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Industry Research Postdoctoral Programs

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Industry Research Postdoctoral Programs

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The New York Academy of Sciences

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Join the Science Alliance as we discuss the postdoctoral programs outside Academia. Topics will include differences between academia and industry, hiring and transition mechanisms, salaries and challenges. The panel discussion will also explore the career paths of the panelists and suggestions on how to be a strong candidate for a non-academic postdoctoral position will be discussed. The panel will include the Postdocs administrators or directors as well as a current postdocs from each company.

Audience members will also have the opportunity to interact with our panelists and ask questions during the panel and the roundtables. The speakers and panelists will share their knowledge and expertise during the roundtables session. The event will be followed by a networking reception.

The Jacobs Technion–Cornell Institute

The Jacobs Technion–Cornell Institute is a joint academic venture between Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, resident at Cornell's Tech campus in New York City. Its mission is to push the envelope of academia, experimenting and innovating in developing pioneering leaders and technologies for the digital age. It shares with Cornell Tech the goals of increasing the graduate-level talent pool for the tech industry and driving the creation of new digitally-enabled products and companies in New York and around the world. A centerpiece of Jacobs Institute innovation is the Runway Startup Postdoc program, which began in 2014. Runway is a combination postdoc program and incubator. It brings recent PhDs to campus for one to three years to develop and leverage their deep technology expertise into significant impact through startup companies. The program is governed by a special IP arrangement and investment model that make it easy for novice entrepreneurs to get off the ground. Runway runs a yearly admissions process with applications usually due in February. The program involves faculty at Cornell and the Technion, and leverages assets from Cornell Tech, Jacobs Institute and the NYC ecosystem. Thirteen Runway companies based on PhD-depth research have been launched so far, with several more in the current pipeline. For more information visit

Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

The NIBR Postdoctoral Program provides postdoctoral scholars with a unique opportunity to perform innovative, fundamental research in a pharmaceutical setting. Postdocs design and conduct their research with guidance from a principal investigator at Novartis, and an academic advisor where appropriate. Our postdocs present their work at major research conferences and aim to publish their results in leading peer-reviewed journals. We encourage applications from candidates who wish to pursue a career in academia or industry. For more information visit

The Merck Research Laboratories Postdoctoral Research Fellows Program

The Merck Research Laboratories Postdoctoral Research Fellows Program was launched in 2012, and now has about 60 postdoctoral fellows at 7 different research sites. Each year, a call for proposals is published internally and about 25 projects are selected based on the scientific strength of each project, alignment with the strategic direction of the research area, and the suitability of the mentor. A key goal of the program is top-quality science with rapid external publication and presentation in high profile journals and conferences. The program places postdocs into MRL laboratories with capabilities, equipment, expertise and knowledge that often allow research into areas not easily replicated in academia. Postdocs who have moved through the program have proven to be well positioned for placement into academia, industry, government laboratories, or within Merck. For more information visit

Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development (R&D)

Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development (R&D) sponsors a postdoctoral training program that provides a unique opportunity to pursue ground-breaking research in the areas of disease biology, drug delivery and mechanisms of action and computational efforts supporting these areas, as well as the engineering of novel therapeutic proteins, vaccines, and nucleic acids. Trainees pursue their research and career training in a culture steeped in the translation of basic science discovery into difference-making medicines for patients of all ages and geographies. Postdocs can pursue their training at a number of the company's Worldwide R&D campuses around the globe. For more information about the Pfizer Worldwide R&D Postdoctoral Program, visit

Regeneron's Postdoctoral Program

Regeneron's Postdoctoral Program is a three-year training program designed to stimulate rigorous scientific thinking. Regeneron postdocs use cutting edge techniques to ask innovative questions under the mentorship of some of the most creative scientists in biomedicine. The program is directed by an award-winning educator and consists of intensive mentoring, didactic training, career development, and weekly data discussions. Fellows are required to engage in scholarly activities such as presenting at conferences and publishing their work, and are expected to complete the program with a strong understanding of biotechnology. For more information visit

Registration Pricing

Member (Student / Postdoc)$25
Nonmember (Student / Postdoc)$35

* This event also will be broadcast via webinar from 6:00 PM to 7:35 PM; registration is required.

Please note: Transmission of presentations via the webinar is subject to individual consent by the speakers. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that every speaker's presentation will be broadcast in full via the webinar. To access all speakers' presentations in full, we invite you to attend the live event in New York City where possible.

Webinar Pricing

Member (Student / Postdoc)$10
Nonmember (Student / Postdoc)$15


* Presentation times are subject to change.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

6:00 PM

Opening Remarks

6:10 PM

Presentations about the programs (8 min/program)

7:00 PM

Panel with current postdocs

7:35 PM

Roundtables with Postdocs and Program Directors (2 rounds)

8:30 PM


9:30 PM

Event closes


Yaihara Fortis-Santiago, PhD

The New York Academy of Sciences


Ronald J. Brachman, PhD

Director, Jacobs Technion–Cornell Institute

Ron Brachman is the Director of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech in New York City, a position he began in October of 2016. He is also a Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University. Prior to moving to the Jacobs Institute, he was Chief Scientist of Yahoo and Head of Yahoo Labs, where he had responsibility for leading all of Yahoo's science activities worldwide. Ron was one of the original leaders who defined and built Yahoo Research in 2005. Prior to that, he was the Director of the Information Processing Technology Office at DARPA; in that role he helped provide $1B in support to the national computer science research community and started the Cognitive Systems initiative, which, among other things, gave birth to Siri. Before that he held various research leadership, management, and research positions at AT&T Labs, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Fairchild/Schlumberger, and BBN.

Ron is an internationally known expert in Artificial Intelligence. He has published extensively and is the co-author of a well-known textbook in Knowledge Representation and Reasoning. He holds a B.S.E.E. degree from Princeton University and S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, a Fellow of IEEE, and a Founding Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). He has won multiple distinguished service awards, was President of AAAI between 2003 and 2005, and serves on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer of the Computing Research Association. He acts as an advisor to Segovia Technology, a NYC-based startup that provides enterprise technology to help relieve extreme poverty in emerging economies and provide rapid and seamless humanitarian relief through secure, reliable cash transfers. Ron is currently serving as the Interim Director of the Runway Startup Postdoc Program at the Jacobs Institute.

Susan D. Croll, PhD

Director, Neuroscience Postdoctoral Program Director, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Susan Croll received her BA from SUNY Geneseo followed by a PhD in Neuropsychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). From 1992–2001, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow and then as a scientist at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals where she studied the therapeutic potential of protein growth factors. She left her full-time position at Regeneron after 9 productive years in industry (15 publications) to begin an academic career in 2001. She started her own laboratory at Queens College of CUNY where she undertook a focused study of the effects of the growth factors BDNF and VEGF in epilepsy and other neurological diseases. While there, she published 20 articles and one book, obtained NIH funding, won awards for her classroom teaching, spearheaded the establishment of a research-based Neuroscience major, and secured tenure. Throughout her time in academia, she maintained her association with Regeneron, continuing as a consulting scientist. After 10 years at Queens College, Dr. Croll chose to return to Regeneron full-time in 2011 to work toward rapid advances in human health using Regeneron's innovative technologies. In addition to her role in research at Regeneron, she has redefined and directed multiple educational programs within the company such as Regeneron's Postdoctoral Program, Kids' Science Day Program, and High School Mentorship Program. Currently, Dr. Croll plays the dual roles of Director, Neuroscience and Postdoctoral Program Director at Regeneron.

Kenneth G. Geles, PhD

Associate Research Fellow, Pfizer–Oncology, Targeted Therapeutics Group
Governance Team Member and Mentor, Pfizer Worldwide R&D Postdoctoral Program

Ken Geles conducted translational research at the Fox Chase Cancer Center prior to receiving a PhD degree in Cancer Biology from Northwestern University. He was then awarded an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship to study tissue-specific functions of the general transcription machinery in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Tjian at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California–Berkeley. Currently at Pfizer–Oncology, he is a group leader with more than 10 years of pharmaceutical industry experience developing targeted nanomedicines including biotherapeutics, antibody drug conjugates and nanoparticle programs from target ID to clinical testing. He also serves on the Worldwide R&D Postdoctoral Program Governance Team and is a mentor in the Oncology R&D Group. His drug discovery interests are focused on therapeutics that target cancer stem cells, tumor immunology and developing advanced three dimensional co-culture models to screen the next generation of anti-cancer agents. Research in his group focuses on understanding how the tumor microenvironment modulates anti-tumor immunity and key developmental signaling pathways to establish aberrant immune responses and tumor cell hierarchies.

Leslie Pond, PhD

Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

Leslie Pond is head of the Postdoctoral Program and a member of the Academic Relations team at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, where she supports the postdoc program community and is responsible for program operations across multiple locations. She is passionate about contributing to the development of the next generation of scientists with respect to both scientific and relational skills. She received her PhD in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and was a postdoctoral fellow at The Scripps Research Institute, California and the University of Dundee, Scotland. She then joined Cell Press as a Senior Editor for the journals Cell and Molecular Cell. Prior to joining NIBR in 2006, she was a Scientific Editor at Virtual Text / Jones and Bartlett Publishers, where she was part of a team that developed online textbooks and the cell biology textbook CELLS.

Peter Salmon, PhD

Merck Research Laboratories

Peter Salmon is a Distinguished Scientist in the Biologics & Vaccines area of Merck Research Laboratories, and is currently responsible for the Sterile Product and Analytical Development department whose responsibilities include development of drug product formulations, manufacturing processes, and analytical methods to support the biologics pipeline. Prior to assuming this role, Dr. Salmon headed the Fermentation & Cell Culture department, whose responsibilities included development and characterization of cell lines and of fermentation and cell culture processes for the production of vaccines and recombinant antibodies. In previous roles, Dr. Salmon has also had responsibilities for process implementation to prepare clinical supplies, and for technology transfer into manufacturing. Dr. Salmon has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University. He has 30 years of industrial experience, and is the author or co-author of more than 50 journal articles or book chapters.


Michael Oropallo, PhD

Merck Research Laboratories

Michael Oropallo is an immunologist currently working as a postdoctoral fellow in the safety assessment organization at Merck & Co. His current work involves the development and characterization of novel in vitro and in vivo models to predict immune system related adverse events to both biologics and small molecules. Prior to joining Merck & Co. he received his PhD in Immunology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 while working in the lab of Dr. Michael P. Cancro. During this time he led the investigation of novel B cell tolerance mechanisms and their roles in preventing the accumulation of autoantibodies. Following this work, he spent 2 years in the lab of Dr. Andrea Cerutti at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai as a postdoctoral fellow. He was responsible for planning and executing multiple independent research projects related to B and T cell mucosal immunology, liver resident B cells, IgE in allergy, and related diseases. In addition to his work in lab, he has served on the postdoctoral executive committee at Mount Sinai, the biotechnology club executive committee at Mount Sinai, and the Postdoctoral association at Merck & Co.

Natasha Emmanuel, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Oncology Research Unit, Pfizer Worldwide R&D Postdoctoral Program

Natasha received her BS in Cell and Molecular Biology from San Francisco State University. Prior to graduate school she worked as a Research Associate at the University of California San Francisco where she studied the role of mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress in neurodegeneration. Her work in understanding the unique features of and effects of GATA3 mutations in breast cancer pathogenesis formed the basis of her PhD thesis at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2015. Continuing her interest in cancer research at Pfizer's post-doctoral fellowship program, she investigates the regulation of mTORC1 pathway in non-small cell lung cancer. In 2015, Natasha was the recipient of the AACR Women in Cancer Research Scholar Award. Natasha is currently a peer mentor and Next Scholar mentor at the New York Academy of Sciences.

Noreen Rizvi, PhD

Merck Research Laboratories

Noreen Rizvi received her BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Cornell University, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University. Dr. Rizvi is currently working in the Pharmacology and Structural Chemistry groups at Merck Research Laboratories as part of the Merck Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. As a postdoc, she is investigating the druggability of non-coding RNA with small molecules. Her experience as a postdoc is highlighted here.

Jonathan Goodwin

Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

Jonathan joined the Novartis postdoctoral program in 2015 and is focused on understanding and uncovering regulatory nodes governing mammalian selective autophagy. Jonathan earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. He then worked at Massachusetts General Hospital as a research technician studying oncolytic viruses and mechanisms to improve viral biodistribution within the tumor microenvironment. He pursued his doctoral degree in the laboratory of Reuben Shaw at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA, studying novel substrates of the LKB1-dependent kinases involved in invasion and metastasis. He has a strong interest in cell signaling pathways, target identification, and vesicular trafficking. Outside of lab, he enjoys fishing, hiking, and live music.

Jonathan Cruz, PhD

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Jonathan Cruz received his BS from Rutgers University in 2007 in Food Science and Microbiology. During his time as an undergraduate he studied how antimicrobial peptides affect spore viability in food systems. After graduating, he entered a PhD program at the Graduate School of Biological Sciences at Rutgers University. He studied small stress response operons in bacteria known as toxin–antitoxin (TA) systems. TA systems are highly enriched in certain organisms, such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis and may play a role in the ability of this bacterium to enter a latent state. Jonathan received his PhD in 2015 and then began a postdoc at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. He is currently in his second year of this program working in the infectious disease department.

Assaf Glazer Jacobs

Technion–Cornell Institute