University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

Education and Training

For Post-Doctoral Associates

The mission of the University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association (UPPDA) is to facilitate a more constructive and positive experience for postdoctoral professionals that will benefit the postdoctoral professionals and the University of Pittsburgh alike. Learn more about the UPDDA.

The University of Pittsburgh Office of Academic Career Development for the Health Sciences offers a wealth of information for scientists at different points in their career paths, including postdoctoral associates.

Seminars and Journal Clubs

View the UPCI Calendar of Events for a schedule of upcoming cancer-related seminars and journal clubs, including (among others):

  • The weekly UPCI Basic and Translational Research Seminar Series is one of the largest and most well attended at the University of Pittsburgh. Seminars typically attract audiences of well over one hundred students, post-docs, faculty and clinicians, as well as attendees from outside UPCI or UPMC. Both internal and external speakers are invited to present to highlight key developments in basic and translational cancer research areas (coordinator: Gina Toy-Cutter).
  • Various departments within the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences offer cancer-related seminars, such as the Pharmacology & Chemical Biology weekly seminar series (coordinator: Melanie McClain).
  • Many programs and centers such as the Immunology Program (coordinator: Rosemary Hoffman) and Women's Cancer Research Center (coordinator: Dr. Ryan Hartmaier) organize regular journal clubs in which papers with seminal importance for cancer research are discussed in a stimulating environment. Other journal clubs are organized around a specific topic of interest, such as the DNA Repair Journal Club, which focuses on current topics in DNA repair as it relates to human disease, DNA damage processing, genome stability, telomere biology, cancer and aging (coordinator: Dr. Robert Sobol).
  • The weekly Hematology/Oncology Writing Group meeting serves as a forum for all UPCI investigators to have draft manuscripts, abstracts, grants, and letters of intent reviewed by impartial investigators prior to submission (coordinator: Darren Gilmartin).