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.
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.
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.”
Florentine Rutaganira, PhD, who graduated from UC San Francisco’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Program earlier this year, has been chosen as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Hanna Gray Fellow. UCSF postdocs James Nuñez, PhD, and Wendy Yue, PhD, were also named for the coveted fellowship.