keynote speaker

Heather S. Duffy, JD PhD

Scientific Consultant at Shire Therapeutics

"Making the most of your postdoctoral experience: How you can make it the best of times!"


Heather S. Duffy, JD PhD is an internationally known cardiovascular researcher who began to develop trainee career development workshops as a way to enhance her student's career trajectories. The workshops were so successful, with her students winning top prizes in academic competitions, that she expanded the series to other groups. To date these workshops have been presented locally, nationally and even at international conferences.

Dr. Duffy got her PhD in neuroscience from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. She went on to her first independent faculty position at Columbia University College of Surgeons and Physicians where she worked on cardiac arrhythmias. After being recruited to Harvard Medical School Dr. Duffy became involved in the Harvard Leadership Program and was active in the development of workshops and curricula designed to maximize student and postdoctoral potential in the Cardiovascular Department. Additionally, as co-chair of the Early Career Committee for the Basic Cardiovascular Science council for the American Heart Association, Dr Duffy has helps hundreds of students and postdocs become better scientific professionals. In her latest adventure Dr. Duffy received her JD degree focusing on technology transfer, intellectual property protection and development of discovery for inventors interested in commercializing their discoveries.

Dr. Duffy is the author of over 50 publications and is a renowned speaker both nationally and internationally with dozens of talks under her belt.