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ASPIRE Cafe for Postdoctoral Fellows

Explore topics in career development and professionalism.

The ASPIRE Cafe for Postdoctoral Fellows is a seminar series featuring career development and professionalism topics curated specifically to help postdoctoral fellows maximize their training and successfully transition to their next career stage.

All past session handouts can be found via the special Vanderbilt Box ASPIRE Cafe folder.

All sessions are held from 11am – 12pm on Thursdays.  

Add the sessions to your calendar here!

Training Stage Key

Sessions are open to Postdoctoral Fellows at any stage of their training and all are welcome to attend. However, many topics are most relevant at specific stages. Each session is designated as such. Please use this key as a guide to determine which would be most beneficial to you

Postdoctoral fellowsFirst half of training periodSecond half of training periodAll years

2022 – 2023

DateTitleSpeakerLocationTraining Stage
September 22, 2022Creating inclusive lab environmentsFelysha Jenkins, Ph.D., Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Manager, Basic Sciences
Light Hall 214
December 1, 2022K awards: Which one is Right for You?Abigail Brown Ph.D., BRET Director of Outcomes ResearchLight Hall 214
January 26, 2023The ins and outs and ups and downs of peer reviewRoger Colbran, Ph.D., Professor, Vice Chair, Molecular Physiology and BiophysicsLight Hall 214
May 11, 2023Setting Up and Running a New LabNeil Dani, PhD, Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Kathy DelGiorno, PhD, Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Andrew Folkman, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry
Light Hall 214


Questions or suggestions for other topics?  Email Ashley Brady at