Kim Gonzalez Hohlt, PhD

Academic Administration Panel

Job Title: Director of Student Advancement and Career Development

Current Employer: Rice University; Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA (2017-2018)

  • PhD in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX (2011-2017)

  • BS in Genetics, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (2007-2010)


My research expertise is in genetics, cell and molecular biology, and biochemistry. My favorite organelles are the peroxisome and the endoplasmic reticulum! Throughout undergrad and grad school, I was involved and took leadership roles within outreach organizations and department student organizations. I was also involved with mentoring younger students in their applications to fellowships. I continued the tenure-track path, but during my postdoc I was exposed to alternative academic (alt-ac) careers and this caught my eye. In my current role, I help grad students and postdocs find fellowships, create and host opportunities and workshops to help students enhance their experience while at Rice, and mentor a couple student groups.

Most useful skill sets acquired from/for your field:

  • Critical thinking

  • Time management,

  • Understanding the graduate student and postdoc experiences to be able to relate.

What I love most about my job: I love trying to improve the grad student and postdoc experiences. I love celebrating student and postdoc successes. I enjoy mentoring students and then watching them graduate. I love that now I have fun (as opposed to stress) at work.

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