Supporting the DIBS Postdoctoral Community

Postdocs from across campus connect, collaborate; present research works-in-progress
Shabnam Hakimi, PhD
DIBS hosts events throughout the year that allow postdocs to connect with others in the brain sciences at Duke.

DIBS began strengthening its support of post-baccalaureate education and enhancing resources available to postdoctoral fellows in 2018, as a direct result of Town Halls used to gather input for the DIBS Strategic Plan. The DIBS Postdoctoral Consortium grew out of those discussions and plan, and the inaugural meeting was held in April 2018.

Postdoctoral Consortium: Please sign up HERE!

DIBS worked with postdoctoral fellows to create the consortium as a way to focus on their research and professional interests. The group, with 175 members, is organizing a research works-in-progress series, improving opportunities for to network with visiting scholars; and connecting current postdocs with DIBS postdoctoral alumni. DIBS also connects interested postdocs with on- and off-campus speaking engagements and other neuroscience-related volunteer opportunities. Consortium members receive weekly DIBS calendar emails listing neuroscience-relevant seminars and events across campus, plus special announcements. Just click on the link and sign up!

Consortium leadersVincent Prevosto, PhD, vincent.prevosto@duke.eduYael Grossman, PhD,

Consortium faculty advisersNicole Schramm-Sapyta, PhD, Len White, PhD,

Works-in-Progress Seminars (WIPS) -- 1st & 3rd Fridays during the semester

Starting in the 2018-2019 academic year, the consortium initated a Works-in-Progress Seminars program.The seminars, another response to DIBS Town Hall comments received from postdocs, will:

  • Provide postdocs with the opportunity to gain experience giving oral presentations of their research, AT ANY STAGE.
  • Receive helpful and supportive feedback from members of the larger neuroscience community interested in learning about their work.
  • Increase communication and collaboration among researchers, advancing science and enhancing the potential of individual projects.

Fall 2018 WIPS are scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, 8:30 a.m., DIBS Multipurpose Room. Breakfast is provided. Consortium leaders emphasize these are low-key, no-pressure events.

As of Nov. 12, we have speakers scheduled through Feb. 1, 2018. Sign up HERE to let us know you are interested in presenting during Spring Semester! 

  • Oct. 5: Maya Kaelberer, PhD: "Transducing a sense from gut to brain"
  • Oct. 19: Kevin Bolding,PhD: "Distinct dynamics for representations of odor and choice in piriform cortex"
  • Nov. 2: Kendra Seman, PhD: "Value and Preferences across the Adult Life Span." Kendra works in the Motivated Cognition and Aging Brain Laboratory under the direction of Gregory Samanez-Larkin and with David Madden in the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center
  • Nov. 16: Rupali Gupta, PhD, Neurology. Her focus is investigating the use of external magnetic fields to stimulate neural circuits in the brain. Here is  a recent feature on her from the Neurology Department newsletter.
  • Dec. 7: Glenn Watson, PhD, Psychology & Neuroscience. He works in the lab of Dr. Henry Yin, seeking to further understand neural circuits underlying the generation of movements, and how these circuits are implicated in neurodegenerative disorders. Last WIP Seminar for 2018.
Spring Semester 2019

  • Jan. 18: Marie Mooney, PhD, Center for Human Disease Modeling
  • Feb. 1: J. Patrick Mayo, PhD, Neurobiology, Lisberger Lab
  • Feb. 15: Lidia Tagliafierro, Ph, Neurology, Chiba-Falek Lab

All members of the DIBS community are welcome to attend the WIPS presentations! If you are not a member of the DIBS Postdoc Consortium, you may sign up HERE.

Campus Resources for Postdocs

Duke has many resources for postdoctoral fellows. Here is a partial list of offices and programs, including their website links, which may be helpful. Please send other suggestions to
  • Office of Postdoctoral ServicesThis is the central resource for Duke postdoctoral appointees from both Campus and School of Medicine departments, and includes information on professional development and careers; health and other benefits; transportation; and housing. It includes a section for international postdocs, which may be reached HERE.
  • Graduate and Professional Student Council. This is the umbrella student government organization for Duke's nine graduate and professional schools. We encourage you to review the many different student groups affiliated with the GPSC.
  • International House, Graduate & Professional Students. The "IHouse" website has a lot of helpful information for postdocs and families from outside the U.S. The actual house, located at 300 Alexander Ave., Durham, NC 27705, often serves as a gathering place for international students.
  • is a helpful resource for off-campus housing that may be accessed only by Duke affiliates. Options range from renting a room, apartment, or house, to sharing space with others.
  • Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS). Juggling life, work, research, teaching, and studies can be stressful. CAPS offers services to help postdocs manage their stress, from wellness programs to counseling.
  • Duke Recreation & Physical Education helps students manage stress through exercise, whether in one of Duke's gyms or pools, or through intramural and other sports clubs.
  • Office for Institutional Equity. Duke values diversity and inclusion. OIE helps ensure learners at all levels leverage the power of diversity, handle conflicts effectively, and uphold university regulations related to equal opportunity, harassment, and discrimination. 

 First grade class Picture of Postdoctoral Fellow Mai-Anh Vu, PhD, with Stuart Behling, Neurobiology graduate student, at a DIBS event


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