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Part of our Mission is to enhance and support the careers of working scientists, engineers, and data scientists. We don't do anything like placements. However, we offer programs to address "what they don't teach you in school".

In turn, we hope that you will help us identify emerging breakthroughs, provide insight, and generate fresh ideas for our programs and enhancement projects. We work with each individual to bring you into the activities that are most intriguing for you. 

Watch for My First Laboratory webinars and Workshop during National Post-Doc Appreciation Week, September 17-21, 2018.

Interested? Please send a note to and we’ll get started.


Doreen Badheka, Ph.D.Program Director, School of Graduate Studies - Rutgers University

Dr. Badheka is involved in developing platforms that enable graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to explore diverse career paths and develop relevant core competencies. In her current role she also serves as a liaison between the graduate school and various external organizations that include nonprofits, educational alliances and industry. She is passionate about advancement of basic and biomedical research as well as STEM education among younger generation.

Neha Nigam, Ph.D.Strategy Program Manager - HITLAB Healthcare Innovation Lab

Dr. Nigam was formerly an associate at Harlem Biospace after completing internships at the Technology Transfer Office at Rockfeller University and Rutgers University. Previously, she was an analyst involved in competitive intelligence, strategic business analysis and commercialization of early innovations in several therapeutic areas. She earned her Ph.D. in molecular biology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria, and conducted her postdoc work in the same field at UCL, Belgium. She has published insightful research on molecular mechanisms of abiotic stress responses in plants, and has presented at several international conferences. She is committed to expanding the applied aspects of innovative scientific discoveries, striving to be at the interface of business and science.

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Young Investigators Webinar Series

Effective Communication in Biomedical Research
Communicating science in an understandable and impactful way is difficult. Even if you are speaking with other researchers, there may be a disconnect in what you think is understood and what is actually understand. Without effective communication, the importance and relevance you see in your own research will be missed by others.

This series focuses on effectively communicating complex topics in ways that can be understood by diverse audiences -- your peers, the public, and your potential investors.

Session 1 - Science Communication: General Concepts and Tips   More Information   Recording
Session 2 - Peer-to-Peer Communication   More Information   Recording
Session 3 - Rigor and Reproducibility: Presenting Data to Funders and Investors   More Information   Recording

Commercialization A-Z
Research is just the first step on the road to a commercialized product. In order for research to make it to the market, there are a variety of obstacles that must be tackled. In this series we hear from thought leaders who share their experience in addressing the regulatory environment, licensing/tech transfer, funding opportunities -- road signs on the way to successfully bringing discoveries to patients.

Session 1 - Bench to Bedside: Taking Research to the Market   More Information   Recording