Jefferson Postdoctoral Association

President's Talk

The Jefferson Postdoctoral Association (JPA) is proud to present the President's Talk.

President's Talk is an initiative in which a former JPA president will come to Jefferson and deliver two talks, one focused on career development and one keynote talk. The first event kicked off on Nov 12th 2018. Stay tuned for future Presidents Talk events.

The primarily objective for the career-centered talk is to discuss the impact that being a Jefferson postdoc and part of the JPA has had on the speaker’s career. The keynote talk is all about the science! What exciting scientific discoveries the speaker’s lab has made and what are their future goals.

November 2018

Denise C. Fitzgerald, PhD

Denise C. Fitzgerald, PhD - Queen's University, Ireland (former JPA president 2006-2007

Career-centered talk - My career path: Playing the long game (on a bumpy road)

Keynote talk - Harnessing the immune system to regenerate the Central Nervous System

About the Speaker

Denise completed her B.Sc. in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics at University College Dublin (1996-2000) where she then went on to pursue her PhD in Immunology under the mentorship of Prof. Alan Baird (2000-2004). During this time Denise developed a keen interest in demyelinating diseases of the CNS and in 2004 she moved to Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia to pursue postdoctoral training in MS research in the lab of Dr. Abdolmohamad Rostami. During that time, Denise was awarded a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (USA) which supported her commitment to researching CNS demyelination. In 2009, Denise moved to Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) to start her own independent research group. In 2015 she became Northern Ireland’s first recipient of a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award. She was awarded the QUB Vice-Chancellors prize for Research Innovation in 2017 and the QUB Staff Excellence Award for Outstanding Leadership in 2018. Her work on immune-mediated myelin regeneration was recently awarded the 2018 UK MS Society’s Annual Research Prize. She is currently Professor of Neuroimmunology in QUB and the focus of her research team is uncovering mechanism of how the immune system influences tissue regeneration in the Central Nervous System.