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Alum Zoom with Lauren Anderson, Ph.D., and Brandon Hall, Ph.D., Duke Surgery Office of Research Development

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
11:00 am to 11:30 am

Lauren Anderson, PhD, and Brandon Hall, PhDOn November 4, our guests are Lauren Anderson, PhD, Director, and Brandon Hall, PhD, Research Development Associate, from the Duke Surgery Office of Research Development. Lauren holds a PhD in Neurobiology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA in Neuroscience from The Johns Hopkins University, and was a Duke postdoc in the Department of Neurology. Brandon holds a PhD in Pharmacology from Georgia Health Sciences University (now Augusta University) and a BS in Biology from the University of South Carolina at Aiken, and was a Duke postdoc in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

The Duke Surgery Office of Research Development provides strategic guidance, scientific editing and proposal development support for complex,individual investigator, and training grant proposals.  In addition to discussing their academic administration roles at Duke, Lauren and Brandon will talk about the transferable skills that are sought-after qualities for these types of academic jobs.

5 Questions:
1. Could you tell us about your background? 
2. How did you get your jobs at Surgery Research Development? 
3. What’s a typical day like at your organization (pre- and post-COVID)? 
4. What can students and postdocs who would like to work in this field (or explore it further) do to prepare?
5. What is the employment outlook for this field, given the COVID crisis? (please note that the answer to this question may be “We don’t know yet.”)

A link with Zoom meeting details will be sent to confirmed registrants. The Alum Zoom Series is sponsored by the Duke Office of Postdoctoral Services and The Graduate School. Questions? Email Molly Starback, Director of Duke Postdoc Services, at

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Event Category

  • Professional Development
  • Professional Adaptability
  • Careers Beyond Academia