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10th Anniversary Mentor Award Recipient Named Print Email

March 14, 2012

hasanwebThe recipient of the NPA Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc. 10th Anniversary Mentor Award isĀ Tayyaba Hasan, Ph.D. The award will be presented to Dr. Hasan at the NPA 10th Annual Meeting on Friday, March 16, 2012, during the opening reception at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco, CA.

Dr. Hasan is a professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School (HMS) in the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and a professor at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST). She was the founding director of the Office for Research Career Development at MGH until 2011. Her commitment to teaching and training has earned her the William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School. She was the selected keynote speaker at the Annual Meeting of Massachusetts General Postdoctoral Association on (MGPA) and is invited to several institutions to discuss mentoring and careers.

She was nominated by Srivalleesha Mallidi, Ph.D., postdoctoral research fellow at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, MGH. Dr. Mallidi wrote: "Dr. Hasan has trained [more than] 100 students and postdocs ... [her] years of service and dedicated mentorship has been integral to her mentees' career development and has significantly influenced my scientific vision. Dr. Hasan is truly deserving of this award."

Through her role as ORCD director, Dr. Hasan implemented a first-of-its-kind hospital-wide policy to provide enriched mentoring standards and quality of life for postdocs. One of the early initiatives by Dr. Hasan was the creation of the MGH Postdoctoral Association (MGPA) that acts as a support and networking system for postdocs. Additionally, she implemented an Industry Experience Program to provide a link between academia and industry.

Among her recent initiatives is the development of an entrepreneurship program at MGH to provide guidance for young scientists to create viable business ventures through interactive workshops. The MGPA has recognized the key role Dr. Hasan has played in the mentoring of postdocs not only in her own team but institution-wide and nationally by naming an annual lecture and a top tier award in her honor at the annual MGH postdoc career day.

Dr. Mallidi described the philosophy behind Dr. Hasan's success as "team work yields better and reliable results" and wrote: "Throughout her life and career Dr. Hasan has demonstrated that success, even in a highly competitive environment, must be defined by a broader metric than one's own personal gain."

Only postdoctoral scholars were eligible to submit nominations for this award, sponsored by Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc. The award recognizes a faculty member who has engaged in exceptional mentoring of postdoctoral scholars as exhibited by the following:

  • Has advocated for postdoctoral scholars.
  • Has been accessible and provided open lines of communication to postdoctoral scholars.
  • Has created a supportive environment for research; has shown respect for the postdocs' goals and assisted them in fulfilling those goals.
  • Has provided them guidance in professional development, including, for example, encouraging the use of the NPA Core Competencies for self-assessment and guidance, completing an individual development plan, and assisting the postdocs in building a professional network through generous sharing of contacts.
  • Has demonstrated a sustained commitment to creating a productive working environment that enhances the overall postdoctoral experience.

The members of the Selection Committee were NPA Board members L. David Finger, Ph.D., Schaun Korff, Ph.D., and Mahadeo Sukhai, Ph.D., and NPA Advisory Council member John R. LeViathan. Dr. Finger is a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow at the Centre for Chemical Biology, Krebs Institute, University of Sheffield. Dr. Korff was recently a postdoctoral fellow at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and is currently Medical Science Liaison for MS Medical Affairs at the Genzyme Corporation. Mr. LeViathan is Associate Director of Human Resources and oversees the Office of Postdoctoral and Graduate Affairs at The J. David Gladstone Institutes. Dr. Sukhai serves as Vice Chair of the Board and is a CIHR and Ontario Ministry of Research & Innovation Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University Health Network Princess Margaret Hospital/the Ontario Cancer Institute.


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