Postdoctoral Training

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Training

In addition to numerous journal clubs, training seminars in safety, animal use, and radioisotope handling, joint laboratory meetings, and intramural and extramural seminar series, Fox Chase Cancer Center provides a concerted training program specifically designed to maximize productivity and equip postdocs to make informed career choices upon completing their postdoctoral experience at Fox Chase.

Bioinformatics

Fox Chase provides our trainees with updated instruction in bioinformatics, including instruction in the latest in data analysis algorithms. In addition, the Information Science and Technology Facilities provide custom solutions for any data analysis problem that may arise.

Help is available in the following areas:

  • Web fundamentals
  • Bioinformatic tools to keep up with scientific literature
  • Effective management and use of citation databases
  • Use of MS Office to compile and present data
  • Search and alignment algorithms: Knowing which one is best for your application
  • Quantifying alignments with the scoring matrix that's best for your application
  • Databases: Finding out what they contain and how to access this information

Ashley James Teaching

Fox Chase has relationships with local academic institutions, which allow postdoctoral trainees the opportunity to teach at the undergraduate or graduate levels.

Educational Seminars and Conferences

  • Annual Postdoc and Graduate Student Research Conference
    The Annual Postdoc and Graduate Student Research Conference was started at Fox Chase in 1995 and continues to be an annual event providing the postdoctoral and graduate student community an opportunity to present their work both as oral and poster presentations. The event includes a Keynote Speaker invited by the postdocs, a barbecue lunch served under the tents in the Center's gardens, vendor exhibits, and an award reception following the poster sessions. Previous Keynote Speakers have included:
    • 2014 – Patrick S. Moore, M.D., MPH, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
    • 2013 – Timothy Rebbeck, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
    • 2012 – Gordon B. Mills, M.D., Ph.D. University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Postdoctoral Research in Progress series
    The ability to construct and deliver a compelling oral presentation is vital to success in most areas of scientific employment. Consequently, Fox Chase provides a mentored seminar series in which postdocs present a formal seminar and then receive evaluation intended to improve their public speaking ability.
  • Invited speakers
    Since 1999, postdoctoral fellows from the Center have been able to invite a speaker for the Fox Chase Distinguished Lecturer Series. The postdoctoral community suggests speakers, and a committee organizes the visit. These visits maximize the interactions of postdocs with the visiting lecturer, providing opportunities to discuss scientific and career issues at lunch, dinner, and informal sessions throughout the speaker's visit to Fox Chase.
    • 2014 – Patrick S. Moore, M.D., MPH, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
    • 2013: no invited speaker
    • 2012: Dr. Channing Der, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
    • 2011: Dr. John Condeelis, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    • 2010: Dr. Lewis Cantley, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    • 2009: Dr. Mina Bissel, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    • 2008: Dr. Robert Weinberg, Whitehead Institute, MIT
    • 2007: Dr. Marc Kirschner, Harvard Medical School
    • 2006: Dr. Conly Rieder, Wadsworth Institute
  • Career seminars
    Fox Chase routinely sponsors seminars for our postdoctoral trainees that are designed to expose them to career paths other than that of an academic research laboratory.
  • Examples of recent Speakers:
    • Head of business development at a large pharmaceutical company
    • Investment analyst for the biotech sector
    • Researcher at a large pharmaceutical company
    • Bioinformatician
  • Our goal is to expose trainees to diverse types of employment sufficiently early in their training so that they have time to acquire the skills necessary to make themselves attractive to prospective employers.

Grants Writing Course

A Workshop in Grants Writing is run by Dr. Glenn Rall. In this 6-week intensive workshop, fellows write portions of grants and scientific manuscripts, and these efforts are discussed and critiqued by their colleagues in a roundtable discussion format. This course is currently offered annually.