Upcoming and Past PDLC meetings

Upcoming PDLC seminars.

All seminars are on Friday in LSA 177 from 12:30-1:30pm.  Lunch is provided (MCB postdocs).


January 10th 2020: Negotiation Strategies in a Job Search (Academic + Industry) – Rosanne Lurie (Director, qb3-Berkeley Graduate and Postdoc Career Development)


October 18th 2019: Professional Training for future group leaders: How to cultivate a productive team environment– Barry Schwartz (Visiting Professor in Management of Organizations, Haas School of Business; former Professor of Psychology, Swarthmore College)

September 13th 2019: Postdoc Fellowships: strategies and Institution-specific modus operandi for grant-writing success -  Jessica Tucker, Allison Didychuk, Adam Yokum (American Cancer Society, Damon Runyon, Jane Coffin Childs awardees); Margaret Nguyen and Jason Cheung (SPO) , Esteban Martinez (CSS RA)

June 21st 2019: PDLC Planning Meeting. Attend to voice your opinion for which topics you'd like to see covered in the upcoming academic year's invited speaker list.

May 17th 2019: Securing an Assistant Professorship at a Teaching-Focused Institution in today's job market climate- Alex Engel (Assistant Professor, Mills College) 

April 12th, 2019: Preparing for interview and sustained career success after the jump- Jill Fuss (co-founder and CTO/COO of CinderBio)

March 8th, 2019: From Academia to Science Policy on the National Level- Mary Maxon (Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences, LBNL)

February 22nd, 2019: Securing an Assistant Professorship at a R1 University in today’s job market climate: planning a research statement and other tips  -Priya Moorjani (MCB, UC Berkeley),  Denis Titov (MCB, UC Berkeley), and Matt Traxler  (Plant & Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley) . **2063 VLSB, IB-MCB Joint Event**

January 11th 2019: from Academia to Industry, perspectives from Calico - Anastasia Baryshnikova (Principal Investigator, Calico)


December 7th, 2018 - Early Stage Fellowships: strategies for grant-writing success - Angie Martinez and Jason Cheung (SPO), Coral Zhou (Jane Coffin Childs awardee)

November 9th, 2018 - Future of Research: Career trends and prospects for biomedical and behavioral scientists - Gary McDowell (Executive Director, The Future of Research Inc.  (Non-Profit))

October 5th, 2018 - Planning Meeting: please attend to voice input for what topics to cover this academic year.

September 7th, 2018 - Science and Government: Fostering global development through academic collaboration -Katharine Dow (USAID Program Manager, Global Development Lab)

August 24, 2018 - How to Effectively Manage a Laboratory - Rebecca Heald (Flora Lamson Hewlett Chair and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, UC Berkeley)

May 4, 2018 - Editing for Scientific Journals - Anna Simonin (PLoS) 

April 13, 2018 - Careers in Industry with Jacob Corn (UC Berkeley), Dustin Dovala (Novartis Institues for Biomedical Research), and Marissa Matsumoto (Genentech) 

March 2, 2018 - How to Give a Good Talk with Britt Glaunsinger (UC Berkeley/HHMI)

Febrauary 2, 2018 - The Faculty Position Interview with Doug Koshand (UC Berkeley) 

January 12, 2018 - WRITING A SUCCESSFUL K99/R00 GRANT PROPOSAL with Patrick Shih (LBNL) and Erica Whitney (BRDO)

December 1, 2017 - Startup Companies with Crystal Nyitray (Encellin) and Livia Wilz Brier (Valitor)
November 3, 2017 - Postdoctoral Fellowships with Andrew Manford (Rape Lab), Andrew Modzelewski (He Lab), Adam Perez (Thorner Lab), and Alan Shaw (Marqusee Lab)


January 13, 2017 - NO PDLC

February 3, 2017 - Staff Scientist Positions in Academia with Monika Sigg, PhD (King Lab), Patricia Grob, PhD (Nogales Lab), and Eva Schmid, PhD (Fletcher Lab).

March 3, 2017 -  Transitioning from a postdoc to faculty position. Speakers: Sarah Stanley & Dave Savage.

April 7, 2017 - Biotech. Joint MCB/IB lunch club. Details TBD.

October 6, 2017 - Planning Meeting


December 2, 2016 - Chalk talk. Professor Dirk Hockemeyer (MCB, UC Berkeley).

November 4, 2016 - NIH F32 Fellowships & the Sponsored Projects Office (SPO). Emily Stoops (Drubin Lab, MCB, UC Berkeley) & Kevin Mark (Rape Lab, MCB, UC Berkeley) , and SPO contracts and grants officers, Greta Devol & Margaret Nguyen.


October 14, 2016 - Writing a successful K99/R00 Grant Proposal. Achim Werner (Rape Lab, MCB, UC Berkeley) , Peter Walentek (Harland Lab, MCB, UC Berkeley), and Becky Lamason (Welch Lab, MCB, UC Berkeley).

September 2, 2016 - Planning Meeting

June 3, 2016 - Biotechs. Dr. J. Graham Ruby (Calico Labs), Dr. Calvin Jan (Calico Labs), Dr. Peter Skewes-Cox (Novartis), Dr. Amy Kistler (Novartis).

April 1, 2016 - Chalk Talk. Michael Rape (MCB, UC Berkeley).

March 18, 2016 - Academic Teaching Positions. Professor Brian Thornton (University of San Francisco). 

February 5, 2016 - The Last Step: Faculty Offer Negotiations. Professor Richard Harland (MCB).

January 29, 2016 - Applying and Interviewing for Faculty Positions. Gloria Brar (MCB, UC Berkeley), and Seth Finnegan (IB, UC Berkeley)


December 4, 2015 - Campus Shared Services and the Sponsored Projects Office (SPO). Jim Fong (CSS, UC Berkeley), Joy Ayson-Yu (SPO, UC Berkeley), and Jessie Brown (SPO, UC Berkeley)

November 6, 2015 - WRITING A SUCCESSFUL K99/R00 GRANT PROPOSAL. Fenna Sille (Public Health, UC Berkeley) and Achim Werner (MCB, UC Berkeley)

October 9, 2015 - Planning meeting





02/04/11 Exploratory meeting to gauge interest in regular MCB postdoc gatherings

03/04/11 Academic job market panel discussion with Professer David Bilder and current applicants

04/01/11 NRSA fellowship and K99/R01 grant advice from current awardees

05/06/11 Informal research chalk talk by Ling Song (Rape Lab); Roundtable discussion about issues concerning postdoc parents

06/03/11 Leveraging postdoc experience to obtain a job in industry