Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
6431 Fannin St. - Suite MSE R256
Houston, TX 77030
Telephone: +1 713 500 6612
The UTHealth Office of Postdoctoral Affairs offers Postdoctoral Fellows a starting point for resources and general information. The office serves as an information warehouse and provides an avenue of communication among Postdoctoral Fellows, Faculty, and Administrators on issues related to postdoctoral training. It is the goal of the institution to attract first-rate researchers and provide them with an outstanding Postdoctoral experience.
The Postdoctoral Certificate Training Program is designed for all UTHealth Postdoctoral Research Fellows. Offered at no cost, participants receive benefits including a free Recreation Center membership and discounts on several campus and city services. More >
We are featuring two postdocs for May in honor of Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month and National Physical Fitness & Sports Month : Dr. Rocio Diaz Escarcega and Dr. Jacob Szeszulski. Read their stories HERE.
Leslie Beckman is the Assistant Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA). As the founding administrator of the OPA in October 2005, Leslie has partnered with UTHealth leadership to develop comprehensive policies, procedures, and counseling for postdocs, faculty and administrators. She developed the UTHealth Postdoctoral Certificate Training Program which grew from a small group of postdocs enrolling in Responsible Conduct in Research and Career Development courses to widening the program offering postdocs access to a multitude of courses on-line and within all UTHealth schools.
As an active member of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), Leslie has worked on several committees and in 2014 co-published the first NPA Institutional Policy Report: Supporting and Developing Postdoctoral Scholars. Leslie graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. She worked for several years in Human Resources. Thereafter, she spent her career implementing start up-programs in entrepreneurial endeavors in the areas of finance, immigration support, and healthcare staffing. Her background along with her passion and energy, makes her the ideal ambassador to promote the careers and welfare for the UTHealth postdoctoral community.
Dr. Yasmin Chebaro is a former UTHealth postdoc who has a passion for career development for scientists. She received her B.S in Genetics at Texas A&M University and graduated from Rice University in 2017 with a PhD in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. As a graduate student, Yasmin realized that in addition to enjoying studying pathogenic microbes, she also loved teaching and mentoring undergraduates. During her time as a postdoc, she co-chaired the Postdoc Association and became passionate about encouraging her peers to explore the many career options available to them. In her current role, Yasmin combines her interests in education and career development by managing the Postdoctoral Certificate Training Program and providing postdocs resources to help them transition into their next role.