Career and Professional Development Committee


The Career and Professional Development (CAP) committee provides opportunities for the post-doctoral community at both the Evanston and Chicago campuses with information and programs to enhance professional development for their future career.


  • Enhance the professional interactions among postdoctoral fellows by providing networking opportunities for the Northwestern Post-Doctoral community with individuals in both academic and non-academic fields.
  • Design and implement activities for the post-doctoral community to:
    • aide them in transitioning from a post-doctoral position to careers in both academic and non-academic fields
    • develop and enhance leadership skills
  • Evaluate, organize, and distribute information and resources available to Northwestern Post-Doctoral Fellows including Career development information and career advice.

2015 Activities highlighting these goals:

  • NUPF Resume Seminar and Workshop Series
  • Career progression from trainee to PI: Discussion Panel
  • Scientific careers in biopharmaceutical industry: “It is not about the title but the role and its responsibilities”
  • Industry Careers in the Clinical Arena: Discussion Panel

NUPF Career and Professional Development Committee Chair

deanDean Procter – Dean is a virologist, specializing in live cell fluorescent microscopy to study host-pathogen interactions. He completed his doctoral studies in his home town of Sydney, Australia and moved to Chicago for a postdoc after a short hiatus from the bench working as a political adviser on the issues of transport, biodiversity and gender. Dean has been an active CAP member since arriving in 2015 and wants to help bridge interdisciplinary boundaries and explore the future of science through his current position as CAP chair.

CAP Committee Members:


Ashley DuMont – I received my PhD in Microbiology from New York University in May of 2013, and shortly afterward joined Dr. Nick Cianciotto’s lab as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. As a bacteriologist, my graduate and postdoctoral work has focused on characterizing secreted virulence factors utilized by antibiotic-resistant bacteria to cause disease. I recently joined the NUPF Career and Professional Development (CAP) Committee in 2016 as a means to explore career options and disseminate career development opportunities to the Northwestern postdoctoral community. I am actively exploring science communication and writing/editing as a potential career path, and hope to pass on what I learn to the NUPF community!



Luca Lonini – Born biomedical engineer (MSc) and mutating into a data scientist, I received my PhD in Computer Science and I am currently a Postdoc at NU and RIC working on wearables and smartphones data to quantify patient outcomes. I recently joined CAP with the goal of contributing to the organization and dissemination of professional development events, in particular within the area of Data Science and Bioengineering.


ThomasThomas Stoeger –  Thomas enjoys the unknown. His attention has wandered from chemistry to fly breeding to computers to the science of science. He believes that NUPF is a great organization for promoting scientific exchange across disciplines and institutional borders.



150915_Vicente_Ana_08Ana Vicente-Sanchez – I am a third year postdoctoral fellow in the labs of David Klumpp and Richard Miller studying the mechanisms by which some E.coli strains produce asymptomatic bacteriuria, and their potential therapeutic use as analgesic probiotics. I joined the NUPF CAP committee in September 2015 motivated to foster the NU postdoctoral community, and help other scientists to explore careers and set goals for career development. I believe career planning is essential not only for professional success but also for personal happiness. For this reason, I am also actively engaged in the organization of social scientific events to facilitate networking and collaborations among Chicago Life Science professionals as event planning committee chair of CHIentist.


Yijuan Du – I joined Dr. James Surmeier’s lab in Department of Physiology as a postdoctoral fellow after receiving my PhD in neuroscience from University of Pittsburgh. My research focuses on cellular mechanisms underlying Parkinson’s disease and dyskinesia. I joined NUPF CAP committee in October 2016, with the goal of promoting career exploration and development. I am particularly interested in careers in science writing and intellectual property.


Other members:

  • Vancho Kocevski