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Rapprocher science et société avec Elodie Cheyrou

L’année 2020, marquée par la pandémie de COVID-19, nous a apporté de grands défis et nous a amené à changer nos habitudes, notre façon de vivre en société. L’effort...

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Student Advocacy and Professional Development in Graduate School With Jinelle Wint

This week on Papa PhD, we’ll be focusing on graduate students and their professional development needs and common blind spots. My guest, Jinelle Wint, did her PhD in the...

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Going From Research to Business Development With Fabrice Marquet

Hi and happy new year! In this first episode of 2021, I bring you a story you may in part know. A story of changing countries and cultures and...

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Rethinking Higher Ed With Eric James Stephens

This week, I’m bringing you my conversation with Eric James Stephens, Founder of ChangeHigherEd, a platform where, in the summer of 2020, being unemployed, he set out to help PhDs understand...

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Changer de domaine sans peur avec Céline Ablasou

Qu’est-ce que tu ne fais pas, en ce moment, parce que tu as peur ? Peur de l’inconnu. Peur du changement. Peur de ce que les autres vont penser....

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Bringing Down Stress During the COVID Pandemic with Megan Kirk Chang

The holiday season is here and a lot of us are trying to make sense of a very challenging, for some of us a traumatizing year 2020, in preparation...

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The Art of the Informational Interview with Matteo Tardelli

If you ask me or anyone helping people with career transitions what the most powerful tool is in testing the waters and in growing your network when preparing for...

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Bien communiquer sur le marché de l’emploi en 2020 avec Bruno Guglielminetti

Est-ce que tu te prépares à une entrevue d’emploi en ce moment ? Est-ce que tu en a passées quelques-unes, mais tu ne te sens pas en contrôle du...

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From PhD to Consulting Entrepreneur With Stephanie Ryan

This week, I am sharing with you an interview that covered a lot of terrain, from going through grad school with a disability, to the importance of networking during...

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Featured Guests

Experte - Communication publique des sciences

Passionnée par la recherche, Elodie Cheyrou œuvre depuis son doctorat en neurosciences à rapprocher les mondes de la science et de la société. À travers son parcours de plus de 13 ans en agence privée comme en institutions publiques, elle a développé une expertise en relations publiques, communication scientifique, développement de partenariats et animation de réseaux. Aujourd’hui, Elodie participe à la gouvernance de la politique publique de culture scientifique, technique et industrielle à travers la coordination nationale et internationale de la Fête de la science, événement national de référence rassemblant, chaque année, plus de 1,2 millions de visiteurs et 300 000 scolaires.

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs

Jinelle Wint, PhD, is the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs for the Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. Jinelle has extensive experience in program management, graduate career professional development, mentoring, and outreach. As a Graduate Career Coach at Stony Brook University, she led one-on-one career coaching sessions and coordinated career exploration seminars. She has served on the executive board of many organizations, held a position in the Center for Inclusive Education, and has advocated for graduate students on local, state, and national levels. Jinelle received her Ph.D. in Molecular Cellular Biology from Stony Brook University in the laboratory of Dr. Howard Sirotkin.

Founder and Managing Partner in a Startup Incubator

Fabrice worked as a research scientist in medtech for more than 12 years in top-tier institutes worldwide. He was deeply involved in the entrepreneurial scene leading to multiple startup successes including one IPO. He set up from scratch and led MonacoTech, the first and only innovation program founded by the Monaco Government and French billionaire Xavier Niel. Then, with Brian Frederiksen, he Monaco Foundry with the ambition to revolutionize the way we turn ideas into global commercial successes. Within a few months they assembled a remarkable team of Serial Entrepreneurs, former Senior Government Advisors and Fortune 500 Executives combining strong corporate expertise with entrepreneurial mindsets.

Buisness Data Analyst

Eric James Stephens is the founder of #HireHigherEd, #ChangeHigherEd, and Thousand Plateaus Consulting, LLC. His organizations goals are to highlight the value of higher ed workers as they migrate to industry, government, and non-profits jobs outside of academia. During this foundational shift in the landscapes of higher education exposed by the COVID pandemic, Eric sees opportunity for change. 

Gestionnaire de programmes en industrie

Après sa maîtrise, Céline Ablasou a passé quelques années comme assistante de recherche en biologie moléculaire. Elle a ensuite complètement changé de domaine. Elle est passée à l’ébénisterie puis à la production manufacturière chez Bombardier pour finalement aboutir à la gestion de projets. Céline est maintenant gestionnaire de programme chez Symbotic: une compagnie américaine qui fabrique des robots pour de grands entrepôts logistiques (tels que les entrepôts de Walmart par exemple). Dans son poste actuel, elle coordonne les différents projets impliquant l’équipe de production de Montréal.

Health Sciences Researcher, Yoga Instructor

Megan Kirk Chang is a PhD Candidate and clinician scientist specializing in health behaviour change, trauma psychophysiology, and cognitive neuroscience. As part of her doctoral research, Megan developed the first registered clinical trial in Canada investigating the effectiveness of an online mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural intervention for adults diagnosed with PTSD. Megan has worked as a Mental Health Coach with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and University Health Network in Toronto. She is a certified meditation and yoga teacher on the Insight Timer App. 

Scientist | Project Lead | Author

Matteo Tardelli describes himself as PhD looking into a leap into industry. He is currently a research scientist in biochemistry and medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, and is the author of “The Salmon Leap for PhDs: Swimming upstream: A transition from academia to industry” a book where he explores this question of transitioning from academia to the private sector.

Communicateur, Animateur / Producteur de podcast

Bruno Guglielminetti est un communicateur passionné par le numérique. Il a travaillé au sein de l’équipe de direction de Gilbert Rozon à titre de Directeur général de la Division numérique du Groupe Juste Pour Rire / Just For Laughs, il a été à l’emploi de Radio-Canada pendant 23 ans où il animait et réalisait des émissions de grande écoute, et, entre autres, il a aussi signé une chronique hebdomadaire dans le quotidien Le Devoir. Aujourd’hui, plus de 80 000 abonnés le suivent sur Twitter et dans son podcast hebdomadaire Mon Carnet, où il les tient à jour à propos de l’actualité numérique.


In my continued search for new science podcasts, I happened upon Papa PhD, hosted and produced by its creator David Mendes.

This podcast has wonderful interviews with those who’ve completed their PhD’s where they talk about what brought them to the path they are currently on in their career.

When it comes to thinking about networking and thinking outside the box as far as next steps after your PhD program, this is the podcast to subscribe to.Read article here.

Suzanne C. Miller – Managing Editor, Integrative & Comparative Biology

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Le parcours des intervenants est diversifié, tant académique que professionnel.

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François T. on Podchaser

Your podcast series is like a treasure mine for me 🙂  Every time I listen to one episode I find someone I want to connect to.

I don’t know how I will be implementing the feedback and guidance I have received so far from all the connections from your podcast series, but at least I know I really am enjoying connecting with new people.

Especially knowing that someone is involved in a job they are really happy in and that they have carved for themselves is so inspiring.

Anushka K. – Doctoral Researcher at Okayama University