Career & Professional Development

We believe that career and professional development (CPD) should be continuous, active, dynamic, and individualized. Our goal is to implement programs that have discernible positive impacts on successful educational outcomes, meaningful career navigation, job placement, and lifelong growth and advancement of every student and trainee at UMMS.


What We Do

Our new team, established in 2017, uses a rigorous and tailored approach in our intentionally planned programs to meet the needs of our graduate, postdoctoral, and postbaccalaureate communities. Our programs are intended to empower learners in the eight competency areas using a hands-on approach. We embrace the University of Michigan’s vision of developing “leaders who will challenge the present and enrich the future“, and follow an interdisciplinary approach toward our program and resource development. We have cultivated strong relationships with several units within and outside of the UM Medical School, allowing for successful collaborative programming across these units.

Because of the current diversity in interests, opportunities, and outcomes, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows need to be exposed to many different career paths. We ensure that every member of our academic community can develop the necessary professional skills and use the best resources available to enhance their current training outcomes and to smoothly transition into their chosen career paths. Our academic and professional development programs are constantly tuned based on sound pedagogy, feedback data from attendees, and input from faculty advisors, staff, and leadership.

Connect With Us

We invite you to connect with us, provide us feedback, attend one of our programs, or set up a meeting with us! We are always happy to hear from you, and to provide you with the best Michigan experience.

Read more about our team.

Our Philosophy

  This graphic reflects our philosophy that career and professional development is a dynamic lifelong process. This artwork draws parallels between a) a trainee’s journey navigating their professional trajectories via eight crucial competencies, which empowers them as leaders in their chosen career paths, b) the beautiful city of Ann Arbor where this journey paves the path forward for their professional success, and c) cellular motor proteins on cytoskeletal tracks, whose job is to convert energy into directed movement.

Graphic created by Manoj Puthenveedu, MBBS, PhD, Associate Professor of Pharmacology, UMMS   

Who We Are

Shoba Subramanian, PhD

Director of Curriculum and Educational Initiatives

Dr. Shoba Subramanian leads and collaborates with an exciting team to drive the future of STEM PhD and postdoctoral training with a forward-thinking mindset. She uses scientific approaches for curriculum innovation while also directing the Career and Professional Development team at the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. She heads a major project to understand mentoring practices in the biomedical graduate and postdoctoral education. Prior to Michigan, she was Assistant Department Head for Graduate Affairs at the Department of Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and an Assistant Teaching Professor, where she served on leadership in undergraduate, masters, and PhD programs from 2011-17. 

In the past decade, she has founded and taught several science courses alongside many professional skills courses, program series, and workshops. At CMU, she was a recipient of the Simon ProSEED grant for technology-enhanced learning and a Wimmer faculty fellowship. At Michigan she is an inaugural RISE fellow and is a fellow-PI on the NSF’s Innovations in Graduate Education grant. Nationally, she serves on many committees to advocate for equity and inclusion in graduate and postdoctoral training. She earned her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from CMU and completed postdoctoral training at the University of California in San Francisco and at CMU. She started in her current role in 2017, and holds a faculty appointment in CDB.


Beth Bodiya, MS

Postdoc Coordinator

Beth serves as a resource for postdoctoral fellows in the Medical School. Her goal is to support postdocs during their time at Michigan, helping them to navigate policies, orient them to the university and Ann Arbor, and support their transition to opportunities after their postdoctoral training. Beth works on initiatives to enhance the postdoctoral experience at Michigan Medicine and closely collaborates with the Career & Professional Development Team to host programming and events geared toward postdoctoral career exploration and professional preparation.

Where Are We?


2960 Taubman Health Sciences Library

1135 Catherine St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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