UChicago Postdoctoral Symposium 2021

Lesson from COVID-19: Postdoc and Beyond

September 20–24th (Virtual)

This event is organized by the UChicago BSD Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Symposium Planning Committee and is free for everyone to attend.

The Postdoc Symposium is an opportunity to recognize the important contributions of postdocs to the university’s research and teaching mission and increase the visibility of Postdoc Research. The 2021 Postdoc Symposium will focus on Lessons from COVID-19: Postdoc and Beyond. This year’s symposium will coincide with National Postdoc Appreciation Week, September 20-24.


There will be 2 awards for poster session, research flash talks, and lessons from the pandemic flash talks each (total 6 awards*)

  • Poster Session: Postdocs will prepare a digital poster on their postdoc research
  • Research Flash Talks: 90 seconds talk by postdocs to talk about their postdoc research using 1 slide
  • Lessons from Pandemic Flash Talks: 90 seconds talk by postdocs to talk about lessons they learnt from pandemic (profession and/or personal)
*Awards only for UChicago BSD postdocs


Join us for 5 days of Events









September 20


National Postdoc Appreciation Week

Kickoff Celebration: Virtues, Values, & Vocation



September 21


Keynote by Professor Florian Krammer

How Postdocs can apply their research

12:00-1:00 pm



September 22


Talk/workshop: Advice on how to move forward with your career by Dr. Randall Ribaudo

12:00-1:30 pm



September 23


Flash Talks by Postdocs: Research Talks & Lesson from Pandemic for Future!

12:00-1:30 pm



September 24


Poster Presentation (abstract book)


Reception and Award Ceremony



Speakers Bio

Prof. Florian Krammer is a Professor of Vaccinology at the Department of Microbiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Virology, Plos One, and Heliyon and is a peer reviewer for more than 30 journals. Dr. Krammer is also member of the Vaccine and Edward Jenner Society Young Investigator Program. In addition, he is a scientific adviser for enGenes and PathSensors. He received his advanced training in biotechnology and applied virology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna and post-doctoral training at the Department of Microbiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York. Since 2019, Prof. Krammer is the Principal Investigator of the Sinai-Emory Multi-Institutional Collaborative Influenza Vaccine Innovation Center (SEM-CIVIC) and his lab aims to develop better vaccines and novel therapeutics. Read more about Prof. Krammer.

Dr. Randall Ribaudo is co-founder of Human Workflows and SciPhD and has over twenty years of experience in the Scientific Research and biotechnology field and has successfully made the transition from academia to industry. Dr. Ribaudo received his Ph.D. in Immunology at the University of Connecticut and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the NIH before becoming a Principal Investigator at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Ribaudo’s experience as an academic and industry scientist, coupled with his experience consulting with industry scientists provides unique insight to the critical skills necessary to promote success in academic and industry settings, and forms the basis for the SciPhD training programs. Read more about Dr. Ribaudo.



Symposium Organizing Committee

  • Aarushi Bhargava (Postdoc)
  • Angela Barragan Diaz (Postdoc)
  • Jenna Guthmiller (Postdoc)
  • Muhammad Azam (Postdoc)
  • Olivia Gozel (Postdoc)
  • Vipul Sharma (Assistant Director, Postdoctoral Affairs)


  • BSD Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
  • Department of Pathology
  • Department of Surgery
  • Research Training in Digestive Diseases and Nutrition Training Grant
  • Department of Ecology & Evolution
  • Department of Radiation & Cellular Oncology
  • Department of Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology
  • Department of Organismal Biology & Anatomy
  • Department of Human Genetics