Brick by brick - building your career and community for success

2016-10-2116:00 to 17:15 Aula Medica, Nobel väg 6Campus SolnaCareer Service

An atmosphere for research and training that aims to build a supportive and creative community is one in which many junior researchers will thrive. 

In this career lecture, Gretchen Repasky will aim to cover a balance of three main topics:

  • Building community for junior researchers and connecting with colleagues
  • Broadening career prospects through development of professional skills and networks during the PhD and postdoc years
  • Mentoring for success in science and other careers of high expertise

The lecture is open to ALL KI PhD students and postdoctoral researchers as well as any others, such as PIs, senior scientists and administrators, whose interest is piqued. 

Welcome to register 

This seminar is organised by Biomedicum Young Researchers Symposium in collaboration with KI Career service. If you already registered to the 1st Biomedicum Young Researchers Symposium, you do not need to register again.


Find out more about the program of Biomedicum Young Researchers Symposium 

About the speaker:

Gretchen Repasky, PhD, is a Senior Researcher and Research Training Coordinator at The Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM)/University of Helsinki (UH). Gretchen received her PhD in cell and molecular biology from New York University, USA in 2000. 

2010 she relocated to Helsinki to serve as the Research Training Coordinator at FIMM.  In this capacity, Gretchen has designed and implemented the FIMM-EMBL International PhD student recruitment and training program, as well as FIMMPOD, FIMM’s professional development program for postdoctoral and senior researchers.  In addition, she coordinates FIMM’s Doctoral Training Committee, plans courses and symposia, advises doctoral candidates, and handles other educational initiatives.  She collaborates with the UH Doctoral School in Health Sciences doctoral programs. Gretchen is internationally networked in strategic and operational roles to improve recruitment and research training through the Nordic EMBL Partnership and EU-LIFE alliance, as a working group chair.

As a senior researcher, her current research interests and efforts lie within the scope of cancer chemical biology.

Gretchen’s main goals are to 1) contribute to the strategic mission of the institute by building the community and promoting excellence in research training, 2) encourage a thriving, self-activating PhD student and postdoc network, and 3) advance the careers of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers.  To deliver on these goals she works to build relationships across traditional boundaries, maintaining and expecting high integrity and transparency through constructive discussion and creative action. 

Contact person: Anethe Mansen