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Transitioning to a Postdoc

Meet this week's Grad Chat guests, Dr Kaela Singleton and Dr Ubadah Sabbagh!

Promotional Graphic, text reads Transitioning To a Postdoc, # Grad Chat by PhD Balance. There are three headshots one of Liesl, the host & one of each of the guests Dr Kaela Singleton and Dr Ubadah Sabbagh

Dr Kaela S. Singleton is a Black, Samoan, Queer developmental neuroscientist and postdoc in Dr Victor Faundez's lab at Emory University. Her research focuses on the cellular and molecular signals that control neuron development in normal and disease states. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Biology Department at Agnes Scott College and President-Elect and Co-Founder of Black In Neuro. In her short time as a postdoc, Dr Singleton has earned four years of research funding from NIH, the prestigious Burroughs Wellcome fund postdoctoral enrichment fellowship, published four manuscripts, given fifteen invited seminars, and spoken on twenty-plus panels on mentorship and DEI initiatives. Through social media and public outreach, Dr Singleton hopes to promote representation and accountability within the scientific community. Outside of lab, Dr Singleton can be found cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs, listening to pop-punk music, or being the Beyonce of Neuroscience on Twitter.

Ubadah Sabbagh, PhD, is a neuroscientist at the McGovern Institute at MIT, where he is a postdoctoral associate in Dr Guoping Feng's laboratory. Dr Sabbagh attended community college for three years before transferring to the University of Missouri–Kansas City, where he earned his bachelor's degree in biology. He later earned his PhD in Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health at Virginia Tech, where he studied connections between the eyes and the brain. Outside of the lab, Dr Sabbagh is heavily involved in science outreach, advocacy, and policy. He co-founded and serves on the Board of Black In Neuro and has written extensively on topics at the intersection of science and policy, with articles published in the Washington Post, Scientific American, and other international publications. His contributions have been recognized with multiple awards, including most recently being named to the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 list.


You can find Dr Singleton on Twitter and Instagram (@kss_phd on both) and Dr Sabbagh on Twitter (@neubadah).

Dr Singleton and Dr Sabbagh will join host Liesl Saturday (12/11) for Grad Chat at 3 pm Eastern/12 pm Pacific to talk about Transitioning to a Postdoc. Catch the live stream using this link!

Alternatively, you'll be able to catch up on the episode on Grad Chat, The Podcast published next Tuesday (12/14) here!


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