The 7th Annual

Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Conference


Thank you everyone for making JHPDC 2021 a success! Congratulations to our 5 poster award winners and to our inaugural postdoc slam champion! We will see you all next year!

UPDATE: We are extending the conference registration deadline! Conference Registration will remain open until midnight EST on Wednesday, April 21st, 2021. You will be sent conference meeting details and logistics through the email used for registration in the coming days. 

UPDATE: Thank you everyone for your submissions! The deadline for abstract and postdoc slam submissions has now passed, so we are no longer accepting additional submissions. 

UPDATE: Due to the virtual nature of the conference, poster presenters will have 5 minutes to present their research. Poster presenters may be flexible in choosing a presentation format (e.g. traditional poster, Microsoft PowerPoint Slides, etc.), permitting that they cover the materials requested in the Poster Presentation Judging Form. To be eligible for one of the $500 poster presentation prizes, presenters MUST adhere to the Poster Presentation Judging Form. We encourage your creativity in creating a robust and dynamic virtual poster session! 

UPDATE: We have pushed back the abstract and postdoc slam registration deadline dates. The new deadline to submit your poster abstract and/or postdoc slam registration is April 8th! The conference registration deadline remains April 18th. 

UPDATE: The first 100 conference registrants will be awarded a $20 gift card for lunch!  Gift cards will be delivered by email closer to the event. 

UPDATE: The health and safety of our postdocs, speakers, and guests are our top priority. In light of the rapidly escalating COVID-19 situation, we have decided to hold the conference virtually on April 22nd, 2021. We will update you regularly to keep you current on our operations.

The Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association (JHPDA) and the Homewood Postdoctoral Association (HW-PDA) invite you to our 7th Annual Postdoctoral Conference on Thursday, April 22nd, 2021, from 11:00am to 5:00pm EST. 

The conference is open to postdocs in the DMV Area including, but not limited to:

  • All Johns Hopkins schools and institutes (including Homewood Campus, East Baltimore Campus, Carey, SIS, etc.)
  • Carnegie Institution for Science, Baltimore
  • Howard University
  • NIH Bayview Campus
  • NIH Bethesda Campus
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (UMD)

Registration Deadline: April 21st, 2021 by midnight EST (Closed)

Abstract Registration Deadline: April 8th, 2021 (CLOSED)

Postdoc Slam Registration Deadline: April 8th, 2021 (CLOSED)

Abstract and/or Postdoc Slam submissions are not required to partake in the conference, but conference registration is mandatory for attendees. 

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

This year there is a separate submission process for the Postdoc Slam, which is replacing the oral presentations. Abstracts are required only for poster presentations, as the Postdoc Slam requires a video submission. We encourage postdocs interested in the Postdoc Slam to also submit a poster abstract.

IMPORTANT: Abstract submission and postdoc slam registration ends on April 8th. Abstracts and/or postdoc slam registrations submitted after this date will NOT be accepted.

Keynote Speakers

Martina Rauner, PhD

Professor of Molecular Bone Biology, Dresden

Odis Johnson, Jr., PhD

Bloomsberg Distinguished Professor; Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Safe and Healthy Schools

Martina Rauner studied biotechnology at the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna, Austria from 2002-2006. After completing her doctorate at the Department of Pathophysiology at the Medical University of Vienna in 2008, she received the ECTS/AMGEN bone research fellowship and joined the group of Professor Lorenz Hofbauer in Dresden, Germany to study mechanisms of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis. In 2011, Martina became Group leader for Osteoimmunology and expanded her research area to chronic inflammatory diseases and Wnt signaling. Due to her comprehensive knowledge on bone biology, its interactions with other organ systems, and her leadership skills, she was promoted to the Scientific Director of the Bone lab in 2015 and became Professor for Molecular Bone Biology in 2018. Currently, her group is particularly interested in the interactions of bone with hematopoiesis, the immune system, and hormones (glucocorticoids, erythropoietin, and thyroid hormones), and studies the role of Wnt and BMP signaling.

Martina has published over 100 publications in the field of bone biology and has received several awards for her work. Moreover, she was on the board of the European Calcified Tissue Society (ECTS) from 2012-2018, has promoted the needs of New Investigators in that society, and is a founding member of the ECTS Academy, a group of outstanding young scientists in the musculoskeletal field. Moreover, she is a member of several ASBMR committees.

Odis Johnson Jr., PhD, is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University, where he has faculty appointments in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the School of Education as Executive Director of the Center for Safe and Healthy Schools, and in the Department of Sociology at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. He also directs the Institute in Critical Quantitative, Computational, and Mixed Methodologies (ICQCM). Odis Johnson previously served as a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis, and chaired the African American Studies Department at the University of Maryland. His work on the interrelated topics of neighborhoods, social policy, and race have been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, William T. Grant Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation. 

Odis Johnson’s work and ideas about social change have been featured in prominent media outlets, including the Oprah Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, CNN, The Washington Post, MSNBC, NPR, Teen Vogue, The Associated Press, Vox, The New Yorker, The New York Times, NBC News, The Chicago Tribune, SiriusXM, and a variety of international and local news outlets.



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