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

    Department: 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

    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)

  • You Could Be Here!

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