The University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Postdoctoral Council (BPC) is a volunteer organization run by and for postdoctoral scholars. The BPC was founded in 2000, and we were one of the first postdoctoral associations in the USA. We represent almost 1,000 biomedical postdoctoral appointees from the Perelman School of Medicine, the School of Veterinary Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute, and the Monell Chemical Senses Center. We also welcome the involvement of postdocs from the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and The Wistar Institute.

The BPC seeks to foster a sense of community, provide resources for career and personal development, and provide a framework for representation on campus and in the local community for postdoctoral scholars. We also work closely with the office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs (BPP), which is responsible for providing postdoctoral training at Penn.

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Visit the BPC Newsletter for a great way to stay up-to-date with the latest postdoc news.

Join the council!

New, enthusiastic volunteers are always welcome to serve as council members, committee members, or to help organize events. As a council member, you have the opportunity to form and change postdoctoral policies, gain career-enhancing skills and build an invaluable network of peers.

The BPC holds meetings at 5pm on the first working Monday of every month in Stellar Chance 104, which are open to all postdocs.

If you would like further information please contact the BPC co-chairs at

The Biomedical Postdoctoral Council (BPC) and Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs (BPP) are pleased to announce:

The 14th Annual Biomedical Postdoctoral Research Symposium

Wednesday October 7th 2015
Smilow Research Center
3400 Civic Center Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19104

The guidelines for abstract submission can be found here.
Please submit your abstract using this webapp.

This FREE event is a great way to practice your presentation skills and to learn about your fellow postdocs’ research. Posters have been very well-attended in past years
and the presenters pleased with the feedback they've received. All post-docs served by the Biomedical Postdoctoral Council (BPC) and Office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs (BPP)
are welcome to present, and all members of the university community are welcome to attend.