Marieke Toffolo, Ph.D. - Chair of the Postdoctoral Association
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 Engagementlnadler@ucsd.edu
Department: Scripps Institution of OceanographyMy 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 Programyiz640@ucsd.edu
Department: Chemistry and BiochemistryMy research: Epigenetic and genetic regulation in tissue differentiation and disease progressionFavorite thing about the PDA:Favorite quote:
Sudipta Das, Ph.D. – Co-Vice Chair of Career Development Programssudas@ucsd.edu
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 Programsnbhattac@eng.ucsd.edu
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
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
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 Engagementjwollam@ucsd.edu
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 Engagementstosi@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
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
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.” ()
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