Event Details

Hosted by: BGE and MCGSO
Date: Thursday, March 12
Time: 4:00PM – 5:30PM


Join us on Thursday, March 12 in Med-Dent SW107 for the 2nd Annual "How to get a Post-Doc" Panel featuring faculty members from Georgetown University and other graduate institutions such as Johns Hopkins University and Hampton University. Our speakers 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:

  • Bill Rebeck, PhD - Director, Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience, Georgetown University
  • Jeffrey Huang, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Georgetown University
  • Justin Wilson, PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Hampton University
  • Bridget Queenan, PhD - Post-doctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University

About the Speakers

BillBill Rebeck, Ph.D. studies genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease using cell culture and animal models. He received his Ph.D. in Toxicology from Harvard University in 1991. He then earned a Fulbright Fellowship, and began studying Alzheimer’s Disease at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. After one year, he returned to Boston at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he worked with Brad Hyman on the intersection between genetics and neuropathology of Alzheimer’s. He was there until 2003, when he joined the faculty at Georgetown in the Department of Neuroscience. He is currently director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience, and served for one and a half years as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.


BridgetBridget Queenan, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Richard Huganir at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Queenan earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Georgetown University. Her thesis work in the labs of Drs Daniel Pak and Stefano Vicini explored the mechanisms by which the brain maintains a dynamic equilibrium, remaining stable in the face of the immense plasticity required for learning. Prior to her graduate training, Bridget earned a B.A. in Biochemistry from Harvard College, and conducted research at Harvard Medical School, the Pasteur Institute, and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. She has a passion for science education, leading her to develop an introductory neuroscience course for graduate students and a series of basic science materials for medical students, including an internationally acclaimed atlas of anatomy.

Justin WilsonJustin Wilson, Ph.D. began his scientific career at Howard University College of Medicine as a graduate student in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. During his Ph.D. studies he carried out chronic whole animal studies on mice to understand the role of the kidneys during Angiotensin II induced hypertension. His postdoctoral work began at the National Institutes of Health where he conducted phospho-proteomic to study vasopressin’s signaling through out the kidney. His current work involves collaborative research on characterization of zebrafish’s glomeruli during development and during a disease stage. Dr. Wilson is a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor at Hampton University, where he teaches Medical Physiology, Advanced Human Physiology, and other biological courses.


JeffJeff Huang, Ph.D. studies the biology of oligodendrocytes in health and disease. His research focuses on the i) mechanism of oligodendrocyte differentiation and regeneration, ii) role of inflammation in oligodendrocyte regeneration and myelin replacement (remyelination), and iii) oligodendrocyte-neuron interactions. Jeff’s interest in oligodendrocytes began as a graduate student in Dr. David Colman’s lab at Mt Sinai School of Medicine, NY where he studied the role of cell adhesion molecules in axoglial junctions formed between lateral (paranodal) myelin membranes and the axon. He then went to the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom for his postdoctoral studies, first at the Gurdon Institute in Dr. Enrique Amaya’s lab to explore the potential of Xenopus as a genetic model for neural development and regeneration, and then at the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute/Dept of Veterinary Medicine in Dr. Robin Franklin’s lab, where he studied the molecular mechanism of remyelination in the mammalian CNS. He joined the Biology Department at Georgetown University in 2012.

About the Guest Moderator

tara gelbTara Gelb, Ph.D. earned her B.S. in Molecular Genetics from The University of Rochester in 2010 while concurrently pursuing neuroscience-based undergraduate research. She came directly to Georgetown University to pursue her Ph.D. in Pharmacology where her thesis project has focused on developing new targets for the treatment of metastatic melanoma and other cancers. She plans on pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship centered on translational cancer research.