Postdoc Lunches

Postdocs meet once a month for lunch and professional networking and presentations. For questions on how to organize a lunch please contact the PMB Front Desk:

How to Host a Post Doc Lunch

1. Reserve 338 for a Friday from 12-1pm in your month
2. Pick a topic (You can invite a speaker or host a discussion. Past topics have focused on career development and research support available on
3. One week before your lunch, email the PMB postdoc list to invite postdocs. (The PMB front office handles RSVPs and food ordering. You can get the link to the RSVP form from the PMB Front Desk, 642.9999 or
4. Attend your lunch and introduce your speaker or lead your discussion.
5. Remind the next person that it's their turn.

Link to Postdoc lunch hosts: Postdoc Lunch sign-up sheet

Past Meetings:

2015-2016 Academic Year

  • Friday, July 29

Lori Kohlstaedt, director of the QB3 Protein Mass Spectrometry Facility

Time: 12 noon

Where: Koshland Hall 338
Short bio of Lori: Lori got her PhD from Berkeley and then did a postdoc in the lab of Tom Steitz at Yale. She was an assistant professor at UC Santa Barbara for five years and then worked in biotech at two startup companies, Perlan Therapeutics and Proteometech. She’ll be discussing the types of experiments one can do at the protein mass spec facility on campus, so if you’ve ever thought about doing protein mass spec this will be a great opportunity to learn more!

  • Friday, May 20

Networking Session and Welcome New Postdocs

Time: 12 noon
Where: Koshland Hall 338
We will each can talk for 2-3 minutes to introduce ourselves, talk about our work, experience working in PMB or future plans etc. while enjoying the lunch kindly sponsored by our department. We can also discuss about the speakers of future postdoc lunches.

  • Friday, February 19
Caroline Breitbach, Vice President of Translational Development at Turnstone Biologics 
Time: 12 noon
Where: Koshland Hall 338. 
Short bio of Caroline: Caroline J Breitbach is Vice President, Translational Development at Turnstone Biologics, focusing on the development of an oncolytic vaccine for the treatment of patients with advanced cancers. Caroline was previously Vice President, Clinical & Translational Research at SillaJen Biotherapeutics (formerly Jennerex Biotherapeutics), where she oversaw Phase 1 and 2 clinical studies an oncolytic vaccinia virus. Caroline received her undergraduate degree at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She subsequently joined Dr John Bell’s group at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada where she evaluated acute effects of oncolytic viruses on the tumor immune microenvironment.

2014-15 Academic Year

  • Matt Traxler, PMB
    Matt will tell us briefly about his research, and then focus on his academic job search and the recruitment process. W
    Date: Oct 16th 2015 (Friday)
    Time: 12 noon
    Where: Morgan Lounge, 115 Morgan Hall
  • Friday, September 11, 2015
    Noon, 338 Koshland 
    Robert Choy has been working at PATH San Francisco (and at its predecessor, the Institute for OneWorld Health) in the Drug Development program for the past 5 years. He has been conducting research on small molecule drugs to treat pediatric diarrheal diseases in developing countries, but he has also worked on other infectious diseases of relevance to global health. He'll tell us about his work as well as PATH’s other efforts on vaccines, diagnostics and medical devices

  • Thursday, August 27, 2015
    Noon, Koshland 274
    Kevin Elek, Project Manager, Environmental Remediation, PG&E
  • Friday June 26th, 2015
    Noon, 338 Koshland
    Amrita Hazra, Patricia Lemaux

  • Friday, May 29th, 2015
    Noon, 338 Koshland Hall
    Effective Communications
    Shamsah Ebrahim, Transformation Consultant, Haas Business School

  • Friday, March 20th, 2015
    Noon, 338 Koshland Hall
    Sheila McCormick and e-Life Rep

  • Friday, December 5th. 2014
    Noon, 338 Koshland Hall
    The Importance of Mathematics
    Luke Oeding, Auburn University
    Assistant Professor at Auburn Univ. & visiting Professor at UCB. 
  • Friday, November 7th. 2014
    Noon-1pm, 338 Koshland Hall
    "Networking Session to Build Connections"
    Sponsored by PMB Post-docs
  • Friday, October 3. 2014
    "PMB Postdoc Mentorship"
    Sheila McCormickPlant & Microbial Biology   
    Adjunct Professor & PMB Advisor - Mentor

  • Friday, August 29, 2014
    "How to approach career development both on and off campus"
    Dr. Arne Bakker
    Co-chair of the Post-Doc Teaching Opportunities Program and liaison for career and professional development of the BPA.

2013-2014 Academic Year

  • Friday, July 18, 2014
    he Uses and Advances of Genome Editing for PMB Post-DocsJacob Corn, Innovative Genomics Initiative

  • Friday, June 13, 2014
    Build Your PMB Web Page and Web Presence, Professionally
    Karyn Houston, Webmaster, Plant & Microbial Biology

  • Friday, May 9, 2014
    Academic Job Interview
    Lilah Rahn-Lee, Plant & Microbial Biology

  • Friday, April 11, 2014
    Computational Genomics Research Laboratory Presentation
    Ravi Alla, Director, CGRL

  • Friday, March 14, 2014
    Writing Teaching Statements for Academic Job Applications
    Andrew Green, Career Center