IMMUNOLOGY 2018™ provides a wide range of sessions to support the career development of students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty.

  • Attend our workshops, roundtables, and panel discussions to explore specific career topics and issues
  • Network with experienced scientists to gain insight into your own career development
  • Consult with career experts one-on-one or in small groups to learn advice specific to your own situation and goals

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AAI is also offering an online and on site Jobs Board, free to meeting registrants and exhibitors. Plus, you can visit the NIH Grant Review and Funding Information Room, in which NIH program and review staff will provide individual consultations about grant opportunities. See the “Career Services” tab below for more information.

Career Sessions

Career Services

International Opportunities in Science
Monday, May 7, 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM, Room 10AB
Hans-Martin Jäck, Univ. of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany


  • Anne Hosmalin, Inst. Cochin, Paris, France
  • Christopher J. Paige, Princess Margaret Cancer Ctr., Toronto, Canada
  • Bing Sun, Chinese Academy of Sci., Shanghai, China
  • Winfried F. Pickl, Med. Univ. of Vienna, Austria

Working as a scientist outside of the U.S. requires curiosity, adaptability, and open-mindedness, which are valuable qualities important for success in any career. Given the international reach of science, this new session will help immunologists learn about opportunities to gain professional experience beyond the U.S. This panel features scientists employed at academic or research institutions around the globe. Panelists will discuss the postdoctoral fellowship and grant application process; the benefits of international training and employment; the challenges in finding science-related jobs outside of the U.S.; and the process of moving your lab to another country. This session is open to anyone.

How to Convert Your CV into a Résumé
Supported in part by a grant to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health [FASEB MARC Program: T36-GM008637-21NCE]
Saturday, May 5, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, Room 10AB
Mary T. Litzinger, Educ. and Awards Dept., AAI


  • Derek Haseltine, Director, Career Development Center, Baylor Col. of Med.

For anyone seeking a job outside of academe, how you present yourself on paper is critical. A well-prepared résumé can make all the difference in securing that interview. The focus of this session will be on the important elements of a résumé, the differences between a résumé and the standard academic curriculum vitae, and the information needed to make a good impression. In this special career development session, attendees will be instructed in how to transform their CVs into professional résumés. Small breakout sessions for individual consulting will follow. Bring your CV!

Immunology Teaching Interest Group
Sponsored by the AAI Education Committee
Saturday, May 5, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Room 10AB
Anil K. Bamezai, Villanova Univ.
David W. Mullins, Dartmouth Col.


  • Edith Porter, California State Univ., Los Angeles, Integrating caring and the human dimension in immunology to improve student learning
  • Crystal C. Walline, Univ. of North Carolina, Pembroke, Teaching immunology essentials with clinical correlations
  • Doreen E. Szollosi, Univ. of Saint Joseph Sch. of Pharmacy, Promoting critical thinking through writing in a first-year immunology course
  • Kara R. Lukin and Katja Aviszus, Univ. of Colorado, Denver, How to create effective student-driven learning without becoming overwhelmed

Breakout Session Leaders:

  • Anil K. Bamezai, Villanova Univ., Intro undergraduate/graduate immunology: Developing a teaching philosophy and a course syllabus
  • Stephanie James, Regis Univ. Sch. of Pharmacy, Using team-based learning to teach immunology
  • Paula Kavathas, Yale Univ., A network of universities collaborate to improve STEM education and literacy
  • David W. Mullins, Dartmouth Col., Topics in immunology teaching for medical schools: Selecting course content and “teaching to the USMLE”

Are you looking for new ideas or strategies to enliven and improve your teaching? If so, please join us for this special interest group which will focus on strategies that instructors can use to successfully convey immunology concepts to students at the undergraduate and graduate level. Topics will include the use of clinical correlations, writing, immediate feedback assessment, and more. The session will end with structured breakout discussion groups on Team-Based Learning, undergraduate/graduate education topics, and medical school teaching topics. Current educators, new faculty, and trainees with an interest in teaching are welcome.

Careers Roundtable and Speed Networking Session
Sponsored by the AAI Minority Affairs Committee
Saturday, May 5, 11:45 AM – 2:15 PM, Ballroom BC
Robert J. Binder, Univ. of Pittsburgh; AAI Minority Affairs Committee Chair

Networking skills have never been more crucial to ensure success for early/mid-career scientists, including those traditionally under-represented in biomedical research. At the roundtable, take advantage of the opportunity to meet in small-group format with accomplished, senior immunologists to hear how they have handled the career challenges you now face and learn what they believe will work for you today. Then, practice networking in a relaxed environment offering a structured networking exercise and personalized feedback on communicating your scientific interests/objectives most effectively. Scientists and trainees of all backgrounds are encouraged to attend! Registration Fee: $30 (Includes lunch plus coffee during networking hour.)

Discussion topics and table leaders:

  • Grad student: finding a mentor, setting sights on postdoc training
    • Table Leaders: Luis A. Sanchez-Perez, Duke Univ.; Tonya Webb, Univ. of Maryland; Adriana Larregina, Univ. of Pittsburgh
  • Postdoc: finding a mentor, setting sights on a faculty position
    • Table Leaders: Mireia Guerau-de-Arellano, Ohio State Univ.; Charlotte Vines, Univ. of Texas, El Paso; Eduardo Davila, Univ. of Maryland
  • Junior Faculty: preparing for promotion and tenure
    • Table Leaders: Robert J. Binder, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Floyd Wormley, Univ. of Texas, San Antonio; Jose R. Conejo-Garcia, Wistar Inst.
  • —New!— Work-life balance, it’s real!
    • Table Leader: Claudia Jakubzick, Natl. Jewish Hlth.
  • Academia or Industry: how to decide (or switch sides)
    • Table Leaders: Jonathan A. Deane, GNF/Novartis; Homero Sepulveda, Thermo Fisher Scientific; Cherié Butts, Biogen
  • Government Agency Careers:
    • Table Leaders: Charles Egwuagu, NEI, NIH; Jennifer Martinez, NIEHS, NIH
  • Non-Bench-Research Science Careers – e.g., entrepreneurship/research technology; intellectual property/patent law; non-profits/foundations
    • Table Leaders: Robert Balderas, BD Biosciences (research technology); Edwin Flores, Chalker Flores LLP (intellectual property law); Thandi Onami, Gates Fndn. (non-profits/foundations)
Careers in Biotech: Panel Discussion and Networking
Sponsored by the AAI Education Committee
Saturday, May 5, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Room 17AB
Kerry A. Casey, MedImmune


  • Andrew C. Chan, Senior Vice President, Research Biology, Genentech, Inc.
  • David J. DiLillo, Staff Scientist, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Stephen T. Haley, Vice President, North America, and Chief Commercial Officer, Immudex
  • Catherine J. McMahan, Senior Director, Aptevo Therapeutics

Many opportunities exist in industry for scientists with advanced degrees. There are positions in laboratory research, program management, business development, regulatory affairs, clinical trials oversight, medical liaison, and more. This panel features scientists employed in a variety of positions in industry discussing their career paths and the skills required for success in each. Following the panel discussion, enjoy casual conversation with the speakers and other scientists from industry at a networking reception.

Interviewing for a Job
Supported in part by a grant to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health [FASEB MARC Program: T36-GM008637-21NCE]
Sunday, May 6, 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM, Room 10AB
Mary T. Litzinger, Educ. and Awards Dept., AAI


  • Derek Haseltine, Director, Career Development Center, Baylor Col. of Med.

This session will be focused on tips and techniques to help you successfully navigate the interview process. Emphasis will be on how you can present yourself in the best possible light. You will also learn how to respond to unexpected questions. This session is open to anyone but is especially intended for student and postdoctoral attendees.

Careers in Science Roundtable
Sponsored by the AAI Education Committee & AAI Committee on the Status of Women
Sunday, May 6, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM, Ballroom BC
Laura A. Solt, Scripps Res. Inst.; AAI Committee on the Status of Women Chair

At this popular session, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with experienced scientists to explore specific career issues important to men and women in science today. Gain insights into issues you are confronting in your own careers. Topics include international opportunities in science, succeeding in graduate school, participating in NIH Study Sections, considerations for scientists in M.D.-Ph.D. careers, and exciting careers outside of the bench. There are also table discussions on navigating work-life issues, such as balancing careers with family and transitioning from specific career stages, that may be relevant to any work environment (academic research, biotech industry, governmental agencies, non-profit). Don’t miss this great networking opportunity! Registration Fee: $30 (Lunch included.)

Discussion topics and table leaders:

  • Research Careers in Academia
    • Succeeding in Graduate School
      Table Leaders: Janice Blum, Indiana Univ. Sch. of Med.; Charlotte M. Vines, Border Biomedical Research Ctr.
    • Graduate Student to Postdoc: finding a postdoc, interviewing
      Table Leaders: Ann Griffith, Univ. of Texas Hlth. Sci. Ctr., Houston; Anthony Rongvaux, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Res. Ctr.; Olivera J. Finn, Univ. of Pittsburgh Sch. of Med.; Malini Raghavan, Univ. of Michigan Med. Sch.; Susan Kovats, Oklahoma Med. Res. Fndn.; Laura A. Solt, Scripps Res. Inst.
    • Postdoc to PI
      • Government Research Institutions
        Table Leaders: Charles E. Egwuagu, NEI, NIH; Crystal L. Loving, USDA
      • Medical Schools
        Table Leaders: Madeleine W. Cunningham, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Ctr.; Lauren A. Zenewicz, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Ctr.; Lyse A. Norian, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham; Yina H. Huang, Geisel Sch. of Med. Dartmouth Col.
      • Undergraduate Institutions
        Table Leaders: Jennifer Manilay, Univ. of California, Merced; Crystal Walline, Univ. of North Carolina, Pembroke; Penny E. Shockett, Southeastern Louisiana Univ.; Jennifer A. Punt, Univ. of Pennsylvania
    • New PI:
      • Recruiting Students and Postdocs
        Table Leaders: Marlene Bouvier, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago; Dan J. Carr, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Ctr.
      • Preparing for Promotion
        Table Leaders: Allan J. Zajac, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham; Lisa K. Denzin, Child Health Inst. of New Jersey, Rutgers
    • Negotiating an Academic Position
      Table Leaders: William R. Green, Geisel Sch. of Med. Dartmouth; Marion Pepper, Univ. of Washington
    • Mentoring Effectively
      Table Leaders: Heth R. Turnquist, Univ. of Pittsburgh Sch. of Med.; Laura Santambrogio, Albert Einstein Col. of Med.; K. Scott Weber, Brigham Young Univ.
    • How to Build a Network for Postdocs
      Table Leaders: Gudrun Debes, Thomas Jefferson Univ.; Bao Vuong, City Univ. of New York
    • Networking Skills for PIs
      Table Leaders: Lawrence P. Kane, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Laurie E. Harrington, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham
  • Career and Family: balancing parenthood and career; the dual career couple
    Table Leaders: Gail A. Bishop, Univ. of Iowa; Michelle A. Swanson-Mungerson, Midwestern Univ. Chicago Col. of Osteopathic Med.; Paula M. Lutz, Univ. of Wyoming
  • Careers in Biotech and Industry: moving from academia to industry and vice versa
    Table Leaders: Hilario Ramos, Molecular Templates; Mandy J. McGeachy, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Shannon J. Turley, Genentech; Robert Balderas, BD Biosciences; David J. DiLillo, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Jacqueline M. McBride, Genentech; Catherine J. McMahan, Aptevo Therapeutics; Stephen T. Haley, Immudex; Kerry A. Casey, MedImmune; Jane A. Gross, Aptevo Therapeutics; Steven F. Ziegler, Benaroya Res. Inst.; Karsten Sauer, Pfizer, Inc.
  • Careers at Governmental Agencies
    Table Leaders: Niki M. Moutsopoulos, NIH; Stacy E. Ferguson, NIAID, NIH; Deborah L. Hodge, CSR, NIH; Tod Merkel, FDA
  • NIH Study Section Insights
    • Grant Writing for Fellowships/Transition Awards
      Table Leaders: Tajie H. Harris, Univ. of Virginia; Amariliz Rivera-Medina, Rutgers New Jersey Med. Sch.; Mark L. Lang, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Ctr.; Virginia Shapiro, Mayo Clinic
    • Grant Writing for PIs
      Table Leaders: Carol F. Webb, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Ctr.; Andre Ballesteros-Tato, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham; Sarah L. Gaffen, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Jose R. Conejo-Garcia, Moffitt Cancer Ctr.
  • The Physician Scientist: balancing clinical and research duties
    Table Leaders: Michael Silverman, Univ. of Pennsylvania; Gerald P. Morris, Univ. of California, San Diego; Penelope A. Morel, Univ. of Pittsburgh
  • Research from the M.D., Ph.D. Perspective
    Table Leaders: Robyn S. Klein, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med.; Celeste Morley, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med.
  • Non-Research Careers for Scientists: careers enabling scientists to advance the field away from the bench
    • Scientific Publishing
      Table Leaders: Irina Tiper, The Journal of Immunology; Anand Balasubramani, Science Immunology
    • Opportunities for Scientists in Foundations/Non-profits
      Table Leaders: Courtney R. Pinard, Career Development and Awards, AAI
    • Careers in Science Policy
      Table Leaders: Lauren G. Gross, Public Policy and Government Affairs, AAI; Lauren L. Brodd, Public Policy and Government Affairs, AAI
  • International Opportunities in Science
    Table Leaders: Anne Hosmalin, Institut Cochin, Université Paris-Descartes Sorbonne-Paris-Cité; Christopher J. Paige, Princess Margaret Cancer Ctr.; Hans-Martin Jäck, Univ. of Erlangen-Nürnberg
NIH Grants Workshop: Demystifying the Grant Application Submission, Review, and Funding Processes
Saturday, May 5, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Room 18AB
Tina McIntyre, CSR, NIH


  • Tina McIntyre, Scientific Review Officer, III Study Section, Immunology IRG, DPPS, CSR, NIH
  • Alison Deckhut-Augustine, Chief, Basic Immunology Branch, Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation, NIAID, NIH
  • Deborah Hodge, Scientific Review Officer, HAI Study Section, Immunology IRG, DPPS, CSR, NIH

This workshop will provide participants with an overview of NIH grant submission, assignment, review, and funding opportunities. Emphasis will be given to identification of the most appropriate funding agencies and mechanisms available through NIH, how to make an application “reviewer friendly,” and other strategies that contribute to applications that succeed in obtaining research funding. The workshop will also provide information on how to understand the peer review system, which is essential to competing successfully for funding, with a focus on recent changes to the review process. NIH review and program staff will provide a broad array of expertise and encourage questions from seminar participants. This workshop is open to anyone interested in learning more about preparing an NIH grant application and obtaining NIH funding. Trainees and independent investigators are welcome.

Writing Scientific Manuscripts and Responding to Reviewers: Tips on Navigating the Process
Sponsored by the AAI Publications Committee
Sunday, May 6, 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM, Room 16AB
Brian D. Evavold, Univ. of Utah; Chair, AAI Publications Committee
Pamela J. Fink, Univ. of Washington Sch. of Med.; Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Immunology


  • Brian D. Evavold, Univ. of Utah, Advice on writing a scientific manuscript
  • Suzanne Ostrand-Rosenberg, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County, You just received the reviews of your manuscript – how do you respond?
  • Pamela J. Fink, Univ. of Washington Sch. of Med., Ethics in Publishing: How to keep to the straight and narrow

In this session sponsored by the AAI Publications Committee, experienced editors will provide valuable insights to the processes of preparing a manuscript and responding to reviewers’ comments.

Panelists will address questions such as: When writing a manuscript, what steps can an author take to enhance its impact on editors, reviewers and, if accepted for publication, on readers? What are recommended practices for responding to reviewers’ comments? How can authors enhance the presentation of data in figures? In addition, the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Immunology will speak on how to avoid possible ethical missteps in scientific publishing.

Strategies for Successful Postdoctoral Training
Sunday, May 6, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, Room 10AB
Courtney R. Pinard, Education and Awards Dept., AAI


  • Deirdre Brekken, Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, Univ. of Texas Southwestern Med. Ctr.

Postdoctoral training is the time to develop the research skills you will need to succeed as an independent scientist. It is, however, just as important to realize that you need to develop your professional skills to prepare you for your career path at the same time. This session will highlight ways of getting the most out of your postdoctoral training, relating successfully with your mentor, and understanding how to use the resources available to you to ensure that your training prepares you for the transition into the next phase of your career.

NIH Grant Review and Funding Information Room
NIH program and review staff will be available in Room 14 for individual conversations and consultations. View the schedule to see specific times staff members will be available to answer questions about the scientific review process, grant/fellowship opportunities, and NIH institute-specific interests. Consultations will be available on a drop-in basis. No appointments are necessary.

Jobs Board
AAI is sponsoring a virtual Jobs Board on the IMMUNOLOGY2018™ website. The Jobs Board service is FREE to all meeting registrants and exhibitors. Job Seekers: review the online AAI Jobs Board to identify positions that target attendees. Reach recruiters directly; job postings will include e-mail addresses for recruiters’ designated contacts. Employers: take advantage of this unparalleled opportunity to recruit from over 3,000 immunologists at all career stages!