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How to get the postdoc and early career fellowships you want

Thursday 12 May, 6.00 – 8.00 pm, Pavilion Rm

Hughes Hall Research Associates and guest speaker Dr Marta Shahbazi (MRC-LMB) will talk about the crucial bits and pieces of their academic fellowship and grant applications, including an ERC starting grant as well as Marie Curie, Henry Wellcome, Fulbright and EMBO fellowships. Speakers will briefly introduce themselves followed by a discussion and Q&A.

Join us in a relaxed atmosphere with some buffet and drinks.
Open to all Hughes Hall PhD students and postdocs.

Why join?

  • Get tips for your fellowship proposals from early career scientists
  • Hear about the crucial bits of a successful ERC starting grant application
  • Ask all your questions about the academic career path and fellowship/grant applications

PhD students are particularly encouraged to join to enable interactions with the Postdoc community.

Please sign up using the eventbrite link: click here 

Questions or queries? Contact Markus Hoepfler (mhoepfler@mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk)


Dr Marta Shahbazi, Junior group leader MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Marta is a group leader at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology. Her group is aiming to understand the molecular basis of human embryogenesis, and how the exquisite coordination between cell fate and shape is affected when development fails. She did her PhD at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre, working on how microtubules regulate cell-cell adhesion and stem cell identity in the epidermis. She then joined the University of Cambridge as a post-doctoral fellow to study mammalian embryo development at implantation and became a group leader at the MRC–LMB in 2020. On her way to become a group leader, she received multiple awards and her postdoctoral research was supported with fellowships from the Spanish Foundation Ramon Areces, the Leverhulme Trust, and EMBO. More recently, she has been awarded a prestigious ERC starting grant.

 Dr Matteo Zallio, Research Associate

Matteo Zallio, M.Arch, Ph.D., is an award-winning designer, researcher, and adjunct professor. He is currently a Marie Curie senior research fellow at the University of Cambridge and previously a Fulbright fellow at Stanford University and an A. Graves fellow at Technological University Dublin. His research focuses on the study and design of inclusive products and experiences for users of all abilities.

He is the chairman for the standard ISO TC 314 at the National Standards Authority of Ireland, member of the scientific committee at AHFE International, judge panellist, and speaker worldwide. Between cycling, painting, and planning the next trip, he is passionate to empower people to become designers of their solutions by unleashing their creative potential.

Dr Jorge Lopez-Tello, Research Associate

Jorge Lopez-Tello studied Veterinary Medicine in Spain and obtained his PhD from Complutense University of Madrid in 2017. He then moved to Cambridge as a research associate to study placental development and fetal growth, supported by a Royal Society Newton Fellowship.

His current work as a Sir Henry Wellcome Fellow at the Centre for Trophoblast Research (Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience) employs animal models to understand placental function and determine the impact of aberrant placental endocrine function on maternal metabolism during pregnancy as well as in offspring growth. These studies are important for understanding the development of metabolic diseases during and after pregnancy.

Dr Markus Höpfler, Research Associate (Host)

Dr Markus Höpfler is a postdoctoral scientist at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology. Before moving to Cambridge, he studied molecular biology at the University of Vienna, Austria, and did his PhD research on cellular protein degradation systems at the Max Planck Institute in Martinsried, Germany. Markus is dedicated to understanding the molecular mechanisms used by cells to balance their resources and adapt to changing conditions. In particular, his work focuses on feedback mechanisms that act during protein production to maintain the correct ratio of different proteins within the cell. A better understanding of these basic mechanisms is highly relevant for numerous diseases, such as cancer and inflammatory conditions. His postdoctoral research is supported by fellowships from EMBO and the Marie Curie programme.