Maximizing the Postdoctoral Period

Last Presented Date : November 23, 2015

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research

How can you optimize your postdoctoral experience at MIT? Professor Hazel Sive and two seasoned postdoctoral scholars will offer their insight and suggestions and answer your questions. Our speakers will share diverse perspectives. Professor Sive is passionate about teaching, research, and mentoring. Markita Landry has recently secured a faculty position, and Dr. Andrea Fanelli is currently keeping all pathways open, including entrepreneurship. 

About the Speakers

Andrea Fanelli, Ph.D, is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Integrative Neuromonitoring and Critical Care Informatics Group of MIT's Institute for Medical Engineering & Science and the Research Laboratory of Electronics. He is also a fellow in the RLE Translational Fellow Program and vice-president of MITaly, the Italian association of MIT. He received the B. S. and M.S. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy, in 2007 and 2009, respectively. He received his PhD at the Department of Bioengineering of Politecnico di Milano in May 2013, after spending 9 months as a visiting PhD student with the Computational Physiology and Clinical Inference Group at MIT. In his doctoral thesis he developed a wearable device for fetal ECG monitoring during pregnancy. He is currently working on noninvasive estimation of intracranial pressure. His research focuses on algorithm development, signal and image processing, hardware design and data analysis. 

Markita Landry, Ph.D, is an assistant professor in the department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. She received a B.S. in Chemistry, and a B.A. in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Chemical Engineering at MIT. Additionally, she has held interim research positions at the Biophysics Institute at the Technical University of Munich, and at the center for nanobiosciences at Osaka University. Dr. Landry’s current research centers on the development of label-free sensors using nanoparticle-polymer composites. She was a recipient of the NSF graduate research fellowship, and is a recent recipient of early career awards from the NARSAD foundation and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

Hazel Sive, Ph.D, is a Professor of Biology at MIT, Member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Associate Member of the Broad Institute and a MacVicar Faculty Fellow. She received the B.Sc. Hons. from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and the Ph.D. from Rockefeller University. Her research focuses on neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as fundamental processes underlying brain and craniofacial development, using zebrafish and frog systems. She leads the Working Group on Neural Disorders for the Zebrafish Disease Models Society.

Dr. Sive also focuses on education, and has a particular interest in promoting effective postdoctoral training. She teaches Introductory Biology to undergraduates and Developmental Biology to graduate students. She is former Associate Dean of Science with oversight for diversity and education. She led the 2011 Report on the Status of Women in Science at MIT, and continues to promote gender equity. Dr. Sive is presently Chair of the Committee on Student Life, Chair of the Faculty Postdoc Advisory Committee and co-Chair of the MITx Faculty Advisory Committee. She is Founding Director of the MIT-South Africa Program and Founding Coordinator of the MIT-AFRICA Initiative. Dr. Sive is committed to communicating the powerful contributions that scientific research makes to human health and society.