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

    Lauren Nadler, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Web and 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)
  • 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
  • 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 External Relations and Finance

    Sudipta Das, Ph.D. – Co-Vice Chair of External Relations and Finance

    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)

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Inge R. Holtman, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Community Engagement

    Inge R. Holtman, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Community Engagement

    iholtman@ucsd.edu
    Department: Cellular and molecular medicine (CMM) 
    My research in 12 words or less: I study the effects of natural genetic variation on microglia expression and enhancer landscapes.
    Favorite thing about the PDA: My favorite thing about the PDA is that it doesn't only offer an environment in which we can explore different career paths and expand our skillsets, but also offers a community where we can meet new people, make new friends and enjoy San Diego. 
    Favorite quote: "A rising tide lifts all boats.(Kim Katrin Milan)
  • 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)
  • Henrike Niederholtmeyer, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Community Engagement

    Henrike Niederholtmeyer, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Community Engagement

    hniederholtmeyer@ucsd.edu 
    Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry
    My research in 12 words or less: Making artificial cells
    Favorite thing about the PDA: Opportunity to meet and have fun with other postdocs
    Favorite quote: 
  • 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.