Michael A. Matrone, Ph.D., joined OHSU this spring to head the newly created OHSU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. In this role, Matrone will support all OHSU postdoctoral scholars from arrival to departure and assist faculty and administrators with postdoc training and mentoring.
For postdocs, he offers individualized career advisement on topics ranging from self-assessment and career exploration to job search skills for specific career paths, as well as application preparation and review. A career resource center Matrone established in cooperation with the OHSU library is near completion and will offer electronic and print resources. Later this year, based on input from postdocs, Matrone plans to develop and offer training courses and workshops on topics including career options for biomedical Ph.D.s, career transitions, job search skills, scientific communication, and more.
For faculty and administrators, Matrone serves as a resource and adviser to help with training and mentoring of postdocs. He offers support on creating individual development plans, training grant applications, oversight on policies and procedures for postdoctoral appointments, and the onboarding and exit processes.
Matrone brings with him a great deal of experience as a former postdoc himself and as someone who established a postdoctoral affairs office at another institution. After earning his bachelor’s degree in biology from Philadelphia University in Philadelphia, Pa., Matrone worked as a research assistant at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, studying the population genetics of mosquitos that transmit West Nile virus. He went on to pursue a master’s in molecular biology from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., and a Ph.D. in molecular medicine from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Matrone performed his postdoctoral studies at The Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, Calif., where he was a research fellow with the Robert E. Hewitt Foundation for Medical Research.
Through his own experience as a postdoc and involvement with the Society of Fellows, Scripps’ postdoctoral association, Matrone developed a passion for supporting postdoctoral scholars. He was hired as program coordinator in the Scripps’ Career and Postdoctoral Services office in San Diego, then transferred to Scripps Florida to open a full-time career and postdoc services office. At Scripps, he became involved in the National Postdoctoral Association and the Graduate Career Consortium, a non-profit professional organization of leaders dedicated to the career and professional development of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Matrone is currently treasurer on the Board of Directors of the GCC.
Contact Mike Matrone for all things postdoc at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 503-346-0361.