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Former UNMC Postdoctoral Scholar Susmita Sil, PhD, receives the university's New Investigator Award


angara.jpgCongratulations to Rajendra Angara, PhD, from the Department of Pathology and Microbiology for receiving a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the American Heart Association.



jyoti kaushal wins Excellencein Research awardPostdoctoral Scholar Jyoti Kaushal, PhD, won the 2021 Excellence in Research Award for her work on pancreatic cancer.


feiwangPostdoctoral Scholar Fei Wang, M.D., Department of Radiation Oncology, received a U.S. Patent for a new metformin nanoformulation that shows increased utility within the body and has promise as a treatment for a number of diseases including cancer, diabetes, and immunological diseases and disorders.






UNMC team helps ID antivirals to use against COVID-19


Postdoctoral Scholar Arpan Acharya, PhD and his mentor Siddappa Byrareddy, PhD were featured in UNMC Today for their research in antivirals to help combat COVID-19.

 Postdoctoral Scholar Dr. Mohtadin Hashemi named UNMC's 2021 nominee for the The Warren Alpert Distinguished Scholar Awards for his research on Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative disease:

hashemi2.jpgAccording to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6.2 million Americans currently suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. It is a progressive disease that is universally fatal, and, on average, life expectancy is only 4-8 years after initial diagnosis. Alzheimer’s is currently the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.With increased life expectancy in the industrialized world, the problem of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases associated with advanced age is expected to grow worse. The hallmark of Alzheimer’s is the formation of amyloid beta protein aggregate plaques in the brain, but what causes these plaques to form is not yet understood. My research focuses on understanding the biomechanisms that result in these plaque formations with the goal of creating effective preventative and therapeutic treatments for Alzheimer’s and other associated neurodegenerative diseases.




Postdoctoral Scholar Dr. Rohit Gaurav and Mentor Dr. Jill Poole featured in UNMC Today for Research in COVID and Other Respiratory Diseases


Postdoctoral Scholar Dr. Michele Plewes is awarded the 2020 Pathway to Independence Award 



 John1215201.jpgPostdoctoral Scholar Dr. Johnson John is awarded the 2020 Excellence in Research Award 



 External Resources on Postdoc Career Planning


India Bioscience

A site dedicated to promoting Indian bioscience research and assisting researchers.  

"Female scientists can advance by saying: ‘Yes, I’ll do it,’" Nature, 8 February 2022.


Researchers’ career insecurity needs attention and reform now, says international coalition

"Postdocs and PhD students around the world require professional training to prepare them for a possible career outside academia, finds the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development." (Nature, 8 June 2021)

Sell yourself and your science in a compelling personal statement

"Personal statements — essays highlighting personal circumstances, qualities and achievements — are used extensively in science to evaluate candidates for jobs, awards and promotions. Five researchers offer tips for making yours stand out in a crowded and competitive market." (Nature, 23 April 2021)

Join Your Grad Student or Postdoc Association

"One important lesson Robert Pearson says he's learned is that professional development and such associations intersect in important and interesting ways." (InsideHigherEd, April 22, 2019)

How can we improve the Postdoc Experience?

"Notes from the NPA Annual Meeting." (, April 18, 2019)

You’ve accomplished more than you think

"You are probably stronger than you think." (Science Magazine, April 8, 2019)

In academia, hard work is expected—but taking a break is effort well spent, too

"Exciting, novel ideas do not come from a mind constantly under pressure." (Science Magazine, April 4, 2019)

My move from postdoc to career adviser

"Briana Konnick liked helping graduate students and postdocs to plan their careers more than she enjoyed her lab work. " (Nature, March 5, 2019).

New Insights into the Postdoctoral Experience from a National Survey

"In 2016, the University of Chicago Postdoctoral Association Survey Committee and Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs disseminated a national postdoc survey." (The POSTDOCket, February 2019).

What 50 Principal Investigators Taught Me About My Failure to Land Tenure

"Bela Z. Schmidt’s quest to understand an all-too-familiar career setback can be distilled into eight pieces of advice." (Nature, February 12, 2019).

Careers Go in Chapters

"The metaphor is particularly useful for doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars for many reasons -- some obvious and others less so, writes Chris M. Golde." (Inside HigherEd, February 4, 2019.)

Postdoctoral Mentorship Key to Career Success

"Mentors can have a lasting influence, but it’s important to carve your own niche." (Nature, January 24, 2019).

My first postdoc position was a disaster.

"This is what I learned." (Science Magazine, January 17, 2019)

Funding Opportunities for International Postdoctoral Scholars

"A list of resources and grants that any international postdoc can use to find the perfect funding opportunity." (The POSTDOCket, January 2019).

Scientific progress is built on failure

"Learning to handle failure is just part of scientific life, writes Eileen Parkes. " (Nature, January 10, 2019)

Slowly but surely, postdoc advocacy is working

"Postdocs play an important role in the scientific enterprise and yet they often seem to slip through the cracks." (University Affairs, December 12, 2018)

The Quest for Postdoctoral Independence

"How to step out from the shadow of your principal investigator." (Nature, September 26, 2018)

Proposed Rule Benefits Advanced Degree Holders Seeking H-1Bs

"It will likely be easier for advanced degree holders from U.S. universities to get H-1B skilled worker visas under a rule change proposed by the Trump administration." (Inside Higher Ed, December 3, 2018)

How to Land a Community College Job

"Every step of the application process for faculty positions can be quite different from applying for a job at a major research institution, counsels Melissa Dennihy." (Inside Higher Ed, March 13, 2018)

PhDs (and Advisers) Shouldn't Overlook Community Colleges

"What lessons can be learned at the intersection of the community college and doctoral education in the humanities? Rachel Arteaga provides some answers." (Inside Higher Ed, December 20, 2016)

Being Foreign on the US Academic Market

"International graduate students are faced with an added challenge on the U.S. job market -- get a job or go home -- but it's possible to turn their foreignness to their advantage, Christopher Garland writes." (Inside Higher Ed, November 7, 2014)

Nonprofit Leadership by an for Early Career Scientists

"Adriana Bankston encourages early career scientists to seek opportunities to benefit society beyond academe." (Inside Higher Ed, September 17, 2018)

How to Design a Winning Fellowship Proposal

"Be clear about your training plan and goals to boost your chances of a favourable outcome." (Nature, November 6, 2018)

In my post-PhD career, I’m putting my grad school angst to good use

"The title was something I had never heard of before: research integrity officer." (Science Magazine, October 25, 2018)

7 Success Tips for Postdocs

"Whether you are here because you love to research or because you are pursuing a career in academia, there are a few tips that will help you get the most out of your experience." (ASU Now, September 26, 2018)

Advice from Researchers-turned-Career-Counselors for their Younger Selves - and Today's Trainees!

"Science Careers asked Frank and two other counselors what career advice they would give to their younger selves." (Science Magazine, October 15, 2018)

How I got Through My Publication Drought

"Yes, publications are important. But a lack of publications doesn't mean a lack of intelligence, skills, or worth." (Science Magazine, October 4, 2018)

The Quest for Postdoctoral Independence

"How to step out from the shadow of your principal investigator." (Nature, September 26, 2018)

How to Find the Right Place for Your PhD or Postdoc

"Choosing where to do your PhD or postdoc can be a career-defining decision." (Science Magazine, September 10, 2018)

These studies offer a realistic view of postdoc life—and guidance for making career decisions that work for you

Take note of your developing conception of yourself as a scientist... (Science Magazine, September 5, 2018)

Do You Need a Postdoc?

"Many PhD students simply default to postdoctoral training as a logical next step, when instead they should be making a much more intentional choice." (Inside Higher Ed, September 10, 2018)

Cities offer great postdoc opportunities—but make sure you factor in the cost of living

"Salaries are worth more in places with lower costs of living..." (Science Magazine, August 30, 2018)

Ways to Promote and Foster Collaborative Research in Your Lab

"Top tips for principle investigators to help junior scientists navigate the travails of teamwork." (Nature, August 29, 2018)

Secondary Mentors Boost the Postdoctoral Experience

"Secondary mentors aid in career and personal development." (The POSTDOCket, August 2018)

NIH Loan Repayment Programs: A Career Lifeline for the Next Generation of Researchers

"Loan Repayment Programs encourage careers in research." (The POSTDOCket, August 2018)

How to return to your home country after a postdoc in the US

(The POSTDOCket, July 2018)

Why it is not a "failure" to leave academia

"Here's how PhD students can prepare for different careers, and how lab heads can help." (Nature, August 1, 2018)

Lessons Learned: This is how you go from academic to industry for a postdoc

STAT Plus’ new weekly column on careers in biomedicine. (Stat News, July 12, 2018)

Dr. Liz Elvidge: Postdoc researchers need to change their mindset

"For postdoc researchers, the world is their oyster, but only if they’re willing to put their research skills into their career path." (Silicon Republic, September 17, 2017)

Building an Endpoint to Your Faculty Job Search

"How long should you spend on the faculty job market?" (Inside Higher Ed, July 16, 2018)

Running Laboratory Meetings

"When I started my research group, I realized that I had to have lab meetings and that there were many approaches to these gatherings." (PLOS Blogs, July 10, 2018)

Bidding Adieu To Academia

"Other pastures abound beyond the walls of your lab..." (Asian Scientist, Jun 27, 2018)

What should you get from being a Postdoc?

"And what should you look for when finding a postdoc position?" (Nature, June 25, 2018)

Postdocs: Big lab, small lab?

"Choosing a lab of the right size is crucial for early-career development." (Nature, 2017; 549: 553-555)

Making the Most of your Postdoc

"Victoria Reyes gives six tips for ensuring you have a valuable and successful experience." (Inside Higher Ed, July 27, 2017)

Why a new lab can be a valuable destination for postdocs and graduate students

Space, freedom and the opportunity to establish one’s own system are among the highlights for junior researchers. (Nature, 2018; 334 (558): 333-335). 

NextGen Postdocs

"NASEM recommendations discuss career development training, emphasizing how essential it is to ensure that postdocs receive training beyond technical skills—what the NPA calls 'core competencies.'" (Science, 360 (6390): 689-690). (Copyright © 2018, American Association for the Advancement of Science http://Science Magazine-licenses-journal-article-reuse. This is an article distributed under the terms of the Science Journals Default License.)