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The Pub Club (Mar 17): Postdoc Reflections & Projections

March 17, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Applying for a postdoctoral position can be a difficult decision. Postdoctoral researchers are still considered as “in-training” positions, but we are given more independence than any prior point in our careers. This is also the final transition point from the “educational phase” to the “professional phase” of our careers, and so is critical to manage strategically in the context of our specific career objectives.

For this TPC event, Miranda Haus and Kyaw Aung will discuss their journeys into and out of (respectively) their postdoctoral careers. They will focus on why they picked this particular career path, how they chose mentors, and their plans to achieve their goals. The goal of this Gathering is to help those of us who have not yet entered or are early in the postdoc phase to answer questions like: How do we identify what Diverse Skill sets we need to develop? How do we best use this opportunity to Fill the Void? How do we find a mentor that will help us achieve our goals? While the conversation will be specific to postdocs, it will be broadly applicable to each phase of the educational trajectory. Come with your questions ready!

Kyaw Aung earned his PhD from Michigan State University in 2011 working with Dr. Jianping Hu. His dissertation was entitled “Dissecting the peroxisomal and mitochondrial division machineries in Arabidopsis.” He has been in the He lab as a postdoctoral research fellow for a little over five years. His current research focuses on understanding how pathogenic bacteria manipulate plant cell-to-cell communication to promote disease. He is currently on the job market seeking a tenure track assistant professor position.


Miranda Haus earned her PhD from the University of Illinois – Champaign Urbana in 2015 working with Dr. Tom Jacobs.  Her thesis focused on stomatal development in response to atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations.  She is now working through her first postdoctoral research position in the Day lab. She studies alterations in dry bean development in response to Fusarium root rot, but spends much of her time developing skills needed to become competitive for a faculty position.


Diverse Skills targeted: research, strategic career managementcommunication, and organization


March 17, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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