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Keith Yamamoto (UCSF): Time to Rethink Graduate and Postdoc Education

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Published on Feb 19, 2014

http://www.ibiology.org

Life science graduate training programs today seek predominantly to produce independent investigators in academia or industry. Not only is securing such positions intensely competitive, but we are in a time in which we need highly trained life science PhDs occupying a broad array of careers outside of that restricted niche. In his talk, Yamamoto suggests that instead of preparing graduate students for what he calls the "post-doc terminal", institutions and graduate programs should be responsible for creating a "Ph.D. hub", familiarizing trainees with the array of career options during graduate school, and placing high value on those options, thus empowering students to make informed, confident decisions about their careers.

About the Speaker:
For over 35 years, Keith Yamamoto has been a faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco where his lab studies the specificity and mechanisms by which intracellular receptors govern gene transcription networks. Currently Dr. Yamamoto is Vice Chancellor for Research at UCSF, Executive Vice Dean of the School of Medicine, and Professor of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology. Throughout his career, Dr. Yamamoto has chaired or served on numerous committees focused on science policy, education, and public outreach.

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