Careers in Science Roundtable

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.