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Postdoc Research Day 2019

Postdoc Research Day on Monday, December 2nd

sponsored by STEMCELL Technologies

Our biggest event of the year is coming up! Postdoc Research Day is a full day of interdisciplinary talks by postdocs at UBC in a fantastic venue at a large capacity.

Register here: https://bit.ly/2MXleOJ

Everyone is welcome to attend, but only UBC affiliated postdocs can present.

Abstract submission deadline is Nov 15th! The abstract submission form can be found here: http://bit.ly/2qZRLLF

Where? Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, UBC Campus

When? Monday, December 2nd

Research Day: 9 am – 5.30 pm

Evening reception from 5:30 pm onwards (networking + dinner)

Come and present your research for the chance to win prizes or just listen to your fellow postdocs presenting about a vast variety of projects – showcasing the diversity of research by postdocs at UBC!

In addition to the interdisciplinary talks by postdocs, there will be a keynote lecture by Dr. Josef Penninger about his experience in academia and industry and his path to becoming the director of the Life Sciences Institute at UBC.

During lunch, we will hold our first ever Postdoc Townhall Meeting

The UBC PDA wants to hear from you! As the independent organization working to represent all UBC postdoctoral fellows and advocate on their behalf, the PDA would love to hear about your life postdoc-ing! Should we have more coffee parties or pub crawls? Are you satisfied with your professional development opportunities? How about that extended benefits package? Come chat with the PDA exec team and help us prepare an advocacy agenda that represents you!

An industry focused career panel in the afternoon will feature representatives from STEMCELL TechnologiesLumerical and other local companies that are employing PhDs (to be announced).

This blog post will be updated as we are finalising the event details.

Do you want to present?

You must be a postdoc affiliated with UBC to be eligible to present. Everyone can attend, so please spread the word and bring your friends and colleagues! If you want to give a talk, please register for the event (https://bit.ly/2MXleOJ) and then download the abstract registration form (http://bit.ly/2qZRLLF) and e-mail it to ubc.postdoc@gmail.com

There is going to be two different talk lengths this year and you can decide which one you prefer.

Full talk: 12 min + 3 min for questions

Lightning talk: 5 min, no questions, but there will be ample time for discussion and questions in the coffee/lunch breaks that immediately follow all the lightning talks

These short talks are great if you want to practise presenting your project in a concise way in just 5 minutes (great opportunity to practise your science communication skills!) or if have just started your postdoc and don’t have enough data yet for a regular presentation.

As this is an interdisciplinary gathering of postdocs from all different fields, please be aware that you are presenting to a general audience.

Abstract submission deadline: Nov 15th

We will notify you not later than Nov 20th if your abstract has been selected for presentation and if you will be presenting a full  talk or lightning talk.

Get your abstracts ready (max 250 words). Registration and abstract submission is open now!

We are looking forward to seeing you at Postdoc Research Day 2019!

 

 

Registration: https://bit.ly/2MXleOJ

Abstract submission: Go to http://bit.ly/2qZRLLF then e-mail the form to ubc.postdoc@gmail.com

 

Career Networking Night – March 6, 2019

Join us for the UBC PDA’s inaugural Postdoc Career Networking Night!

March 6th, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
LSC West Atrium

We have reached event capacity and registration is now closed – to be added to our wait list for an available spot, please sign up at the link below:

Wait list registration

If you have signed up, but are no longer able to attend, please let us know ASAP so that we can give your spot to someone on the wait list.

Join us for an opportunity to connect with a variety of companies and employers in an informal setting. Discover the opportunities available outside academia, and what employers are looking for!

Representatives will be joining us from:

This event is free for postdocs, and we will provide light refreshments.

For those that sign up, we have arranged for Paul Joseph, the University Photographer to be on hand to take professional portraits at no cost – first come, first served!

Register for the event here! Space is limited, so sign up ASAP!

Please contact us at ubc.postdoc@gmail.com if you have any questions.

UBC PDA Annual General Meeting 2019

Your vote counts! Join us as we elect the new PDA Executive Committee for the upcoming year on Monday,  March 11th at 5:00 pm at the Biomedical Research Centre room 351. No RSVP required.

The event will commence with reports from the outgoing PDA Executive Committee followed by short introductions of the new nominees, after which you can place your vote. We will conclude the event with a light reception furnished with complimentary snacks and refreshments to welcome the new committee members.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Call for Nominations: 2019-2020 PDA Executive Officers

We are excited to announce the call for nominations for candidates to be part of the UBC Postdoctoral Association’s 2019-2020 Executive Team!

Indicate your intent to run by Friday March 8th!

  • Represent the postdoc community
  • Gain leadership and management experience
  • Organize professional development, research and networking events
  • Interact with big-name academics, advocates, and UBC leadership

The PDA is run by Elected Volunteer Officers (the President and 6 Vice-Presidents). All 7 positions will be elected for the 2019-2020 year at our Annual General Meeting, held on Monday, March 11th in the Biomedical Research Centre, room 351 at 5 pm. A list of open positions and a description of their roles can be found below.

All UBC postdocs and research associates are encouraged to attend the AGM on March 11th for the elections. The event will be followed by a celebration with food and drinks!

Self-Nomination: Download the UBC PDA nomination form here. Please fill out this form and return it to ubc.postdoc@gmail.com along with a recent photo and a short Letter of Interest (100-200 words) detailing why you would like to serve and any relevant experience.

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2018 Postdoc Research Day Recap

Thank you everyone, who partook in Postdoc Research Day 2018!

It was a big success this year – 125 people attended the meeting, of which 68 joined the networking reception!

There were so many interesting talks and posters, which sparked many questions from the audience and interesting discussions. Also, the keynote lecture by Dr. Matthew Dahabieh, and career panel discussions were well attended, and again, met enthusiastic questions and discussions from the floor.

Here is a list of the winners of the oral and poster presentation competition.

Oral Presentations

  • 1st place ($150): Dr. Siobhan Whadcoat (Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences)

 

  • 2nd place ($100)/People’s Choice ($50) : Dr. Kirstin Brink (Dentistry) 

 

  • 3rd place ($50): Dr. Allison Mann (Botany)

 

Poster Presentations

1st place ($75): Dr. Ivan Klyuzhin (Neurology, Medicine)

2nd place ($50): Dr. Tom Nightingale (ICORD, Medicine)

3rd place ($25): Dr. Jessalyn Alvina (Computer Science)

Last but not least, we are grateful for Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Vice President Academic, Life Sciences Institute for sponsoring Postdoc Associaion and our events, as well as Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences for hosting our event in their beautiful venue.

Postdoc Research Day 2018 Abstract Book

It’s less than a week till this year’s Postdoc Research Day!

Thank you very much for those who submitted the abstracts. As usual, it was a tough choice for us to select the final competitors from so many excellent submissions across UBC. Here is the abstract book this year, which includes all the participating abstracts (both oral and poster presentations) as well as in-depth details for Keynote Lecture and Career Panel Discussion.

RD2018_Abstract_Book

In order to minimize our carbon footprint, we do not have a physical abstract book. So please feel free to download the Abstract book linked above on your device for quick reference.

In case you have not signed up for our event yet, please go ahead and register here.

Hope to see you on December 3rd!

Suvey: Copyright in Academic Publication Process

As a part of research community at U15 institutions, UBC Postdocs are invited to participate in a survey to assess our knowledge of copyright and author addenda in the publication process.

This survey is a part of a study lead by Lauren Byl, the Copyright & Licensing Librarian at the University of Waterloo, funded by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) Practicing Librarian Grant. This is important as researchers are increasingly being asked to make their research openly available, which requires them to retain some rights in their publications.

The anonymous survey would take about 15 minutes. Participation is voluntary.

In appreciation of the time you have given to this study, you can enter your name into a draw for 1 of 25 prizes, which include 2 grand prizes (a tablet, approx. $250 value) and a $20 Tim Horton’s gift card.

You can read fine prints and/or jump ahead to participate in the study here: https://uwaterloo.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_elLa2gr5RoskHJP
If you have any questions regarding this study, or would like additional information to assist you in reaching a decision about participation, please contact Lauren Byl at 1-519-888-4567 ext. 42356 or by email at lrbyl@uwaterloo.ca.

Postdoc Careers Panel at Research Day 2018

Postdoc Research Day 2018 is coming up on Monday, 3 December.

We will be concluding the day’s formal events with a Panel Discussion on Postdoc Careers. We have invited 5 panelists who have all successfully transitioned from being postdocs into a diverse array of careers.

The discussion will be a chance for you to hear about how they made this transition, how their postdoc experience has influenced their subsequent jobs, and tips for postdocs planning careers going forward.

Our five panelists will be:
Dr. Andrew Hegle, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance at Cannevert Therapeutics, and Adjunct Professor in Pharmacology at UBC.
Andrew received his doctorate in molecular biology at the University of Michigan and came to Vancouver as a UBC postdoc in 2007. There, he became closely involved with the postdoc community, and organized the efforts to formalize the UBC Postdoctoral Association, expand benefits, and establish the Postdoctoral Fellows Office in 2010. A champion of alternative careers for PhDs, after leaving academia he worked briefly in the biotech industry and as an independent consultant before returning to UBC in 2015 as a cofounder of Cannevert Therapeutics, a startup drug research and analytical services company. Andrew is currently the Director of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance for Cannevert and holds an adjunct faculty position in the UBC Department of Pharmacology.

Dr. Moslem Noori, Researcher at 1QBit.
Moslem Noori received his B.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering in 2005 and applied mathematics in 2006 from the Amirkabir University of Technology in Iran and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Alberta in 2008 and 2012, respectively. Moslem then held a postdoctoral position at The University of British Columbia from 2013 to 2014. He returned to the University of Alberta as an Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF) postdoctoral fellow from 2014 to 2016 and also spend time as a visiting scholar at Bell Labs. Moslem is currently a researcher at 1QB Information Technologies (1QBit) working toward developing practical applications for quantum computing. His previous industrial work experiences were at CleanKeys Inc and Baragheh Telecommunications Co. Moslem was a recipient of several awards and scholarships including the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, the NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the AITF Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Dr. Aria Hahn, Co-founder and lead research analyst of Koonkie Cloud Services.
Aria Hahn holds a masters degree in soil science from the University of Alberta and a PhD in metagenomics from the University of British Columbia. Aria’s research interest and commercial interests include multi-omics methods and the design of high performance software and analytical solutions for processing Big genomic Data. In 2016 she co-founded Koonkie, a bioinformatics company that provides bespoke services to clients across industries. Koonkie is determined to shorten the time to discovery in a simple, fast and user-friendly way. Koonkie is now launching a software platform, called Phandi which combines scientific research and data management tools into a single user interface, and delivers results ready to publish and commercialize. As a co-founder and CEO of Koonkie Cloud Services, Aria strives to simplify the path to understanding complex DNA data, so users can focus on discovery.

Dr. Noushin Nabavi, Data Scientist for the BC Provincial government.
Noushin Nabavi earned a B.Sc. in Cell and Molecular Biology and a PhD in Cell and Systems Biology from the University of Toronto where she worked on mesenchymal stem cell differentiation to bone. She then obtained a Siebel stem cell fellowship in 2012 from the University of California at Berkeley to work on the role of Sirtuins in aging and disease. In Silicon Valley, she co-founded a stem-cell company for Huntington disease and was involved in the strategic development and management of the company along with three other postdoctoral fellows. She then came back to Canada as a senior postdoctoral scientist at the Vancouver Prostate Centre and BC Cancer Agency, where she led a three year genomics project on a rare cancer called malignant peritoneal mesothelioma with funding secured from BC Cancer Foundation. She has recently joined the Integrated Data Division at the Ministry of Citizen’s Services in Victoria as a data scientist working on complex datasets to enable the development of evidence-based decision making.


Dr. Robert Judson, Senior Scientist at STEMCELL Technologies.
Dr. Robert Judson is a senior scientist at STEMCELL Technologies. In his role, Robert oversees a research team to develop, commercialize and market innovative products for the life sciences industry. As a R&D scientist, Robert is required to wear many hats and day-to-day tasks can include reviewing new licenseable technologies, assessing IP landscapes, patent writing, grant writing, developing marketing strategies, managing external collaborations, attending conferences and of course, lab work. Robert is a relative newbie to the biotech world, but over the last few years has gained a nice perspective of transitioning from an academic track to the ‘dark side’. Having being recruited out of his postdoc, he was previously training in the lab of Dr. Fabio Rossi (UBC) and received his PhD in molecular biology in the U.K under a Nuffield Foundation fellowship. Robert has, and continues to published papers on a variety of topics in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine and enjoys teaching on a number of graduate programs on a voluntary basis. Robert is passionate about Canadian innovation and technology and is an advocate of synergy between government, academia and the tech-industry to tackle modern-day health care problems.

We look forward to seeing you at Postdoc Research Day to join in the discussion and see the research presentations from postdocs across UBC! Check out the web page for all the details and online registration.

Research Day 2018 Abstract Submission

Abstract Submissions are now OPEN!

Please only follow this if you have registered to present a poster but have not yet sent us your abstract.

Find all the information about the event here.

We invite abstract submission from all postdoctoral fellows and research associates currently working at UBC departments and affiliated institutes. You can submit an abstract to be considered for a talk, a poster, or both. We will accept all eligible poster presenters.

Talks will be 15 minutes in length, including 5 minutes at the end for questions. Talks and posters will be judged, with prizes awarded to the best 3 of each type – $150/$100/$50 for talks and $75/$50/$25 for posters!

First, register online for the event.

The conference will be attended by postdocs, students, faculty, and others from all departments and institutes at UBC. Therefore, it is important to target abstracts, talks, and posters for a general, non-expert audience. The judges will also have a broad range of expertise, and suitability for the audience will be a factor in their scoring.

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words; no tables or graphics are permitted. Abstracts will be selected for oral presentations based on quality, interest and suitability for a general audience, and to prioritise a diverse programme.

Download the abstract template.

Please download and complete the abstract template, and email the completed document to us. To be eligible for participation, abstracts for talks must be received by 6 pm 14 November, and abstracts for posters must be received by 6 pm 23 November.

UBC PDA Postdoc Research Day 2018

DATE: Monday 3rd December
VENUE: Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, Vancouver Campus, UBC
TIME: Research Day 09:00-17:30; Evening Reception 17:30 – 20:00

Register here!

Submit an abstract For a talk or poster!

Oral abstract deadline: 14 November 2018
Poster abstract deadline: 23 November 2018

The UBC Postdoctoral Association Research Day is back, in it’s big and bold format! We’re once again hosting this as a full-day event in a fantastic venue with a large capacity.

The event will bring together postdoctoral researchers from across UBC faculties and affiliated institutions to share their findings. There will be research talks, as well as poster sessions. Prizes will be awarded for the best 3 of each presentation type – $150/$100/$50 for talks and $75/$50/$25 for posters!

To apply to present a talk or poster, please register, then download and fill out the form linked above, and email it to us. Talks will be 10-12 minutes with 3-5 minutes for questions. Please keep in mind that you will be presenting to a general, non-specialist audience!

As well as postdocs sharing their research, there will be a keynote presentation from Dr. Matthew Dahabieh, Chief Science Officer of Renaissance Bioscience, and a panel discussion on postdoc careers with professionals who have made the transition from being postdocs themselves.

The event will be fully catered with coffee breaks, a light lunch, and an evening networking reception.

All postdocs, research associates, students, staff, and faculty are welcome to come and hear about the exciting research being done by postdocs at UBC. Please register online to confirm your attendance.

Contact The UBC PDA if you have any questions.

We are extremely grateful to our sponsors who make this event possible.
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