2015 Speed Mentoring Event

postdocs and mentors at the event

The Postdoc Office hosted its fourth annual Postdoc Speed Mentoring event on January 27 at Mission Bay.


Modeled on "speed dating," this always-popular event pairs UCSF postdocs with professionals working in a wide range of science-related fields. This year the event was titled "Women in Biomedical Science: Confronting the issues and Supporting Each Other." Over 50 postdocs and 31 mentors – of whom 19 were UCSF alumni – engaged in almost 200, 10-minute mentoring sessions within the event. Postdoc mentees got valuable advice on how to tackle issues from negotiating a salary in biotech, to interviewing for faculty positions, to raising a family as a full-time scientist. The Graduate Division Alumni Association pitched in to host a networking reception for all the participants. See also Mayya Shveygert's story on peer-mentoring in Synapse.

The Postdoc Office is grateful to everyone who volunteered as a mentor at this year's event!

Dorie Apollonio, associate professor in residence, UC San Francisco
Dani Behonick, assistant professor of biology and health science, Cañada College
Kirsten Benjamin , senior research fellow, Amyris
Catherine Branda, manager, Systems Biology Department, Sandia National Labs
Katja Brose, executive editor, Neuron, Cell Press/Elsevier
Sophia Colamarino, director, Science and Health Program, John & Marcia Goldman Foundation
Deb Dauber, Consultant, self-employed
Vidula Dixit, scientist, Nektar Therapeutics
Maria Enquist-Newman, senior scientist, Intrexon
Marie Evangelista, scientist, Discovery Oncology, Genentech
Sarah Goodwin, director of iBiology, American Society for Cell Biology
Jane Grogan, senior scientist, Genentech
Karin Immergluck, director, Technology Management, UC San Francisco
Mary Janatpour, VP of corporate strategy, Patronus Therapeutics
Geeta Kadambi, CEO and founder, Riddhi Intellectual Property
Gretchen Kiser, director, Research Development Office, UC San Francisco
Kelly Knight, assistant professor, UC San Francisco
Deanna Kroetz, professor of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences and director of the Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics graduate program, UC San Francisco
Hayley Lam, Department of Bioengineering lecturer, UC Berkeley
Mary Lee, engagement manager, Blue Matter Consulting
Florence Lorget, safety assessment scientist, Genentech
Kelly Loyet, scientist, Genentech
Jennifer Miller, VP corporate development, Depomed, Inc.
Amanda Nottke, senior consultant, Blue Matter Consulting
Jillian Pesin-Fulop, associate, Morrison & Foerster LLP
Margaret Porter Scott, director, Genentech
Peggy Radel, senior patent agent, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Liz Silva , manager, MIND Program, UC San Francisco
Evelyn Strauss, writer and editor; writing instructor, UC Santa Cruz
Rowena Suriben, postdoc, Genentech
Joy Zuchero, senior research associate, Genentech

(Photos: Jeannine Cuevas)