November 14, 2017

‘Be a Mentor not a Tormentor’ Workshop

Thursday 14th December

12-2pm, 1031 Steinmetz Hall

Workshop leader: Dr Roger Fillingim, Distinguished Professor, UF College of Dentistry 

Effective mentoring is critical to enable the next generation of scientists to continue advancing scientific discovery. However, most researchers receive no training in mentoring best practices. This interactive workshop will review characteristics of successful mentors and mentoring relationships and will discuss practices that enhance the quality of mentoring. Discussions of case scenarios will then be used to promote application of the principles outlined.

Click here to register to attend!

Submitted by Joseph McQuail, Postdoc Development Workshop Chair


Postdoc Mentoring Awards 2017-2018

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is pleased to announce the continuation of the Postdoctoral Mentoring Awards for outstanding mentors of UF postdocs.  The mentoring awards were established to encourage and reward excellence, innovation, and effectiveness in mentoring UF postdocs.  

Please apply using the application for the 2017-2018 award

Information about past award recipients is on the Postdoc Mentoring Awards website.

If you wish to nominate an outstanding faculty member for the award, please email Cheryl Gater with the nominee's contact information.

The application deadline is November 30, 2017.

Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


Postdoc Editors Association

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is pleased to announce the creation of the University of Florida’s Postdoctoral Editors Association (UF-PEA), a service to help postdocs who seek to improve English grammar and writing style. The UF-PEA is comprised of postdoc volunteers from multiple colleges across the University who will offer preliminary review of manuscripts, grant applications, posters, slides and other scholarly presentations. While this service will be most useful to postdocs who speak English as a second language, the service is free and open to all postdocs at UF. Our editors will provide feedback on structure and style of writing, but refrain from commenting on scholarship which is best honed by interactions between the postdoc and their mentor. UF-PEA will facilitate higher level postdoc-mentor interactions by reducing time spent on basic writing needs.

Find out more or submit a document for review at our website!

Submitted by Joseph McQuail, Postdoc Editors Association Editor-in-Chief


Postdoc Funding Opportunities

Postdoctoral Positions in Cancer Biology in Medical College of Wisconsin

A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the lab of Dr. Sunila Pradeep in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Medical College of Wisconsin. 

Postdoctoral research will be performed in a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative environment with world-class experts and state-of-the-art technologies and facilities, which provide unique and ideal career development opportunities. Using integrative experimental approaches, we seek to understand the fundamental mechanisms underlying cancer development, drug resistance and immunity.

This position will use both in vitro and in vivo models to study the molecular mechanisms of tumor progression in breast cancer and/or ovarian cancer. We are seeking a highly motivated, collaborative individual with publication record and strong background in cell signaling, epigenetic regulation of gene expression, micro-environmental factors and immune cells in cancer biology.  

The candidate with a doctoral or equivalent degree (PhD) should have a demonstrated research experience in cell culture, protein chemistry, molecular and cell biology, epigenetics, and/or experimental therapeutics. Individuals with excellent interpersonal skills and being able to work independently and as a team-worker are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and education. Candidates must have first author publications in reputable journals from their terminal degree or current research.

Please send a cover letter, CV and contact information for three references to Dr. Sunila

Pradeep ( or Pradeep Chaluvally (, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical College of Wisconsin, 8701 Water Town Plank Road, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53226.

Related Publications of Sunila Pradeep:

a) Sunila Pradeep, Jie Huang, Edna M. Mora* , Chad V. Pecot, Alpa M. Nick, Misoon Cho, Hee Dong Han, Rajesh Rupaimoole , Lingegowda S. Mangala, Martin A. Stein, Stephan Brock,  Yunfei Wen, Sherry Wu, et al. Erythropoietin Stimulates Tumor Growth via EphB4. Cancer Cell. 2015; 28(5):610-22.  PMID: 26481148. PMCID: PMC4643364.

b) Sunila Pradeep, Seung W. Kim, Sherry Y. Wu, Masato Nishimura, Pradeep Chaluvally Raghavan, Takahito Miyake, Chad V. Pecot, et al. Hematogenous Metastasis of Ovarian Cancer: Rethinking Mode of Spread. Cancer Cell. 2014; 26 (1):77-91.  PMID: 25026212. PMCID: PMC4100212

c) Pradeep Chaluvally-Raghavan, Fan Zhang, Sunila Pradeep, Xi Zhao, Shuangxing Yu, Chad V Pecot, Miriam R Aure, et al. Genomic Amplification of microRNA-569 at 3q26.2 Leads to Loss of TP53INP1 and Aggressiveness of Epithelial Cancers. Cancer Cell. 2014; 26(6):863-879.  PMID: 25490449. PMCID: PMC4261159.

Medical College of Wisconsin Campus is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

Additionally, on the Resources page of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs website, the Funding Opportunities page lists different funding opportunities available to postdocs.  

Submitted by Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


Postdoc HR Issues:

Insurance and Benefits: If you have questions about benefits enrollment or eligibility, please contact UF's Human Resource Services' Benefits Office at or (352) 392-2477.

Employee Issues: If you are experiencing an issue with your supervisor that is not resolved in your department and need assistance or guidance, please contact Mr. Brook Mercier in Employee Relations in UF's Human Resource Services.  Mr. Mercier can be reached at 392-1072 or

Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Reminder: University of Florida Postdocs on Facebook and LinkedIn

Join this Facebook group for University of Florida postdocs as well as the LinkedIn group:

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Reminder: FREE Affiliate NPA Membership

If you would like to receive an invitation to join the National Postdoctoral Association or if your invitation has expired and you need to be sent a refreshed invitation, please contact Cheryl Gater to receive an invitation.

More information.

Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
University of Florida

235 Tigert Hall
P. O. Box 113175‌
Gainesville, FL 32611