Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs Distinguished Mentor Award
A crucial component in developing a successful career, particularly in science, is a good mentor. Outstanding postdoctoral mentorship is expected of our faculty members but is rarely rewarded. In recognition of the value Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs (BPP) places on mentorship, BPP has created the Distinguished Mentor Award. This award is designed to acknowledge superb mentors from among the BPP participating faculty.
“Dr. Kaestner has created an environment in which postdoctoral fellows receive career training in numberous ways. Dr. Kaestner also upholds an open-door policy in which he encourages students and postdocs to walk in and freely discuss their experimental results, new ideas, and concerns. He provides us with an excellent example of how to do good science in an ethical and rigorous manner as well as maintain our individual lives outside of lab. We believe that Dr. Kaestner deserves to receive this award for his successful training history, provision of multiple aspects of career development, and being an extremely positive role model for the postdoctoral trainees who have had the privilege to complete their training in the Kaestner lab.” — Nominators
Klaus Kaestner, PhD
Thomas and Evelyn Suor Butterworth Professor in Genetics, Department of Genetics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
The Kaestner lab is employing modern mouse genetic approaches, such as gene targeting, tissue-specific and inducible gene ablation, to understand the molecular mechanisms of organogenesis and physiology of the liver, pancreas and gastrointestinal tract. Disease areas targeted by Dr. Kaestner’s research include diabetes and cancer.
Sanjeev Kumar Memorial Lecture
Dr. Sanjeev Kumar was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, where he studied HIV pathogenesis and vaccine development. Dr. Kumar embraced academic research and all the accompanying expectations of this type of career. He loved the challenge of designing experiments and analyzing the data as he delved into his hypothesis. Even as Dr. Kumar gathered his data, he was always thinking ahead to the next set of experiments, which stoked his motivation to pursue new paths to exciting scientific discoveries. In addition to his scientific endeavors, Dr. Kumar loved to teach. Communicating his knowledge and love of science to other more junior investigators was one of his exemplary and defining traits. He thrived on the collegial collaborations and scientific discussions fostered by the research environment at Penn. This presentation was selected for the type of excellence in scientific discovery that Dr. Kumar pursued and enjoyed.
Kumar Memorial Postdoc Lecture Award
Dr. Zachary Gerhart-Hines
KUMAR MEMORIAL LECTURE PRESENTER
The nuclear receptor Rev-erbα controls circadian thermogenic plasticity
AUM LifeTech Science & Innovation Award for Best Oral Presentation
Dr. Mindy Ezra
AUM LifeTech Science & Innovation Award for Best Poster Presentation
Dr. Imran Mohammed
Charles River Laboratories Award
Dr. Brandy Pickens
Biomedical Postdoctoral Scientific Image Prize
Dr. Charlotte Hiu-Yan Chung