1st Postdoc Symposium

The 1st Annual Postdoc Symposium sponsored by the Yale Postdoctoral Association

We invite you to the First Annual Postdoc Symposium to be held on Friday, June 8th, 2018 in the Kroon Hall at Yale. The symposium welcomes Postdocs and Associate Research Scientists (ARS) from all departments and fields of research to present their work to the Yale research community. This event is sponsored by the Yale postdoctoral association and is free for postdocs and ARS.

This page will be regularly updated with new information along the progression of the organization, including location, program agenda and the schedule of the selected talks. --Last update: June 1st 2018 --


Communicate. Explore. Connect. 

This symposium is a great opportunity for professional development and networking within the Yale community. The goals of this event are for you to:

  • Communicate your research
  • Explore the diversity of postdoctoral research performed at Yale
  • Connect with other postdocs

This day is designed to increase the visibility of Postdoc Research at Yale. This event will focus on the diversity of our community and our contribution to the research excellence at Yale. It will be a great way for you to discover new fields of research, connect with unexpected future collaborators in other departments, and increase your network in the research community. This event gives a unique opportunity to get more out of your Yale experience than spending days and nights in the lab.


Registration is now close, except for new/incoming Postdocs

We have closed the general registration. We only accept registration for attendance from upcoming postdocs/ARS that joined or will joined Yale in 2018. This is to give them a chance to attend. If you are in this case please send us an email, with name and affiliation at Yale, to: ypa@yale.edu


Program agenda

The event will be a day long symposium on Friday, 8th June. It will feature presentations from a diversity of postdocs in short and long format. The talks will be of general interest to any scientist and covered a large range of topics and fields of science. The symposium will also include poster sessions to interact and discuss more in details research. Finally, the symposium will be followed by a social event sponsored by the YPA.

The symposium will be held at the Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511


8:30 - 9:00 Coffee and Registration
9:15 - 9:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:30 - 10:30 Session I
10:30 - 11:30 Poster Session I
11:30 - 12:30 Session II
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 Session III
2:30 - 3:30 Poster Session II
3:30 - 4:30 Session IV
4:30 - 4:45 Closing Remarks and Poster/Short Talk awards
5:00 - 8:00 Social Event


After 8pm, the YPA and the Symposium organization team invite all postdocs to get together at Gryphon's Pub Yale (204 York St) to celebrate the end of the day.


Presentation types

Abstract were selected for 3 types of presentations:

  • Full length oral (~ 10 minutes)
  • Flash (3 minutes)
  • Poster

Who will be presenting ?

Any Postdoc or Associate Research Scientist (or equivalent level) can submit an abstract and/or present. We only ask that you are affiliated to Yale and that you present a project done at Yale (or in a Yale-associated structure). We also welcome presentations that can be of major interest to the community (tools, services, experiences, community improvement, etc.).


What am I getting into?

  Full length talk Flash Talk Contest! Poster presentation
Time 10 minutes (+ 5min. questions) 180 seconds (3 minutes) Poster session
Format ~2-10 Slides 1-2 slides (or no slides) Specific dimension tbd

Present your project and your results in 10 minutes to the Yale community. Be a representative of the diversity and quality of the Postdoc research at Yale. The presentation must be understandable to a broad audience.

Having a poster in addition to your presentation is highly recommended. 

Participate in the flash presentation contest! The goal is to present an "elevator-pitch" about your research in exactly 180 seconds or less. This is ideal for promoting your poster and presenting a project that does not have enough results for a long talk. It is also a great presentation exercise as this type of presentation needs to be both accessible and efficient at delivering scientific ideas to broad audience (like recruiters...).

You can bring any poster and present your research during the poster sessions. It is the ideal format to advertise your research to other postdocs and have time to discuss into more details what is happening in in your lab.
Selection process details for abstract Abstract for talks will be selected by field to best represent the diversity at Yale. The scoring will be based on the quality and clarity of the abstract, as well as the novelty and interests of the results and conclusions. Abstract from all fields are welcome. The selection will put the emphasis on the quality of the abstract in term of clarity. Abstract from all fields are welcome.

All types of presentations (as well as the submitted abstract) should be designed to be accessible to a broad audience. The prescribed abstract format can be downloaded here.

This is a great opportunity to upcycle previously-submitted abstracts and posters.

There will be prizes for best oral and poster presentations!

For your information you can find a summary of the selection criteria in the following table.


As we finalize the details of the symposium we will be updating them to this webpage.


Want to know more?

If you would like to know more about the event or have any questions please contact ypa@yale.edu.



We are delighted to announce that we have received sponsorship from the following organizations and companies:

Yale Cooperative Center of Excellence in Hematology Office of the Provost

Yale School of Medicine


The purpose of the Yale Cooperative Center of Excellence in Hematology (YCCEH) is to enhance research in blood diseases by facilitating synergy between many different scientists both within Yale and at multiple academic institutions across the country.

More information: website of YCCEH


The Office of the Provost is Yale’s chief educational and administrative officer after the president. The Office of the Provost oversees academic policies and activities university-wide. We are thankful for their support for this symposium.

The Yale School of Medicine  was founded in 1810 and is a world-renowned center for biomedical research, education and advanced health care. We are extremely happy with their support for the first annual symposium.

Blue State Coffee Insomnia Cookies

Claire's Corner Copia

Blue State Coffee is a family business that started in 2004. Back then, Blue State started the idea for a community-oriented coffee shop. Blue State pledged to donate a percentage of sales to local non-profit organizations, to minimize the company's environmental impact, to serve world-class coffee, and to treat employees as members of the Blue State Coffee family.

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Insomnia Cookies was founded in a college dorm room in 2003 at the University of Pennsylvania, by then student, Seth Berkowitz and they have been feeding the insatiable hunger of their fans ever since.

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Claire's Corner Copia is a vegetarian restaurant serving New Haven since 1975. It is unmistakably one of the go-to restaurants and coffee places of New Haven.

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IndieBio Office of Career Strategy

Yale Center for Medical Informatics

IndieBio is a leading startup accelerator for life sciences. IndieBio provides $250k in seed funding and a 4-month design driven program to build groundbreaking biotech companies.

More information: website of IndieBio

The Office of Career Strategy (OCS) offers career advising, professional school advising, employment and internship opportunities, and career development resources. The office works with students and alums of Yale College, Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and postdoctoral scholars to clarify career aspirations, identify opportunities, and offer support at every stage of career development.

More information: website of the OCS

Yale Center for Medical Informatics
The Center focuses on the creative use of computers in clinical medicine, molecular biology, neuroscience, and other areas of biomedical research. We conduct research, provide support and coordinate collaborative projects involving Medical School faculty, Yale-New Haven Hospital, and faculty in other departments at Yale, such as Computer Science.

More information: website of YCMI

New England Biolabs Julia's Bakery  


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The 2018 Organizing team

The organization of this first Postdoc Symposium at Yale was made possible by a team of exceptional postdocs. They invested their precious time to make sure the event will promote Postdocs on campus as well as generate a formidable opportunity for all postdocs.

Abstract Selection Team:

Nadia Ayala-Lopez
Maikel Boot
Katherine Cockburn
Smita Gopinath
Andrew Hastings
Radoslav Janostiak
Dragomir Milovanovic
Daniel Jianyu Wu
Yuan Xue



Maikel Boot

Alexandre Jourdon

Zahra Rattray



Ryan LaRanger

Anne Wyllie

Kelson Zawack

Yuan Xue


Session Chairs & Talk Jury:

Smita Gopinath

Susree Modepalli

Radoslav Janostiak

Maikel Boot

Alexandre Jourdon


Poster Jury:

Nadia Ayala-Lopez

Dragomir Milovanovic

Kelson Zawack

Daniel Jianyu Wu