Career Development Opportunities
IMMUNOLOGY2023™ provides a wide range of sessions to support the career development of students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty.
Friday, May 12, 2023 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Room 209ABC
- Derek J. Haseltine, Hertz Fndn.
For anyone seeking a job outside of academe, how you present yourself on paper is critical. A well-prepared résumé can make all the difference in securing that interview. The focus of this session will be on the important elements of a résumé, the differences between a résumé and the standard academic curriculum vitae, and the information needed to make a good impression. In this special career development session, attendees will be instructed in how to transform their CVs into professional résumés. Small breakout sessions for individual consulting will follow. Bring your CV!
Friday, May 12, 2023 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Room 209ABC
Sponsored by the AAI Education Committee
- Sumali Pandey, Minnesota State Univ., Moorhead
- Damian L. Turner, Williams Col.
- Viviane Boaventura, Oswaldo Cruz Fndn., Fed. Univ. of Bahia, Brazil, ImmunoAlvo board game for dynamic teaching of immunology
- William H. Carr, Medgar Evers Col., CUNY, Easing the pain of group work with an ice-breaker activity: "a case in point: from active learning to the job market"
- Nadeem Fazal, Chicago State Univ. Col. of Phrm., A case for teaching basic immunology through scientific journalism: lesson taught by a coronavirus went viral!
- Lindsey D. Hughes, Yale Sch. of Med., A perfect fit: 3D-printed kit to teach students principles of antigen-antibody recognition and herd immunity
Breakout Session Leaders
- Vitaly V. Ganusov, Univ. of Tennessee, and Julie M. Jameson, California State Univ., San Marcos, Use of the AAI curriculum recommendations in an undergraduate immunology course
- Tomas Helikar, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, Louis B. Justement, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham, Sumali Pandey, Minnesota State Univ., Moorhead, and Rebekah T. Taylor, Frostburg State Univ., Modeling immunological networks in an educational setting using Cell Collective*
- Aimee Pugh-Bernard, Univ. of Colorado Anschutz Med. Campus, The use and creation of analogies as a teaching tool for understanding immunology
- Rebecca Rivard, Gwynedd Mercy Univ., Immune Battle: use of a board game to help improve student understanding of immune function
Are you looking for new ideas or strategies to enliven and improve your teaching? If so, please join us for this special interest group, which will focus on strategies that instructors can use to successfully convey immunology concepts to students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This session will explore teaching strategies through talks and structured breakout discussion groups. Current educators, new faculty, and trainees with an interest in teaching are welcome.
*Bring your laptop to get the most out of this breakout session!
Friday, May 12, 2023 12:00 PM – 2:15 PM West Salon GH
Sponsored by the AAI Minority Affairs Committee
Generously supported by the Department of Immunobiology, Yale School of Medicine
- Tonya J. Webb, Univ. of Maryland Sch. of Med., AAI Minority Affairs Committee Chair
Career building and networking skills have never been more crucial to ensure success for trainees and early career scientists, including those traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research. At the session, take advantage of the opportunity to meet in small-group format with established immunologists and others to hear how they have handled the career challenges you now face and learn what they believe will work for you today. Then practice networking in a relaxed environment offering a structured networking exercise and personalized feedback on communicating your scientific interests/objectives most effectively. Scientists and trainees of all backgrounds are encouraged to attend!
Registration Fee: $30 (includes lunch)
Grad Student: Finding a Mentor, Setting Sights on Postdoc Training
- Curtis Henry, Emory Univ.; Beth Tamburini, Univ. of Colorado
- Julie Mirpuri, UT Southwestern Med. Ctr.; Henrique Serezani, Vanderbilt Univ.
- Joseph Larkin III, Univ. of Florida; Robin Stephens, Rutgers Univ.
Navigating Challenges Unique to International Graduate Students and Postdocs
- Adriana Larregina, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Mercedes Rincon, Univ. of Colorado
- Craig Maynard, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham; Lili Sanmarco, Seismic Therap.
Postdoc: Finding a Mentor, Setting Sights on a Faculty Position
- Luis Montaner, The Wistar Inst.; Charlotte Vines, Univ. of Texas at El Paso
- Harlan Jones, Univ. of North Texas; Antonieta Guerrero-Plata, Louisiana State Univ.
- Maria-Luisa Alegre, Univ. of Chicago; Jeniffer Hernandez, Keck Graduate Inst.
Junior Faculty: Preparing for Promotion and Tenure
- Elizabeth Kovacs, Univ. of Colorado; Carla Rothlin, Yale Sch. of Med.
- Jose Conejo-Garcia, Duke Univ.; Tonya Webb, Univ. of Maryland Sch. of Med.
- Robert Binder, Univ. of Pittsburgh
Maintaining Research Productivity at a Primarily Undergraduate Teaching Institution
- Michael Opata, NIAID, NIH; Jennifer Punt, Univ. of Pennsylvania
Academia or Industry: How to Decide (or Switch Sides)
- Louise D’Cruz, BD Biosci.; Stephen Haley, Immudex
- Jonathan Deane, Kumquat Biosci.; Barbara Sullivan, Ultragenyx
- Robert Balderas, BD Biosci.; Kiyomi Komori, Kinevant Sciences
- Cherié Butts, Biogen; Sadiye Rieder, Horizon Therapeut.
- Steven Crampton, Janssen Pharma.; Isharat Yusuf, Gossamer Bio
- Frann Antignano, STEMCELL Technol.; Rashade Haynes II, Bristol Myers Squibb
Government Agency Careers (including Grant Review)
- Swinburne Augustine, EPA; Kelly Hudspeth, NIAID, NIH
- Timothy Gondre-Lewis, NIAID, NIH; Anuja Mathew, NIAID, NIH
- Thomas Conway, NIAID, NIH; Vanitha Raman, NIAID, NIH
Beyond the Bench Science Careers:
- Eduardo Davila, Univ. of Colorado; Amber Miller, Fortis Life Sci.
- James Lillard, Morehouse Sch. of Med.; Aliyah Weinstein, Fortis Life Sci.
- Derek Haseltine, Hertz Fndn.; Thandi Onami, Bill and Melinda Gates Fndn.
- Science Policy
- Emily Kansler, AAI; Jacob Schumacher, AAI; Yvette Seger, FASEB
- Scientific Patent Law
- Jaconda Wagner, Wagner Law LLC; Joseph Hsiao, Officeof the Solicitor, U.S. Dept. of the Interior
- Scientific Publishing /Science Writing
- Adriana Benavides, Am. Assoc. for Cancer Res.; Charles Richter, AAI
- Nicole Beauchamp, AAI; Emily Arturo, AAI
Friday, May 12, 2023 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Room 205
Sponsored by the AAI Public Communications Committee
Did you know that immunologists are in high demand by the media as subject matter experts? The pandemic highlighted the crucial role that the field of immunology plays in public health, and interest in related health topics is growing well beyond COVID-19 and vaccines. If you can speak about immunology in a way that is easy for the public to understand, and if you know how to prepare for a media interview, you can become a sought-after expert!
For descriptions and details of all sessions, please visit the IMMUNOLOGY2023™ Program page.
In this session, media trainer Andrea Fetchko, vice president, JPA Health, will teach you the general principles of preparing for and delivering an effective media interview. Learn how to develop your message and talking points, how to stay on message, how to speak so that consumers can understand and remember your points, and the Top 10 Dos and Don’ts of media interviewing.
You will also learn what to expect when speaking to a print journalist versus being a guest on a television or radio news show. Additionally, Kristina McBurney, Ph.D., a producer of The Immunology Podcast, will also join us to share tips specific to being a memorable and engaging podcast guest.
Saturday, May 13, 2023 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Room 209ABC
- Derek J. Haseltine, Hertz Fndn.
This session will focus on tips and techniques to help you successfully navigate the interview process. Emphasis will be on how you can present yourself in the best possible light. You will also learn how to respond to unexpected questions. This session is open to anyone but is especially intended for student and postdoctoral attendees.
Saturday, May 13, 2023 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM West Salon GH
Sponsored by the AAI Education Committee and AAI Committee on the Status of Women
- Dorina Avram, Moffitt Cancer Ctr., Committee on the Status of Women Chair
- Gwendalyn J. Randolph, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med. in St. Louis, Avoiding tokenism—choosing your seat at the table
At this popular session, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with experienced scientists to explore specific career issues important to today's scientists. Gain insights into issues you are confronting in your own career. Topics include international opportunities in science, succeeding in graduate school, tips on grant writing, considerations for scientists in M.D.-Ph.D. careers, and exciting careers beyond the bench. Topics include building productive mentor/mentee relationships; overcoming self-doubt; and tackling gender biases in recruitment, research, and leadership; and navigating work/life issues, such as balancing careers with family and transitioning from specific career stages, which may be relevant to any work environment (academic research, biotech industry, governmental agencies, nonprofit). Don’t miss this great opportunity!
Registration Fee: $30 (includes lunch)
A Conversation about Bystander Intervention
- Gwendalyn J. Randolph, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med. in St. Louis
New PI (mentoring effectively, recruiting students and postdocs, preparing for promotion, early career self-promotion)
- Venuprasad Poojary, UT Southwestern Med. Ctr.; Gregory F. Sonnenberg, Weill Cornell Med.
Succeeding in Graduate School
- Lee Ann Garrett-Sinha, Univ. at Buffalo, SUNY; Joseph Larkin, III, Univ. of Florida; Brian Sheridan, Stony Brook Univ.; David Weiner, Wistar Inst.
Graduate Student to Postdoc
- Ann Griffith, UT Health San Antonio; Wei Luo, Indiana Univ. Sch. of Med.; Joyce Wu, Ohio State Univ.
Postdoc to PI
- Lisa Denzin, Child Health Inst. of New Jersey; David Hafler, Yale Sch. of Med.; Shruti Naik, New York Univ. Grossman Sch. of Med.; Irene Salinas, Univ. of New Mexico; Robin Stephens, Rutgers New Jersey Med. Sch.
- Kate MacNamara, Albany Med. Col.; Liang Zhou, Univ. of Florida
Building Networking Skills
- Judith Cannon, Univ. of New Mexico; Cheong-Hee Chang, Univ. of Michigan; Rachel Gerstein, Univ. of Massachusetts Chan Med. Sch.; Amanda Jamieson, Brown Univ.
Biotech and Industry
- Richard Boismenu, Sangamo Therapeutics; Richard Hanna, AstraZeneca; James Jin, Biocytogen Boston Corp.; Kiyomi Komori, Kinevant Sciences; Nikki B. Marshall, GSK; Sadiye Rieder, Horizon Therapeut.; Karsten Sauer, Cullinan Oncology; Erica Stone, GigaGen
Careers in Science Policy
- Lauren G. Gross, AAI; Emily Kansler, AAI
Grant Writing for PIs
- Michele Anderson, Univ. of Toronto; Jie Sun, Univ. of Virginia
Grant Writing for Fellowships
- Shannon Dunn, St. Michael’s Hosp., Toronto; Virginia Shapiro, Mayo Clin.
Research from the M.D., Ph.D. Perspective/The Physician Scientist
- Maria-Louisa Alegre, Univ. of Chicago; Amal Amer, Ohio State Univ.; Onyinye Iweala, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Fayyaz Sutterwala, Cedars-Sinai Med. Ctr.
Careers in Veterinary Immunology
- Weishan Huang, Louisiana State Univ.; Crystal Loving, National Animal Disease Ctr.
- Haiyan Liu, Natl. Univ. of Singapore; Gianluca Veggiani, Louisiana State Univ. and Cold Spring Harbor Lab.
How to Build Productive Mentor/Mentee Relationships
- Barbara Kee, Univ. of Chicago; Kashayarsha Khazaie, Mayo Clin.
Balancing Teaching Responsibilities with Research
- Deborah Brown, Clarkson Univ. and Trudeau Inst.; Julie Jameson, California State Univ., San Marcos
How to Negotiate for Better Self-Promotion
- Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti, St. Jude Children’s Res. Hosp.; Malini Raghavan, Univ. of Michigan
NEW! Science Communication, Popular Science Writing, Editing
- Deepta Bhattacharya, Univ. of Arizona; Jennifer Grier, Univ. of South Carolina Sch. of Med., Greenville
Challenges for Women Mentors and PIs
- Laurence Morel, UT Hlth. San Antonio; Carla Rothlin, Yale Sch. of Med.
Academia versus Industry
- Mandy McGeachy, Cornell Univ.; Jeff Rathmell, Vanderbilt Univ. Med. Ctr.
- Dan Nevrivy, Nevrivy Patent Law Grp.
Tackling Gender Biases in Recruitment, Research, and Leadership
- Avery August, Cornell Univ.; Dorina Avram, Moffitt Cancer Ctr.
Careers in Government Agencies
- Yasmine Belkaid, NIAID, NIH; Deborah Hodge, NIAID, NIH; Kaushiki Mazumdar, CSR, NIH; Courtney Pinard, NIMH, NIH
- Henrique Borges da Silva; Mayo Clin.; Jose Conejo-Garcia, Duke Univ.
Opportunities for Scientists in Non-profits/Foundations
- Jennifer Pesanelli, Biophysical Society; Joshua Vieth, JDRF
Saturday, May 13, 2023 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM Room 209ABC
- Alok Mulky, CSR, NIH
- Timothy Gondre-Lewis, NIAID, NIH
- Lillian Kuo, NCI, NIH
- Xinrui Li, CSR, NIH
This workshop will provide participants with an overview of NIH grant submission, assignment, review, and funding opportunities. Emphasis will be on discussing funding mechanisms and opportunities available through NIH, how to make an application “reviewer friendly,” and other strategies that contribute to applications that succeed in obtaining research funding, with a focus on RPG and training grant mechanisms.
The workshop will also provide information on how to understand the peer review system, which is essential to competing successfully for funding, with a focus on recent changes to the review process. NIH review and program staff will provide a broad array of expertise and encourage questions from seminar participants. This workshop is open to anyone interested in learning more about preparing an NIH grant application and obtaining NIH funding. Trainees and independent investigators are welcome.
Sunday, May 14, 2023 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM West Salon GH
Sponsored by the AAI Education Committee and ImmunoHorizons
- Nicholas A. Pullen, Univ. of Northern Colorado, AAI Education Committee Chair
- Heather A. Bruns, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham, ImmunoHorizons Editor
- Katayoun Ayasoufi, Mayo Clin.
- Aimee Bernard, Univ. of Colorado
- Bonnie Blomberg, Univ. of Miami, Miller Sch. of Med.
- Deborah Brown, Trudeau Inst.
- Melanie Gubbels Bupp, Randolph-Macon Col.
- Farhan Cyprian, Qatar Univ., Qatar
- Benjamin Enslow, Univ. of Texas Hlth. Sci. Ctr., San Antonio
- Beth Garvy, Univ. of Kentucky, Chandler Med. Ctr.
- Maria Guerrero-Plata, Louisiana State Univ.
- Jeniffer Hernandez, Keck Grad. Inst.
- Stephanie James, Regis Univ.
- Liliana Lamperti, Univ. of Concepcion, Chile
- Estefania Nova-Lamperti, Univ. of Concepcion, Chile
- Reinhard Obst, Univ. of Munich, Germany
- Robin Orozco, Univ. of Kansas
- Sumali Pandey, Minnesota State Univ.
- Fernanda Rosa, Texas Tech Univ.
- Sophia Sarafova, Davidson Col.
- Jastaranpreet Singh, Univ. of Toronto, Canada
- Michelle Swanson-Mungerson, Midwestern Univ., Chicago Col. of Osteopathic Med.
- Julie Swartzendruber, Midwestern Univ.
- Michael Volin, Midwestern Univ.
Are you interested in immunology education? Join the editors of ImmunoHorizons and the AAI Education Committee for a networking event for current and future immunology educators! The first part of this session will be short one-on-one meetings, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet others with an interest in immunology education. Then attendees can continue their conversations in a relaxed setting over coffee. All are welcome! Scientists and trainees of all backgrounds are encouraged to attend.
Registration Fee: $15 (includes coffee)
Sunday, May 14, 2023 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM Room 209ABC
Sponsored by the AAI Education Committee
Generously supported by BD Biosciences
- Kiyomi Komori, Kinevant
- Agata Bartczak, Horizon Therapeut.
- Louise M. D'Cruz, BD Biosci.
- Ian T. Saunders, Janssen Res. and Development
- Thomas A. Wynn, Pfizer
Many opportunities exist in industry for scientists with advanced degrees. There are positions in laboratory research, program management, business development, regulatory affairs, clinical trials oversight, medical liaison, and more. This panel features scientists employed in a variety of positions in industry discussing their career paths and the skills required for success in each. Following the panel discussion, enjoy casual conversation with the speakers and other scientists from industry at a networking reception.
Monday, May 15, 2023 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Room 102AB
- Lori Conlan, OITE, NIH
A postdoctoral fellowship is the time to develop research skills you will need to succeed as an independent scientist. It is, however, just as important to realize that you need to prepare for a career path at the same time. This session will highlight ways of getting the most out of your postdoctoral fellowship, relating successfully with your mentor, and understanding how to use the resources available to you to ensure that your training prepares you adequately for a seamless transition into the next phase of your career.
Other Career Resources
AAI is sponsoring a virtual Jobs Board on the IMMUNOLOGY2023™ website. The Jobs Board service is FREE to all meeting registrants and exhibitors. Job Seekers! Review the online AAI Jobs Board to identify positions that target attendees. Reach recruiters directly; job postings will include e-mail addresses for recruiters’ designated contacts. Employers! Take advantage of this unparalleled opportunity to recruit from over 3,000 immunologists at all career stages!