Science Career Panel

Science Career Day 2018

The MPFI Scientific Career Panel is an opportunity for high school students in Palm Beach County to meet and interact with Max Planck scientists. Students will hear from scientists who are in different stages of training, from undergraduate interns to postdoctoral fellows. They will discuss what inspired them to choose a career in science, and the educational and research backgrounds that got them to where they are today.

The 2018 Scientific Career Panel will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The day will feature a tour of a laboratory, lunch, and a discussion session with scientists. Palm Beach County High Schools can apply to attend MPFI’s Science Career Panel via the application link below. Before applying, please select up to ten students and one teacher chaperone. Teachers should register themselves, their students, and submit their answer to the application question below (one application entry per school) by Wednesday, September 05, 2018. High schools will be selected based on the answers to the application question. Priority will be given to those schools who were not selected to participate last year. Selected schools will be notified no later than Friday, September 07, 2018. Please contact Ilaria Drago with any questions at

Application Question: How will your students benefit from learning more about careers in science?


2018 Panelists

Dr. Lesley Colgan

Dr. Lesley Colgan earned her Bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University and her Neuroscience Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2012 she joined the Neuronal Signal Transduction laboratory led by Dr. Ryohei Yasuda at the Max Planck Florida Institute. By using cutting-edge microscopy and molecular biology techniques, Dr. Colgan recently discovered how a protein called PKCα is able to integrate multiple signals in neurons to encode newly formed memories. Dr. Colgan is also the founding chair of the MPFI Network for Women in Science, the treasurer of the postdoctoral association and she also serves as a mentor for IMPRS Ph.D. Students.

Dr. Michael Yetman

Dr. Michael Yetman joined Max Planck Florida as a postdoc in the Taniguchi lab in October of 2015. His research involves mapping the connections between inhibitory interneuron subtypes and their postsynaptic targets in specific neocortical circuit modules. Prior to joining the Taniguchi Lab, Dr. Yetman earned his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine. His dissertation examined the cellular, regional, and developmental roles of neurodegenerative disease genes. Dr. Yetman in his spare time is actively involved in all the educational outreach activities at MPFI, where he mentors, teaches, and serves as a judge for the Brain Bee competition.

Kate Maximov

Kate Maximov joined the Max Planck Florida Institute in July 2017 as a post-baccalaureate research fellow in the Fitzpatrick Lab. Her research studies the effects of learning and visually guided behavior in visual cortical circuits. Her work in the lab involves behavioral training as well as working with machine learning techniques to help analyze two-photon imaging data. Kate received her bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Union College in 2017.

Watch the career panel live here!

View questions and answers from our 2016 Science Career Panel here.

View questions and answers from our 2015 Science Career Panel here.

View questions and answers from our 2014 Science Career Panel here.