Postdoc Peer Mentorship Program (PPMP)

The Postdoc Peer Mentorship Program (PPMP) aims to provide postdocs at Washington University in St. Louis with an opportunity to develop mentor-mentee relationships between more experienced and newer postdocs. The program is designed to support postdocs in their first or second year by providing one-on-one support and guidance as they acclimate to the University, St. Louis, and their academic role. These relationships are intended to develop confidence and leadership through support (well-being, academic, cultural) and the development of mentorship skills. PPMP Handbook (PDF)

The 2022 cycle closed on February 1. Contact the PPMP Coordinators Ankan Bhadra (, Gargi Chatterjee Basu (, Eileen Lynch (, and Franziska Pohl ( for additional information.

Resources and Mentoring Awards

Postdocs are in a unique position where they are usually taking on more mentoring responsibility, but also entering a more complex mentored experience. It is imperative to establish productive relationships both with mentors and mentees.

Postdocs and their primary mentor should establish expectations at the very beginning. We also highly recommend that postdocs seek out at least 1 additional mentor to help navigate your personal and professional development. A supportive environment is key to postdoctoral success.

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs offers a mentorship training program using an evidence-based curriculum developed by the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research and supported by the National Research Mentoring Network. This program helps postdocs navigate mentor-mentee relationships from both sides and provides a practical framework to develop their own mentoring philosophy. Based on the work of Dr. Beronda Montgomery, we can also offer a workshop on “Building a Mentoring Team”. Contact us for information on these programs.

Here are a few online resources that can help you establish a productive mentor-mentee relationship:

The WashU Postdoc Society selects an Outstanding Faculty Mentor from postdoc nominations at the annual symposium every spring.These faculty have been honored with this award 2005-2020:
Linda Cottler
Professor, Psychiatry
Robert Mecham
Professor, Medicine, Cell Biology and Physiology
Karen O’Malley
Professor, Anatomy; Neurobiology
Aaron DiAntonio
Associate Professor, Developmental Biology
Craig Coopersmith
Associate Professor, Surgery
EriK Herzog
Associate Professor, Biology
Tammie Benzinger
Assistant Professor, Radiology
Tiffany Knight
Associate Professor, Biology
Steven Petersen
Professor, Neurology
Robert Schreiber
Professor, Pathology; Immunology
Kelly Monk
Assistant Professor, Developmental Biology
Brian Finck
Associate Professor, IM: Nutritional Science
Clay Semenkovich
Professor, Medicine, Cell Biology and Physiology
Maria Remedi
Assistant Professor, Medicine, Cell Biology and Physiology
Robert Gereau
Dr. Seymour and Rose T. Brown Professor, Anesthesiology WU Pain Center
Farshid Guilak
Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery and Director of Research for the Shriners Hospitals for Children
Alexxai Kravitz
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
The WashU Postdoc Society selects an Outstanding Postdoc Mentor or Teacher Award from postdoc nominations at the annual symposium every spring.The postdoc honored with the award for 2019-2020:
Max Staller
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Genetics
Francisco Victorino
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Medicine – Rheumatology
James Stroud
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biology