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Academic Journeys and Building Networks

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

Apr 27, 2021

Speaker(s): Dr. Megan Dennis and Dr. Steven Capell
This event is recommended for: Graduate Students.

Are you a graduate student and thinking about ways 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, join us for the upcoming Academic Journeys and Building Networks event and you can 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, April 27th from 12-1pm


Featuring Dr. Megan Dennis, Ph.D.  (UC Davis, NIH-OxCam GPP alumnus) and Dr. Steven D. Cappell, Ph.D.  (NCI|CCR).


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 what constitutes successful graduate training experience, and to learn about how their specific training experiences prepared them for an academic career. This event is 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 Indira Rao ( or Béga Murray ( with any questions.



Dr. Dennis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis. She received a bachelor’s degree in Biochemical Engineering from Michigan State University and a joint Ph.D./D.Phil. in Human Genetics from the National Institutes of Health and the University of Oxford, where she worked with Eric Green and Anthony Monaco on the genetics of dyslexia. She then completed her postdoctoral training with Evan Eichler at the University of Washington, where she characterized complex genomic structural variation and its role in human evolution and neurological disorders. Through her joint affiliations with the UC Davis MIND Institute and Genome Center, she and her team seek to identify genomic contributors to human neurological traits and diseases.


Dr. Cappell received his B.S. in marine science and biology from the University of Miami, FL. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he studied heterotrimeric G protein signaling in yeast in the lab of Dr. Henrik Dohlman. He completed his postdoctoral training as a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Tobias Meyer at Stanford University. His postdoctoral research focused on understanding how the ubiquitin ligase Anaphase Promoting Complex/Cyclosome is regulated during cell cycle progression. He joined the Center for Cancer Research, NCI as an NIH Stadtman Investigator in 2017. His lab’s current focus is understanding how single cells integrate diverse signals in order to make the decision to divide and how errors in this decision making progress can lead to diseases such as cancer.