Departmental Representatives

Serve as liaisons between the PDA and their department. Each month, they provide  additional  input  to  the  PDA  on necessary  programs,  share news  with  their  department's  postdocs,  and  regularly  attend  Open Forums. Establish a  departmental  listserv  for  postdocs  or  post  to  an existing departmental listserv about PDA events.

  • Patrick Desmond

    Patrick Desmond

    pdesmond@ucsd.edu
    Department: School of Medicine (Cardiology)
    My research in 12 words or less: Studying transcriptional changes involved in heart failure progression using mouse models.
    Favorite thing about the PDA: Exposure to industry program and other networking opportunities. 
    Favorite quote: “Don't talk about it, be about it.”

  • Tamami Shirai

    Tamami Shirai

    tashirai@ucsd.edu
    Department: School of Medicine (Psychiatry)
    My research in 12 words or less: Lifestyle Medicine, Integrative Medicine
    Favorite thing about the PDA: Many resources/Funding Fest
    Favorite quote: "Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give the best you've got anyway." (Kent Keith revised by Mother Teresa)

  • Laure Kayser

    Laure Kayser

    lkayser@eng.ucsd.edu
    Department: NanoEngineering
    My research in 12 words or less: Synthesis of stretchable conductive materials and their integration in wearable electronic devices.
    Favorite thing about the PDA: It provides a great opportunity to meet new friends and collaborators outside of your field..
    Favorite quote: "It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting." (Paulo Coelho in The Alchemist)
  • April Moreno

    April Moreno

    apmoreno@ucsd.edu
    Department: School of Medicine (Biomedical Informatics)
    My research in 12 words or less: EHR data quality, continuity of care, health disparities and outcomes.
    Favorite thing about the PDA: The opportunity to get involved at UCSD and to meet postdocs from other disciplines.
    Favorite quote: "Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do." (Pele)

  • Nelly El-Sakkary, PhD

    Department: Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
    My research in 12 words or less:  Drug screening and sequencing to identify drugs to treat parasitic disease schistosomiasis.
    Favorite thing about the PDA: The fun events organized by the PDA and the fact that it facilitates networking between postdocs.
    Favorite quote:  Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • You Could Be Here!

    We are always looking for Departmental Representatives. If you are interested, please email us at ucsdpda@gmail.com or find more about becoming a volunteer.