Postdoctoral Development Programme
The WWIEM Postdoctoral Career Development Committee (PCDC) was established in July 2016 with the goal of improving postdoctoral training and development within WWIEM. This is a postdoc-focused initiative run for and by postdocs from WWIEM. In addition to an annual Symposium and a Career Away Day, the committee organises coffee mornings and social events through the year.
Former Wellcome Trust ISSF fellow, now Lecturer at University of Surrey
"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!"
Chair of PCDC
"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."
- Pathway to Independence: flagship tailored program for PDRAs in experimental medicine to create their research niche and apply for fellowships and grants, runs every second year
- 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 any issues as they arise to improve the PDRA experience within WWIEM
- Annual WWIEM Postdoctoral Research Symposium - a full day symposium to celebrate the excellent science produced by WWIEM PDRAs.
Past WWIEM Postdoc Research Symposium Programs:
CONGRATULATIONS WWIEM POSTDOCS !!
Dr Amy Dumigan : "In vivo single-cell transcriptomics reveal Klebsiella pneumoniae skews lung macrophages to promote infection" - EMBO Mol Med, 2022
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:
1) "Cathepsin S contributes to lung inflammation in acute respiratory distress syndrome", BLUE (American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine) 2022
2) "The relationship between plasma cystatin C, mortality and acute respiratory distress syndrome subphenotype in the HARP-2 trial" Critical Care and Resuscitation. 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: "Comparison of SARS-CoV-2 Evolution in Paediatric Primary Airway Epithelial Cell Cultures Compared with Vero-Derived Cell Lines", Viruses, 2022
Dr Josy Augustine: "2-Hydrazino-4, 6-dimethylpyrimidine (2-HDP) as a novel therapeutic for the neurovascular pathology of diabetic retinopathy" Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. 2022.
Dr Ricardo Calderon-Gonzalez: "Modelling the Gastrointestinal Carriage of Klebsiella pneumoniae Infections" mBio. 2022
Dr Pietro Maria Bertelli: "Long term high glucose exposure induces premature senescence in retinal endothelial cells" Frontiers in Physiology. 2022.
Dr Judith Lechner: "Advances in cell therapies using stem cells/progenitors as a novel approach for neurovascular repair of the diabetic retina" Stem Cell Research & Therapy. 2022
Dr Amy Dumigan: Award best oral presentation, Host-Pathogen Communication 2021, TCD
Dr Mohammed Inayatullah, ICURE Award 2022
Dr Orla Dunne – Bellus Health Incorporated Research funding
Dr Josy Augustine
1) Diabetes UK Professional Conference - Eli Lilly Best Basic Science Poster Award, 2022
2) European Association For Diabetic Eye Complications (EAsDEC) Conference Best Poster Award, 2022
Dr Karla O'Neill: Faculty Postdoc research prize 2022 (joint)
Dr Michael McKelvey: Dr J D Williamson Prize (2022) for contribution to a manuscript - Cathepsin S Contributes to Lung Inflammation in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
Dr. Josy Augustine: EMBO Scientific Exchange Grant; Company of Biologists Travelling Fellowship; QUB Agility Fund
Dr. Orla Dunne: IADR Irish Division Rising Start Award and Conference Scholarship; Neuroscience Ireland Mobility Fellowship
Dr. Karis Little: ARVO Travel Scholarship ($1100), ISER Travel Scholarship ($1500)
Dr. Kiran McLoughlan: IVBM Travel Award (£500), QUB-North America Research Mobility Fund (£5000)
Dr. Claire Tonry: QUB Research and Innovation Conference Dun (£500)
PCDC Committee 2022-23
Dr Claire Tonry https://pure.qub.ac.uk/en/persons/claire-tonry
Dr Orla Dunne https://pure.qub.ac.uk/en/persons/orla-dunne
Dr Judith Lechner https://pure.qub.ac.uk/en/persons/judith-lechner
Dr Karis Little https://pure.qub.ac.uk/en/persons/karis-little-2
Dr Keren Turton https://pure.qub.ac.uk/en/persons/keren-turton
Interested in joining the WWIEM PCDC? Hear from our members:
"Being a member of the PCDC has given me opportunities to get involved in organising events, symposiums, speak to external companies and invited speakers, as well as positively impacting my peers. Besides being a lot of fun, this has added essential skills to my CV."
- Dr Karis Little
"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