Pinar Gurel is a postdoctoral fellow in the Alushin lab at Rockefeller University where she is investigating the role of actin structural plasticity in mechanosensation using cryoEM and other biophysical tools. Pinar earned her PhD in the Higgs lab at Dartmouth College where she studied the mechanism of actin filament severing by the formin, INF2. She is currently the co-chair of COMPASS. Email: pinar.s.gurel@gmail.com. Twitter: @pinar_gurel


Competitive sports and science not so different after all

The Winter Olympics are one of the most exciting athletic events—it’s a culmination of the world’s top athletes putting on their best performances after years of hard work and training! Not to mention, the sports are so intense and dramatic: big air, big wipeouts, big  … Read more

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Know an assistant professor in need of grant writing help?

The ASCB Faculty Research and Education Development (FRED) Mentoring Program aims to promote grant funding success for junior faculty or senior postdocs at minority-serving institutions and other institutions with a commitment to students that are underrepresented in STEM. By partnering early-career scientists with successful senior  … Read more

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Choosing the right mentor for career success

Mentoring is critical for the development and training of independent scientists but, all too often, not enough emphasis is placed on choosing the right mentor. Mentors not only provide technical and experimental support but should aid in both career development and life guidance. Importantly, mentoring  … Read more

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Ethical and Inspiring Mentorship in STEM symposium

Among the many roles that scientists play, mentoring younger scientists is one for which researchers are rarely trained. In the current STEM research environment, where lack of funding is but one of the systemic issues young scientists face, the roles, responsibilities, and career trajectories are  … Read more

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What happens when your lab decides to switch institutions?

Throughout my training, I’ve seen many labs leave my institution and many labs arrive, and I always thought, “I’m glad it isn’t happening to me” …until one day, it did. Toward the end of my second year as a postdoc at the NIH, my advisor  … Read more

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How to make an impact with your presentations

We’ve all been to those seminars where you’re fighting to keep your eyes open as the speaker drones on about results. In contrast, we’ve also been to seminars where the talk is so captivating, you lose a sense of time and you come out feeling  … Read more

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COMPASS Sessions at the Annual Meeting Target Career and Professional Development

COMPASS is dedicated to serving postdoc and graduate student needs both throughout the year and at the ASCB annual meeting. As mentioned in last week’s blog post by COMPASS co-chair Bruno da Rocha-Azevedo, our COMPASS survey revealed that a major concern for postdocs and graduate  … Read more

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The REAL Perks of Graduate School

Lately graduate students and postdocs in the life sciences have been bombarded by articles, infographics, seminars, and blog posts describing the dire state of research funding and the uphill battle that young scientists face in the workforce. Articles like “The Postdoc, A Special Kind of  … Read more

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ASCB COMPASS Outreach Grant Spotlight: Art in STEM Research

The ASCB Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS) has proudly hosted 4 cycles of Outreach grants. These grants support projects throughout the year geared toward outreach opportunities that bring cell biology to local communities. Previous award winners have organized diverse outreach efforts, such as teaching  … Read more

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Social and Outreach Events at the 2014 ASCB/IFCB Meeting

The 2014 ASCB/IFCB meeting is the place to expand your scientific knowledge, present your research, and explore career options. Additionally, the meeting is a great place to meet scientists from all walks of life. The Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS) Social and Outreach subcommittees  … Read more

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