Executive Board

  • Ying Zhao, Ph.D. - Chair of the Postdoctoral Association

    Ying Zhao, Ph.D. - Chair of the Postdoctoral Association

    yiz640@ucsd.edu
    Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry
    My research: Epigenetic and genetic regulation in tissue differentiation and disease progression
    Favorite thing about the PDA: Meeting new people and peer outside my department, providing great networking and opportunity to develop skills in teamwork and leadership, etc.
    Favorite quote: "We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope." (Mattin Luther King)
  • Mauricio Caraballo, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Web and Social Media Engagement

    Mauricio Caraballo, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Web and Social Media Engagement

    amcaraballor@ucsd.edu
    Department: Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
    My research in 12 words or less: I love finding molecules and revealing what they actually do in nature.
    Favorite thing about the PDA: It is a fenomenal environment for networking, establishing research collaborations, acquiring management skills and making friends.
    Favorite quote: “Never pass up new experiences, (...). They enrich the mind.” - Rhett Butler. [Mitchell, M. Gone with the wind]
  • Stephanie Agtarap, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Web and Social Media Engagement

    Stephanie Agtarap, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Web and Social Media Engagement

    Department: Psychiatry
    My research in 12 words or less: Assessing posttraumatic stress and post-concussive symptoms following traumatic brain injury
    Favorite thing about the PDA: I love connecting with other people outside of my department, and exercising creative skills I don't often get to do!
    Favorite quote: “If you only do what you know you can do, you never do very much.” - Tom Krause
  • Nelly El-Sakkary, Ph.D. - Vice Chair of Exposure to Industry Program

    Nelly El-Sakkary, Ph.D. - Vice Chair of Exposure to Industry Program

    nelsakkary@ucsd.edu
    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
  • Divya Sahu, Ph.D. – Co-Vice Chair of External Relations and Finance

    Divya Sahu, Ph.D. – Co-Vice Chair of External Relations and Finance

    disahu@ucsd.edu

    Department: Pathology

  • Abhilash Kizhakke Puliyakote, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Career Development Programs

    Abhilash Kizhakke Puliyakote, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Career Development Programs

    Department: Radiology
    My research in 12 words or less: I use Imaging techniques (Magnetic resonance and CT imaging) and machine learning algorithms to study lung function and alterations due to disease.
    Favorite thing about the PDA: The passion of the volunteers, which is clear in the effort and the care they put in, to help postdocs in every facet of the postdoc experience at UCSD. Not to mention the support and coordination of people like Ginger at the OPVSA in running everything smoothly!
    Favorite quote: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not “Eureka!”, but rather, “hmm… that’s funny…” (Isaac Asimov)
  • Ellen Lee, M.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Career Development Programs

    Ellen Lee, M.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Career Development Programs

    Department: Psychiatry
    My research in 12 words or less: Inflammaging and health in persons with serious mental illnesses; successful biological, psychological, and psychosocial aging.
    Favorite thing about the PDA: The opportunity to work with and learn from postdocs across campus!
    Favorite quote: “We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.” – Sheryl Sandberg
  • Kameswari Ananthakrishnan, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Science Outreach & Teaching

    Kameswari Ananthakrishnan, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Science Outreach & Teaching

    kamya@ucsd.edu
    Department: Medicine

  • Karen Tonsfeldt, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Science Outreach & Teaching

    Karen Tonsfeldt, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Science Outreach & Teaching

    ktonsfeldt@ucsd.edu
    Department: Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
    My research in 12 words or less: I study how our brains control reproduction.
    Favorite thing about the PDA: Meeting new people from around UC San Diego and working to improve the postdoc experience here.
    Favorite quote: "What are dreams for anyway without the guts to live your life that way?" - The Bouncing Souls

  • Ariane Pessentheiner, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Community Engagement

    Ariane Pessentheiner, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Community Engagement

    apessentheiner@ucsd.edu
    Department: Medicine
    My research in 12 words or less: The role of glycans in metabolic diseases including obesity, diabetes and atherosclerosis.
    Favorite thing about the PDA: The possibility to connect with postdocs on a campus wide basis and to form an interdisciplinary network. Especially, because it is done in such a friendly environment without any pressure.
    Favorite quote: "Even if there are stones placed in your way, you can build something beautiful" - Erich Kaestner (German author).

     

     

  • Jacek Cyranka, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Community Engagement

    Jacek Cyranka, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Community Engagement

    jcyranka@ucsd.edu 
    Department: Computer Science and Engineering
    My research in 12 words or less: To understand the principles beyond Artificial Intelligence, for example to make neural networks more robust.
    Favorite thing about the PDA: Meeting great people in multi-cultural and and interdisciplinary environment, providing UCSD postdoc society with various social and professional activities.
    Favorite quote: “Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.” ― Richard Feynman

  • Sunayan S Ray, Ph.D. - Ambassador Program Director

    Sunayan S Ray, Ph.D. - Ambassador Program Director

    sray@g.clemson.edu

    Department: Opthalmology 
    My research in 12 words or less: Growing eyes on a dish using stem cells .
    Favorite thing about the PDA: I love meeting new postdocs. Taking initiatives, mostly helping new postdocs transition and learning new things from new people is my fav thing to do. 
    Favorite quote: "I was drawn to science out of curiosity. Any questions I had, the answers were already there, but even science is never certain, even the soundest of theories is subject to new data. And there are some things even science can’t explain. And while I don’t believe in an unseen hand creating his own tableau, I do believe I don’t have all the answers.

  • Heather Dillon, Career and Professional Development Program Manager

    Heather Dillon, Career and Professional Development Program Manager

    hadillon@ucsd.edu
    Department: Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs
    My research in 12 words or less: Develop, coordinate, and present professional development workshops, programs, and seminars for postdoctoral trainees.
    Favorite thing about the PDA: Working with our talented and dedicated team to enhance the postdoctoral community at UC San Diego by provide opportunities for networking, socializing, and career development.

    Favorite quote: “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou

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    We are always looking for more volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a part of the 2016 Executive Board, it all starts by attending our monthly Postdoc Association Lunch. Find more about becoming a volunteer.