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ASPIRE Cafe for Postdoctoral Fellows

Explore topics in career development and professionalism.

Orientation to BRET Resources for Postdocs (offered once each semester) provides an overview of the Office of Career Development ASPIRE programs and helps postdoctoral fellows find out how to become involved in our activities.  This session should only be attended once, as the content will be repeated each time.

All other sessions will feature specific career development or professionalism topics, such as converting your CV into a powerful résumé, networking strategies, writing a winning cover letter, informational interviewing, finding funding for your research, Leveraging LinkedIN, Preparing for a teaching demo, and grant resources at Vanderbilt.  This will be an informal session where conversation and questions are encouraged.  Since this topic will change each meeting, feel free to attend as often as you wish.

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

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

Download the Spring 2022 flyer!

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

Spring 2022

DateTitleSpeakerLocationTraining Stage
January 13, 2022Orientation to ASPIRE Resources for PostdocsAshley Brady, PhD
Assistant Dean of Biomedical Career Engagement and Strategic Partnerships
Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration
Light Hall 214
January 27, 2022Negotiating Your Faculty Compensation and Start-Up PackageKathy Gould, Ph.D.,
Louise B. McGavock Professor
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research,
Education and Career Development
Light Hall 214
February 10, 2022Developing Your Mentoring StyleKathy Gould, Ph.D.,
Louise B. McGavock Professor
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research,
Education and Career Development
Light Hall 214
February 24, 2022Informational InterviewingAshley Brady, PhD
Assistant Dean of Biomedical Career Engagement and Strategic Partnerships
Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration
Light Hall 214
March 10, 2022Nontenure Faculty TrackLourdes Estrada, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Biochemistry
Associate Director of Academic Programs & Operations, Medical Scientist Training Program
Co-Director of Immersion Phase Curriculum 2.0

Jeffrey Franklin, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, & Nutrition

Mark A. Woelfle, Ph.D.
Principal Senior Lecturer
Director of Undergraduate Studies in Biological Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences
Light Hall 214
*Special Event
March 24, 2022
Decoding Your Story: Networking and Interviewing SuccessASPIRE Partnership with the Vanderbilt Career CenterStudent Life Center Board of Trust Room
New Date! April 28, 2022Let's RumbleRC Stabile, Ed.D.
Associate Director of Trainee Well-being
Light Hall 214
May 12, 2022Setting up and Running a New LabKristopher Burkewitz, PhD
Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology



Antentor Othrell Hinton, Jr., PhD
Ernest E. Just Early Career Investigator
Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics



William Wan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry
Center for Structural Biology
Light Hall 214

Fall 2021

DateTitleSpeakerLocationTraining Stage
August 26, 2021
Orientation to ASPIRE Resources for PostdocsAshley Brady, PhD
Assistant Dean of Biomedical Career Engagement and Strategic Partnerships
Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration
Light Hall 202
September 9, 2021
Preparing a Faculty Position ApplicationRafael Arrojo e Drigo, PhD
Assistant Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics


Eric Skaar, PhD
Director, Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation (VI4)
Director, Division of Molecular Pathogenesis
Ernest W. Goodpasture Chair in Pathology
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology
Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology


Elma Zadanjor, PhD
Assistant Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Light Hall 208
September 23, 2021
Grant Resources at VanderbiltAbby Brown, Ph.D., BRET, Director, Outcomes ResearchLight Hall 202
October 14, 2021Fellowships and F32 NRSAsKim Petrie, PhD
Assistant Dean for Biomedical Career Development, Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration
Light Hall 419 BCD
October 28, 2021
What to Expect from a Faculty InterviewFaculty PanelLight Hall 202
November 11, 2021K Awards: Which One is Right for You?Abby Brown, Ph.D., BRET, Director, Outcomes ResearchZoom
December 9, 2021How to Give a Chalk TalkFaculty PanelLight Hall 419 BCD

Questions or suggestions for other topics?  Email Ashley Brady at ashley.brady@vanderbilt.edu

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