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Young Cancer Investigator Seminar Series & Career Chats

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows frequently have questions about best practices for planning and navigating a career in cancer research.
In 2020, MECC's Cancer Research Training and Education  Coordination (CRTEC) program launched the biannual Young Cancer Investigator Seminar Series to help trainees get some insight and answers.
What to expect at these separate 1-hour events:
  • Scientific Seminars: an early career investigator from another institution discusses their research. These presentations are open to the entire Einstein community, and offer an opportunity to meet with MECC faculty and network with peers.
  • Career Chats: a small group discussion with the seminar presenter about their career journey. These chats are open to MECC trainees, including postdoctoral fellows, graduate and MSTP students, and participants in MECC Pathway Programs. Questions and open conversation are encouraged.

Please register. Watch for emails from Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center and register for the Career Chat by scanning the associated QR code. Notices are also regularly posted to the Montefiore Einstein Events Calendar.

The speaker was great, very engaging and approachable. Very informative.


Past Presenters

  • May 2022 - Kristy R. Stengel, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. At this event, Dr. Stengel shared her career path from the University of Cincinnati to a postdoctoral fellowship and an appointment to Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine—to her current position running a lab Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center.
  • October 2020 - Juan R. Cubillos-Ruiz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis, Weill Cornell Medicine’s Graduate School of Medical Sciences. Dr. Cubillos-Ruiz described his professional journey from the University of Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia to a Ph.D. at Dartmouth Medical School to a postdoctoral position at the Harvard University School of Public Health—and on to his current position at Weill Cornell Medicine.
  • June 2020 - Tuomas Tammela, MD, Ph.D., Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Tammela led a discussion about his professional career path from the University of Helsinki, Finland to a postdoctoral position at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT to his current position running a lab at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
  • January 2020 – M. Soledad Sosa, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai. Dr. Sosa described her career trajectory from the Leloir Institute in Buenos Aires to Assistant Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She has since moved to MECC and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and a Member of the Tumor Microenvironment & Metastasis Program.

I like the fact that the presenter reminded us that, in addition to our work-related projects, we have other projects, such as family, which need our attention.