Keith Micoli, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Program Director NYU School of Medicine
Keith Micoli, PhD, is the director of the NYU School of Medicine Postdoctoral Affairs. In this capacity, he has developed numerous formal programs to foster postdoctoral training, including courses in ethics, grant writing, lab management, and communication skills. He has also expanded his role to include career development programs for graduate students. Dr. Micoli has organized the popular career discussion series, bringing in PhDs who have pursued a wide variety of professions to discuss their transition into the field and tips on being competitive when new job opportunities come along. In addition, working with Joel Oppenheim, PhD, Dr. Micoli organizes a bi-annual, two-day career symposium—“What Can You Be with a PhD?”—which features 100 speakers and attended is by more than 1300 graduate students and postdocs from NYC.
Dr. Micoli developed his interest in postdoctoral training at a national level by volunteering with the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA). He served four terms on the NPA board of directors, including four years as board chairman. Prior to NYUSoM, Dr. Micoli taught as an adjunct assistant professor of biology at Samford University and was an instructor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Alabama (UAB).
Dr. Micoli is also the co-primary investigator on the newly created NIH BEST (Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training) grant, awarded in September 2013. This five-year grant aims to promote and foster diverse training opportunities for graduate students and postdocs, explicitly targeting careers beyond academic research. A key feature of NYU’s grant is collaborating with employer organizations to deliver education and training necessary to create a more competitive future workforce. His passion is encouraging postdocs and graduate students to take responsibility for their own success and providing the resources they need to develop their own careers.
Dr. Micoli received his BA from New College of Florida and his PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he also received postdoctoral training.