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Rochester Partnership for Research and Academic Career Training of Deaf Postdoctoral Scholars

Rochester Postdoc Partnership LogoThe Rochester Partnership to Advance Research and Academic Careers of Deaf (RPP-DEAF) Scholars program aims to develop a diverse group of highly trained biomedical scientists to address the Nation’s biomedical workforce needs.  RPP-DEAF rigorously trains and supports the career advancement of Deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) post-doctoral Scholars for independent academic careers that support the biomedical research enterprise, offering up to three years of postdoctoral experience for Deaf/HH scholars with a PhD in biomedical sciences and with no previous postdoctoral experience or up to three years of postdoctoral experience. 

We accept applications to this transformative program, which combines:

  • Research mentored postdoctoral training in biomedical sciences for Deaf/HH scholars at the University of Rochester (UR),
  • Teaching opportunities at our partner institution, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and its National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) to develop critical academic  instructional skills, through mentored teaching assignments in your field of interest.

What sets this research postdoctoral experience apart from traditional postdoctoral research?

  • Teaching our Scholars “how to teach” and design new and innovative courses at RIT/NTID in full-inclusion classroom settings for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing undergraduate students.
  • As a postdoctoral fellow, you will receive a mentored research and teaching experiences in your chosen biomedical science discipline to prepare you for an academic career in research and teaching.

NIGMS supports basic research that increases understanding of biological processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

  • NIGMS-funded researchers seek to answer important scientific questions in fields such as cell biology, biophysics, genetics, developmental biology, pharmacology, physiology, biological chemistry, bioinformatics, computational biology, selected aspects of the behavioral sciences and specific cross-cutting clinical areas that affect multiple organ systems.

Funding from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) through the Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) K12 Program supports RPP-DEAF (K12 GM106997). Rochester is a hub of excellence for Deaf/HH scholars and researchers, with exceptional resources and strong institutional partnerships creating a vibrant community environment. 

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Dream Engineers: Rochester Postdoc Partnership Scholar Featured on Full Measure News

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

For as much time as we spend sleeping and dreaming, and as long as we’ve studied both, they largely remain ever-mysterious, their exact function and purpose elusive. Michelle Carr, Ph.D., a postdoc in the Rochester Postdoc Partnership, spoke with Full Measure News about the science of sleep, dreams and dream engineering - the idea that one might be able to control their dreams to improve their lives.

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Rochester Postdoc Partnership Alum Stands in Smithsonian

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Tiffany Panko

During the month of March, you could bump into University of Rochester alumna Tiffany Panko, MD ('16), MBA, in the Smithsonian's If/Then She Can national exhibit - or at least her life-sized statue. Panko became an American Association for the Advancement of Science If/Then ambassador during her time in the Rochester Postdoc Partnership program, which is the nation's only biomedical postdoc program tailored for deaf scientists.

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Sarah Latchney, PhD: Teaching to Learn

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Benzi Kluger

Sarah Latchney, Ph.D., is right where she had hoped to be: teaching science at a small, public, liberal arts college.

In the summer of 2019, she was hired as faculty at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. As an assistant professor of Biology and Neuroscience, she predominately teaches introductory-level biology for all incoming Biology and Neuroscience students as well as several introductory and advanced courses in the Neurosciences.

Latchney says she caught the teaching bug after designing and teaching a 200-level undergraduate course in toxicology as part of her training in the Rochester Postdoc Partnership (RPP) program. 

“It was a course that I developed from scratch on my own,” Latchney recalls. “Through that experience, I learned what it truly means to teach at the college level – to be the sole instructor of record and everything that goes into designing a course, implementing it, and interacting with students. It was a lot of work but also lots of fun.”

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Can Lucid Dreaming Help Us Understand Consciousness?

Wednesday, December 1, 2021


Some people, like Michelle Carr, PhD, can control their dreams - turning nightmares into adventures. And now, scientists like Carr are studying lucid dreams to uncover deeper secrets of consciousness and the brain. Carr, a sleep researcher in the Rochester Postdoc Partnership was featured in The Guardian for her research on dream engineering. She also studies sleep and dream psychophysiology in Deaf volunteers.

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