Supporting early career researchers in remodeled scientific environments

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to major restructuring of traditional research environments to support the health and safety of individuals across the world. Research practices have been remodeled by limiting in-person interactions, shifting to virtual meetings/conferences, and by reducing research operations overall. While these changes are necessary to protect individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic, early career researchers are particularly susceptible to the negative consequences of these changes as they work to establish their independent research careers. In this talk, I will discuss mechanisms by which the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted research activities, how these alterations may have influenced early career researchers, and how the local and far-reaching research community can support early career researchers as they navigate these challenging circumstances. I will also discuss potential long-lasting impacts to early career researchers that may arise in post-pandemic research landscapes and offer ideas for how we may support early career researchers to prevent additional strain to these essential members of the research community.

Block 3: Impact of the Pandemic

Christina M. Termini, Ph.D.

Christina M. Termini received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of New Mexico where she studied acute myeloid leukemia signaling. She is currently a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles where she studies how proteoglycans regulate hematopoietic stem cell maintenance and bone marrow regeneration. During her postdoctoral training, Dr. Termini has established herself as a dedicated mentor and rising leader in efforts focused on improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in scientific research. Dr. Termini looks forward to beginning an independent research career after completing her postdoctoral training and sharing her passion for cell biology with scientists from all walks of life.