This is a two-part series demystifying the postdoctoral fellowship. In this series, Dr. Stella Aslibekyan, a current postdoc in Epidemiology, answers the following questions: What is a postdoc, why do one, and how do you get the best possible postdoc?
Dr. Aslibekyan began her academic and research career at Stanford University where she earned a bachelor’s in Human Biology. After conducting research at the Mount Sinai Medical School in New York City, she completed a master’s program in Epidemiology at Harvard University. She then earned her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from Brown University. She is currently a postdoc fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the Department of Epidemiology. Note that, although she was offered an ultra-competitive postdoc at Harvard, she turned it down to accept her current fellowship, and she is very happy with her decision. She has published many articles in high-impact, peer-reviewed academic journals, including American Journal of Cardiology.
In this talk, you’ll learn about Dr. Aslibekyan’s academic journey that has brought her to her current post-doc. She also explains the benefits and purposes of doing a postdoc: to focus on conducting research, write grant applications, and produce publications.