The goals for Denali's Postdoc Program are to do world class science.
So exploratory science around basic mechanisms having to do with Alzheimers Disease and Parkinson's Disease, the blood brain barrier, and biomoarker research.
Our postdocs produce top tier publications while they're with us, and there are a number of things that they go on to do after the completion of their three year postdoc.
Some of them take an optional fourth year, but it's meant to be a three year program. If they leave the company and go elsewhere then we work with them to place them in a very nice position, whatever they're interested in doing.
So they might in the course of their experience with us realize their career path may not be as a scientist. Maybe it's in business development. Maybe it's as a program director. They're all different paths that they could take coming out of their postdoc.
We are totally invested in this postdoc program. There’s a lot of mentoring that happens, so I provide mentorship as the head of the postdoc program. The postdoc mentors themselves are obviously the key mentors for an individual project. But we leverage a whole bunch of people that are interested in the projects that the postdocs are doing. And so they get support from a whole variety of different places here.
At Denali I like the the speed of how science is actually conducted here and the amount of support that there is for postdocs that are coming right out of their academic training to really launch themselves into the next step of their career.
And the amount of support here that is set up for postdocs has really helped that transition and getting up to speed with things changing from an academic to an industry setting.
It's very supportive and it really gives hope for what is to come of my training. And I think I'm going to definitely be well prepared for what comes next in this postdoc.