Bruno Da Rocha-Azevedo is currently a Senior Staff Scientist in the Department of Biophysics at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Bruno studies the spatiotemporal dynamics of endothelial cell receptors using single molecule imaging. Bruno was one of the founding members of COMPASS, where he has a member (2013-2016), outreach subcommittee chair (2013-2015) and COMPASS co-chair (2015-2016). Bruno also recently volunteered on the ASCB 5-year strategic plan, helping on creating the guidelines for further democratizing the society by ensuring leadership and decision making reflect the broad range of the membership and their interests and priorities E-mail: brunodarochaazevedo@gmail.com Twitter: @brunodra


Outreach, conference-style: the importance of attending scientific meetings that are not research topic-based

It is October, and most cell biologists around the world are looking forward to the ASCB|EMBO meeting in San Diego! The very best of cell biology and career development will be there, waiting for us. However, there are plenty of other STEM conferences that are  … Read more

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The stranger in the lab: Staff scientists—who they are, what they do and how they improve academia

When you think of lab personnel, you probably think of the PI, postdocs, graduate students and even some undergrads. However, there is often another person in the lab who plays an important role that isn’t always clearly understood: the staff scientist. The scientific workforce needs  … Read more

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The road to equality: the successes and the needs of LGBTQ+ biomedical scientists

Some Progress Has Been Made Around the world and the United States, June is known as Pride Month. While media outlets tend to focus on the celebrations in different cities, Pride Month is in fact a reminder of the fight for equality. Sexual orientation and  … Read more

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Volunteering in your scientific society: six lessons from a COMPASS alum

Compared with all other ASCB committees, membership in the Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS) fluctuates with a fast tempo, since students graduate and postdocs are not permanent positions. Since its formation in 2013, COMPASS has already “graduated” 23 alumni – some of whom were  … Read more

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Understanding the concerns of students and postdocs and a look to the future

This is my final blog post as co-chair of COMPASS – it has been an honor to represent students and postdocs in the leadership of ASCB and create opportunities to discuss our career successes and struggles, increase diversity, and improve training for our futures as  … Read more

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Just Say “No”—Against the Silence of the Scientific Job Market

It is not easy to get an academic position nowadays, and this is not news. The academic job market is well known to be highly competitive has been discussed in detail in multiple publications, workshops, and also in this blog. One aspect not commonly discussed  … Read more

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Carnival of Disaster as Rio de Janeiro Looks at 50% Science Cuts

“The tumor had given a first hint of its existence in St. Louis, but it was in Rio de Janeiro that it revealed itself, and it did so in a theatrical and grand way, as if spurred by the bright atmosphere of that explosive and  … Read more

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COMPASS Seeks Data, Supports Outreach, Encourages Expression

In 2016 the Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS) will be seeking information. For the first time COMPASS, together with the ASCB Membership Committee, will organize a survey of student and postdoc ASCB members. The hope is to identify the goals, fears, and shortcomings of  … Read more

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Students and Postdocs: We want to hear your voices and see your faces!

The 2015 COMPASS Open Forum is ready for you in San Diego!   It sounds like a long time ago: in the beginning of 2013, a small group of students and postdocs received a congratulatory email from ASCB that would change the way our scientific  … Read more

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Diversity in the Biomedical Workforce: The SCOTUS Decision and the Implications for LGBTQ Scientists

On June 26, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) delivered a historic civil rights decision. It is now the law of the land that same-sex couples have the right to marry. This decision puts the United States into a select group of 21  … Read more

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