DKFZ Postdoc Program 20+19 Webinars

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Join us online to find out about exciting research topics, the power of scientific collaboration, career paths in academia and industry, and much more.

It is easy to participate in one of our webinars. You just need a computer with internet connection and a web browser. If you have a headset with microphone at hand you can ask questions directly to our speakers. Or you simply post your questions via the chat function on the webinar platform and we will be happy to answer them during the webinar.

29 November 2017 at 17:00 CET

Taking the next step in academia: perspectives from an international DKFZ Alumnus
During this DKFZ Postdoc Webinar, Paul A. Northcott talked about his current research focus and more specifically about his personal journey to becoming an independent research group leader. Paul has formerly been a Postdoctoral Fellow in the group of Stefan Pfister at the DKFZ. In 2012, he was awarded the Roman Herzog Postdoctoral Fellowship, named after the former President of Germany. In starting his own lab in the Department of Developmental Neurobiology at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, he mastered the transition from postdoc to principal investigator. His lab aims to fully characterize the molecular, cellular, and biological basis of medulloblastoma, one of the most prevalent types of malignant childhood brain cancer. Paul’s hope is that his combination of genomic and biological analyses will lead to a better understanding of the molecular and cellular origins of medulloblastoma and translate his findings to more effective treatments and improved outcomes for patients.

It was interesting to hear about the main challenges that Paul needed to overcome during his establishment phase.

At what stage do you start writing grant applications to get your own funding?

How do you go about attracting and recruiting the most talented co-workers to the lab?

Participants brought along their very own burning questions! Paul shared his insights with all participants and shed light on what are the most important things to consider when taking the next step.


20 June 2017 at 17:00 CEST


Dr. Jan Korbel, Group Leader and Senior Scientist, EMBL

Prof. Stefan Pfister, Head of Division Pediatric Neurooncology, DKFZ

Date: 20 June 2017


The Medulloblastoma project – harnessing the power of interdisciplinary scientific collaboration

In the first DKFZ Postdoc Program Webinar Stefan Pfister (German Cancer Research Center) and Jan Korbel (European Molecular Biology Laboratory) shed light on their interdisciplinary research collaboration on Medulloblastoma (MB) – an embryonic brain tumor of the cerebellum. MB is among the most common malignant brain tumors diagnosed in children, yet the full spectrum and prevalence of genetic predisposition remains unknown. The two researchers demonstrated how they bring together the complementary expertise of their labs to elucidate the underlying mechanisms and to support the development of clinical guidelines for genetic counseling and testing. The presentations were followed by a Q&A session during which the participants could directly ask their questions to the speakers.

We are looking forward to meeting you online for the next webinar!


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