Here at the IU School of Medicine we employ approximately 200 postdoctoral scholars, early career scientists gaining research experience, expertise and, hopefully, some publications too.
The school and mentoring faculty benefit from the work our postdocs perform, and we have an obligation to ensure that they receive the training and guidance needed to help them pursue independent careers, whether in academic medicine, in private industry or elsewhere.
To help ensure that, we have recruited Tricia Wright to be the director of the IUSM Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.
Dr. Wright, who was awarded her doctorate in genetics and molecular biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, comes to IU from Duke University, where she completed a postdoc performing breast cancer related research in the Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology. She was chair of professional development for the Duke University Postdoctoral Association and co-founder of the Duke Diversity Postdoc Alliance.
She has a long list of services and activities planned for the office, starting with establishing an IUSM Postdoctoral Association, creating an Office of Postdoctoral Affairs advisory committee consisting of faculty and postdocs to further develop and refine policies and commonly used documents. In addition, she plans to host postdoc orientations and professional development programs for postdocs.
If you have suggestions or questions, Tricia can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.