Dr. Sonali Majumdar joined the GradFUTURES team in May of 2022 as Assistant Dean for Professional Development. In addition to developing programs and building partnerships to benefit all graduate students, Sonali will serve as the primary liaison for graduate students and faculty in the natural sciences and engineering divisions.
Previously, Sonali was the Associate Director of Graduate Professional Development at the University of Virginia. She lead design, development and implementation of PhD Plus, the university’s professional development program to enable versatile PhDs who are deeply engaged with society’s needs in every sector and field. She also lead the administrative team for the university’s participation in AAU PhD Education Initiative. Nationally, she contributes to the field through Graduate Career Consortium (GCC); she serves as social media chair of Carpe Careers writing group and is the founder of the new International Community of Practice for foreign-born GCC members.
Sonali earned PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Georgia and did postdoctoral training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where she developed a passion for enhancing the professional development of graduate students and postdocs.
Areas of Responsibility:
- Serve as liaison to graduate students and departments in the Natural Sciences and Engineering divisions
- Develop programs and campus-wide collaborations including orientations, first-year and third-year initiatives
- Co-lead the alumni mentorship program and other alumni engagement initiatives
- Develop experiential and exploration programs with industry partners in the natural sciences and engineering
- Assist with data-driven program assessment, labor market analyses, and graduate alumni outcomes
- Coordinate agenda and special meetings of the Professional Development Working Group(PDWG) campus-wide coalition of partners
- Supervise a team of graduate student Professional Development Associates in the Natural Sciences and Engineering divisions
Articles on professional development:
- Grad students should identify and adapt to new employment trends | Inside Higher Ed | February 2022
- Importance of self-knowledge in changing world of work | Inside Higher Ed | June 2021
- 3 distinct strengths of international researchers | Inside Higher Ed | January 2021
- Science Outreach career interview, Jeanne Garbarino | Genes to Genomes, GSA | July 2018
- L. Wei, S. Lee, S. Majumdar, B. Zhang, P. Sanfilipo, B. Joseph, P. Miura, M. Soller, E. Lai (2020). Overlapping Activities of Elav/ Hu Family RNA binding Proteins Specify the Extended Neuronal 3’UTR Landscape in Drosophila. Molecular Cell, 80(1):140-155
- S. Majumdar and M. Terns (2019). CRISPR RNA-guided DNA Cleavage by the Type I-A CRISPR-Cas system in Pyrococcus furiosus. Extremophiles, 23(1): 19-33
- Sonali Majumdar, Marianne Ligon, William C. Skinner, Rebecca M. Terns, Michael P. Terns. (2016). Target DNA recognition and cleavage by a reconstituted Type I-G CRISPR-Cas immune effector complex. Extremophiles. DOI: 10.1007/s00792-016-0871-5
- Sonali Majumdar,Peng Zhao, Neil T. Pfister, Mark Compton, Sara Olson, Claiborne V. C. Glover, III, Lance Wells, Brenton R. Graveley, Rebecca M. Terns, Michael P. Terns (2015). Three CRISPR-Cas immune effector complexes co-exist in Pyrococcus furiosus. RNA, (6): 1147-58
- Caryn R. Hale, Sonali Majumdar, Joshua Elmore, Neil Pfister, Mark Compton, Sara Olson, A.M. Resch, Claiborne V. Glover, Brenton Graveley, Rebecca M. Terns, Michael P. Terns (2012). Essential Features and Rational Design of CRISPR RNAs that Function with the Cas RAMP Module Complex to Cleave RNAs. Molecular Cell, 45(3): 292-302