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Postdoc Appreciation Month

Eighth Annual Postdoc Retreat Agenda

Friday, September 8
HSF III Room 1010

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9 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Building Your Professional Online Presence (This is the only event that will be held on Zoom.)

When you apply for a job, people will Google your name. What will they see? Come and learn how to build a professional online presence.

Building Your Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCiD) Profile

Nicole Shelawala, Research and Education Librarian, HS/HSL University of Maryland Baltimore

Building Your Professional Social Media Profile

Jennifer Aumiller, MEd, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Scholars, Director, Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Career and Professional Development

Building Your School of Medicine Faculty Profile

Renee Cockerham, PhD, Program Manager, Office of Postdoctoral Scholars

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Postdoc Exit Strategy Panel

A postdoc is a trainee position. How do you move on to the next phase in your career? Come and hear from people who were UMB postdocs about how their postdoc exit strategies.


Zuha Imtiyaz, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Emergency Medicine


Katie Bradwell, PhD, Bioinformaticist and Data Scientist, Palantir Technologies

Tara LeGates, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Ryan Robertson, PhD, Health Science Administrator, NIH BRAIN Initiative 

12 p.m. - 1 p.m. - Lunch from Maiwand

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Postdoc Introductions

Introducing yourself and your research in a concise way is an essential skill for whatever career step you take next. Come meet your fellow postdocs and learn about their research in short, 5-minute/3-slide presentations. Who knows what collaborations might develop?


Alejandra Urioste, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Surgery

Samanta Del Veliz, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Di Yu, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis

2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Coffee and Snacks

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. - How Not to Get Lost in Academia: Diverse Stories Paving the Way

Looking for a compass in the world of academia? Join us for an inspiring session where our faculty share the story of the ups and downs in their academic journey.


Tetiana Pozniak, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Human Virology

Pallavi Sharma, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Biomedical Engineering and Technology

Introductions and Moderator

Parham Habibzadeh, MD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Human Virology


Clement Adebamowo, BM, ChB, ScD, FWACS, FACS, Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Tonya Webb, PhD, Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Maryland School of Medicine

T.-C. Wu, MD, PhD, Professor, Pathology, Oncology, and Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. - Keynote Address: Causal links between human gut bacterial metabolites and host functions

by Sloan Devlin, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School 


Jessica Mong, PhD, Assistant Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Imran Moin, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland School of Medicine