Cynthia Fuhrmann, PhD

Cynthia Fuhrmann PhD

Dr. Cynthia Fuhrmann is the is Assistant Dean, Career & Professional Development in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). Dr. Fuhrmann recently transitioned to UMMS from University of California, San Francisco, where she founded the Preparing Future Faculty program and oversaw development of professional skills programs and resources for biomedical scientists. 

Dr. Fuhrmann received her Bachelors degree in Chemistry from University of California, Davis and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UCSF. As a graduate student and during brief postdoctoral training, she studied mechanisms for serine protease catalysis and protein stability using ultra-high resolution x-ray crystallography.  Dr. Fuhrmann's scholarly interests now focus on career decision-making by graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the life sciences. Her research in this area has been highlighted in Science, Nature Careers, NIH Extramural Nexus Newsletter, Inside Higher Ed, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Tomorrow's Professor.   Most recently, she co-authored and coordinated development of myIDP (http://myIDP.sciencecareers.org), an interactive career-planning website launched in 2012 by Science Careers with funding from AAAS and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.



"Career Corner" Counseling Sessions at Scientific Meetings
  • Experimental Biology 2013 in Boston, MA
    -  Dr. Fuhrmann will be available during the Experimental Biology 2013 meeting to provide one-on-one myIDP consultations, career counseling and resume/CV critiques.


Seminar Presentations

  • Tips for Formatting Your CV or Resume in Microsoft Word
  • Documenting Your Teaching: Creating a Statement of Teaching Philosophy for the Academic Search
  • How to Design and Deliver a Dynamic Research Talk
  • Achieving Your Goals: Goal Setting Strategies for Scientific and Career Success [Interactive session] 
  • Career Decisions: How to Select a Career Path That's Best For Your [Interactive session]