Postdoc Update Newsletter



May 21, 2019


Come to the Postdoc Seminar Series – Today!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Noon – 1:15pm
George T. Harrell Medical Education Building (HME) rm.460 (campus map)
Can’t attend in person? Join via Zoom!
Bring your lunch (light snacks provided)
Hear updates from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Featuring presentations by UF Postdocs
Help your peers by providing constructive feedback on presentations

Presentation By:

Kacoli Sen, PhD

College of Engineering

Department of Chemical Engineering

Breast cancer cells under mild hyperthermic stress release exosomes with immunogenic potential stimulating pro-inflammatory phenotype in vitro in macrophages. (~30 min.)

Macrophages are an integral component of the innate immune system, playing a dual role in tumor promotion and tumor suppression; hence, it is important to understand their dynamics during therapeutic interventions. Mild hyperthermia treatment regimens against cancer have gained clinical importance due to their potential to improve therapeutic outcome of classical therapeutics, yet the response of macrophages to molecular signals from hyperthermic cancer cells is not clearly understood. In-depth understanding of alternative therapeutic approaches such as hyperthermia is relevant because this could lead to treatments that overcome drug resistance, a limiting factor of classical therapeutics in breast cancer treatment. In the present study, thermal dose response was determined by evaluating cytotoxicity in a range of hyperthermic temperatures and treatment durations in breast cancer cells. Under mild hyperthermic stress there was an increased heterogeneity and efflux of exosomes secreted by breast cancer cells which was evaluated by Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis. When murine macrophages were exposed to exosomes secreted by heat treated cancer cells the former became polarized to an inflammatory M1 phenotype, which could trigger an immune response against cancer. Activation of macrophages was analyzed using ELISA while increased migratory potential accompanied by morphology change was evaluated using electron microscopy and transwell assays. The increased immunogenic potential of exosomes from heat-treated cancer cells could be attributed to changes in exosomal content of heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70). The macrophage-based immunogenic response against breast tumor cells elicited by hyperthermia suggests that it can be a viable strategy to combat breast cancer.

This lunch-time seminar series will take place the 2nd Wednesday of each month from noon – 1:15pm (Except for April & May, where it was necessary to change the date).

Do you have an important presentation coming up? Sign up to give a practice presentation at the UF Postdoc Seminar Series.   

Questions? Contact

Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


Register for a New Postdoc Orientation Session

Are you a new postdoc, or just interested in learning more about the resources available to you at UF? Sign up for an upcoming New Postdoc Orientation session. New Postdoc Orientation is offered quarterly throughout the calendar year. All NPO sessions are streamed live via zoom.

Registration is now open for the following NPO sessions:

Download the Postdoc Resource Guide.

Download New Postdoc Orientation Slides.

Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


Conversations with Women Leaders in the Life Sciences

The BioFlorida Northeast Chapter Event will present an interactive panel with women leaders in the industry covering topics such as: factors leading to success throughout their careers, and strategies for upward growth personally and professionally.

Thursday June 27th, 7:30am – 9:30am
UF Innovate | The Hub
747 SW 2nd Ave
Gainesville, Florida  32601


Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


National Park Foundation Announces Conway Science Fellowship

The National Park Foundation is excited to announce the Conway Science Fellowship, funded through the generous support of Karen Swett Conway, National Park Foundation Board of Directors, and her husband Brian Conway.  The fellowship will benefit the National Park Service through innovative scientific research that can inform park management.

As the National Park Service begins its second century of park conservation, it strives to ensure that science-based research—capable of transforming our nation’s understanding and appreciation of its natural and cultural heritage—remains a key component of national park management.

Three teams consisting of a faculty or senior scientist mentor and a postdoc fellow (within three years of receiving their doctorate degree) will be selected to embark on innovative science research. The applicant(s) will be the faculty employed at the research institution, who will select an appropriate postdoc fellow. Each of the three fellows will focus on a different topical area that addresses some of the National Park Service’s emerging resource management challenges:

1) Addressing increasing visitor use by integrating social science and resource stewardship,
2) Enhancing ocean and coastal resource stewardship, and
3) Embracing collaborative conservation at the landscape scale.

We are hoping to attract great minds and great ideas through this competitive fellowship.  We hope you will consider the opportunity to make a difference by contributing your talents in the stewardship of our national treasures.

For more information and to apply visit:

Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


Florida Museum of Natural History Events

New crocodile exhibit now open at Florida Museum

Florida Museum of Natural History visitors may now test their strength against a crocodile’s bite, learn how they hunt using soundwaves and see live reptiles in the new “CROCS: Ancient Predators in a Modern World” exhibit. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for Florida residents and $5.50 for ages 3-17. Museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 card receive free admission. For more information, visit or call 352-846-2000.

Florida Museum offers free admission to veterans May 27

The Florida Museum of Natural History is offering free admission to the “Butterfly Rainforest” and “Crocs” exhibits for veterans on Memorial Day. Valid forms of identification include a military ID, DD Form 214, VA card or driver’s license. Not valid with other offers or discounts. For more information, visit or call 352-846-2000.

Submitted by Nikhil Srinivasan, Florida Museum of Natural History


i-Rec 2019 Conference Coming to UF June 5-7

The main goal of the i-Rec conference series is to contribute to disaster reconstruction and recovery knowledge and its applications in disaster impacted populations through interdisciplinary research and information sharing with various stakeholders. This conference will be held at the University of Florida June 5-7. Registration is still open at

Submitted by Joey Mazzaferro, College of Design, Construction and Planning


Beyond the p < .05: Confidence Intervals in Evaluation and Reporting of Research Findings

Friday May 31st, 3:45-5pm JG32 BMS Building

Increasing dissatisfaction with statistical significance texting has left many researchers seeking alternative ways to evaluate and report their results. This workshop will cover the logic of confidence intervals, their relationship to significance testing, and how confidence intervals can be calculated with the SPSS and Stata statistical packages.

Presented by David Schwieder PhD, Coordinator of Humanities and Social Science Data Services, The George A. Smathers Libraries. This workshop if part of the Academic Research and Consulting Services (ARCS) group at the George A. Smathers Libraries

Submitted by Joe Wu, Health Science Center Library


Postdoc Achievements

Heather McGregor Awarded Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship (NSERC PDF)

Dr. McGregor, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Neuromotor Behavior Lab, Dept. of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology, has been awarded the prestigious NSERC PDF to support her research on how human spaceflight (and exposure to analog environments) affects the brain and cognitive functions. In this particular project, she is investigating the effectiveness of artificial gravity as a countermeasure for these effects. The NSERC PDF Program provides support to a core of the most promising researchers at a pivotal time in their careers. The fellowships are also intended to secure a supply of highly qualified Canadians with leading edge scientific and research skills for Canadian industry, government and institutions. Learn more about Dr. McGregor’s research.



Submit Postdoc Awards & Honors Announcements

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs wants to promote your achievements. Please send notification of postdoc awards and achievements to Lily Lewis or submit a Postdoctoral Achievements Submission Form. Postdoc Award announcements will be included in the weekly UF Postdoctoral Update Newsletter and Awards and other Achievements (such as publications) will be featured on the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs website.

Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


Submit your UF Postdoc Profile

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is in the process of updating our website and we want to highlight our current postdocs. We invite you to submit content for your profile and let us help you enhance your online professional presence. The online submission form can be found here and current profiles can be viewed here. Note that a professional style profile picture is required. If you do not have a photo, contact Lily Lewis to schedule your photo shoot prior to submitting your profile. Please feel free to contact Lily Lewis if you have any comments or questions about the submission form or would like assistance crafting your content.

Submitted by the 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


University of Florida Postdocs on Facebook and LinkedIn

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

Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


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 Lily Lewis to receive an invitation.

More information.

Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


FREE NCFDD Membership

The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) provide a variety of virtual programs and resources including:

  • Weekly Monday Motivator
  • Monthly Core Curriculum Webinars
  • Monthly Guest Expert Webinars
  • Access to Multi-Week Courses
  • Access to Dissertation Success Curriculum for graduate students
  • Private Discussion Forum for peer-mentoring, problem-solving, & moderated writing challenges
  • Monthly accountability buddy matches
  • Access to 14-Day Writing Challenges
  • Access to the Member Library that includes past webinar materials, referrals, and readings

To claim your free access to our Institutional Membership, complete the following steps:

2)  Choose your institution from the drop-down menu.
3)  Select “Activate my Membership”
4)  Complete the registration form using your institutional email address (i.e.
5)  Go to your institution email to find a confirmation/welcome email. Click “Activate Account” in the email.

If you have any questions about the membership, please contact: Antonio Farias via email at or by phone at (352) 392-6917. If you have any technical questions, please email NCFDD at

Submitted by Chris Hass, Office of the Provost


Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
University of Florida 

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