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

Shoba holds a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and completed her postdoctoral training at UCSF. From 2011-2017 as a faculty leader at CMU, she directly advised over 200 students, taught nearly 850 students at the BS, MS, and PhD levels. She has guided several trainees toward successful internships and full-time positions. She has a strong record in science teaching and education innovation. She is a recipient of the Simon ProSEED grant for technology-enhanced learning and a Wimmer faculty fellowship. She started in her current role in 2017, and holds a faculty appointment in CDB.

Maggie (Evans) Gardner, PhD

Career & Professional Development Coordinator

Maggie is a PIBS alumna and obtained her PhD from the University of Michigan Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. She completed her postdoctoral training at Washington University School of Medicine and the University of Michigan. Maggie worked as an intern at a biotechnology company, volunteered as a science communication fellow, and worked with two non-profit consulting groups as a life science consultant, project manager, and board member all while balancing her time and productivity at the bench.

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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