd.
Friday, May 10, 2019  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm  Room 32AB  

Careers in Biotech: Panel Discussion and Networking

Sponsored by the AAI Education Committee

Generously supported by the Allen Institute for Immunology

  • Kerry A. Casey, Allen Inst. for Immunology
  • Cherié L. Butts, Associate Medical Director, Biogen
  • Steve Crampton, Senior Scientist, Pharmacology & Immunology, aTyr Pharma, Inc.
  • Luisa Salter-Cid, Chief Scientific Officer, Gossamer Bio
  • Karsten Sauer, Vice President, Immunology, Torque Therapeutics
Many opportunities exist in biotechnology for scientists with advanced degrees. There are positions in laboratory research, program management, business development, regulatory affairs, clinical trials oversight, medical liaison, and more. This panel features scientists employed in a variety of positions discussing their career paths and the skills required for success in each. Following the panel discussion, enjoy casual conversation with the speakers and other scientists from biotech at a networking reception.
Saturday, May 11, 2019  10:15 am – 11:15 am  Room 32AB  

Interviewing for a Job

  • Derek Haseltine, Director, Career Development Center, Baylor Col. of Med.
This session will be focused on tips and techniques to help you successfully navigate the interview process. Emphasis will be on how you can present yourself in the best possible light. You will also learn how to respond to unexpected questions. This session is open to anyone but is especially intended for student and postdoctoral attendees.
Saturday, May 11, 2019  12:30 pm - 2:00 pm  Ballroom 20A  

Careers in Science Roundtable

Sponsored by the AAI Education Committee & AAI Committee on the Status of Women (CSOW)

  • Laura A. Solt, Scripps Res. Inst.; AAI Committee on the Status of Women Chair
At this popular session, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with experienced scientists to explore specific career issues important to men and women in science today. Gain insights into issues you are confronting in your own career. Topics include international opportunities in science, succeeding in graduate school, participating in NIH Study Sections, considerations for scientists in M.D.-Ph.D. careers, and exciting careers beyond the bench. New to the 2019 session are topics on balancing teaching and research and careers in veterinary immunology. There are also table discussions on navigating work-life issues, such as balancing careers with family and transitioning from specific career stages, which may be relevant to any work environment (academic research, biotech industry, governmental agencies, non-profit). Don’t miss this great networking opportunity! Registration Fee: $30 (lunch included)

Discussion topics and table leaders:

Research Careers in Academia
  • Succeeding in Graduate School Table Leaders: Lori R. Covey, Rutgers Univ.; Ann Griffith, Univ. of Texas Hlth. San Antonio
    • Graduate Student to Postdoc: finding a postdoc, interviewing Table Leaders: Lyse A. Norian, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham; Lisa K. Denzin, Child Hlth. Inst. of New Jersey, Rutgers; Tyler K. Ulland, Univ. of Wisconsin; Steven Templeton, Indiana Univ. Sch. of Med.
  • Postdoc to PI:
    • Government Research Institutions Table Leaders: Dorian McGavern, NINDS, NIH
    • Medical Schools Table Leaders: Lauren A. Zenewicz, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Ctr.; Carrie L. Lucas, Yale Univ.
    • Undergraduate Institutions Table Leaders: Matthew R. Olson, Purdue Univ.
  • New PI:
    • Recruiting Students and Postdocs Table Leaders: Irene Salinas, Univ. of New Mexico; Aimee M. Beaulieu, Rutgers Univ.
    • Preparing for Promotion Table Leaders: Louis B. Justement, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham; Linda A. Sherman, Scripps Res. Inst.
    • Tips for Balancing Teaching and Research Table Leaders: Bao Q. Vuong, City Col. of New York
  • Negotiating an Academic Position Table Leaders: Gudrun Debes, Thomas Jefferson Univ.; William R. Green, Dartmouth Univ. Geisel Sch. of Med.
  • Mentoring Effectively Table Leaders: Amanda M. Jamieson, Brown Univ.; Lisa C. Osborne, Univ. of British Columbia
  • How to Build a Network for Postdocs Table Leaders: Laura A. Solt, Scripps Res. Inst.; Juliet Morrison, Univ. of California, Riverside
  • Networking Skills for PIs Table Leaders: Jeremy M. Boss, Emory Univ. Sch. of Med.; Meera G. Nair, Univ. of California, Riverside
Work / Life Balance
  • Table Leaders: Jennifer M. Lund, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Ctr.; Kathryn E. Hulse, Northwestern Univ.
Careers in Veterinary Immunology
  • Table Leader: Alan J. Young, South Dakota State Univ.
Careers in Biotech and Industry: moving from academia to industry and vice versa
  • Table Leaders: William H. Hildebrand, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Ctr.; Jennifer Towne, Janssen; Antara Banerjee, Takeda; Mandy J. McGeachy, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Robert Balderas, BD Biosciences; Catherine J. McMahan, Aptevo Therapeutics; Stephen T. Haley, Immudex; Kerry A. Casey, Allen Inst. for Immunology; Yina H. Huang, Dartmouth Univ. Geisel School of Med.; Karsten Sauer, Torque Therapeutics; Tamar Boursalian, Novo Nordisk; Christopher Haines, Takeda
Careers at Government Agencies
  • Table Leaders: Deborah L. Hodge, CSR, NIH; Jennifer H. Meyers, NIAID, NIH; Crystal L. Loving, USDA
NIH Study Section Insights
  • Grant Writing for Fellowships/Transition Awards Table Leaders: Mark L. Lang, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Ctr.; Virginia M. Shapiro, Mayo Clinic
  • Grant Writing for PIs Table Leaders: Jyotika Sharma, Univ. of North Dakota.; Tessa Bergsbaken, Rutgers New Jersey Med. Sch.
The Physician Scientist: balancing clinical and research duties
  • Table Leaders: Tyler J. Curiel, Univ. of Texas Hlth. Sci. Ctr.
Research from the M.D.-Ph.D. Perspective
  • Table Leader: Sharon Celeste Morley, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med.
Non-Research Careers for Scientists: careers enabling scientists to advance the field away from the bench
  • Scientific Publishing Table Leader: Nicole Beauchamp, The Journal of Immunology, AAI; Ifor R. Williams, Science Immunology
  • Opportunities for Scientists in Foundations/Non-profits Table Leaders: Courtney R. Pinard, Career Development and Awards, AAI
  • Careers in Science Policy Table Leaders: Lauren G. Gross, Public Policy and Government Affairs, AAI; Lauren L. Brodd, Public Policy and Government Affairs, AAI
  • Technology Transfer Table Leaders: Gregory P. Einhorn, Greer, Burns and Crain, Ltd.; Donna Shaw, Life Science Licensing, Univ. of California, San Diego; Peter Goebel, Scripps Res. Inst.
International Opportunities in Science
  • Table Leader: Maziar Divangahi, McGill Univ.; Mattias Collin, Lund Univ.
Sunday, May 12, 2019  9:00 am – 10:00 am  Room 32AB  

Secrets for a Successful Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • Ryan Wheeler, Director of Career, International, and Postdoctoral Services, Scripps Res. Inst.
A postdoctoral fellowship is the time to develop research skills you will need to succeed as an independent scientist. It is, however, just as important to realize that you need to prepare for a career path at the same time. This session will highlight ways of getting the most out of your postdoctoral fellowship, relating successfully with your mentor, and understanding how to use the resources available to you to ensure that your training prepares you adequately for a seamless transition into the next phase of your career.
Sunday, May 12, 2019  10:15 am – 12:15 pm  Room 30AB  

NIH Grants Workshop: Demystifying the Grant Application Submission, Review, and Funding Processes

  • Tina McIntyre, CSR, NIH
  • Tina McIntyre, Scientific Review Officer, III Study Section, Immunology IRG, DPPS, CSR, NIH
  • Deborah Hodge, Scientific Review Officer, HAI Study Section, Immunology IRG, DPPS, CSR, NIH
  • Joseph Breen, Chief, Immunoregulation Section, Basic Immunology Branch, DAIT, NIAID, NIH
This workshop will provide participants with an overview of NIH grant submission, assignment, review, and funding opportunities. Emphasis will be given to identification of the most appropriate funding agencies and mechanisms available through NIH, how to make an application “reviewer friendly”, and other strategies that contribute to applications that succeed in obtaining research funding. The workshop will also provide information on how to understand the peer review system, which is essential to competing successfully for funding, with a focus on recent changes to the review process. NIH review and program staff will provide a broad array of expertise and encourage questions from seminar participants. This workshop is open to anyone interested in learning more about preparing an NIH grant application and obtaining NIH funding. Trainees and independent investigators are welcome.
Sunday, May 12, 2019  10:15 am – 11:45 am  Room 32AB  

International Opportunities in Science

  • Winfried F. Pickl, Med. Univ. of Vienna, Austria
  • Mattias Collin, Lund Univ., Sweden
  • Thomas Kamradt, Univ. Hosp. Jena, Germany
  • Shigeo Koyasu, RIKEN, Japan
  • Hanne Ostergaard, Univ. of Alberta, Canada
  • Eui-Cheol Shin, Korea Adv. Inst. of Sci. and Technol., Korea
  Working as a scientist outside of the U.S. requires curiosity, adaptability, and open-mindedness, which are valuable qualities important for success in any career. Given the international reach of science, this new session will help immunologists learn about opportunities to gain professional experience beyond the U.S. This panel features scientists employed at academic or research institutions around the globe. Panelists will discuss the postdoctoral fellowship and grant application process, the benefits of international training and employment, and the challenges in finding science-related jobs outside of the U.S. This session is open to anyone.