Postdoc Society Celebrates Fifth Year

Cedars-Sinai postdoctoral scientists and staff mingle at the National Postdoc Appreciation Week open house.

The Cedars-Sinai Postdoc Society, a peer-to-peer group that fosters networking and collaboration among junior researchers, celebrated its fifth anniversary during the annual National Postdoc Appreciation Week, Sept. 15-19. The week included an open house with prize drawings, refreshments and visits by representatives from Academic Human Resources and other services; a seminar about technology transfer opportunities; and networking social events.

An outgrowth of the Cedars-Sinai Postdoctoral Scientist Program, the society has enjoyed steady expansion, growing from 85 to about 100 members over the last three years, said the program's director, Helen Goodridge PhD, assistant professor of biomedical sciences.

The society maintains a busy calendar of professional, educational and social activities. These include the following:

  • The Gathering for Postdoctoral Science (GPS), at which postdocs present their research and network with other postdocs. It is held on the first Monday of each month from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Harvey Morse Board Room, with lunch provided.
  • Educational seminars. At the session during National Postdoc Appreciation Week, leaders of the Technology Transfer Office and Industry Sponsored Research Office at Cedars-Sinai offered insights into managing technology and commercial partners.
  • Parties and fund-raisers. The most recent event was a Sept. 20 beach party for postdocs, families and friends at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa Del Rey, sponsored by Cedars-Sinai and other Los Angeles-area institutions.

In addition, society members raise the profile of Cedars-Sinai by participating in community events. Postdoctoral fellow Jon Sin, PhD (Gottlieb lab), from the society's leadership committee, recently appeared at Nerd Nite Los Angeles, a monthly series of informal science and technology talks, to discuss "Grand Theft Autophagosome: How Coxsackievirus Exits the Infected Host."

The other current committee members, all PhDs, are Josiane Broussard (Bergman lab), Stacey Kolar (Liu lab), Padmesh Rajput (Lyden lab) and Jessica Sims (Medina- Kauwe lab).