Life science graduate training programs today seek predominantly to produce independent investigators in academia or industry. Not only is securing such positions intensely competitive, but we are in a time in which we need highly trained life science Ph.D.s occupying a broad array of careers outside of that restricted niche. In his talk, Keith Yamamoto explains that it is time to rethink graduate and postdoc education and suggests that instead of preparing graduate students for what he calls the “post-doc terminal,” institutions and graduate programs should be responsible for creating a “Ph.D. hub,” familiarizing trainees with the array of career options during graduate school, and placing high value on those options, thus empowering students to make informed, confident decisions about their careers.
Professor, Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology; Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy
University of California, San Francisco Continue Reading