Faculty Poster Session Offers Opportunity for Making Scientific Connections

Dr. Matt Gamble discusses his work. To view the full slideshow from the event, please see the link below.
Dr. Matt Gamble discusses his work. To view the full slideshow from the event, please see the link below.

Each year, Einstein's Graduate Programs in the Biomedical Sciences hosts its annual Faculty Research Poster Session to kick off the academic year. Held in Lubin Dining Hall during early September, the event aims to introduce new Ph.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. students to ongoing research by various Einstein faculty. This year, approximately 150 posters were on display over the course of the two-day event.

"The poster session allows us to provide new students with a sense of the scope and breadth of active scientific investigation at Einstein. It also gives them a chance to meet with faculty, postdocs and senior students and discuss their work," said Dr. Victoria Freedman, associate dean for graduate studies in the biomedical sciences. "This can help them choose their rotation laboratories and ultimately their thesis labs.

Marika Osterbur, a fifth-year M.D.-Ph.D. student studying cardiac arrhythmia disorder in Dr. Tom McDonald's lab, remarked, "Going to the poster session shows you the variety of options out there. Even if you come into the graduate program with an idea of what you want to do, you may find that your interests are sparked by something completely unexpected."

When asked for her recommendation of what new students should look for in a potential lab, Ms. Osterbur suggested, "You need to find an exciting project, a lab environment that suits the kind of learning experience you are looking for and the opportunity to develop transferrable skills and abilities toward a variety of careers."

The benefits of the poster session go beyond new students, however—faculty members also enjoy the opportunity to connect with one another as well as with students.

"This event offers a great opportunity to interact with fellow faculty along with incoming and current students," said Dr. Matthew Gamble, associate professor of molecular pharmacology and of cell biology. "We get to talk about what we love most — science!"

He advised first-years: "If there's someone you're interested in working with, contact them and don't be shy. We love to talk about our work, and any questions you have will be welcomed."

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