Executive Board

  • Marieke Toffolo, Ph.D. - Chair of the Postdoctoral Association

    Marieke Toffolo, Ph.D. - Chair of the Postdoctoral Association

    mtoffolo@ucsd.edu
    Department: Psychiatry
    My research in 12 words or less: Testing the efficacy of Habit Reversal Training for treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
    Favorite thing about the PDA: It is a great way to connect and collaborate with postdocs from different disciplines and to develop other academic skills such as leadership and teamwork.
    Favorite quote: "Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

  • Lauren Nadler, PhD - Vice Chair of Social Media Engagement

    Lauren Nadler, PhD - Vice Chair of Social Media Engagement

    lnadler@ucsd.edu
    Department: Scripps Institution of Oceanography 
    My research: I study how parasites influence behavior and physiology of hosts in estuaries.
    Favorite thing about the PDA: The PDA provides great opportunities to meet postdocs from outside of my department.
    Favorite quote: “The best scientists and explorers have the attributes of kids! They ask questions and have a sense of wonder. They have curiosity. 'Who, what, where, why, when, and how!' They never stop asking questions, and I never stop asking questions, just like a five year old.” (Sylvia Earle)
  • Ying Zhao, Ph.D. - Vice Chair of Exposure to Industry Program

    Ying Zhao, Ph.D. - Vice Chair of Exposure to Industry Program

    yiz640@ucsd.edu
    Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry 
    My research: Epigenetic and genetic regulation in tissue differentiation and disease progression
    Favorite thing about the PDA:
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  • Sudipta Das, Ph.D. – Co-Vice Chair of Career Development Programs

    Sudipta Das, Ph.D. – Co-Vice Chair of Career Development Programs

    sudas@ucsd.edu

    Department: Medicine
    My Research: Understanding the biology of genomics driving asthma and lung fibrosis.
    Favorite thing about PDA: Opportunity to connect and work with an amazing group of postdocs, network with industry leaders and explore new career possibilities. A great way to develop leadership, teamwork and organization skills!
    Favorite quote: "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." (Albert Einstein)

  • Pam Bhattacharya, Ph.D. – Co-Vice Chair of Career Development Programs

    Pam Bhattacharya, Ph.D. – Co-Vice Chair of Career Development Programs

    nbhattac@eng.ucsd.edu

    Department: Bioengineering
    My Research: Developing mathematical and computational models of next generation genomic sequencing data.
    Favorite thing about PDA: The opportunity to meet, collaborate, and share ideas with fellow postdocs from a variety of fields, and through PDA events explore career development opportunities and alternative career paths.
    Favorite quote: "I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door - or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present." (Rabindranath Tagore)

  • Peter Ramirez, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Science Outreach & Teaching

    Peter Ramirez, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Science Outreach & Teaching

    pwramirez@ucsd.edu
    Department: Medicine
    My research in 12 words or less: Immune evasion strategies mediated by RNA viruses.
    Favorite thing about the PDA: Opportunity to bring your unique character and spirit to a group of individuals who are committed to fostering community and creating opportunities towards enhancing the postdoc experience.
    Favorite quote: "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” (Gandhi)

  • Jessica Sowa, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Science Outreach & Teaching

    Jessica Sowa, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Science Outreach & Teaching

    jsowa@ucsd.edu
    Department: Biological Sciences
    My research in 12 words or less: Communication between the nervous and immune systems during infection.
    Favorite thing about the PDA: Being able to work together with postdocs from all different disciplines.
    Favorite quote: "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.” (Marie Curie)

  • Josh Wollam, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Community Engagement

    Josh Wollam, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Community Engagement

    jwollam@ucsd.edu
    Department: Medicine
    My research in 12 words or less: Investigating molecular mechanisms linking obesity, inflammation and insulin resistance.
    Favorite thing about the PDA: Working to introduce social and career opportunities for fellow postdocs
    Favorite quote: "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." (William James)
  • Simone Tosi, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Community Engagement

    Simone Tosi, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Community Engagement

    stosi@ucsd.edu
    Department: Section of Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution; Division of Biological Sciences.
    My research in 12 words or less: I study the health of the bees and the environment.
    Favorite thing about the PDA: PDA brings postdocs together, creating opportunities for sharing experiences and expertise to build a strong community.
    Favorite quote: "What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly" (Lao Tsu)
  • Elisa Lazzari, Ph.D. - Vice Chair of External Relations and Finance

    Elisa Lazzari, Ph.D. - Vice Chair of External Relations and Finance

    elazzari@ucsd.edu
    Department: Sanford Consortium for Regenerative medicine

    My research in 12 words or less:  Role of RNA editing in blood cancer and drug resistance
    Favorite thing about the PDA: Sharing postdoc life experiences and future goals with smart and fun people
    Favorite quote: "To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time." (Leonard Bernstein)

  • Virginia (Ginger) Hazen , Ph.D. - Advisory/Ex-Officio PDA member and Postdoc Professional Development Coordinator

    Virginia (Ginger) Hazen , Ph.D. - Advisory/Ex-Officio PDA member and Postdoc Professional Development Coordinator

    vhazen@ucsd.edu
    Department: Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs
    My research in 12 words or less: Plan, develop, and occasionally present postdoc professional development programs, workshops and seminars.
    Favorite thing about the PDA: Working with a phenomenal group of postdocs who are dedicated to creating a vibrant and successful postdoc community at UC San Diego.

    Favorite quote: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” (Oscar Wilde)

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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.