Upcoming and Past PDLC meetings

Upcoming PDLC seminars.

All PDLCs are from 12-1pm and a lunch is provided for PostDocs. Location changes!


Upcoming Spring 2023:

January 20, 2023 Introduction slides: Community hour 177 Stanley  all
February 3, 2023 Job talk 177 Stanley Koning Shen (Dillin lab)
February 17, 2023 Faculty jobs at primarily undergrad institutions 125 LKS Neil Switz
March 3, 2023 Research in progress (RIP) 125 LKS Brandon Schlomann (Garcia lab)
March 17, 2023 RIP 125 LKS Daniel Lee (Fletcher lab)
April 14, 2023 RIPs 125 LKS Mark Plitt (Fisher lab); John Smolka (Lewis lab)

April 28, 2023 RIP 177 Weill Hall Anna Maurer (Tjian lab)
May 12, 2023 Job talk 177 Weill Hall Deepa Ramamurthy (Feldman lab)
May 26, 2023 TBD 177 Weill Hall TBD




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