Please enter your votes for the NextGen Association for Postdocs & Graduate students. Voting ends Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 11:59 PM. You can vote for up to two (2) candidates.

As a reminder: There are four positions: two co-chairs, and two vice-chair. The highest-ranking candidates will be offered the co-chair positions; the third and fourth ranking candidates will be offered the vice-chair position. Each position is to be held for a one-year term.

Please feel free to contact us if you any questions at



Lisa Cervia

I am a postdoc working in the Hahn lab as a member of the Cancer Program. Since beginning my postdoc in February this year, I participated in multiple events hosted by NextGen. Among these great events and resources, the NextGen Retreat and the monthly meetings (with catered lunches!) have stood out as experiences that have made me feel welcome at the Broad AND provided me with a variety of settings to meet other Broadies! During my PhD, I served on the executive board for two student groups: (1) I was the founding president of the Duke University Graduate Chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) and (2) served as the Resources Chair on the Biomedical Engineering PhD Student Association (BEPSA). I sincerely enjoy working with peers to organize events that benefit us socially and in our professional development. I’d be honored to serve as part of the NextGen council and to represent trainees. I look forward to meeting you and hearing new ideas and suggestions that you might have that I could help implement through NextGen!

Joanne Coleincumbent

As I come up on my third year as a postdoc here at the Broad, I would be both honored and excited to spend another year in NextGen leadership! As a postdoc in two different MPG labs (Florez & Hirschhorn) spanning 3 Boston institutions (Broad, MGH, and BCH), I believe I bring a unique trainee perspective to NextGen in which I can advocate for both on-site and off-site trainees. My long term career aspirations are to stay in academic research, but in a setting in which I can pursue both research and teaching. NextGen is a wonderful organization that helps bring both information and opportunities to scientists with a diversity of interests and aspirations. If elected, I would continue to support trainee events that help better prepare us for the path we choose.

This past year, NextGen threw our first ever trainee retreat, in which we brought in featured plenary speakers from Amgen and Outrageous Acts of Science on the Science Network channel, held breakout sessions focused on negotiation and building transferrable skills, and hosted panelists from non-traditional careers – plus we threw an awesome after-party! NextGen is at it again, and I would love to continue to play a prominent role in NextGen so that we can listen to your feedback and make the 2nd Annual Trainee Retreat even better.

Naomi Li 

Hello fellow Broadies! I am a postdoc in Bill Hahn’s lab and I am very excited to be running for your NextGen Association Vice Chair. Prior to joining the Broad Institute, I have served as the Vice President of my graduate school’s analogous association, where I contributed to organizing orientations, conferences and social activities for our students. If elected as the NextGen Association Vice Chair, I hope to continue foster our awesome sense of community, and bring forth what I learned to contribute building more amazing programs for Broad trainees. I look forward to help trainees in exploring future career paths – whether it be in academia, industry, or even non-science related positions. I would promote the organization of more seminars and workshops that expand on the trainees’ professional skills, such as improving interview and presentation skills, as well as writing effective grants and preparing great CVs. Furthermore, I would encourage networking among peers and potential future collaborators through our fun social events, as well as organizing more mentor-mentee lunches with faculty and senior staff scientists to further provide learning and networking opportunities for trainees. Henceforth, I hope to have the chance to serve as your NextGen Vice Chair and bring forth the best experience for us Broad trainees. Thank you!

Colles Priceincumbent

My fellow trainees,

It is with honor that I have served on the NextGen Association and I hope if re-elected that we can make this next year the best one yet.  To do that I want to build on the successes of last year. We started the first Broad trainee retreat last year and this year we will make it better than ever.  We created a seminar series with postdocs from Whitehead and Koch and this year we will start our own internal trainee seminar series. We have co-sponsored several career building and social activities through our collaboration with the Boston Postdoctoral Association (BPDA).  Importantly, we have crushed Postdoctoral trivia night bringing home 2 first place wins, 1 2nd place and 1 3rd place (out of 4 trivia nights)! Further, we are looking at expanding our socials and social events to potentially collaborate with other groups across the Broad and outside the Broad.  

Importantly, we did our biggest survey to date last year and a shockingly high number of you responded.  This survey allowed us to think about our programming and the kind of programs that would be the best for our trainees.  I hope to build on those many successes while address our weaknesses and failures.

Either way I want to thank y’all for the most amazing opportunity to serve you and as usual I love y’all like Kanye West loves Kanye West.

Martine Therrien incumbent

My name is Martine and I am a postdoc. For the past  two years, I have been involved in NextGen and I would like you to vote for me to continue in this position. In particular, I have worked to increase our connections with other institutions through the Boston Postdoctoral association (BPDA) and  this collaboration has offered a multitude of new events to all trainees including, trivia nights and a career development symposium. Also, in the past year, I organised the first Broad Institute trainee retreat. It was a great success and, I hope it is the beginning of a recurring event.  

NextGen is incredibly important for us, trainees, and is part of what makes a big difference in our success here at the Broad but also in our career. Moving forward, I will work to foster a sense of community across all trainees by promoting professional development where we would learn from our peers. Also, I have learned tremendously from organizing the first Broad trainee retreat and I will use this knowledge to make the  second retreat better and large than the first one. I will listen to your suggestions and your needs for the retreat and tailor the program towards what you, as trainee, want. NextGen exists to serve the trainees and I will make sure we develop activities that you desire.

I hope to have a chance to serve as a chair of NextGen and I look forward to being more involved within NextGen.

The NextGen Association for Postdocs and Graduate Students and the Office of Academic Affairs are pleased to announce the inaugural Broad Institute Trainee Retreat: The New Frontier.

The retreat will take place on March 7, 2018 from 9:30-6:00 PM

The Starr Center, 185 Cambridge Street, Boston, followed by a post-retreat celebration at Harvard Gardens, 316 Cambridge Street.

Focus of the retreat
Science is changing rapidly and the opportunities offered to doctorates are numerous. The types of scientists, the way of doing science, the collaborations between industry and academia and the career paths have changed drastically in the recent years. Therefore, the goal of this retreat is to demonstrate to you all the potential of your graduate studies and help you find the career path that suits you the best.

Featured plenary speakers are:

Adam Ruben, PhD, Molecular Biologist and Author of “Surviving Your Stupid Decision to go to Grad School,” host of “Outrageous Acts of Science” on the Science Channel

Aine Hanly, PhD, Vice President, Drug Substance Technologies, and Site Head, Amgen, Cambridge

In addition, you will have the opportunity to hear scientific talks from Broad trainees, engage with industry professionals at a facilitated science discussion, attend workshops aimed at developing essential transferable skills and learn about non-academic career paths at our organized panel discussions.

All postdocs and graduate students are encouraged to attend. Registration is FREE!

Submit an abstract
Abstracts for trainee talks are still being accepted. Submit yours today to!

If you have any questions, please contact and visit our website.

We look forward to seeing you at the retreat!

Please enter your votes for the NextGen Association for Postdocs & Graduate students. Voting ends Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 11:59 PM. You can vote for up to two (2) candidates.

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The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and Brigham and Women’s Hospital are pleased to announce a new fellowship opportunity. The Sperling Family Fellowship in Precision Healthcare will leverage the strengths of two world-renowned institutions— the superb clinical care, expert bioinformatics, and rich data sources of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the basic science, computational, and genomics sophistication of the Broad Institute – to advance a translational research project with the potential to transform how we care for patients.

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How can you maximize your time in graduate school and/or during postdoctoral training?  What strategies can you use for landing the right occupation?  This presentation will provide an up-to-date assessment of the current career landscape facing science PhDs. Author Melanie Sinche will share proven strategies based on her research and profiles of science PhDs across a wide range of disciplines. Her research identified transferable skills from PhDs and career paths in a range of options, including education, industry, and non-profits.

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You are invited to the next session of Responsible Conduct of Research Training:

“Navigating Mentoring Relationships”
Date: Monday, January 9, 2017
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM
Location: Monadnock Room (2nd Floor, 415 Main Street)
Speakers: Bruce Birren, PhD and Rachel Gesserman


Light refreshments will be served.

Broad Institute’s Office for Sponsored Research RCR (Responsible Conduct of Research) training provides a curriculum covering major areas of research ethics and integrity. In addition to the CITI RCR module, it is mandatory for all postdoctoral scholars whose primary appointment is at the Broad and for principal investigators with fewer than five years experience as a PI or project leader.

Upcoming sessions include:

  • Conflict of Interest & Commitment – March 6, 2017, 3:00-4:30 PM
  • Data Sharing and Data Security – April 19, 2017, 3:00-4:30 PM

BPDA Career Fair, December 6

All postdocs and grad students are invited the First Boston PDA Career Fair!


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Please enter your votes for the NextGen Association for Postdocs & Graduate students. Voting ends Wednesday, September 28 at 11:59 PM. You can vote for up to two (2) candidates.

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Thank you, Trainees!

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard is proud to once again be participating in the annual National Postdoc Appreciation Week, September 19-23, 2016. The weeklong celebration was founded in 2010 by the National Postdoc Association to honor and recognize postdocs for their contributions to research and development in the United States.

This year, the Broad Institute Office of Academic Affairs and the NextGen Association for Postdocs and Grad Students has organized a series of events to say thank you to our dedicated community of trainees:

NextGen Association for Postdocs & Grad Students Open Meeting
Monday, September 19, from 12:00-1:00 PM, Zambezi Room (3rd Floor, 75 Ames Street)

Have you ever wondered what the NextGen Association is or how you can get involved? Do you really wish Broad offered a particular program for trainees? Do you want to meet new people? Feel free to drop by, grab some lunch, and meet with your peers.

“Secrets to Job Hunting Success: Insights from a Recruiter”
Wednesday, September 21, from 6:00-7:00 PM – Monadnock Room (2nd Floor, 415 Main Street)

Join the NextGen Association and the Boston PDA for a seminar on how to execute a successful job search with Erik Rocheford, scientific recruiter at Stratacuity. Networking reception to follow.


Postdoc/Grad Student Appreciation Social
Thursday, September 22, from 4:00-6:00 PM, Yellowstone Room (2nd Floor, 75 Ames Street)

All Broad-affiliated postdocs and grad students are invited to a special social with members of Broad’s core faculty. Dinner and drinks will be served. Feel free to invite your PI (but they’re only invited as your guest!).

Broad Research Communication Lab CV and Cover Letter Writing Workshop
Friday, September 23, from 11:30-1:00 PM, Monadnock Room (2nd Floor, 415 Main Street)

On the hunt for a job or just updating your CV? All Broadies are invited to a hands-on workshop hosted by the Broad Research Communication Lab in which you’ll learn strategies for crafting stand-out and well-tailored CVs and cover letters. Lunch will be provided and please bring your CV.


Postdoc/Grad Student Appreciation Breakfast
Monday, September 26, from 9:00-11:00 AM, Monadnock Room (2nd Floor, 415 Main Street)

There will be hot breakfast (French toast, bacon, breakfast burritos, and coffee). Stop by when you have a chance to start your day!.

We want to thank you all for your hard work throughout the year to help Broad Institute succeed in its scientific mission!

The NextGen Association for Postdocs and Graduate Students is a volunteer-driven organization and can’t run without the help of dedicated postdocs and graduate students like you!

Now’s your chance to get involved! The NextGen Association for Postdocs and Grad Students is seeking nominations for two co-chair positions and two vice-chair positions to lead the Association. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, September 16, 2016. Both self-nominations and nominations of others are acceptable. The election will be held during National Postdoc Appreciation Week, September 19-23, 2016.

To nominate yourself or a colleague, please email

Association members work with the Office of Academic Affairs to brainstorm and plan professional development programs and social events for Broad’s community of academic trainees. In addition, chairs serve as representatives of the Broad trainee community with Broad administration and scientific leadership and the Greater Boston postdoc community.

NextGen Association Fact Sheet


What is expected of the chairs:

  • Convene meetings of the Board to plan events and activities
  • Serve as the face of the trainee community at Broad
  • Coordinate with the Office of Academic Affairs on the oversight of ongoing programs

The benefits of participating:

  • Become actively involved in the community
  • Meet new people
  • Help other trainees
  • Make professional contacts and build your network
  • Promote a specific issue or cause
  • Impact institutional policies
  • Explore career opportunities
  • Plan the events and programs you would want to attend
  • Develop negotiating and planning skills
  • Utilize professional skills creatively
  • Exercise leadership
  • Build self-confidence
  • Have fun!

If you’re interested in volunteering or would like to learn more attend an upcoming meetings:

  • August 18, 2016, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Olympus Room (1st Floor, 415 Main Street)
  • September 2, 2016, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Olympus Room (1st Floor, 415 Main Street)

Lunch will be served and no commitment necessary!