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NIH Postdoctoral Fellow Appointed Associate Director for STEM Careers in the Graduate School
Peter Vanable, associate provost for graduate studies and dean of the Graduate School at Syracuse University, has announced the appointment of Simona Rosu to the role of associate director for STEM careers in the Office of Professional and Career Development within the Graduate School. Rosu will assume her new duties on August 13. Rosu’s position will be funded in part through the Invest Syracuse initiative, a $100 million effort designed to advance academic excellence and the student experience at Syracuse University.
Rosu, who earned a Ph.D. in genetics from Stanford University and a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will be responsible for building professional and career development opportunities for STEM doctoral students as well as for Syracuse’s population of postdoctoral scholars.
“Simona will be a tremendous asset to the University’s efforts to further enhance institutional support for our graduate scholars,” says Vanable. “Her extensive science background and ability to connect with students and postdocs in a variety of settings will be crucial as we continue to expand our support for graduate students and postdocs across many disciplines.”
Rosu comes to Syracuse from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she served as a postdoctoral fellow. She has pursued research in the areas of molecular, cell and developmental biology, with a focus on DNA repair, chromosome dynamics and stem cells. She has also been involved in a variety of teaching, mentoring, outreach and service activities, including developing and teaching an introductory genetics course at the NIH, creating and presenting an outreach workshop for the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, and mentoring summer students in the lab.
During her time at the NIH, she was a member of the Fellows Committee and worked with the Office of Intramural Training and Education and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences. In those capacities, she provided input and helped plan programs related to postdoctoral fellows training, education and professional development.
She came to the NIH from Stanford University, where she served as a community associate and worked with the Graduate Life Office to organize orientation and community events in addition to pursuing her doctoral and postdoctoral research.
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