Postdoctoral Development Programme
The WWIEM Postdoctoral Career Development Committee (PDC) was established in July 2016 with the goal of improving postdoctoral training and development within WWIEM. This is a postdoc-focused initiative and committee members include both Postdocs and Principal Investigators from WWIEM. The Committee identified six strategic focus areas and each area is led by a sub-committee who organise monthly events for WWIEM postdocs.
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"WWIEM's Postdoctoral Career Development Committee has been hugely beneficial as I transition from postdoc to independent researcher. My experiences, as both part of the PCDC and as an attendee at many of the events, have helped me to identify my career goals and how to achieve them. The benefit of having a community of supportive researchers at a similar career stage and facing the same challenges cannot be overstated!"
Interested in joining the WWEM PCDC? Hear from our members:
" I joined the PCDC in July 2019. As someone who was relatively new to QUB, it was a great way to meet other postdocs. I have really enjoyed organizing events such as the postdoc research symposium, career away days and career insight seminars. Being involved in these activities has been extremely rewarding in many ways; it is great to be a part of such a motivated and enthusiastic committee and I have developed many soft skills that will stand to me no matter which direction my career takes! The support offered by PCDC and their efforts to enhance career prospects for WWIEM postdocs is something I am very proud to be a part of." - Dr Claire Tonry
"The PCDC affords postdocs the opportunity to create events to share our science, and gives us a platform to contribute to departmental matters. It’s a good way to meet other postdocs and PIs, and the community can signpost other campus resources one might benefit from." - Dr Keren Turton
" PCDC has focused on providing postdocs with a better and wider picture of the different career paths available, their requirements and especially how to succesfully pursue them. This is an immense support to face next career steps with confidence" Dr Alerie Guzman de la Fuente
WWIEM PCDC EVENTS - by postdocs, for postdocs
- Career Insight Seminars - monthly career-specific talks exploring a broad range of academic and industry careers relevant to medical researchers. Originally piloted by the WWIEM PCDC in 2020, is now also running faculty wide.
- Pathway to Independence: flagship tailored program for PDRAs in experimental medicine to create their research niche and apply for fellowships and grants.
- Postdoc Coffee Mornings - monthly caffeinated networking sessions for WWIEM PDRAs.
- Buddy Scheme - PCDC postdocs welcome new PDRAs with a tour, welcome pack with useful information regarding the centre and local amenities and a free coffee.
- Mental Health First Aid - as of 2019, the WWIEM PCDC in collaboration with faculty PDC, has provided volunteer PDRAs with Public Health Agency an accredited Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) qualification
- Community Development: the PCDC put on a range of events throughout the year to encourage community development and networking.
- WWIEM Seminar Series - PDRA representatives are part of the WWIEM Seminar Series Committee with two dedicated PDRA selected speakers/annum.
- Postdoc Career Away Day - this annual event, organised by the PCDC, is a fun PI-free day where we can unwind, assess PDRA wellbeing within the centre and address and issues as they arise to improve our the PDRA experience within WWIEM
- Annual WWIEM Postdoctoral Research Symposium - a full day symposium to celebrate the excellent science produced by WWIEM PDRAs.
WWIEM Postdocal Research Symposium Programs:
CONGRATULATIONS WWIEM POSTDOCS !!
1st author publications
Dr Claire Tonry :
1) "Clinical features and predictive biomarkers for bladder cancer in patients with Type 2 Diabetes presenting with haematuria” – Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews.
2) “Circulating Biomarkers for Management of Cancer Therapeutics Related Cardiac Dysfunction” – ESC Cardiovascular Research. 2022.
Dr Lindsay Broadbent: "An endogenously activated antiviral state restricts SARS-CoV-2 infection in differentiated primary airway epithelial cells", PLoS One, 2022
Dr Kevin Harkin : "Wedelolactone attenuates N-methyl-N-nitrosourea-induced retinal neurodegeneration via inflammasome suppression", New Drugs in the Treatment of Retinal Diseases 2022
Dr Michael McKelvey: "Cathepsin S contributes to lung inflammation in acute respiratory distress syndrome", BLUE (American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine) 2022
Dr Karis Little: "Common pathways in dementia and diabetic retinopathy - understanding the mechanisms of diabetic cognitive decline" ,Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2022.
Dr Connor GG Bamford:
1) "Corrigendum: An interferon lambda 4-associated variant in the hepatitis C virus RNA polymerase affects viral replication in infected cells", J Gen Viro, 2022
2) "Comparison of SARS-CoV-2 Evolution in Paediatric Primary Airway Epithelial Cell Cultures Compared with Vero-Derived Cell Lines", Viruses, 2022
3) "Two courses of deconstructed coronavirus please", PLoS PAth, 2021
4) "An interferon lambda 4-associated variant in the hepatitis C virus RNA polymerase affects viral replication in infected cells", J Gen Viro, 2021
Dr Aditi Singh and Dr Arun Mahesh: "Tcf12 and NeuroD1 cooperatively drive neuronal migration during cortical development." Development, 2021
Dr Asem Abdulaziz Alnajada : "HIgh flow nasal oxygenfor acute type two respiratory failure A review." F1000Research. 2021
Dr Keren Turton: Award for best oral presentation in session, Microbiology Society Annual Confeence 2022.
Dr Michelle Naughton was awarded a European Spatial Biology Grant for the most impactful proposal in immunology research, 2021
Dr Alerie Guzman de la Fuente:
1) awarded a Miguel ServetFellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Health worth more than €30,000 over 5 years.
2) Awarded the QUB Vice Chancellor Research Prize 2021
Dr Maria Llorian Salvador : Awarded Maria Zambrano-Next Generation E funding, 2021
Dr Amy Dumigan: Award best oral presentation, Host-Pathogen Communication 2021, TCD.
Dr Mohammed Inayatullah, ICURE Award 2022.
WWIEM Postdoctoral Career Development Committee (PCDC)
Dr Amy Dumigan https://pure.qub.ac.uk/en/persons/amy-dumigan
Dr Claire Tonry https://pure.qub.ac.uk/en/persons/claire-tonry
Dr Keren Turton https://pure.qub.ac.uk/en/persons/keren-turton
Dr Aditi Singh https://pure.qub.ac.uk/en/persons/aditi-singh
Dr Akris Little https://pure.qub.ac.uk/en/persons/karis-little-2
Chair: Dr Vijay Tiwari https://pure.qub.ac.uk/en/persons/vijay-tiwari
Dr Dessi Malinova https://pure.qub.ac.uk/en/persons/dessi-malinova
Dr Rebecca Coll https://pure.qub.ac.uk/en/persons/rebecca-coll
Dr Eric Campbell https://pure.qub.ac.uk/en/persons/eric-campbell