Two years ago this month, The NICHD Connection ran a two-part series on tough topics. The first article focused on project sharing during the postdoc to PI transition. We now loop back to this theme as we begin a series of Former Fellow Follow-ups with NICHD fellows who are newly appointed Assistant Professors.
Our first follow-up is with Dr. Kevin Francis, Assistant Professor at Sanford Research. If you’re curious, Dr. Francis was able to take the majority of models and projects he developed as a postdoc to begin his own research group. Check out our Q&A with Dr. Francis to learn more about his postdoc to PI transition, and stay tuned for additional follow-ups with current Assistant Professors in the coming months.
Most fellows who become an Assistant Professor go through an extensive interview process. Dr. Katherine Bonnington, postdoc in the Machner lab, recaps the latest “Interviewing Skills” workshop with public speaking coach Scott Morgan. Her article steps through ten categories of interview questions and recounts Morgan’s advice for answering each type.
We round out this postdoc to PI centered issue with an extensive update from our postdoctoral Institutes and Centers representative, Dr. Anshika Jain, in her “Rep Report.” She relays many opportunities with the NIH Fellows Committee (FelCom) to develop critical skills used by Assistant Professors, such as working on a team, serving on a committee, and attending a conference on an organization’s behalf.
Until next month, happy reading!
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