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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
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      InstitutionUMMS - School of Medicine
      DepartmentBiochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology


        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) and founded/directs the Center for Biomedical Career Development, dedicated to taking a scholarly approach to innovating and evaluating professional development training for scientists. With funding from the National Institute of Health (co-PI Phillip Zamore) and Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Dr. Fuhrmann leads efforts to integrate career planning and professional development programs into the doctoral and postdoctoral training experience. Fuhrmann transitioned to UMMS in 2012 from University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where she founded the Preparing Future Faculty program and oversaw professional skills programs for biomedical scientists. She has a B.S. in Chemistry from UC Davis and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UCSF.

        Dr. Fuhrmann speaks nationally on the incorporation of career and professional development into predoctoral and postdoctoral training, and leads workshops on creating an Individual Development Plan (among other topics).She co-developed and co-authored myIDP, an interactive career-planning website with more than 100,000 users. Funded by AAAS and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, myIDP assists science trainees with exploring career options, making career decisions, and creating an Individual 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 work in this area has been cited or highlighted in Science, Nature Careers, the NIH Biomedical Workforce Working Group Report, Inside Higher Ed, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Tomorrow's Professor. She is a member of the NIH BEST Consortium Steering Committee, Graduate Career Consortium, National Postdoctoral Association, and AAMC Graduate Research Education and Training (GREAT) Group. In 2015-16 she co-chaired, along with Bruce Alberts, the Enhancing Training working group for the ASBMB Summit on Sustaining the Biomedical Research Enterprise.

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        1. Meyers FJ, Mathur A, Fuhrmann CN, O'Brien TC, Wefes I, Labosky PA, Duncan DS, August A, Feig A, Gould KL, Friedlander MJ, Schaffer CB, Van Wart A, Chalkley R. The origin and implementation of the Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training programs: an NIH common fund initiative. FASEB J. 2016 Feb; 30(2):507-14.
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        2. 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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        3. 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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        4. 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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        5. 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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        6. 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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        7. 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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