Welcome from our sponsoring institutions

We at the Texas Medical Center are delighted to welcome you to the ninth edition of the Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium! We understand that choosing the right career path post-PhD can be difficult for many, and with so many options available it can be overwhelming knowing where to start looking. The Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium is designed and run by postdocs to help postdocs and those finishing grad school to seek out the career options that appeal to them most, and in some cases open up doors that we might not have known existed.

Now more than ever there are a wide range of careers that are relevant to doctoral level scientists that extend beyond the traditional academic pathway. We have worked hard to bring together high caliber professionals from government, business, pharmaceuticals, data science and more who can help to inspire attendees to push their career prospects to the next limit.

The day of the event will be structured to provide a mixture of lectures, on topic panel discussions, skills focused workshops, and career development skills clinics.

We believe in you, and we hope that this symposium will provide you with the opportunities needed to put your career on the right track for you.

We welcome you to envision your career in 20/20!


The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

On behalf of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, welcome to the 9th Annual Postdoctoral  Career Symposium. We are pleased to welcome you to Houston and to the Texas Medical Center – the largest medical complex in the world.

With daily scientific breakthroughs, rapidly-emerging technology and an ever-evolving healthcare landscape, postdoctoral career options grow by the day. We are pleased to collaborate with our esteemed partnering institutions to immerse you into the future, and guide you through the exciting opportunities and pathways that await you. Our shared commitment to you, our next generation of leaders, is strong, whether you remain in academic science or go on to discover new opportunities in government, entrepreneurship, industry or other fields. 

We value your career journey and recognize the importance of research skills development. We also know your career success hinges on you adapting relevant professional skillsets. We hope and trust that you will maximize the opportunities this Symposium offers to learn new skills, envision your future, engage in stimulating dialogue and forge new relationships with your postdoctoral peers, panelists and exhibitors.

We hope you enjoy your time at the Symposium and look forward to your continued success and achievement.


Peter Pisters, MD, MHCM


The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Diane Bodurka, MD, MPH

Chief Education & Training Officer

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Carin Hagberg, MD

Chief Academic Officer

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Giulio Draetta, MD, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


Baylor College of Medicine

Welcome to the Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium, and to the Texas Medical Center. We’re pleased to be a sponsor of this important annual event that shares Baylor College of Medicine’s goal of preparing graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to attain positions of leadership in education, research, and the community of science locally and globally. We understand that there is more to your graduate education than working in the lab, and at this symposium you’ll find sessions that cover topics such as scientific writing, interviewing skills and job searches, entrepreneurship and start-ups, and much more. At Baylor and in the Texas Medical Center, we believe that collaboration and multidisciplinary partnerships are the hallmarks of contemporary science, and the symposium underscores this by offering you the opportunity to network with your peers and with leaders from the TMC. We hope you enjoy the symposium and offer our congratulations on your accomplishments to date – and for those to come in the future.


Alicia Monroe, MD


Baylor College of Medicine

Carolyn L Smith, PhD

Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Baylor College of Medicine


UTHealth - The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

On behalf of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), it is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium.  It is the goal of UTHealth to attract first-rate researchers and provide them with an outstanding training experience to prepare them for their future endeavors in science.  Today’s program is one step in fulfilling that commitment.

I encourage you to take advantage of the symposium resources.. The breakout sessions will reveal a myriad of careers available to you as a scientist.  The workshops will focus on preparing you for a successful job search, and the networking sessions will give you an opportunity to meet one-on-one and thereby get to know leaders in the field and build strategic alliances.  

 I would like extend sincere thanks to the APCS Planning Committee comprised of postdoctoral fellows from the various institutions for their extraordinary work to bring you this valuable program. 


Kevin Morano, PhD

University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Associate Vice President
Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston


Texas A&M University Health Science Center

Welcome to the 9th Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium. The Texas A&M University Health Science Center (TAMHSC) is pleased to be a sponsor of this important event that gives postdoctoral scientists a great opportunity to network and meet colleagues from other institutions across Texas. At TAMHSC, we strive to attract top researchers in the field of biomedical sciences and provide them with the best possible training so that they are prepared to succeed in their future endeavors.

This symposium is one important aspect of that training. It presents an excellent venue to learn new and improve on established skills that are important for careers in science.
The time when postdocs predominantly moved on to academic jobs as researchers is in the past. And while mastery in scientific writing, teaching, CV/resume preparation, and basic management skills remain critical, other aspects of training have become just as important. Knowledge of and development of the skills necessary to pursue other career paths is vital.  We hope that this year’s program, with experts in these areas, will help you advance your career in whatever direction suits you. Make sure to take advantage of the many breakout sessions that provide excellent opportunities for questions and time for in-depth discussions. 
I would like to extend my gratitude to the APCS Planning Committee for their outstanding effort to make this event such a great resource for all postdoctoral fellows.


Hubert Amrein, PhD

Professor, Molecular and Cellular Medicine
Vice Dean of Research, College of Medicine

Texas A&M University Health Science Center, College Station, TX


University of Houston

On behalf of the University of Houston, welcome to the Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium. The connections and relationships you make today will serve you well for years to come. Congratulations on your work and achievements as graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. You have demonstrated the passion and determination to succeed in the challenging and rewarding field of biomedicine. As Provost of the University of Houston, I am proud to support your efforts to understand your career choices and opportunities in the biomedical field and beyond. As you continue to produce groundbreaking research and solve real-world problems, I hope you will see your field is limitless and you are the creative power capable of transforming the lives of humanity. Again, congratulations to each of you for your accomplishments, and enjoy the symposium!


Paula Myrick Short, PhD

Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UH System
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, University of Houston
Director, NSF Center for ADVANCING UH Faculty Success

University of Houston


Rice University

Welcome to the Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium. Rice University is pleased to be a sponsor of this annual event that helps prepare postdoctoral researchers and graduate students for positions of leadership in their respective fields. Postdoctoral leaders from Rice University and across the Texas Medical Center have spent months planning this event, and we are grateful for their initiative and leadership. These leaders have organized sessions that cover topics such as scientific writing, job search strategies, and entrepreneurship and start-ups. We recognize that there is more to your postdoctoral and graduate experience than research, and we hope that you will take this opportunity to further refine skills that will serve you well, both in your current position and in your future. During this event, you will also have an opportunity to meet peers from other institutions in the Texas Medical Center, network with academic and industry leaders, and explore opportunities that can further define your future. We are glad that you have taken advantage of this opportunity.  We thank you for your many contributions to research at Rice and the other institutions in the Texas Medical Center.

Enjoy the symposium!


David Leebron


Rice University

Seiichi Matsuda, PhD

Interim Provost and Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Rice University


Houston Methodist Research Institute

On behalf of the Houston Methodist Research Institute and the Houston Methodist Hospital System, welcome to the Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium. At the Houston Methodist Research Institute, the heart of our core mission is fostering innovative research and science with potential for impactful clinical application. This mission is undertaken by interdisciplinary teams of clinicians, researchers and personnel who are dedicated to the development of translational medicine which leads to treatment and cures for our patients. None of this translational medicine occurs without the dedication and determination of quality people. We hope that through participation in this annual event you will gain valuable information and experiences in leadership and research which will truly have an impact on your development as a graduate student and postdoctoral academic as you participate in the various sessions aimed at technical and personal improvement. Enjoy this wonderful event and congratulations in all of your success with much more to come in the future.


Edward A. Jones

President and CEO

Houston Methodist Research Institute


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