Event Details

Hosted by: BGE and MCGSO
Date: Tuesday, March 18
Time: 5:00PM – 6:00PM


Join us on Tuesday, March 18 in Med-Dent SW107 for the first "How to get a Post-Doc" Panel featuring Georgetown faculty members and an NIH postdoctoral fellow that will directly speak on all the most important items related to obtaining a post-doc position upon graduation. In this informal panel set-up, we will talk about some of the following items:

  • What do I need to do to prepare to look for a postdoc position?
  • When should I apply?
  • What really matters?
  • What does a faculty member look for in an application?
  • How do I position myself to be noticed?
  • What type of lab should I look for?
  • General information on the whole experience (insider tips, suggestions)

Panel members for this exciting event include:

  • Robert Clarke, PhD - Interim Director of Biomedical Graduate Research Organization, Dean for Research, Georgetown University Medical Center
  • Shaun Brinsmade, PhD – Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Georgetown University
  • Mark Burns, PhD - Assistant Professor, Neuroscience
  • Shweta Bansal, PhD - Assistant Professor, Biology, Georgetown University
  • Nathan Baird, PhD - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, NHLBI, NIH

About the Speakers

RobertRobert Clarke, Ph.D., D.Sc. leads Georgetown University Medical Center’s high performance research community, expanding its extramural funding and promoting the efforts of its faculty. He is an internationally recognized leader in breast cancer research. Dr. Clarke's research interests include understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms driving anti-estrogen resistance and hormone independence in breast cancer. Dr. Clarke works in collaboration with the Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to cultivate and strengthen the research components of the University’s graduate programs and the quality of graduate biomedical education. Clarke is interim director of Biomedical Graduate Research Organization, a professor in the Department of Oncology, and an internationally known breast cancer researcher.

ShaunShaun R. Brinsmade, Ph.D. earned his B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Connecticut-Storrs and his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Jorge Escalante-Semerena. Shaun was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Tufts University School of Medicine where he trained with Abraham "Linc" Sonenshein. Shaun is interested in how cells coordinate changes in gene expression and metabolism, and how microbes switch between commensal and pathogenic lifestyles. In his spare time, Shaun enjoys running, baking, brewing beer and creating stained glass works of art.

MarkMark Burns, Ph.D. received a B.S. in Physiology from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the same institution in 2000. His Ph.D. work was conducted with Professor Brian Leonard and focused on the role of the nitric oxide synthase pathway in animal models of depression. Burns’ postdoctoral training was conducted with Dr. Karen Duff at the Nathan S. Kline Institute / New York University from 2001-2004 working on the impact of cholesterol and the statin drugs on amyloid accumulation in animal models of Alzheimer's disease. He joined Georgetown University in 2004 as a Research Instructor to work with Dr. Bill Rebeck and continued researching the role of apoE and cholesterol on amyloid accumulation. In 2006 Dr. Burns was promoted to Research Assistant Professor and began to focus on the interaction of traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer's disease. In 2009 he was promoted to Assistant Professor on the tenure track, and established the Laboratory for Brain Injury and Dementia.

Shweta Bansal, Ph.D. is a mathematical biologist and her research brings mathematical models to challenges in infectious disease ecology, epidemiology and evolution. She focuses on the complex links between host population behavior and pathogen ecology, characterized through network models, and studies how this interaction shapes population-level infectious disease dynamics and evolutionary potential. Bansal is also keen to use this approach to provide a principled and quantitative method to analyze and inform public and animal health policy, and works on systems ranging from influenza in humans and foot and mouth disease in cattle, to M. pneumoniae in desert tortoises.

Before joining the faculty at Georgetown, Bansal completed a RAPIDD (Research and Policy in Infectious Disease Dynamics) postdoctoral fellowship at Penn State University. She completed her doctoral work at the University of Texas at Austin and has a bachelors degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Santa Clara University. She is now also a Faculty Fellow of the RAPIDD Program at the Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health.

Nathan Baird, Ph.D. began his scientific career at The University of Chicago with no previous laboratory research experience. During his Ph.D. studies he carried out collaborative projects with many PI's at various institutions. His postdoctoral work began at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle before the lab was moved to NIH. His current work involves collaborative research spanning structural biology and high-throughput chemical screening. In addition to his research, Dr. Baird has served as a Guest Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at Georgetown University.