Watch Postdoc Slam 2023

Postdoc Slam has come and gone, but you can still catch all the action on the video recording. Congratulations to the prize winners and finalists for a fantastic job!!



UCSF Postdoc Slam 2023
Tuesday, September 19
4 p.m. PDT

View the event program

Read the campus news story: "Wormnado" Wiggles its Way to Win at Postdoc Slam

About Postdoc Slam

At Postdoc Slam, the annual research communications contest presented by the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars and the Graduate Division, ten postdoc finalists present their research in three minutes or less, in language accessible to a general audience. It's a celebration not only of the finalists and contest winner, but also of postdoctoral research at UCSF and of scientific inquiry.

Postdoc Slam challenges postdocs in a range of disciplines to present a compelling presentation of their research in three minutes or less, using language that not only their peers but also non-specialists will understand. The intention of Postdoc Slam is not to dumb-down or trivialize research; rather, it is meant to incentivize postdocs to clarify their ideas and to help others appreciate and understand their work. 

Postdoc Slam is the centerpiece of UCSF's celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, September 18 to 22.

Cash prizes of $4,000, $2,000, and $1,000 were awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners chosen by the judges. And the live and remote audiences voted for the "People's Choice" winner, who will receive $750.

Congratulations to the prize winners and all of the finalists for an impressive showing:

Prize Winners

Laura Persson, PhD

First Prize & People's Choice Award
Laura Persson, PhD
Noelle L'Etoile, PhD, faculty mentor
The Wormnado: What a Tiny Worm Can Teach Us About Collective Behavior

Kritika Khanna, PhD

Second Prize
Kritika Khanna, PhD

John Fahy, MD, faculty mentor
Asthma on Fire: Keep Calm, It's a False Alarm

Christopher Williams, MD

Third Prize
Chris Williams, MD

Atul Butte, MD, PhD, faculty mentor
Code Blue: Unmasking the Racial Disparities in Emergency Triage


Biafra Ahanonu, PhD

Biafra Ahanonu, PhD
Allan Basbaum, PhD, faculty mentor
The Path to Pain: It's Not Only in the Brain

Helene Aschmann, PhD

Hélène Aschmann, PhD
Priya Shete, MD, faculty mentor
To Treat or Not to Treat: A Balancing Act in Tuberculosis Prevention

Tyler Huycke, PhD

Tyler Huycke, PhD
Zev Gartner, PhD and Ophir Klein, MD, PhD, faculty mentors
How the Gut Got Its Spots

Amanda McQuade, PhD

Amanda McQuade, PhD
Martin Kampmann, PhD, faculty mentor
Speaking to Cells

Jay Moltzau Anderson, PhD

Jay Moltzau Anderson, PhD
Susan Lynch, PhD, faculty mentor
This Stool is Taken: Harnessing the Power of Poop

Fate Noohi, PhD

Fate Noohi, PhD
Virginia Sturm, PhD, faculty mentor
Life Without Emotions...A Symphony Without Music

Ayush Srivastava, PhD

Ayush Srivastava, PhD
Bjoern Schwer, MD, PhD, faculty mentor
Let's Help You Age Better

Live Event Judges

The panel of five judges selected the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners.

  • Curtis Chinn, MA, SF public school science teacher at Galileo High School, and host of The InfatuAsian Podcast
  • Harold R. Collard, MD, MS, UCSF’s vice chancellor for Research, and professor of Medicine and Health Policy
  • Won Ha, MA, UCSF’s vice chancellor of Communications
  • Audra Johnson, PhD, medical science liaison at Genentech, and UCSF postdoc alum
  • Helen Willsey, PhD, assistant professor of Psychiatry and Behaviorial Sciences at UCSF, investigator with the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, and UCSF postdoc alum

Learn more about the judges.