2023 Postdoctoral Research Symposium

Symposium Information

Wednesday, September 20th. HF DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building.

Flyer for 2023 Postdoctoral Symposium (PDF)


Register for the symposium here

Schedule of Events

Pre-symposium Career Panel

8.30 AM          Breakfast & Networking

9.00 AM         Pre-symposium Panel : “Addressing disparities in Career Advancement

                          for Women and Gender Minorities in STEMM”

10.00 AM         Networking with Panelists and Attendees

Register for the panel discussion here by 9/12. Questions? Contact Jamie Hibbert (jhibbert@wisc.edu).


Pre-symposium Panel : “Addressing disparities in Career Advancement for Women and Gender Minorities in STEMM” Wednesday 9/20 8:30am-10:00am. HF DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building.

This panel discussion aims to address the challenges women and other gender minorities face in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine), especially in the context of advancing their academic career, and will provide tools and resources to face these barriers. Through this facilitated discussion and networking, attendees will have the opportunity to create communities for guidance, support, and advocacy. This event is open to all postdocs, graduate students, and early career faculty/staff. Panelists:

  • Erin Lashnits, MS, DVM, Ph.D., DACVIM: Assistant Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Keith Bechtol, Ph.D.: Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, co-author of Astro2020 APC White Paper: Pursuing diversity, equity, and inclusion in multimessenger astronomy collaborations over the coming decade.
  • Sigan Hartley, Ph.D.: Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, 100 Women Chair in Human Ecology
  • Whitney Stevens-Sostre, Ph.D.: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Neuroscience, Founder of Black in Biophysics
  • Filiz Yesilkoy, Ph.D.: Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Breakfast is provided. This event will be held immediately before the 2023 UW-Madison Postdoctoral Research Symposium, and separate registration is required for each event.

Organized by the UW-Madison Postdoctoral Association. This event is made possible by a grant from WISELI, the UW-Madison Inclusion in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute. WISELI, a research institute at UW–Madison, aims to increase the representation, advancement, and satisfaction of women, gender minorities, and/or members of groups currently underrepresented on the faculty and in leadership at UW–Madison. For more information see: wiseli.wisc.edu.

Symposium schedule

10.30 AM         Registration & Check-in

10.45 AM         Welcome & Opening Remarks

11.00  AM        Career Panel Discussion

12.00 PM         Lunch & Networking with panelists

1.00 PM           Workshop : Career Development

2.00 PM          Coffee break

2.30 PM          Blitz Talk competition

4.00 PM          Poster session, Art exhibit, Reception and Awards

5.30 PM          Symposium ends

Register for the symposium here by Tuesday 9/12.

Questions? Contact Sahitya Saka (saka@wisc.edu)

Panel : Career Panel Discussion Wednesday 9/20 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. HF DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building.

You can find a list of the  panel members and their information for the 2023 Postdoctoral Symposium here :

  • Aimee Arnoldussen (PhD Neuroscience)  Innovation and Commercialization Specialist, Discovery to Product, UW-Madison
  • Ci Ji Lim (PhD Biophysics)  Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison
  • Brian Webb (PhD Biochemistry)  R&D Director, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Career Development Workshop Wednesday 9/20 1:00 pm-2:00 pm. HF DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building.

During this interactive session, Bulbul Pandit, Senior Scientist and Manager at Proteintech, will share advice on transitioning from academia to industry, building an impactful resume, and interviewing successfully.

2023 Postdoctoral Symposium Committee

  • Stuti Shrivastava (Co-chair), Department of Botany
  • Rafael Venado (Co-chair), Department of Bacteriology
  • Juanjuan Xie (Advertising), Department of Biomolecular Chemistry
  • Balendra Sah (Career Panel), Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
  • Blaise Manga Enuh (Career Workshop), Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
  • Jamie Hibbert (Catering), Department of Comparative Biosciences
  • Kaylin Didier (Poster and Blitz talks), Department of Kinesiology
  • Sahitya Saka (Poster and Blitz Talks), Department of Medical Sciences

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Sponsor : WISELI

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Inclusion in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI) is a research center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. WISELI’s vision is to increase the representation, advancement, and workplace satisfaction of women, gender minorities, and/or members of groups currently underrepresented on the faculty and in leadership at UW–Madison. WISELI serves as a visible, campus-wide research center, endorsed by top-level administrators, that uses UW–Madison as a “living laboratory” to study gender equity, diversity, and climate; implement evidence-based solutions; and measure success.

Sponsor : UW-Madison Departments

Sponsor : Proteintech

Proteintech Group was founded in 2001 by a group of scientists, who were actively engaged in NIH funded research at the time. One of the original founders and current CEO Dr. Jason Li was an Associate Professor of Immunology at the University of Illinois at Chicago during the company’s foundation years. He says of the reasons behind Proteintech’s establishment:


Sponsor : Functional Biosciences

Since the company’s inception in 2003 in Madison, Wisconsin, Functional Biosciences has continued to grow and learn with the industry.  Their customers cover a wide range of academic institutions, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology companies with a mission to simply provide high quality DNA sequencing at affordable prices and provide common sense customer service.

Sponsor : Catalent

Catalent is a global leader in enabling pharma, biotechnology, and consumer health partners to optimize product development, launch, and full life-cycle supply for patients around the world.

With broad, deep-scale and expertise in development sciences, delivery technologies, and multi-modality manufacturing, Catalent is a preferred Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) partner for personalized medicines, blockbuster drugs and consumer health brand extensions.

Sponsor : WiCell

Headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, WiCell is a supporting organization of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, a world leader in the area of human pluripotent stem cell research. WiCell is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to advance stem cell technologies. The global leader in cell banking, characterization testing and distribution of stem cell lines, WiCell builds on these core strengths by also providing characterization testing for a wide variety of cell types, clinical grade stem cell lines, quality control testing, contract cell banking and long-term LN2 storage services.