Your postdoctoral experience is ripe with opportunity – and equally full of demands. Hear advice from other postdocs on how you can get the most of your experience by staying inspired and producing results.
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Jean-Francois Gariepy, PhD
Jean-François Gariépy is the host and creator of NEURO.tv. In 2012, he completed a PhD on the neural basis of respiratory and locomotor control at the Université de Montréal. Francois Gariepy co-directed the Kickstarter campaign to fund NEURO.tv, and is active on Twitter.
Sherilynn Black, PhD
Sherilynn Black is an assistant professor in the Practice in Medical Education in the Duke University School of Medicine. She completed her BS in psychology (biology minor) as a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill) and graduated with highest honors. She then completed her PhD in the department of neurobiology at Duke University and completed additional studies at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Education . Her current research focuses on identifying the common variables associated with successful STEM student-development interventions in higher education, and in creating computational models that are predictive of the success of higher education intervention programs. Sherilynn currently serves as the founding director of the Office of Biomedical Graduate Diversity at Duke University School of Medicine. Her office works to bring talented underrepresented graduate students to Duke and enrich their doctoral study experiences through professional development, academic enrichment, mentoring, and cohort-formation programs and activities. Sherilynn is also a co-principal investigator of the Duke Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program, referred to as the Duke Biosciences Collaborative for Research Engagement (BioCoRE). Duke BioCoRE provides mentoring and scientific engagement opportunities for talented and diverse undergraduate and graduate students in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. At Duke, Sherilynn also serves as a member of the President's Council on Black Affairs, co-advisor for the Duke Chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, faculty advisor for the Duke Bridges to the Doctorate Program, and faculty affiliate for the Duke Center for Science Education. Sherilynn is deeply engaged in promoting STEM diversity efforts on a national level. She currently serves as a faculty stakeholder in SfN’s Neuroscience Scholars Program and as a member of SfN’s Professional Development Committee and Online Programs Steering Committee. Sherilynn is also an appointed member of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Graduate Research, Education, and Training. She works with NIH to lead national workshops on diversity initiatives in the basic sciences.