News and Announcements

2015 Career Advancement Award Recipients Announced

November 18, 2014

The 2015 Career Advancement Awards have been awarded to the following individuals:


Emilie Besnard (Verdin Lab)

Chris Carrico (Verdin Lab)

Helen Fong (Huang Lab)

Elsa Suberbielle (Mucke Lab)

Yu Zhang (Ding Lab)

Saiyong Zhu (Ding Lab)


Travel to scientific meetings is integral to the training and career advancement of postdocs. Gladstone’s Postdoctoral Career Advancement Award provides a $1,500 stipend to support travel to scientific and professional meetings. Funds are awarded based on the significance of the meeting to the postdoc’s career advancement. Although presenting at a meeting is not required, those applicants who are presenting a paper or poster will be given priority. Six awards are given each year.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Participation in the meeting should be directly relevant to the postdoc’s research and beneficial to his/her future career.

  • Priority will be given to those presenting a paper or poster, or giving a talk.

  • Selection will also be based on good citizenship, such as presenting at Gladstone seminars or committee service.

  • Be in good standing and have the approval of your PI.

  • Postdocs may receive only one travel award during their tenure.


The award can be used for any travel-related costs such as airfare, hotel, conference registration, etc. and must be used by the end of the year (December 31) that it is awarded. Supporting documentation of these costs, as well as receipt of conference attendance will be required at the time of reimbursement, which will be processed through the Gladstone travel office.

Join Us For The Next GPAC Meeting

December 3, 2015


If you would like to have a direct effect on issues pertaining to the postdoc community, we encourage you to join us at our next meeting December 3rd from 1-215 in the Siegel-Reed conference room.  Just come and observe the meeting to see if you would like to join, no obligation!


Everyone is encouraged to join the Gladstone Postdoctoral Advisory Committee (GPAC).  We are a committee that works to improve all aspects of the postdoctoral training experience here at Gladstone, with a special emphasis on career development, salary and benefits, community engagement, and mentoring.

Specifically, we have recently accomplished the following and have several new programs underway:


  • Pushed for an increase in postdoc salary

  • Launched and run the ExCITe program

  • The “Buddy System,” which pairs incoming postdocs with current postdocs to make the transition into the bay area easier.

  • Childcare assistance

  • Career development panels and workshops

  • Institute-wide happy hours

ExCITe Panel: Navigating the Industry Ecosystem

November 4, 2014

Kicking off our 2014-2015 ExCITe season, please join us for this lively discussion on navigating the industry ecosystem.


With panelists:

Israel Charo, MD, PhD - Senior Vice President, Research at ChemoCentryx

Angele Maki, PhD – Senior Manager, BD at Genentech

Stephanie Marrus, MBA - Entrepreneurship Center at UCSF

Ethan Perlstein, PhD - Founder of Perlstein Labs

Patricia Sinatra, PhD - Managing Director at Vector Strategic Advisors


Discussing the following:

1. Defining the industry ecosystem - who are the players?

2. The future of industry - will there be another bubble?

3. How can you launch into this ecosystem?


Tuesday, Nov. 4

11:30am-noon: Gladstone postdoc lunch ONLY

noon-1pm: panel discussion, Robert Mahley Auditorium



Questions? contact Pao-Chen Li at


Interesting links by Ethan Perlstein:

Postdocalypse Later, Part 1:

Postdocalypse Later, Part 2:






The Scientist's Guide to Visual Communication

Monday, Sep. 22 from 11am-12:30pm

Open to Gladstone Only

What: Session Four - Pixel Perfect in Photoshop, Part II

Where: Conference Room C/D 

Details: Snack tray provided

To Register: 

5th Annual National Postdoc Appreciation Week

September 15-19th, 2014

Designated by the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), National Postdoc Appreciation Week creates awareness of and recognizes  the contributions that postdocs make to the U.S. scientific research enterprise. Last year, over 89 institutions in the United States participated and organized events to recognize postdoctoral researchers.


Gladstone has a full line up of events to celebrate our postdocs. In addition the events, we are also highlighting the success of postdoc alumni every day this week.


To learn more about NPAW and the events happening across the country visit:


UCSF Research Talk Clinics

2014-2015 workshops

For UCSF trainees and Gladstone Postocs.


Improve your presenation skills: practice the skills needed to give an effective research talk.


  • Present the first 10 minutes of your talk in a small group.

  • Get structured feedback form your peers and facilitator.

  • Only 6 spaces per session and there's a $5 pre-registration required.


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