The 6th annual


April 11, 2019
Turner Concourse, JHUSOM
720 Rutland Ave., 21205

Online registration for post-docs has ended.

We welcome day-of registrants for post-docs, students and faculty.

The Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association (JHPDA) and the Homewood Postdoctoral Association (HW-PDA) invite you to our 6th Annual Postdoctoral Conference.

The conference is open to postdocs from:

  • All Johns Hopkins schools and institutes (incl. Homewood)
  • Carnegie Institution for Science, Baltimore
  • Howard University
  • NIH Bayview campus
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (UMD)

Abstract submission is not required to partake in the conference, but registration is mandatory for post-docs. Registration is not mandatory for students and faculty – please register onsite. 

Please note that registration and abstract submission use a single form — register and submit your abstract at the same time. We do not allow separate registration and abstract submission, but there is an option to register only if you do not wish to submit an abstract.

Breakout sessions will be assigned based on seating availability.

IMPORTANT: Abstract submission has ended on March 11th. Abstracts submitted after this date will NOT be reviewed.


Plenary Speakers

"Dreams, Decisions & Actions"
Douglas Robinson is a Professor of Cell Biology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He also holds appointments in Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, Medicine (Pulmonary Division), Oncology (GI Division), and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. In his research, he investigates how. cells control their shapes for normal human health. In particular, his lab initially uses a model organism Dictyostelium to discover fundamental concepts and then applies these insights to human diseases, including cancer and lung disease. Doug’s lab has also built an outreach initiative for high school students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. Now, Doug and his colleagues have expanded the effort by creating a pipeline program called the Johns Hopkins Initiative for Careers in Science and Medicine (CSM). So far, the CSM has served over 300 students from 5th grade to high school to undergraduate to postbaccalaureate levels. As just one example of impact, at least 83% of the high schoolers to have reached college age have matriculated into 4-year colleges and 55% are pursuing STEM majors.
His leadership, passion as a teacher and rigor in research have been acknowledged through multiple teaching awards, and Doug is most recently the recipient of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s 2017 Ruth Kirschstein Diversity in Science Award for “the encouragement of under-represented minorities to enter the scientific enterprise and/or to the effective mentorship of those within it.” In 2018, Doug received the Provost’s Prize for Faculty Excellence in Diversity.
"Your Postdoc and Beyond: How to Build a Career That’s Right for You"

Katie Langin is the Associate Editor of the Careers news section at Science. With roots in academia, she spent 12 years working as a master’s student, Ph.D. candidate, and postdoc, studying the ecology and evolution of birds. Her first taste of journalism was at National Geographic, where she joined the newsroom for a summer as a AAAS Mass Media Fellow—an experience that widened her view of possible career options in front of her. She served as a news intern at Science before being hired on as a staff reporter and editor. She teleworks from Fort Collins, Colorado, the place where she completed her PhD and postdoc.

Breakout Sessions

“The ecosystem at Johns Hopkins for translating great ideas to market”

Christy Wyskiel, MBA
Senior Advisor to the President of Johns Hopkins University
“Making The Jump From Academia To Industry Research ”
Alexander McCampbell, PhD
Principal Neurology Scientist, Biogen
“Common and Unique Challenges for Men and Women in Academic Science”
Margaret M. McCarthy PhD, Professor and Chair of Department of Pharmacology, University of Maryland
“Your Well-Being as a Postdoc: Current Efforts at Hopkins”
Patti Anderson, MPH, PhD, Director of Wellness and Health Promotion, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Format and content: One first-author abstract submission per postdoc is allowed. Abstracts should include the following four sections: 1) Introduction, 2) Methods, 3) Results, and 4) Conclusions, with sections labeled accordingly. Abstracts should be text-only (figures/tables are not permitted). Authors may use abstracts that were previously submitted to scientific conferences. Abstracts do not need to include in-text references or a reference section.
Length: Body of abstract is limited to max. 500 words. Word count does not include title and authors.
Abstract review: Abstracts will be reviewed by members of the Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association (JHPDA) and Homewood Postdoctoral Association (HW-PDA). Among those indicating interest in giving an oral presentation during the submission process, the top eight abstracts will be invited to give an oral presentation. The remaining abstracts will be considered for poster presentation.
Abstracts will be reviewed by scientists from a wide range of disciplines. Therefore, we highly recommend abstracts be written for a general academic audience.
Please make sure your PI and co-authors are aware of your abstract submission. Posters presented at other conferences are acceptable. All submissions are final. If you would like to retract your abstract, please email
All presentations (both oral and poster) should be prepared for a general academic audience. 

Oral presentations: Oral presentations will comprise of 5 minutes with an additional 1 minute for questions. Up to 5 slides and 1 title and 1 acknowledgement slide are allowed (total of 7 slides). Authors invited to give an oral presentation will have an opportunity to receive professional coaching to prepare their 5-minute presentation prior to the Conference. Please refer to these flash talks on presentation skills, created by Damini and Caren Myers for PDCO.

Poster presentations: Posters should be hung up before 9AM and put down before 5PM. Any posters left will be discarded. Poster presentations are judged by faculty on the day of the conference. Poster board size: 40″ tall x 60″ wide

All presentations will be judged by Johns Hopkins faculty members on day of the Conference. Oral presentation judging criteria can be found here and poster judging criteria can be found here.


On day of the Conference, faculty judges will rate posters and oral presentations, and the top presentations will receive travel awards. Award announcements will be made at the end of the Conference.
Awards may be redeemed only for traveling to or registering for a future conference. Please e-mail before making your purchases to confirm.
All awards must be redeemed by April 11th, 2020.

Two Oral Presentation Awards

$500 and $300

Five Poster Presentation Awards

$400 each

One Poster Presentation Award for Homewood Postdocs


Location & Directions

Location: Turner Concourse meeting space on the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore campus (near the Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1800 Orleans Street, Baltimore, MD 21287)
Details: The Turner Concourse meeting space is located one floor below the Turner Auditorium, on the ground floor where the Miller Research and Ross Research Buildings meet. There are numerous ways to enter this space:

  a) If entering from the Turner Auditorium off of East Monument Street near Rutland Avenue (2G/2H on the campus map): from Rutland Ave. (outside of the building), go through a gated area with a security guard; enter the building and take the stairs down to enter the Concourse area.

  b) If entering from the ground floor of the Miller Research Building (off of North Broadway just north of East Monument Street; 1F on the campus map), proceed straight down the hallway to the center of the concourse.

  c) If entering from the Ross Research Building (2H on the campus map), take the stairs down to the lower level and bear right to enter the concourse area.

Shuttle transportation: There are two Hopkins shuttles that provide FREE transportation to JHMI from the Mount Vernon (including Baltimore Penn Station), Charles Village, and Homewood areas: the Homewood-Peabody-JHMI Shuttle (shuttle schedule) and the Keswick-Homewood-Eastern-JHMI Shuttle (shuttle map; shuttle schedule). These shuttles are free to Hopkins postdocs and run regularly throughout the day. For more details, see the shuttle maps and schedules (links above) or visit the Hopkins Shuttles website.

Parking: Visitor parking is available in a number of garages on campus, including the McElderry Street garage next to the Outpatient Center (5B on the campus map; off of North Caroline Street, between Jefferson & McElderry), the Orleans Street garage across from the hospital towers (8H on the campus map; off of Orleans Street, between North Broadway and North Wolfe), and the Weinberg garage (6G on the campus map; off of Jefferson Street). Garages charge hourly rates, for a maximum of $12 for a 24-hour period. More details here.

By taxi: Address to provide – 733 North Broadway. Will allow entrance from the ground floor of the Miller Research Building (1F on the campus map); enter the Miller Research Building and proceed straight down the hallway to the center of the concourse.

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