As I prepared to write my letter for this month, I spent some time browsing previous issues of The NICHD Connection for inspiration. I was greeted by first-person narratives of meaningful moments, helpful advice from former fellows who have “been there, done that,” and pages of insightful research. Within minutes, I was struck by an overwhelming sense of community. On several occasions, I have heard NICHD leadership use the phrase “NICHD family.” I get it. Over the past four and a half years, over 100 NICHD postbacs, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows, and former fellows have contributed to this newsletter. That is an amazing number of busy people who have made time to share their knowledge. As the name of this publication implies, it’s a worthwhile goal to stay connected.
We make no deviation from that goal with this issue. Dr. Saravana Murthy shares his fascinating career track to entrepreneurship in our “Former Fellow Follow-up” column. If you’re interested in the business side of science, this is a must read, as Dr. Murthy shares many of the NIH resources that he utilized to get where he is today.
Also inside, Dr. Swagata Roychowdhury continues with her series on science careers. This month, she focuses on the purpose of graduate and postdoctoral training and enlists two successful former fellows to share their ideas on the topic. We round out this issue with helpful advice on using 3D printing to liven up your poster by Dr. Razvan V. Chereji and a recap of the recent postbac orientation, complete with several learning and volunteer opportunities, by Annie Altschul.
Thank you to everyone for helping to make this a great community.
Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD
Please send questions and comments to Shana.Spindler@gmail.com.