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Welcome to the website for the UC Berkeley Molecular and Cell Biology Postdoc Lunch Club (PDLC)!


MCB PDLC occurs two times a month rotating through three different buildings! We know how hard it is to get away from the bench, and this is even more difficult if you have to travel across campus to another building. That’s why we will be taking this show on the road! You read that right, this meeting will be coming to you! We will be hosting the PDLC in LKS, Stanley, and Weill/LSA. 
Come meet other MCB postdocs in all phases of their career. Scheduled talks from other postdocs will be interspersed with professional development discussions. 
We want all postdocs to feel comfortable attending and presenting. If you are a first or second year postdoc, maybe you’d like to give an introductory talk about what you did as a grad student or what you are currently planning to do as a postdoc. Are you a middle years postdoc? Then maybe you’d like to give a Research In Progress talk about a technique you’re trying and would like advice on? Or an experiment you’ve recently finished and you’d like to explore what experiments you’d like to do next? Are you a postdoc who is finishing up and planning on giving a job talk or a conference talk? You could use this space to practice either of those talks and receive feedback in a room of your peers from across MCB disciplines.
Whatever you need, this is a space to do it! No matter if you’re just starting or you’ve been here for a minute, we want to hear from you and about you! 
Importantly, we will also be hosting a catered, individually-wrapped lunch outside after the PDLC talk. PDLC gives us all the chance to catch up with other postdocs in a relaxed environment, foster community between MCB postdocs and a free lunch! What do you have to lose?
If you are interested in volunteering to give a talk or presentation... or would just like more information, please email the PDLC co-runners:
Anna Elleman (ave@berkeley.edu)
Joe Lobel (jhlobel@berkeley.edu)


Please join the MCB Postdoc Slack for more #postdoclife discussions here.

Spring 2024 PDLC Schedule:
January 26, 2024 Introduction slides: Community hour 125 LKS  all
February 9, 2024 Fellowship Panel: Jonathan Gropp (EMBO), MeeJung Ko (UC PPFP), Kurt Fraser (F32) 101 Weill TBD
February 23, 2024 DEI Panel: Tim Eisen & Mora Ogando 125 LKS TBD
March 8, 2024 RIPs: Logan Ganzen & Sankalp Shukla 101 Weill  TBD
March 22, 2024 RIPs: TBD 125 LKS TBD
April 5, 2024 Non-academic Carer Panel: Kanika Khanna (Gladstone), David Kern (ModeX), Leon Chan (Octant) 101 Weill TBD
April 19, 2024 RIPs: TBD 125 LKS TBD
May 3, 2024 Starting a Lab: Bronwyn Lucas & Ziyang Zhang 101 Weill TBD