These preliminary judges will review the video presentations submitted by postdocs and will chose the seven to ten finalists for the Postdoc Slam contest. See also the final judges who will determine the prize winners at the live Postdoc Slam event on September 26.
Joseph Bondy-Denomy, PhD is assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UCSF. He started his lab in 2015 as a UCSF Sandler Fellow. Research in the lab is currently focused on studying the roles of CRISPR-Cas immune systems in their host organisms, discovering novel CRISPR-Cas functions and identifying ways in which these systems interact with bacteriophages. Joe received his PhD in molecular genetics from the University of Toronto, where he was also a finalist in their Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition! Read a 2015 article about the Bondy-Denomy lab's research on CRISPR.
D'Anne Duncan, PhD is director of diversity and outreach in the UCSF Graduate Division. Previously, she was consortium manager of the Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) Program, an NIH-funded consortium of 17 awardee institutions across the U.S. The goal of the BEST Program (of which UCSF's own MIND Program is a member) is to enhance career preparation and education for current and future biomedical PhD and postdoctoral scholars. D'Anne received a PhD in neuroscience at Northwestern University, and conducted her postdoctoral research in visual neuroscience at Vanderbilt University.
Scott Maier is a senior public information representative on UCSF's Public Affairs team. In this capacity, he works to identify and then share newsworthy stories in basic research, clinical research, patient care, and education. He currently covers cardiology, orthopaedics, transplant medicine, the School of Dentistry, and the School of Nursing. A native Texan, he has more than 20 years experience as a newspaper reporter and higher education communications specialist. He received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Angelo State University. Read his recent article on a UCSF-led study on smoking cessation therapies.
Aimee Medeiros, PhD is assistant professor and program director for UCSF's History of Health Sciences PhD program. Her research focuses on the reciprocity between diagnoses, preventive care measures, and societal expectations of the body in medicine. She was a 2017 Hellman Fellow for her project "Too Young to Die: The History of the Children’s Hospital in America," which will produce the first comprehensive history of the development of the children’s hospital in America. She is the author of Heightened Expectations: The Rise of the Human Growth Hormone Industry in America, which illuminates the foundations of the multibillion-dollar human growth hormone industry. She serves as a Dean's Diversity Leader in the School of Medicine's Differences Matter initiative.
Alexandra Schnoes, PhD is a UCSF alumna and past president of the UCSF Graduate Division Alumni Association. She currently serves as associate director of career and professional development at iBiology, where she brings online career training to scientists. Previously, she was coordinator of the innovative Graduate Student Internships for Career Exploration (GSICE) program at UCSF, which enables graduate students to do internships outside of academic research. Schnoes received her PhD in biophysics from UCSF in 2008. Her doctoral research focused on computational problems relating to protein function prediction and evolution.