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### Spotlight: Eric Mosher – Postdoctoral Researcher of the Month

During his initial week as a freshman at Case Western Reserve University, Eric Mosher made a significant choice: he decided to join a lab. This decision marked the beginning of a four-year research journey that led to his completion of a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry with a minor in chemistry in 2017.

Following his undergraduate studies, Mosher pursued a PhD in pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University, attributing his preparedness to his experience at CWRU.

In September 2022, Mosher returned to Case Western Reserve as a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Pharmacology, collaborating with School of Medicine Professor Derek Taylor.

In his current role, Mosher delves into the study of the molecular mechanisms through which human papillomaviruses (HPV) induce cancer. His focus lies in characterizing the interactions between viral and host proteins utilizing biochemistry and structural biology. The ultimate aim of his research is to acquire new insights that can facilitate the development of innovative drugs for the treatment of HPV-related cancers.

Beyond his research endeavors, Mosher actively engages with the campus community. He holds the position of chair within the CWRU Postdoctoral Association’s Professional Development Committee and represents postdocs on both the Faculty Senate Committee on Graduate Studies and the Faculty Senate Committee on Campus Planning, Facilities, and Space. Mosher has spearheaded various initiatives, including a Career Series, CV/resume writing workshops, and an upcoming event on March 20.

Outside the campus environment, Mosher serves as an education associate for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), contributing to the design and evaluation of the ASBMB certification exam. Additionally, he volunteers at the Northeast Ohio Regional Science Olympiad Tournament and serves as a scientific officer with Rise Up: Northeast Ohio.

To gain further insights into Mosher’s journey, delve into this Q&A session.

1. Reflecting on your experiences as a CWRU postdoc, what stands out as your most rewarding moment?

One of the highlights for me was volunteering as a poster judge at the Intersections poster session, which took place in April and December. Having participated in two Intersections poster sessions during my undergraduate years and having received funding from the Undergraduate Research Office for a summer research program, I felt compelled to give back to an organization that had supported me. Witnessing the research endeavors of current undergraduate students was truly inspiring. Drawing from my own past experiences, I aimed to dedicate my time and show genuine interest in their work.

2. What valuable advice would you offer fellow postdocs aiming to maximize their postdoctoral experience and prepare for future endeavors?

I strongly recommend setting aside time for introspection regarding your professional ambitions, especially in the early stages of your postdoctoral training. Without a clear destination in mind, it becomes challenging to navigate the path forward. Even as plans evolve, self-reflection is key to recognizing necessary adjustments and facilitating smoother transitions. If your goals are not yet well-defined, seek out diverse experiences and proactively reflect on how they align with your values and interests.

3. Looking ahead, what are your aspirations in academia as a postdoc?

My primary goal is to pursue a career in academia. I derive immense satisfaction from being at the forefront of research and contributing to the generation of new knowledge. Moreover, I possess a deep-seated passion for mentoring and teaching, aspiring to play a pivotal role in shaping the future generation of scientists.