Best Postdoc Mentor Award

Winner Announcement!

After tallying the votes, Proteintech is proud to announce the winner of the “Best Mentor: Postdoc Category”:

Callie Kwartler of the University of Texas.  USA

 “Her ability to juggle her own projects as well as advise on other projects is admirable and demonstrates qualities of a PI. She has challenged me as a MD/PhD student to approach questions and data in different ways. She provides a positive learning environment where I can hone my research skills and become a great scientist. Dr. Kwartler has also provided mentorship and guidance in balancing professional and personal life. When I joined the lab a year ago and my house flooded during Hurricane Harvey, she helped me find stability in balancing work and the move out of my house. She has been a constant support throughout the year as both a mentor and a friend, and I strive to become a mentor like her in the future.”

- Statement from Jamie Wright (University of Texas Houston Medical School)


Callie will receive a care package and $1000 for use in her research. Scroll down for more information about the 5 finalists and the award.

Proteintech thanks everyone for their nominations and participation in the voting campaign. Proteintech offers several awards and travel grants throughout the year, so keep checking back for more exciting contests. Congratulations to the 5 finalists of the 2018 Best Mentor Award - Postdoc Category.

Meet the finalists...

Dusanka Milenkovic
Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Germany

“For Dusanka, the success of her students is her own success. Her dedication and mentorship are reflected in that all of her students have been co-authors in internationally recognized journals and have found jobs as PhD students or postdocs in top research laboratories or industry. In addition, Dusanka is also a support pillar for all the other PhD students in the laboratory. She is always there for us to give advice, help, and brainstorm on projects even if she is not directly involved in them. Moreover, Dusanka is a role model and an advocate for gender equality in the institute. For all these reasons, we nominate Dusanka Milenkovic as she is a very special and unique mentor and we think she is a worthy recipient of this award.”

- Statement from all students in Larsson laboratory at Max Planck

Naveen Nagarajan
University of Utah, USA

“It was a rare occurrence for a post-doctoral fellow to be so trusting of an undergraduate. At times, I would make errors, but Naveen didn’t give up on me. Instead, he identified the things that I needed to work on and he taught me lessons that would help me progress and correct my errors along the way. But his mentorship didn’t end there. He also listened. Certainly, his many years of experience and impressive understanding of neuro-research allowed him to effectively teach, but he also let me have a degree of freedom and input. He was much more qualified, but he treated me as an equal; and in academia, this is almost unheard of. I am forever grateful for the experiences I had with Naveen and I believe it was his leadership that enabled me to enter medical school as a strong candidate for a residency position in neurology.”

- Statement from Lane Smith (University of Utath)

Hillary Stires
Georgetown University, USA

“Hillary came to Georgetown just over two years ago, and has revitalized our entire post-doc training program. She has made it her goal to leave this place better than she found it and she has gone above and beyond for the educational program. I will illustrate this fact in three main points. First, Hillary joined the Oversight Committee – a faculty group with student and post-doc representatives with the overarching goal of steering the curriculum and design of what comprises a Georgetown PhD in Tumor Biology. As a student representative on the committee I was immediately impressed with Hillary, she came in with an enthusiastic energy and a major question for the group – How are we serving our Post-Docs? And how could we serve them better? As a member of the committee for two years this was the first time this concern had been raised and the questions she asked have revealed some real failures in terms of Georgetown’s management of the Post-Doc community. Instead of simply accepting, Hillary decided something needed to be done. In addition to her role of advocating for her fellow Post-Docs on oversight, Hillary decided to initiate a Post-Doc Association at Georgetown – recruiting biomedical Post-Docs from many programs in an effort to find and address the major challenges facing Post-Docs as well as initiating networks and resources for career planning.”

- Statement from Will Kietzman (Georgetown University)

Rachid El Fatimy
Harvard University, USA

“I always heard Dr. Rachid telling me that deep understanding of the subject and application-oriented thinking will always help me to solve any research problem that is encountered. The way he trained me has increased my passion for neuroscience and research in general…. He has always given me space to grow internally and with my extracurricular activities. Working with him has always been fun, I never felt the stress about my work or deadlines. It’s said by someone that, the best teachers are those who show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see, I feel Dr. Rachid was one such guide. I strongly feel he deserves this award because knowledge is just not enough to train a student it requires a lot of other things to change a curiosity into the passion.”

- Statement from Sree Gongala (Harvard University)


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