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Postdoctoral Association

City of Hope’s PDA welcomes all postdoctoral fellows!
The PDA was founded in 2000 by Michael Reed, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Biology. The PDA encourages postdoctoral fellows to interact with each other and with graduate students and provides opportunities for educational, professional and social growth.

As a postdoctoral fellow, you may have come from across the country or around the world to work here in a lab doing the research on which you will build your career. At the PDA, we help make your experience fulfilling and enjoyable by familiarizing you with the culture at City of Hope, the ins and outs of postdoctoral life, and all the opportunities that Southern California has to offer.

The PDA is headed by a steering committee, comprised of interested researchers who volunteer to promote interactions among postdocs on an academic, social, and cultural basis. The steering committee members for 2012 include Vamshi Gangupomu, David Onyango, Beisi Xu, Christin Flechsig, Marc Jung and Qi Cai. Committee member history can be found at the facebook group page.
 
RSO Advanced Award from PDA
 
Congratulations to the postdoctoral award winners at the RSO advance!
  • Josh Neman, Ph.D. from Rahul Jandial, M.D.'s lab - postdoc-presentation award winner
  • Chan Gao, Ph.D. from Marcin Kortylewski, Ph.D.'s lab - first-place postdoc poster award winner
  • Vamshi Gangupomu, Ph.D. from Nagarajan Vaidehi, Ph.D.'s lab - second-place postdoc poster award winner
The postdoctoral association offers a big thanks to the RSO and the organizers on behalf of the postdocs for giving us the opportunity.

Archived News on PDA facebook group page.
 

Postdoctoral Association

Postdoctoral Association

City of Hope’s PDA welcomes all postdoctoral fellows!
The PDA was founded in 2000 by Michael Reed, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Biology. The PDA encourages postdoctoral fellows to interact with each other and with graduate students and provides opportunities for educational, professional and social growth.

As a postdoctoral fellow, you may have come from across the country or around the world to work here in a lab doing the research on which you will build your career. At the PDA, we help make your experience fulfilling and enjoyable by familiarizing you with the culture at City of Hope, the ins and outs of postdoctoral life, and all the opportunities that Southern California has to offer.

The PDA is headed by a steering committee, comprised of interested researchers who volunteer to promote interactions among postdocs on an academic, social, and cultural basis. The steering committee members for 2012 include Vamshi Gangupomu, David Onyango, Beisi Xu, Christin Flechsig, Marc Jung and Qi Cai. Committee member history can be found at the facebook group page.
 
RSO Advanced Award from PDA
 
Congratulations to the postdoctoral award winners at the RSO advance!
  • Josh Neman, Ph.D. from Rahul Jandial, M.D.'s lab - postdoc-presentation award winner
  • Chan Gao, Ph.D. from Marcin Kortylewski, Ph.D.'s lab - first-place postdoc poster award winner
  • Vamshi Gangupomu, Ph.D. from Nagarajan Vaidehi, Ph.D.'s lab - second-place postdoc poster award winner
The postdoctoral association offers a big thanks to the RSO and the organizers on behalf of the postdocs for giving us the opportunity.

Archived News on PDA facebook group page.
 
Education and Training
As one of only a select few National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country, City of Hope integrates all aspects of cancer research, treatment and education. We offer a range of programs serving students, post-doctoral trainees, health and medical professionals.

City of Hope’s Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences equips students with the skills and strategies to transform the future of modern medicine.
City of Hope has a long-standing commitment to Continuing Medical Education (CME), sharing advances in cancer research and treatment with the health-care community through CME courses such as conferences, symposia and other on and off campus CME opportunities for medical professionals.
Local and national conferences, in-depth educational training and a certification program provide both current and aspiring health professionals opportunities to further their knowledge in their fields of interest.
 
 
City of Hope offers a range of programs and services, such as Graduate Medical Education & Clinical Training, that serve students, post-doctoral trainees, medical professionals and staff.
The goal of the Postdoctoral Training Office is to ensure the postdoctoral experience at City of Hope is rewarding and meaningful to all participants.


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