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.
For over 35 years, Keith Yamamoto has been a faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco where his lab studies the specificity and mechanisms by which intracellular receptors govern gene transcription networks. Currently Dr. Yamamoto is Vice Chancellor for Research at UCSF, Executive Vice Dean of the School of Medicine, and Professor of… Continue Reading