PDCO: OPTIONS Academic Research - The Path to Tenure


The Path to Tenure
– Finding and competing for research funding
– Navigating the tenure process
– Conversation with Bob Johnston, Assistant Professor of Biology at Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Bob Johnston’s research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that specify neuronal fates during development. As a graduate student in the laboratory of Oliver Hobert at Columbia University/HHMI, he identified the first microRNA to play a role in neuronal development and described the regulatory network controlling a laterally asymmetric fate decision in worms. As a post-doc in the lab of Claude Desplan at New York University, Bob studied the interplay of activating and repressing inputs controlling stochastic gene expression during fly eye development and discovered a critical role for interchromosomal regulation in this process. He also described the gene network that dictates the fates of color- and motion-detecting photoreceptors. Bob established his laboratory at Johns Hopkins University ~8 years ago. The Johnston lab differentiates human retinal organoids to determine the mechanisms controlling the specification of photoreceptors and retinal ganglion cells. The Johnston lab also uses the fly eye as a model system to study stochastic fate specification during development and the physical association and regulation of genes between chromosomes. The lab has diverse expertise with scientists trained in a broad spectrum of approaches including genetics, molecular biology, genome engineering, functional genomics, DNA position and RNA expression imaging and analysis, computer vision, modeling, quantitative genetics, population genetics, human stem cell and retinal organoid technologies, and behavior.

Fall 2021 OPTIONS Academic Research Career Community:
This workshop is part of the OPTIONS Academic Research Career Community, which is a 6-part series specifically designed for trainees exploring a future faculty career. You can participate in the whole series or attend a handful of workshops.

Thursday, September 9th, 10am-12pm | Establishing your Academic Research Career
Thursday, September 23rd, 10am-12pm | The Hiring Process: Staffing Your Research Team
Thursday, October 7th, 10am-12pm | Managing vs. Mentoring
Thursday, October 21st, 10am-12pm | Developing Research Independence
Thursday, November 4th, 10am-12pm | The Path to Tenure
TBD | Scientific Flash Talks

Questions about the OPTIONS program or an upcoming workshop, email C.J. Neely at cj.neely@jhu.edu. Learn more about OPTIONS at – https://pdco.med.jhmi.edu/career-exploration/options-career-communities/

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