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Post-Doctoral Association

Post-Doctoral Association Panel Members

Photo:  "How to set up a US Lab as an International Researcher" panel discussion featuring Dr. Roberta Leonardi, Dr. Aaron Robart, Dr. Werner Geldenhuys, and Dr. Mariette Barbier.

The mission of the West Virginia University Biomedical Post-Doctoral Association is to empower our post-doctoral scholars through enhancing career development, supporting mentor-mentee relationships, and fostering independent growth during this valuable training step. 
Our membership is open to all post doctoral trainees at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center.

Some of the activities and opportunities provided by the WVU Health Sciences Post-Doctoral Organization include:

  • Monthly meetings focused on career advancing skills

July 20

How to set up a US lab as an International Researcher

Panel Discussion: Dr. Roberta Leonardi, Dr. Aaron Robart, Dr. Werner Geldenhuys, Dr. Jianhai Du, and Dr. Mariette Barbier

August 30

Postdoctoral Social Event at the Ballpark rsvp event


September 18

Special session with Dr. Laura Gibson

Laura Gibson, PhD

Senior Associate Vice President for Research & Graduate Education; Associate Dean for Research, School of Medicine

September 22


National Postdoc Appreciation Week

Outside the Pylons lobby

Poster viewing and networking event

October 11

G119A 3:30-5

Speed Mentoring     rsvp event

Guest mentors from academia, government, industry

November 6

Noon-1, 201 BMRC

How to give a chalk talk for a tenure-track position in the biomedical sciences

Michael Schaller, PhD

Department of Biochemistry, WVU Health Sciences

December 14

101 BMRC

Postdoc Chalk Talks

Postdoctoral Researchers Practice Chalk Talks


The Health Sciences Center Office of Research and Graduate Education provides travel awards  (500 USD) for postdoctoral fellows to present their work at a professional meeting. Applications will be considered for conference attendance during spring 2017 (Jan. 1 – June 30, 2017) or fall 2017 (July 1 – Dec. 31, 2017) semesters. The application deadline for spring conferences is March 31, 2017; the deadline for fall conferences is Sept. 30, 2017. Attendance at Postdoc Association meetings will be taken into consideration as applications are screened. Please contact PDA or check for announcements.


Facilitate teaching opportunities

  • Opportunity to attend a Grant Writing Seminar on-campus
  • Advocating for postdoc inclusion in the activities of other campus organizations
  • Access to resources provided by the West Virginia University Office of Graduate Life & Education (e.g. Preparing Future Faculty Workshop, Science Writing Support Non-Native English Speakers, Individual Development Plans, etc.)