Post-Doctoral Associates

The mission of the University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association (UPPDA) is to facilitate a more constructive and positive experience for postdoctoral professionals that will benefit the postdoctoral professionals and the University of Pittsburgh alike. Learn more about the UPDDA.

The University of Pittsburgh Office of Academic Career Development for the Health Sciences offers a wealth of information for scientists at different points in their career paths, including postdoctoral associates.

Seminars and Journal Clubs

View the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Calendar of Events for a schedule of upcoming cancer-related seminars and journal clubs, including (among others):

  • The weekly Hillman Basic and Translational Research Seminar Series is one of the largest and most well attended at the University of Pittsburgh. Seminars typically attract audiences of well over one hundred students, post-docs, faculty and clinicians, as well as attendees from outside the institution. Both internal and external speakers are invited to present to highlight key developments in basic and translational cancer research areas (coordinator: Gina Toy-Cutter).
  • Various departments within the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences offer cancer-related seminars, such as the Pharmacology & Chemical Biology weekly seminar series (coordinator: Melanie McClain).
  • Many programs and centers such as the Immunology Program (coordinator: Rosemary Hoffman) and Women's Cancer Research Center (coordinator: Dr. Mei Zhang) organize regular journal clubs in which papers with seminal importance for cancer research are discussed in a stimulating environment. Other journal clubs are organized around a specific topic of interest, such as the DNA Repair Journal Club, which focuses on current topics in DNA repair as it relates to human disease, DNA damage processing, genome stability, telomere biology, cancer and aging.
  • The weekly Hematology/Oncology Writing Group meeting serves as a forum for all Hillman investigators to have draft manuscripts, abstracts, grants, and letters of intent reviewed by impartial investigators prior to submission (coordinator: Darren Gilmartin).

Hillman Postdoctoral Fellows for Innovative Cancer Research

Program Overview

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, has launched an exciting new postdoctoral training opportunity at the University of Pittsburgh. Made possible by a donation from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, the Hillman Postdoctoral Fellows for Innovative Cancer Research program seeks the nation’s top graduate students and early-stage postdoctoral fellows to pursue leading-edge cancer research in Hillman laboratories.

Fellows chosen for this highly selective program will receive a stipend 20% above the current NIH level and a generous career development fund, which can be applied toward research-related expenses, including purchase of a laptop and travel to national or international meetings.

All Hillman Postdoctoral Fellows must possess a doctoral degree prior to their start date. Fellows will receive a renewable one-year appointment but will be expected to apply for external funding that will be supplemented as necessary.

For more information and how to apply, visit our web page: Hillman Postdoctoral Fellows for Innovative Cancer Research

Training Grants

The table below lists current Hillman Training Grants that support post-doctoral associates.

PI Funding Agency Project Title
DeLuca, Neal NIH/NIAID Molecular Microbial Persistence and Pathogenesis
Ferris, Robert NIH/NCI Postdoctoral Research Training in Head and Neck Oncology
Kirkwood, John NCI Training Program in Skin Biology and Cancer
Shlomchik, Mark NIH/NIAID Autoimmunity And Immunopathology Training Program
Thomson, Angus NIH/NIAID Interdisciplinary Training in Transplantation Biology
Whitcomb, David NIH/NIDDK Digestive Diseases Training Program
Vignali, Dario NCI Cancer Immunology Training
Yuan, Jian-Min NIH Translational Research Training in Cancer Etiology and Prevention