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Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute strives to create a community of diversity and inclusion that improves our researchers’ experiences while driving scientific discoveries forward. Committed to the belief that science benefits most from a wealth of perspectives and walks of life, this year the Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs created the Building Excellence in STEM Together (BEST) Program. 

Click here to learn more about the six awardees. 

Upcoming Events

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

October International Postdoc Focus Groups

International Postdocs
The Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs (ATOP) is in the process of building a community for new and current international trainees. 

Interested in sharing your ideas with us? Sign up to participate in one of our upcoming October Focus Group Sessions on October 11, 12 or 13 and provide insight as we plan future events and develop programming specifically for this community.

Click here to sign up. Space is limited! 

Questions? Contact

CHOP Global Scientific Excellence Award, 10/14

CHOP-Multicultural Professionals Network (MPN) Youth Summit Call for Volunteers, 10/14

CHOP Research Community

The Multicultural Professionals Network (MPN) leadership team received a CHOP BEST grant through the Research Institute. The purpose is to host a youth summit event, in partnership with Big Brothers, Big Sisters (BBBS) to recruit minority high school-aged students interested in research or the health care profession. Additionally, they are partnering with multiple departments and divisions across the CHOP enterprise We are reaching out with the intention of gathering volunteers for a youth summit event taking place on Friday, October 14th, 2022.

If you are available, please complete this form. A formal calendar invite will follow with details regarding the time and location of the event.

They are also seeking diverse professionals who are interested in serving as mentors to the youth in our community on an ongoing basis through the Big Brother Big Sisters program. 

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please complete this interest form.

Research Integrity in Practice: Navigating the Conflict of Interest (COI) Process, 10/25

CHOP/UPenn Research Community

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Virtual via Microsoft Teams

Van Mahlab, JD, Compliance Manager
Office of Compliance and Privacy
CHOP Research Institute

How do you manage conflicts of interest (COI) in research and industry interactions? Join us for an overview of CHOP’s individual and institutional COI policies, including disclosure, review and management. You will learn how to navigate these complex interactions through guided discussion and practical examples shared during the session.

The Research Integrity in Practice series is open to all members of the CHOP and Penn communities. The series offers practical advice and resources for navigating the real-world ethical challenges that occur in everyday research.

For questions, contact the Office of Academic Training & Outreach Programs (ATOP) at

Learn More and Add to Calendar | Flyer

Research Institute Seminar Series - October 2022

How to Give a Chalk Talk: Part I, 10/26

Wednesday, October 26, 2022
10:00-11:30 AM
Abramson 123C & Virtual

In the first of this two-part series, hear from two junior faculty on their process of constructing and preparing to give chalk talks as part of their academic interviews as well as one senior faculty who will provide insight to evaluating chalk talks from the perspective of a search committee.
The second part of the series will take place early in 2023 and feature an opportunity for postdocs to present Chalk Talks and receive feedback from both faculty and peers.

Contact with any questions.

Laurence (Ike) Eisenlohr, VMD, PhD
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Aime Franco, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes
Leyuan Ma, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Special Programs and Approaching Deadlines

Full Time Faculty Position: Biology - DeSales University

The Department of Biology at DeSales University invites applications for a full-time faculty position in Biology at the assistant professor rank with expertise in microbiology and molecular/cell biology to begin August 2023. The successful candidate should hold a Ph.D. (or ABD) in Biology or closely related discipline at the time of appointment. Teaching expectations include contributing to our current offerings in Microbiology and Molecular/Cell Biology, as well as contributing to our biology curriculum and developing courses in the candidate’s area of expertise.
To apply and learn more, click HERE

Cell and Gene Therapy Training Program - Applications Due 11/18

Program Overview
  • One-year training program comprised of didactic and experiential components
  • Delivers foundational knowledge of cell/gene therapy concepts
  • Provides firsthand exposures and mock sessions for the PRE-IND, regulatory, and auditing processes
  • Offers opportunities to shadow current leaders in cell/gene therapy
Program Dates:
Program meetings January – December 2023 on Tuesdays from 8 – 9:30 am
Shadowing occurs between May and December 2023
Applicants must be a physician fellow, postdoctoral fellow, or instructor at CHOP

Questions? Contact us at
For more information and to apply, click HERE.

AWIS-PHL Mentoring Circle Program 2022-2023 Announcement

On behalf of the Association for Women in Science Philadelphia Chapter (AWIS-PHL), we would like to inform you that their popular Mentoring Circle Program will be starting its 2022-2023 cycle soon. The program aims to provide women in the early stages of STEM careers with mentorship and guidance on various aspects of professional and personal development. Click here for more details on the program.
Registration for mentees opened on Thursday, September 29th at 8 am. Please click below to  learn more about the program. Click the PDF for information on the different Circles being offered this year to help you choose a Circle. 
Please feel free to email if you have any questions. 

Learn More | PDF 

Attention Postdocs and Research Staff: Medical Financial Partnership (MFP) is Available to Support Your Financial Wellbeing

Graduate Students, Postdocs, Research Staff
CHOP’s Medical Financial Partnership (MFP) provides FREE, high-quality and easy-to-access financial services to help patients, families and CHOP employees achieve their best health. Services include Tax Preparation, Financial Counseling, Public Benefits Eligibility Screening & Enrollment, and Child Educational Savings Accounts. The MFP helps people GET the money they’re owed, GROW the money they have, and SAVE the money they need. To learn more visit or submit an interest form HERE.

An info session will be held in January 2023!
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