Fox Chase provides our trainees with updated and accessible education in bioinformatics, including instruction in the latest in data analysis algorithms. In addition, the Information Science and Technology Facilities provide custom solutions for any data analysis problem that may arise.
Help is available in the following areas:
- Web fundamentals
- Bioinformatic tools to keep up with scientific literature
- Effective management and use of citation databases
- Use of MS Office to compile and present data
- Search and alignment algorithms: Knowing which one is best for your application
- Quantifying alignments with the scoring matrix that's best for your application
- Databases: Finding out what they contain and how to access this information
Fox Chase has relationships with local academic institutions, which allow postdoctoral trainees the opportunity to teach at the high school and undergraduate level.
Educational Seminars and Conferences
Annual Postdoc and Graduate Student Research Symposium
The Annual Postdoc and Graduate Student Research Symposium began at Fox Chase in 1995 and continues to be the signature annual event in the life of the Center for exchange of scientific info0rmation at all levels. This event features the postdoctoral and graduate student community, and provides them an opportunity to present their work, both as oral and poster presentations. The event includes a keynote speaker invited by the postdocs, a barbecue lunch served under the tents in the Center's beautiful courtyard, vendor exhibits, and an award reception following the poster sessions.
Previous Keynote Speakers have included:
2015: David Allman, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania; Katrina Cooper, PhD, Rowan University; and Caretha Creasy, PhD, Glaxo-SmithKline
2014: Patrick S. Moore, MD, MPH, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
2013: Timothy Rebbeck, PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
2012: Gordon B. Mills, MD, PhD, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Research in Progress series
The ability to construct and deliver a compelling oral presentation is vital to success in most areas of scientific employment. Consequently, Fox Chase provides a mentored seminar series in which graduate students and postdocs present a formal seminar and then receive evaluation intended to improve their public speaking ability. Depending on your research area, there are several additional journal club and seminar series available.
Since 1999, postdoctoral fellows from the Center have been able to invite a speaker for the Fox Chase Distinguished Lecturer Series. The postdoctoral community suggests speakers, and a committee organizes the visit. These visits maximize the interactions of postdocs with the visiting lecturer, providing opportunities to discuss scientific and career issues at lunch, dinner, and informal sessions throughout the speaker's visit to Fox Chase.
2015: Dr. Yael Mosse, University of Pennsylvania
2012: Dr. Channing Der, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Fox Chase routinely sponsors seminars for our postdoctoral trainees and graduate students that are designed to expose them to career paths other than that of an academic research laboratory.
Examples of recent speakers:
- Head of business development at a large pharmaceutical company
- Investment analyst for the biotech sector
- Researcher at a large pharmaceutical company
- Academic research professor
- Professor from a small liberal arts college
- Conflict management specialist
Our goal is to expose trainees to diverse types of employment sufficiently early in their training so that they have time to acquire the skills necessary to make themselves attractive to prospective employers.
Science Writing Course
A workshop in science writing is coordinated by Dr. Glenn Rall, and taught by four Fox Chase faculty. In this intensive, 6-week course, students write portions of grants and scientific manuscripts, and these efforts are discussed and critiqued by their colleagues in a roundtable discussion format. This course is offered annually.