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Postdoc Programs

Stanford ChEM-H is building bridges across the postdoctoral scholar community in chemistry, engineering, and medicine to encourage the execution of innovative research aimed at addressing challenges in human health from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

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Stanford ChEM-H Postdoc Society

Are you a postdoc working at the interface between physical sciences or engineering and the life sciences? Would you like to meet with others involved in the exciting interdisciplinary research going on at Stanford, to share ideas and establish new collaborations?

Stanford ChEM-H, has established a Postdoc Society with the aim of bringing together researchers from across the university to share interests and ideas. Meetings are held approximately twice monthly, and include opportunities to share your work with your colleagues over lunch or drinks, to discuss ideas or articles that interest you, and hopefully to meet other researchers with common interests with whom you can generate new ideas and collaborations.

Postdoc Society Leadership Committee 2017-2018
Postdoc Society Leadership Committee

Jennifer Cao (
Mike Kratochvil (
Xin Liu (
Monica Olcina (
Arif Wibowo (
Rachel Willand-Charnley (

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Stanford ChEM-H Physician-Scientist Research Fellowship

In 2018, Stanford ChEM-H will provide a special opportunity for up to two physician-scientists with a strong background in chemistry or molecular engineering to develop an independent research program, as they complete their fellowship. The program is designed for incoming fellows who hold M.D./Ph.D. degrees and are committed to pursuing research-intensive training in any of the clinical departments at Stanford University. Research areas of greatest interest are ones that bridge the physical sciences or engineering with medicine.

Visit this link for more information.

Stanford ChEM-H Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Training Program in Quantitative Mechanobiology

The Stanford ChEM-H Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Training Program in Quantitative Mechanobiology will provide co-mentored, interdisciplinary postdoctoral training under the research theme, “Mechanobiology: How the mechanics of molecules, cells, and tissues regulate biological structure and function.” The program is designed for Ph.D. degree holders from engineering, physical, and life science fields and M.D. degree holders pursuing a research-intensive career.

ChEM-H Mechanobiology Fellows will have access to the required mentorship and resources in both leading labs in the life sciences/medicine and the physical sciences/engineering, as well as exposure to biology’s most challenging problems. This program seeks to increase the number of scientists, engineers, and physicians trained to conduct high-quality research that combines insights derived from, and cuts across, different scientific, technical, and biomedical areas.

Prospective applicants should visit this link for more information.

Mentor for the Stanford ChEM-H Undergraduate Scholars Program

Are you a postdoc who has taken a non-conventional path to your current research? Do you want to mentor a young scientist who, like you, is interested in blending distinct fields of science to ask compelling research questions?

Stanford ChEM-H is soliciting applications for postdoc mentors to join the Stanford ChEM-H Undergraduate Scholars Program. This program aims to provide interdisciplinary research experience to undergraduates who have declared or intend to declare majors in physical science, engineering, or life science fields and to provide the opportunity to gain depth in a research area complementary to their chosen major. Undergraduates selected to participate in the program will be matched with a postdoc mentor in a host lab and attend program meetings to support their research experience.

If you are interested in mentoring a high-quality undergraduate researcher, receiving mentorship training, and access to a network of peers, staff, and faculty to provide support and advising visit this link for more information.

Stanford ChEM-H Postdoc Retreat

This retreat is designed to provide a stimulating expert environment for the discussion of current research in labs affiliated with Stanford ChEM-H. The objective is to provide postdoctoral trainees with experience presenting their work to an expert audience, chairing scientific sessions, and to foster collaborations.

The Fourth Annual ChEM-H Postdoc Retreat will be held at the Double Tree Hotel Sonoma Wine Country in Rohnert Park, CA April 22-24, 2018. Postdocs from across the institute will give talks, network, and discuss new ideas during meals and social activities. ChEM-H faculty fellows will mediate discussions and give guest presentations on a breadth of career development topics. This event will be an excellent opportunity for postdocs to spark new collaborations in preparation for the annual call for ChEM-H seed grants targeting teams of two or more postdoctoral fellows. To apply to attend the retreat, please submit your talk title and abstract by March 5, 2018:  

Stanford - Academia Sinica Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Academia Sinica is sponsoring recent M.D. and Ph.D. graduates from Taiwan to complete their postdoctoral research and training in the laboratories of faculty associated with four interdisciplinary insitutes at Stanford University. The interdisciplinary institutes at Stanford participating in the program include Stanford ChEM-H, Stanford Neurosciences Institutes, the Institute for Immunity, Transplantation & Infection, and SLAC. For more information on eligibility and application requirements, please visit the Academia Sinica website.

Stanford ChEM-H - Genentech Postdoctoral Fellows Program

Stanford ChEM-H and Genentech have partnered to create opportunities for Genentech scientists and Stanford faculty to jointly mentor postdoctoral scholars. Prospective postdoctoral fellows should search for opportunities directly through Genentech's employment portal.

2015 Fellows:

Nathaniel Stanley, Ph.D.

Stanford Mentor:
Vijay Pande, Ph.D., Camille and Henry Dreyfus Distinguished Chair in Chemistry, Professor of Structural Biology and of Computer Science

Genentech Mentor:
Ben Sellers, Ph.D., Computational Chemist, Discovery Chemistry / Computational Drug Discovery

Nathaniel Stanley received his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from New York University in 2006. He then spent several years working at a thin-film solar energy start-up company in the San Francisco Bay area. Determined that the power of biology would help solve numerous fundamental human problems, he returned to school to get his PhD in Biomedicine from the group of Gianni De Fabritiis at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. There he studied the use of massively parallel molecular simulations to better understand disordered and membrane proteins. In his joint position between Genentech and Stanford, he is now focused on furthering the use of such methods for biological discovery and drug design.


David Hewings, Ph.D.

Stanford Mentor:
Matthew Bogyo, Ph.D., Professor of Pathology and of Microbiology and Imunnology and, by courtesy, of Chemical and Systems Biology

Genentech Mentors: 
John Flygare, Ph.D., Principal Scientist, and Ingrid Wertz M.D. Ph.D, Scientist, Molecular Oncology

David Hewings completed his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of Oxford, where he stayed to study for both a Masters in Medicinal Chemistry for Cancer and a doctoral degree in Organic Chemistry. During his graduate studies he developed inhibitors of the protein-protein interaction between acetylated histones and their binding partners, bromodomians, under the supervision of Prof. Stuart Conway. He moved to California in 2014 to work with Prof. Eric Kool and Dr. Ash Alizadeh at Stanford on RNA detection and isolation techniques. In his current position, he is applying activity-baed probes to study protease function in cancer, with a particular focus on deubiquitinating enzymes.