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photo of Sona Chowdhury at Postdoc Slam reception
October 09, 2018

Dr. Sona Chowdhury, PhD, was one of 10 UCSF postdocs who competed in the final stage of the third annual Postdoc Slam held on September 26. The live competition took place in a packed Byers Auditorium in Mission Bay and was also livestreamed to the Parnassus campus


Chowdhury, who received $3,000 as the grand prize winner, also took the "people's choice award."  The second place prize of $1,500 went to postdoc Will Schuerman, and third place ($1,000) to postdoc Lyndsay Murrow.

Postdoc Slam 2018, a celebration of postdoctoral research
September 07, 2018

The Office for Postdoctoral Scholars is pleased to announce the finalists for the third annual Postdoc Slam competition at UC San Francisco. Postdoc Slam is based on the popular “Grad Slam” contest for graduate students, which is now held at all ten campuses across the UC system. The contest challenges postdocs to share their research compellingly in three minutes or less, using language that not only their peers – but also non-scientists – will understand.

photo of Geraldine Gontier in Villeda lab
February 06, 2018

Geraldine Gontier, PhD, a postdoc in Dr. Saul Villeda's lab at UCSF, has been awarded a $120,000 Postdoctoral Transition Award in Aging. This award is made by the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), a leading non-profit organization dedicated to advancing biomedical research on aging, with support from the Irene Diamond Fund.

photo of Engelberth giving her talk at Postdoc Slam
September 26, 2017

Sarah Engelberth was awarded the $3,000 top prize in the 2017 Postdoc Slam competition for her talk entitled "The Tooth: Small but Mighty." Engelberth, who is a postdoc in the lab of Stefan Habelitz at UCSF, said, “Events like the Postdoc Slam are so important to remind us all that science doesn’t have to be unapproachable or scary. It takes a lot of effort to be intentional about communication, but it is well worth it to share our efforts with non-scientists and discuss our work as practical problem-solving.”

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