Postdoc Appreciation Week 2021

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Poster for PDF Appreciation Week 2021. September 20-24. The poster is beige with an image of two scientists, one with a microscope writing on a piece of paper and another with different blue bubbles of science objects coming out of the flask.


Daily events September 20-24, 2021


The 2021 National Postdoctoral Fellow Appreciation Week is being celebrated from September 20 – 24. In recognition of the more than 360 postdoctoral fellows (PDFs) here at UHN, our organizing committee, in collaboration with the ORT, is hosting a full week of exciting virtual events. You are invited to register for all of the workshops here. Click the individual event links below for more information, including speaker bios.


Monday, Sept 20th

Welcome, Thank You + Networking, 12-3 pm

Guest Speaker: Brad Wouters, EVP of Science and Research, UHN


Tuesday, Sept 21st

Thriving in your Postdoc: Grant Writing and Social Media Tips, 1-2 pm

Speakers: John Robertson, Techna Research Strategy Development Specialist;

Heather Sherman, Senior Public Affairs Advisor at Krembil


Wednesday, Sept 22nd

Lunch and Games Social, 12-1 pm


Thursday, Sept 23rd

Exploring Careers in Industry + Academia, 10-11 am

Speakers: Stanley Zhou, Scientist at ArsenalBio (UHN Alumni);

Jennifer Campos, Senior Scientist at KITE


Peer-to-Peer Workshop – Entrepreneurship, 4-5 pm

Panelists: Natalie Galant, Co-Founder Paradox Immunotherapies;

Yulong Sun, Co-Founder Paradox Immunotherapies;

Mohammadali Ahmadipour, CEO ExVilent Ltd.


Friday, Sept 24th

Wellness Panel Discussion, 10 am-12 pm

Panelists: Assata McKenzie, UHN Wellness Representative; Slava Epelman, Clinician-Scientist at TGHRI;

Husam Abdel-Qadir, Clinician-Scientist at the Women’s College Research Institute;

Phyllis Billia, Director of Research at Peter Munk Cardiac Centre;

Tracy Lackraj, Postdoctoral Fellow at PMCC.


Yoga + Meditation, 12-12:30 pm (Session 1) OR 1-1:30 pm (Session 2)


Cook a Meal With Us, 4-5 pm


UHN PDFs are also invited to join us on October 15th at the 1st Annual UHN Postdoctoral Research Symposium. This is an exciting opportunity to share your research through oral or poster presentations, network with other PDFs, and foster new collaborative opportunities. More information here. Submit abstract here.

Connect with us!

Stay connected with the UHN Postdoc Association on social media for event updates, reminders, and fun activities throughout PDF Appreciation Week.
Twitter: @UHNPostdocs
Instagram: @uhnpostdocs

For more information, please contact the Office of Research Trainees (