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Academic Journeys and Building Networks

Discussion Group/Brown Bag: Academic Careers; Teaching/Mentoring; Networking Opportunities

Feb 23, 2021

Speaker(s): Dr. Natalie Porat-Shliom Dr. Eli Bortiz
This event is recommended for: Graduate Students.

Are you early in your research career and wondering how to maximize your overall research training?

Are you wondering what it takes to pursue an academic career and how to prepare for the academic journey? 

Are you looking to build a network of mentors beyond your thesis committee to provide guidance and support? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the “Academic Journeys and Building Networks” event may be a terrific opportunity for you to discuss with and learn from two outstanding principal investigators. Here’s what you need to know. 

The next “ Academic Journeys and Building Networks” event will be held on Tuesday, February 23rd from 12-1pm (zoom link below), featuring Dr. Natalie Porat-Shliom (NCI/CCR) and Dr. Eli Boritz (NIAID/VRC). This event provides graduate students like yourself the opportunity to discuss strategies to develop, as well as improve, academic mentoring relationships beyond your thesis committee. This event also provides graduate students the opportunity to discuss with both Dr. Porat-Shliom and Dr. Boritz on what makes for a successful graduate training experience, and to learn about how their specific training experiences prepared them for an academic career. This event is styled as a discussion group that allows graduate students to ask questions and learn in an informal, relaxed setting.

We welcome all graduate students (first-time and returning) to attend this event. Please contact Béga Murray ( or Indira Rao ( with any questions.

About the speakers:


Dr. Natalie Porat-Shliom is an Earl Stadtman Investigator in the Thoracic and Gastrointestinal Malignancies branch of the NCI. Dr. Porat-Shliom received her B.Sc. in biology, M.Sc. in neurobiology and Ph.D. in cell biology from Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Her Ph.D. research was performed at the NIH, through the Graduate Partnerships Program, under the supervision of Prof. Yoel Kloog (Tel Aviv University) and Dr. Julie Donaldson (NHLBI, NIH). For her postdoctoral training, Dr. Porat-Shliom joined the laboratory of Dr. Roberto Weigert (NCI, NIH) where she specialized in intravital microscopy studying mitochondria in the salivary gland for which she received the NIH Pathway to independence Award (K99/R00). In 2018, Dr. Porat-Shliom joined the NCI as a Tenure Track Investigator, where her research focuses on understanding how normal and malignant cells metabolically adapt to changes in nutrient availability and energy demand.

Dr. Eli Boritz is an Earl Stadtman Investigator and Chief of the Virus Persistence and Dynamics Section of the Vaccine Research Center at NIAID. Dr. Boritz began his HIV research career in the mid-1990s as a summer student in the laboratory of Dr. John K. Rose. An interest in fundamental and translational studies of host-virus interactions then led him to pursue combined M.D./Ph.D. training at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. He completed his Ph.D. in the Immunology Program studying HIV-specific CD4 T-cell responses with Dr. Cara Wilson. After an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he came to NIAID as a fellow in infectious diseases. Following the clinical portion of his fellowship, he joined Dr. Daniel Douek's laboratory at Vaccine Research Center, where he worked to understand the cellular and molecular events that allow HIV reservoirs to persist in vivo. He joined the NIH faculty to establish the VPDS in 2017.