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Postdoctoral Research Symposium

Spotlighting postdoc research, highlighting career paths, and facilitating connections for 9+ years.

2019 Postdoc Research Symposium group photo from above

Postdoctoral Research Symposium

The annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium is a conference-style event hosted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) and the Postdoctoral Research Symposium Committee. The Symposium features the innovative research being conducted by postdoctoral scholars at NC State and around the Triangle. It is a great opportunity to foster collaboration within the Research Triangle Park community. The Postdoc Research Symposium is a free event and open to all interested parties.

2020 Postdoctoral Research Symposium

Online Career Panel

Friday, May 29th, 4 – 5 PM followed by a virtual Networking Hour!

Our panel included:

Tolga Akiner

Tolga Akiner, Ph.D.
Data Scientist

Tolga Akiner earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Bogazici University (Turkey). After a postdoctoral experience in Machine Learning and Material Design at NC State University, he successfully transitioned to a new role as a Data Scientist at GSK, in the Research Triangle Park. Dr Akiner is also the co-founder of PECSR, a company researching on environmental and sustainable solutions to climate change and plastic pollution.

Arion Kennedy

Arion Kennedy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Molecular & Structural Biochemistry
NC State University

Arion Kennedy, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry at North Carolina State University where her lab focuses on how the immune system impacts metabolic-associated disorders. Her extensive, cross-disciplinary education, including impressive Post-Doctoral training at Vanderbilt University, has helped to foster multiple collaborations and pave her way as a successful junior faculty member.

Deborah Thompson

Deborah Thompson, Ph.D.
Director of Research Partnerships
NC Agricultural Research Service
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
NC State University

Deborah Thompson, Ph.D. in genetics, has worked in academic, government, industry (both startups and multinational), and nonprofit roles. In her current position, she facilitates research partnerships between faculty in CALS and various corporate interests in agtech and biotech, locally and around the world.

Paul Ulanch

Paul Ulanch, Ph.D., MBA
Executive Director, Crop Commercialization Program
NC Biotechnology Center

Paul Ulanch is the executive Director of the Crop Commercialization Program at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. Dr. Ulanch has a BS in Biology-Biochemistry from Michigan Technology University, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Texas A&M, and earned an executive MBA from University of Pittsburgh. His vast previous experiences include postdoctoral and faculty positions, intellectual property consultant, and director of tech commercialization services.

Poster on Easel

Spotlight on Postdoc Research

NC State postdocs conduct important research on a range of topics from agriculture to biochemistry, structural engineering to materials science and mathematical modeling. Learn more about their work by following think link below.

Howl about yourself & your research!

We want to highlight NC State postdocs and their research. Your research blurb, image/figure, and social media can be uploaded and will be featured in our ImPACKful blog.

Relive Past Events!

2019 Postdoctoral Research Symposium

The 2019 Postdoctoral Research Symposium was held on Friday, May 31st at the McKimmon Center at NC State. We had over 70 presenters from 45 distinct departments and centers at NC State, Duke, UNC, and NIEHS in attendance. Keynote speakers included Wayne Holden, Ph.D., President and CEO of RTI International and Tammy Collins, Ph.D., director of the NIEHS Office of Fellows’ Career Development.

For a synopsis of the event, including our 4 poster winners, and pictures from the day, see this Graduate School News piece. Also, check out our keynote speaker bios and poster abstracts from the day on the 2019 Postdoctoral Research Symposium webpage.

2018 Postdoctoral Research Symposium

The 2018 Postdoctoral Research Symposium was held on Friday, May 25th at the McKimmon Center at NC State. We had over 60 presenters from seven institutions and centers. Keynote speaker Jamie Vernon of Sigma Xi spoke to attendees about the importance of science communication. See below for pictures of the event.

For pictures and details of the day, please visit the 2018 Postdoctoral Research Symposium website.

2017 Postdoctoral Research Symposium

The 2017 Postdoctoral Research Symposium was held on Wednesday, May 24th at NC State’s Talley Ballroom. We had 56 postdoctoral scholars from NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, Duke University, and NIEHS present posters on their research. More than 120 attendees from NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, Duke University, NIEHS, and industry partners from around the Triangle joined in the day’s events.

For pictures and details of the day, please visit the 2017 Postdoctoral Research Symposium website.

2016 Postdoctoral Research Symposium

The 2016 Postdoctoral Research Symposium was held on Tuesday, May 17th at NC State’s Talley Ballroom. With more than 120 attendees and 58 postdoctoral scholars presenting, the event was a fantastic opportunity to highlight the contributions of that postdoctoral scholars make to NC State’s research and scholarship.

For pictures and details of the day, please visit the 2016 Postdoctoral Research Symposium website.