Tracy Costello

Presenting: What They Don't Tell You in Graduate School

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Tracy Costello, PhD, draws from an array of professional experiences fuel her passion for improving the career experiences of individuals with PhDs. She is currently a career coach and professional development trainer for PhDs ( as well as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA).  She earned her doctorate in biomathematics & biostatistics and human & molecular genetics, funded in part by an R25 Predoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Prevention, from The University of Texas MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Houston.  During her postdoctoral training at MD Anderson Cancer Center, she additionally served as the chair of her local Postdoc Association and on the NPA Board of Directors, and subsequently transitioned to staff positions in academia and industry. She returned to MD Anderson in 2012 to expand the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and was subsequently recruited to Moffitt Cancer Center in 2017 to create a new office.  She has provided career development workshops and keynotes at STEMPeers, the American Heart Association, Society for Neuroscience, the Texas Medical Center’s Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium, and numerous universities, as well as serving on study sections for both NSF and NIH.