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Spotlight on Postdoc: Juliane Hirnet

March 11th, 2014 in Homepage Spotlights, Student Spotlight

Juliane Hirnet
Postdoctoral Fellow
Viglianti Lab, Department of Microbiology

Juliane Hirnet

What brought you to BU?
I did my PhD work in Germany in a Russian-German collaboration project, during which I spent some time in a Russian lab. After finishing the PhD I wanted to do a postdoc in an English-speaking country. I was very open regarding the geographical location (mostly US and UK) and applied at several universities, including BU. My PhD thesis was about polioviruses and I wanted to stay in the area of virology, so when I heard about a postdoc position in Prof. Viglianti’s lab in the Department of Microbiology at BUMC, I applied. He liked me and here I am.

What kind of research are you involved in?
My current project is investigating HIV escape mutants from rosiglitazone treatment. Rosiglitazone is an approved drug used to treat diabetes, but it also has restrictive effects on HIV replication.  Using the mutants I try to uncover the mechanism with which rosiglitazone effects HIV. We also recently started a new interesting project looking into interactions of gingivitis-causing bacteria and HIV infections.

You recently started the post-doc blog, can you tell me about it?

postdoc blog
As the comic above demonstrates postdocs are often invisible at research institutions, the postdoc blogs gives postdocs an opportunity to read and write about things that are important to them, which are often very different from the topics important to PhD students or faculty. I also hope that PhD students and faculty read it and maybe raise awareness of postdocs, so we don’t stay “ghosts”.

Since the current funding situation isn’t very good, I have been looking into alternative careers and science writing was something I am interested in, the postdoc blog is also a good way for me to practice writing and learning about publishing and editing. Currently it is mostly me doing the writing, but every postdoc at BU is certainly invited to contribute.

Are you involved in many activities on campus?
I am a member of the Postdoc advisory committee, which meets every three months to discuss postdoc issues with administrators and faculty. Currently we are working on a mentoring program for postdocs.

What do you enjoy doing outside of BU?
Postdocs work a lot and when we don’t work we think about work…I also enjoy traveling, back to Europe to see my family and around New England on weekend trips.

Do you have any advice for current students?
It is crucially important to start thinking about the future early, just getting the PhD, even a brilliant one, is no longer enough to secure a job or funding. Start applying for postdocs even before you start writing your thesis and go to as many networking events as possible.

 

 

Spotlight on PhD Student: Kathleen Goodmon

March 11th, 2014 in Homepage Spotlights, Student Spotlight

Kathleen Goodmon
PhD Candidate, Molecular & Translational Medicine

KGoodmonWhat brought you to BU?
I applied to BU because of its unique location in the biomedical hub of Boston. My research background as an undergraduate was rooted in the clinic and my goal as a Ph.D. student was to have my lab bench be as close to clinicians, hospitals and patients as possible, yet still have access to great engineers and chemists. The BU medical campus seemed to have these interdisciplinary networks established and I thought it would be a great match and it really has been. Furthermore, BU felt very student focused and I could see that I would be given the creative freedom to shape my thesis and my experiences here as a student.

What program are you in?
Because I wanted to continue to do research that translated to patient health, I chose to apply to the Molecular and Translational Medicine (MTM) Ph.D. program, which is through the Department of Medicine. MTM is also wonderful in its diversity of research fields. Before I came here I was unsure if I wanted to continue work in nutrition and metabolism or jump into infectious diseases and being an MTM student allowed me the flexibility to make that decision during my first year.

What kind of research are you involved in?
My research is within the field of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). I find research within this field to be incredibly important because STIs affect female reproductive health particularly in underprivileged communities. To better understand how the female reproductive tract responds to infections, I study epithelial cell biology in response to Neisseria gonorrhoeae. I am primarily interested in cell to cell communication and how N. gonorrhoeae may influence these communication lines to alter cell death and inflammation in neighboring cells.

What do you hope to do after you earn your degree?
After my degree I plan to find a great postdoctoral fellowship! As for the distant future, I hope to continue to research in infectious diseases and have a greater role in science policy at the NIH or CDC.

You were elected as the new GMSSO President.
I love all the community service we do with the Blood Drives and Rosie’s Place and the VA. I also really enjoy working and planning with students outside my program that I would not normally see. It’s a community for me. As president specifically, I have the unique opportunity to work with GMS faculty and that has been really neat and insightful too. Running GMSSO is hard work and pulls me in several directions but I find it to be an outlet for me. It helps me keep momentum even when lab life is hard and frustrating.

Are you involved in many activities on campus?
I have been a TA for FiBS module IV for two years and a peer mentor for our first year PiBS students. I try to participate in art events here on campus and I am also a liaison for sustainability @ BU.

What is your favorite part of your life as a student?
Community! And wondering where in the world we will be in 10 years.

What do you enjoy doing outside of BU?
I love new adventures and new hobbies and I am therefore very mediocre at many things. But I always have running and cooking and music in my life. I have wonderful people too.

Do you have any advice for current students?
Do not take graduate school personally. It is supposed to push you beyond your comfort and make you question yourself and your abilities. It is part of the process to become great.

 

Social 2/28: Open to all Students

February 27th, 2014 in General News

Student social 2.28

Workshops for Thesis Submission

February 27th, 2014 in Graduation

Dear Students:

If you are planning to submit your thesis or dissertation and complete your program requirements for (September 2014) you might want to attend an ETDs Workshop to familiarize yourself with the process.  These workshops will  assist you in the ETD submission process and staff will be available to answer any questions you may have.  Please review the informational videos that are available at  http://www.bu.edu/buniverse/search/?q=dioa&submit .  There are two sessions still remaining at the Medical Campus at the following dates and times.

MED Thesis/Dissertation Workshop: Friday 2/28/2014, 11:30am-1pm

MED Thesis/Dissertation Workshop: Wednesday 3/5/2014, 10:30am-12pm

Students must pre-register to attend at: http://www.bu.edu/dioa/student-resources/etd-workshops-registration/

GMSSO Blood Drive Feb. 13

February 6th, 2014 in General News

Sponsored by

GMSSO

Thursday, February 13th

   11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Hiebert Lounge

Sign up for an appointment

Mon. Feb. 3rd– Tues. Feb. 11th 11-1pm

in the medical school lobby

or visit redcrossblood.org

 

McCahan Education Day 5/22

February 6th, 2014 in General News, Research

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For more information or to submit a poster abstract or workshop proposal visit: http://www.bumc.bu.edu/jmedday/

Explore Diverse Careers in Science: Speed Networking Event 4/22

February 5th, 2014 in General News

Science is a booming, vibrant industry in the city of Boston. Between the universities, research institutions and biotechnology companies that pepper the city blocks, it isn’t any wonder why Boston is sometimes referred to as the “Athens of America”. While a typical career path may pursue the direction of academic research, there are also many alternative careers that go beyond the bench.

In an effort to bring these alternative careers in science to the forefront, the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) in conjunction with the BUSM Office of Professional Development and Postdoctoral Affairs (OPDPA), the BUSM Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS) and the Cambridge Science Festival, is hosting a speed networking event Alternative Careers in Science. This event, open to the BUMC community, will provide the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of career paths across the STEM fields from mid to late-career professionals in a fun, low-pressure environment.

This two-and-a-half hour event will be held in a speed networking fashion where participants will interact with more than 20 experienced panelists who will give insight into their chosen professions. The event will open and conclude with a half hour of networking and light refreshments. There will be five 15-minute sessions during which participants can learn about a different field of expertise, including:

  • Academia and Teaching
  • Business Development
  • Competitive Intelligence
  • Consulting, Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human Resources
  • Medical Affairs
  • Medical Writing
  • Non-Profit
  • Patent Law
  • Product Management
  • Project Management
  • Research and Development (R&D)
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Sales
  • Science Policy
  • Social Enterprise
  • Technology Transfer

Alternative Careers in Science will take place on Tuesday, April 22 from 6:30-9 p.m. in the BUSM Instructional Building, 14th Floor, Hiebert Lounge. A light dinner will be provided. Register for the event here.

More Information

Medical Sciences Open House 5/30

February 2nd, 2014 in Prospective Student

MAMS Open House 5.30

 

Housing Fair: 6/13 11AM-1PM

February 2nd, 2014 in General News

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Housing Fair 6/13 11AM-1PM

February 1st, 2014 in Prospective Student

BUMC Lobby Format May 6, 2014 HFair Announcement

For more information on this upcoming event, please see the flyer.