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Meet the new Diversity Fellows

Diversity and inclusion are critical drivers to our breakthroughs at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute. Fostering a community of scientists from unique backgrounds and academic experiences enables collaboration to meet challenging pediatric problems from a variety of perspectives. In a Q&A series in the coming months, we're featuring five new scholars in the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for Academic Diversity program at CHOP.
Meet Frederico Kiffer, PhD, always wanted to be a scientist, but never imagined a future where space research would inform cancer therapy.

Read Dr. Kiffer's Q and A Here
Meet Marisa Jeffries, PhD, who is excited about her research that aims to better understand how HIV-1 infection may affect white matter development during adolescence.

Read Dr. Jefferies' Q and A Here

Upcoming Events

To share an upcoming event that is relevant to the CHOP Research Institute community, please email us!

NIH Virtual Event: Human Subjects Research: Policies, Clinical Trials, and Inclusion, 12/6-12/7

December 6 & 7, 2022; 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Join experts from the NIH Division of Human Subjects Research and HHS Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) to learn about policies, resources, guidance, and case studies in this informative and engaging, live event.
Learn more and register

FDA Roundtable: Pre-Clinical Device Development, 12/7

CHOP Research Community
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Presentation and Q&A: 4:00pm – 5:00pm; reception to follow for those attending in-person
Location: Abramson 123 and MS Teams Video Conferencing

The FDA approval process is a major hurdle in bringing novel medical products and devices developed in CHOP's research laboratories to patients in our hospitals. This Roundtable brings together experts from CHOP and the Pennsylvania Pediatric Medical Device Consortium to discuss how we can address unmet needs in pediatric medical devices, and to answer questions posed from our moderator and audience.
Participants can expect to hear more about: (1) the FDA approval process for medical device development, (2) the pediatric device clinical trial infrastructure, and (3) various pathways and resources for the device development approval process, including the 510k medical device approval path.

Dr. Seth Goldenberg, PhD, Vice President, Vault Medical Device and Diagnostics
Dr. Todd Kilbaugh, MD, Anesthesiologist, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Dr. Pat Cahill, MD, Director, Center for Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome

Innovation Ecosystem, Pennsylvania Pediatric Medical Device Consortium, Comparative Medicine Services Core

Sign up HERE

Webinar: The Ins and Outs of Industrial Biomedical Careers, 12/7

Wednesday, December 7, 1:00PM

Are you thinking about a career in industry after your postdoc training? Are you aware of the do's and don'ts of transitioning from academia to industry? What do you need to make it in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries? Is it possible to return to academia after your stint in industry? Are you still in doubt because of your immigration status? Join panelists Mustafa Barbhuiya, Ph.D. (assistant professor of pathology, UMass Chan Medical School), Jennifer Symonds, Ph.D. (senior project manager, Spherix Consulting Group), and Fang Zhang, Ph.D. (senior scientist, Pfizer). Together they bring their experiences as domestic and international former postdocs, starting a professional career leveraging on their scientific training skills, and even returning to academia after that.
Activate your Free NPA Membership | Learn more and register

Research Integrity in Practice: Crisis and Reformation in the Biomedical Sciences, 12/8

CHOP Research Community

Postdoc Brew 'N Chew, 12/14

Wednesday, December 14, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Colket Building, Room 6040

ATOP's Postdoc Brew ‘N Chew drop-in coffee hour sessions have everything you need first thing in the morning:
  • Casual networking with peers
  • Learn about upcoming events
  • Opportunities to meet with wellness advocates
  • Free hot coffee and pastries! 😊  
Join us to network, socialize and enjoy some free breakfast with your peers. If you have questions or didn't receive a direct calendar invite, please email us at

BPP Career Workshop: Interviewing and Industrial R&D, 12/14

Join T. Page Andrew, PhD, to learn best practices in interviewing and securing jobs in industrial R&D.
Learn more and register

CHOP and Penn Postdoc Holiday Happy Hour, 12/15

Thursday, December 15, 2022
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
CTRB Lobby
The CHOP Postdoctoral Alliance and Penn Postdoctoral Association invite you to a holiday networking happy hour! Come meet and network with your fellow postdocs and enjoy some tasty treats before the new year. Drinks and snacks provided.

Research Institute Seminar Series , 12/21

Special Programs and Approaching Deadlines

Call for Applications: 2023 ACE Fellowship Program, 1/2 Deadline

Postdocs and Research Staff
Apply today to gain CV-building experience in research administration here at CHOP. The Advanced Career Exploration (ACE) Fellowship Program (formerly the Research Administration Fellowship Program) is a 6-month, unpaid internship experience designed to provide current CHOP postdocs and research staff with experience in administration.

Gain CV-building experience in education and training, faculty affairs, clinical research administration, community relations and advocacy, technology transfer, and more!

Application Deadline: Monday, January 2, 2023
Program Start: February 2023

Apply here and learn more here

Questions? Contact Olivia Chesniak at

Applications Open for the Doris Duke Foundation Physician Scientist Fellowship 

Physician Fellows
The 2023 Doris Duke Foundation Physician Scientist Fellowship is now accepting proposals. The program provides grants to physician scientists at the subspecialty fellowship level who are seeking to conduct additional years of research beyond their subspecialty requirement. The goal is to aid in the transition into a research faculty appointment. The Physician Scientist Fellowship consists of $100,000 for annual direct costs plus $10,000 for annual indirect costs for two years. 

Learn more here. Applications due Jan 13 2023

Registration Now Open for the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) 2023 Annual Conference IN PHILADELPHIA – Early Bird Prices by 1/13

The NPA has opened registration for the 2023 Annual Conference, the largest national conference and networking event dedicated to the postdoctoral community. Taking place April 21 & 22, the Annual Conference brings together postdocs, administrators, representatives from associations and societies, industry, corporations, and more.

Registration also includes free participation in our virtual conference to take place in May 2023.
CHOP Postdocs qualify for “Postdoc or Graduate Student Member” pricing. Sign up by Friday, January 13 to take advantage of early-bird rates, click here.

Call for Applications: Bridge to Faculty Program, 1/18 Deadline


Discovery Day

The Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs were extremely enthusiastic to host 35 high school sophomores at our annual Discovery Day held Monday, November 14, 2022 at Roberts Center for Pediatric Research. Fueled by CHOP’s commitment to educate students at all experience levels, Discovery Day is a day-long, science-focused workshop designed to stimulate science curiosity through opportunities of self-reflection and interactive learning. Learn more about this exciting program here. 

NEW Name Pronunciation Guides in Workday

CHOP Research Community
There is a new feature that is in Workday that allows you to add pronunciation guides for your name! Check out the link to learn how to use it: Workday Pronunciation Feature 
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