NPAW 2021: From Postdoc to PI: Transitioning to a Tenure-Track Position
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In celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, hear from a panel of former UBC postdocs about life as a full-time faculty member and the process of preparing for the tenure track.
Moderated by Professor Dr. Tony Farrell (Professor, Department of Zoology and Faculty of Land and Food Systems; UBC and Canada Research Chair in Fish Physiology, Culture and Conservation (Tier 1)), this panel features:
- Dr. Catherine Corrigall-Brown - Associate Professor and Associate Head, Sociology; UBC
- Dr. Mohammad El Smaily - Associate Professor, Math Statistics; University of Northern British Columbia
- Dr. Daniel Grace - Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Canada Research Chair in Sexual and Gender Minority Health (Tier 2); University of Toronto
- Dr. Tillie-Louise Hackett - Associate Professor, Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics and Canada Research Chair in Asthma and COPD Lung Pathobiology & Therapeutics (Tier 1); UBC
This event is part of 2021 National Postdoc Appreciation Week. Click here for a list of all NPAW events!
Dr. Tony Farrell
Professor, Department of Zoology and Faculty of Land and Food Systems; UBC
Dr. Tony Farrell is a professor at the University of British Columbia, holds a Canada Research Chair and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He was the inaugural Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Fellows from 2010 though to 2014. His nearly 500 peer-reviewed research publications have provided an insights into fish cardiorespiratory systems, applying this knowledge to salmon migratory passage, fish handling, sustainable aquaculture and aquatic toxicology. He has co-edited 30 volumes of the Fish Physiology series and was Editor-in-Chief for the 1st edition of the award-winning Encyclopedia of Fish Physiology. He is a former President of the Society of Experimental Biologists and a former Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Fish Biology. He holds multiple awards, including the Fry Medal, which is the highest honour to a scientist from the Canadian Society of Zoologists, the Beverton Medal, which is the highest honour to a scientist from the Fisheries Society of the British Isles, the Medal of Excellence, which is the highest honour of the American Fisheries Society and the Murray A. Newman Award both for Research and for Conservation from the Vancouver Marine Sciences Centre.
Dr. Catherine Corrigall-Brown is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology. Her research focuses on protest and social movements. This research is the basis of numerous books and articles, including Patterns of Protest (2012, Stanford University Press). Her forthcoming book, Keeping the March Alive (NYU Press), compares 35 Indivisible groups in 10 US cities that were founded right after the first Women’s March in 2017. She follows these groups for 2 years in order to understand what explains how groups mobilized and which groups were able to survive over time. This comparative analysis allows for a better understanding of how groups respond to their local contexts when making decisions about how and when to mobilize. She is also actively committed to teaching excellence and was awarded the Killam Teaching Prize in 2017.
Dr. Mohammad El Smaily is currently an Associate professor of Mathematics at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) in Prince George. Dr. El Smaily completed his PhD in Mathematics at Aix-Marseille Université, France, in 2008. His undergraduate degree is from the Lebanese University in Beirut. After completing his PhD, he had a postdoctoral position at the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences and UBC-Vancouver. In 2010, he was awarded the Carnegie Mellon--Portugal postdoctoral fellowship. He was then awarded the NSERC postdoctoral fellowship in 2011. With this award, he served as a postdoc at the University of Toronto. From 2014 until 2016, Dr. El Smaily served as an Assistant Professor at the American University of Beirut. He then moved to the University of New Brunswick for a faculty position until 2019. Since then, he holds an Associate Professor at UNBC in Prince George, BC. Dr. El Smaily is interested in partial differential equations and nonlinear analysis. His research deals with problems that arise in studying population dynamics and biological invasions.
Dr. Daniel Grace is an Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. He is an internationally recognized medical sociologist who leads a mixed-methods program of community-engaged research to advance the social, mental, physical, and sexual health of sexual and gender minorities. Dr. Grace's research into the everyday understandings of biomedical HIV prevention and public health interventions has informed community programs, health policy, and legislation at provincial, national, and international levels. Dr. Grace holds a Canada Research Chair in Sexual and Gender Minority Health.
Dr. Tillie-Louise Hackett, PhD, ATSF, is an Associate Professor and Vice-Chair of Research in the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, and Tier I Canada Research Chair in Asthma and COPD Lung Pathobiology & Therapeutics.
Dr. Hackett is an internationally recognized leader in ultra-resolution biomedical imaging modalities and human in vitro models to investigate and treat the pathobiology of asthma and COPD, which daily affects the ability of over 4.5 million Canadians to breathe. Dr. Hackett’s research has been formally recognized by over 35 awards, including the Parker B. Francis Fellowship (2012), Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award (2014), and the UBC Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Researcher Award (2018). In 2018, she was named an Inaugural American Thoracic Society Fellow (100 awarded), a mark of distinction and recognition for accomplishments and dedication to the society and field of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. Dr. Hackett has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and ranks in the top 0.2% of 157,339 published authors worldwide on obstructive lung diseases (Expertscape.com).
Since 2014, Dr. Hackett has served as the Director of the HLI James C. Hogg Lung Tissue Biobank. Established in 1977, it is one of the largest biobanks in the world, enabling researchers from academia, health authorities, and industry to access comprehensively phenotyped lung samples from over 3,000 patients. Between 2013 - 2018, Dr. Hackett served as the Associate Director of the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation.
Dr. Hackett has served as the primary supervisor for 3 MSc and 8 PhD students, 5 postdoctoral fellows, 4 co-op students, 9 summer students, 3 clinical fellows, and 4 BSc Honours students who have collectively won over 65 fellowships, travel awards, and best presentation awards. Since 2017, she has been recognized annually for Excellence in Student Teaching by the Dean of the Faculty of Sciences.
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