Postdoctoral training can provide for diversification of technical expertise as well as enhance one’s career development. Critical elements of a successful training period include the selection of an appropriate project(s), the selection of a mentor and the environment within which the work will be done. Central to the process is a clear plan of achievable goals defined by the postdoc in collaboration with her/his mentor. This session explored the pros and cons of pursuing postdoctoral training and presented strategies to achieve success in the postdoctoral training period. Click The Postdoc for the slides that include resources from the presentation.
Lisa M. Curtis, PhD received her PhD in cell biology at the University of Florida (UF). She completed postdoctoral training at UF and at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) before transitioning to a faculty position at UAB in the Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology. She is a past member of the National Postdoctoral Association Board of Directors, and she served as a member and interim chair of the UAB Postdoctoral Association. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UAB where she conducts research focused on the cell biology of acute kidney injury.