Professional Development

2022 TATP Excellence Award Recipient – Alexa Fitzpatrick

9 May 2022|

The Department of Biochemistry is proud to announce that Alexa Fitzpatrick is 1 of 5 recipients of the 2022 TATP Excellence Award, recognizing the outstanding achievements of Teaching Assistants at the University of Toronto.  As a TA in BCH210H and BCH311H, Alexa has taught over a thousand students in the life sciences programs, which will have a lasting impact on their careers […]

How to use extracurricular activities to advance your career

23 February 2022|

U of T news! – How to use extracurricular activities to advance your career

Nana Lee of Biochemistry writes that the optimal way to find the right endeavour is to identify something that resonates with you.

A topic that repeatedly arises from my meetings with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows about their professional development is that of extracurricular activities. Those students and fellows regularly ask me, “Do […]

2021 Faculty Promotion

27 May 2021|

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Joel C. Watts who has received promotion, effective, July 1, 2021, to the rank of Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry.

Please join me in warmly congratulating Joel for his well-deserved promotion!

10,000 PhDs Project Highlighted in Science

15 March 2019|

A March 12th article in Science Careers on the changing career landscape for PhD graduates highlighted the 10,000 PhDs Project and the importance of determining the career outcomes of PhD graduates.

The 10 founding universities in the Coalition for Next Generation Life Sciences, including UCSF, Johns Hopkins and Cornell, have now released data on their PhD students, including times to completion and their career choices within 1 year after graduation, 5 […]

10,000 PhDs Project Published in PLOS ONE

16 January 2019|

Where do today’s PhDs find work?  Do they all become professors?  The 10,000 PhDs Project at the University of Toronto (U of T) answers these questions as highlighted in an article published January 16, 2019 in the open-access science journal PLOS ONE.

The 10,000 PhDs Project used publically-available information to determine the current employment positions of the 10,886 individuals who graduated with a PhD from U of T in all […]

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Dr. Nana Lee participates in Stanford’s University Life Design Studio

5 September 2018|

Dr. Nana Lee was accepted as part of the University of Toronto’s team to attend the globally known Life Design Studio at Stanford University in June, 2018. Her four-day training in design thinking will be incorporated into her latest course in graduate professional development to help students use engineering design concepts toward their graduate experience and beyond.

Dr. Nana Lee featured as Ask the Expert on Nature Jobs Podcast

15 December 2017|

Dr. Reinhart Reithmeier – featured in UofT podcast, Raw Talk

6 November 2017|

Dr. Reinhart Reithmeier talks on “student engagement” on the U of T podcast Raw Talk:



Announcing our 4th Annual Postdoc and Senior PhD Professional Development Workshop

26 June 2017|

“Strategic Self-Marketing: Landing the Job”

Dates: Fridays, July 14 and July 28, 2017.

Time: 10 am – 4 pm

Location: Medical Sciences Building Room 5231

Previous attendees are now at biotech, pharma, international postdoc fellowships, start-ups, knowledge translation, communications.

Attendees are expected to work a few hours outside of class to prepare career action plans, resumes, cover letters and presentations. Agenda will cover highlights in Dr. Lee’s GPD class.

Please register by noon […]

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Biochemistry GPD featured by NSF

10 January 2017|

Our GPD program has been highlighted as one of four North American STEM professional development programs by Council of Graduate Schools/National Science Foundation in their just published report. Check out page 27!

CGS/NSF report on STEM professional development

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GPD hosts Site Visit to Trillium Therapeutics

3 October 2016|

Nine PhD trainees and early PDFs attended Trillium Therapeutics on September 30, 2016 to meet with their President and CEO, Dr. Niclas Stiernholm and their research team. We learned all about their R & D, their innovative industry postdoctoral program, biotech culture and enjoyed some company chocolates. Thank-you to Trillium!

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Hot off the press!

22 September 2016|

Success After Graduate School” is NOW available.

Drs. Nana Lee and Reinhart Reithmeier are the co-authors of this guidebook for graduate professional development designed to help create the pathway to your dream career. Special thanks to Nikko Torres for his illustrations and book design work. Thank-you to all students and faculty who helped shape this creation!