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    Cynthia N Fuhrmann PhD

    TitleAssistant Professor
    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    DepartmentBiochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
    AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    55 Lake Ave North
    Worcester MA 01605
        Dr. Cynthia Fuhrmann is Assistant Dean of Career & Professional Development in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). In this role, she leads the development of new programs to assist graduate students and postdocs in preparing for their future scientific careers. Dr. Fuhrmann transitioned to UMMS from UCSF, where she founded and directed the Preparing Future Faculty program and oversaw professional skills development programs for biomedical scientists.

        Dr. Fuhrmann teaches workshops regionally and nationally, on topics such as preparing for the academic job search, giving a dynamic research talk, and creating an Individual Development Plan. She co-authored and coordinated technical development of myIDP, an interactive career-planning website launched by Science Careers in September 2012. Funded by AAAS and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, myIDP assists science trainees with exploring career options, making career decisions, and creating a career development plan for achieving their goals.

        Dr. Fuhrmann has great interest in national policy related to the career development of scientists. In 2011 she published the first study to look at (a) career preferences of doctoral and postdoctoral scholars in the basic biomedical sciences and (b) how these preferences differ based on year of training. Her research in this area has been cited or highlighted in Science, Nature Careers, PLOS One, the NIH Biomedical Workforce Working Group Report, NIH Extramural Nexus Newsletter, Inside Higher Ed, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Tomorrow's Professor.

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        1. Mathur A, Meyers FJ, Chalkley R, O'Brien TC, Fuhrmann CN. Transforming training to reflect the workforce. Sci Transl Med. 2015 Apr 29; 7(285):285ed4.
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        2. Clifford PS, Fuhrmann CN, Lindstaedt B, Hobin JA. An individual development plan will help you get where you want to go. Physiologist. 2013 Mar; 56(2):43-4.
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        3. Fuhrmann CN, Halme DG, O'Sullivan PS, Lindstaedt B. Improving graduate education to support a branching career pipeline: recommendations based on a survey of doctoral students in the basic biomedical sciences. CBE Life Sci Educ. 2011; 10(3):239-49.
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        4. Fuhrmann CN, Daugherty MD, Agard DA. Subangstrom crystallography reveals that short ionic hydrogen bonds, and not a His-Asp low-barrier hydrogen bond, stabilize the transition state in serine protease catalysis. J Am Chem Soc. 2006 Jul 19; 128(28):9086-102.
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        5. Fuhrmann CN, Kelch BA, Ota N, Agard DA. The 0.83 A resolution crystal structure of alpha-lytic protease reveals the detailed structure of the active site and identifies a source of conformational strain. J Mol Biol. 2004 May 14; 338(5):999-1013.
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        6. Cheng AC, Chen WW, Fuhrmann CN, Frankel AD. Recognition of nucleic acid bases and base-pairs by hydrogen bonding to amino acid side-chains. J Mol Biol. 2003 Apr 4; 327(4):781-96.
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