Make the most of the postdoc experience.
The Office of Postdoctoral Initiatives (OPI), located within the Graduate School, advocates for postdoctoral fellows and researchers. We collaborate with faculty, administrators and departments across the University to provide the support and resources our postdoctoral scholars need as they prepare for their future careers.
About the Office of Postdoctoral Initiatives
OPI exists to:
- Change the culture surrounding postdoctoral education at the University through advocacy and policy change
- Encourage excellence in postdoctoral advising, training, and professional development
- Prepare the next generation of scholars to be leaders in their respective fields
Assistant Dean, Office of Postdoctoral Initiatives
Twin Cities Campus | 390, 10 Church St
Twin Cities Campus | 392, 10 Church Street
Spotlight on Postdocs
Brenna Doheny, PhD, MPH is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Office of Research Support, Department of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health, University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus. Dr. Doheny earned her PhD at the Medical University of South Carolina in Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences, studying the effects of environmental endocrine disrupting contaminants on female reproductive tract development in a sentinel species, the American alligator. Her interest in communicating environmental health science to the public then led her to pursue a Master of Public Health degree in maternal and child health at the University of Minnesota. Since moving to rural Minnesota 5 years ago, Dr. Doheny has developed an awareness of health disparities in rural communities. Her current research focus is developing new ways to assess and address community health needs by networking with rural health systems to engage in practice-based research, education, and knowledge-sharing. She has taught sessions on hormonal and reproductive medicine, focusing on environmental endocrine disruption, and developed a new session for first year medical students on the adverse health impacts of weight stigma. Dr. Doheny is also an advocate for climate health and its impact on human health, with special emphasis on rural, Native, and other marginalized communities. She is the Executive Director of Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate, an organization that inspires and activates health professionals across Minnesota to address climate change through interprofessional education, clinical practice, and public advocacy.
The Postdoctoral Handbook is a guide for incoming and existing Postdocs for navigating their time at the University of Minnesota.
The Post is a monthly e-newsletter specifically for postdoctoral scholars.