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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." (Martin Luther King)
  • Hedieh Attai, Ph.D. - Vice Chair of Web and Social Media Engagement

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

    hattai@ucsd.edu
    Department: Pathology 
    My research in 12 words or less: I study viruses that kill bacteria to fight superbug infections.
    Favorite thing about the PDA: It's a great way to get connected with my fellow postdocs and get exposure to professional development programs.
    Favorite quote: "In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous." -Aristotle
  • 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
  • Guillaume von Gastrow, Ph.D. – Co-Vice Chair of Exposure to Industry Program

    Guillaume von Gastrow, Ph.D. – Co-Vice Chair of Exposure to Industry Program

    gvongastrow@ucsd.edu

    Department: Pathology

  • Kristoffer Svensson, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Community Engagement

    Kristoffer Svensson, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Community Engagement

    Department: Orthopaedic Surgery
    My research in 12 words or less: Understanding the role of protein acetylation in skeletal muscle
    Favorite thing about the PDA: The opportunity to meet and network with postdocs from across the UCSD campus
  • Eulalia Coutinho, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Community Engagement

    Eulalia Coutinho, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Community Engagement

    ecoutinho@ucsd.edu
    Department: Reproductive Medicine
    Research in 12 words or less: Neural regulation of reproduction
    Favorite thing about the PDA: Meeting fellow postdocs and organizing fun events for postdocs to network and interact.
    Favorite quote: ‘Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light’ – Brene Brown

  • Abhilash (KP) Kizhakke Puliyakote, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of External Relations and Finance

    Abhilash (KP) Kizhakke Puliyakote, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of External Relations and Finance

    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)
  • So Young Kim, M.D. - Co-Vice Chair of External Relations and Finance

    So Young Kim, M.D. - Co-Vice Chair of External Relations and Finance

    y0k001@ucsd.edu
    Department: Medicine
    My research in 12 words or less: Carbohydrate-based cancer immunotherapy
    Favorite thing about the PDA: excellent professional development opportunities it provides to the UCSD postdoc community
    Favorite quote: "The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.” -John Dewey

  • Kameswari Ananthakrishnan, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

    Kameswari Ananthakrishnan, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

    kamya@ucsd.edu
    Department: Medicine

  • David Rios Covian, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Science Outreach & Teaching

    David Rios Covian, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Science Outreach & Teaching

    drioscovian@ucsd.edu
    Department: Pathology
    My research in 12 words or less: How to take care of our bacteria to avoid getting sick
    Favorite thing about the PDA: The chance to meet and work with a bunch of folks from other scientific fields and share our interdisciplinary knowledge between us and with the community
    Favorite quote: "Try again. Fail again. Fail better." - Samuel Beckett

  • Jie (Jane) Wang, M.D., Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Science Outreach & Teaching

    Jie (Jane) Wang, M.D., Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Science Outreach & Teaching

    jiw056@ucsd.edu
    Department: Medicine (Molecular Cardiology Program)
    My research in 12 words or less: Investigating molecular mechanisms underlying Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC) 
    Favorite thing about the PDA: PDA provide opportunities for networking with peers and develop leadership skills.
    Favorite quote: "
    Dance like no one is watching, Live like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like no one is listening, Live like it’s heaven on earth." – William Purkey


  • Aleksandra (Ola) Leszczynska, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Career Development Programs

    Aleksandra (Ola) Leszczynska, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Career Development Programs

    aleszczynska@ucsd.edu
    Department: Pediatrics 
    Favorite thing about the PDA: PDA gives support and great opportunity to connect with people. It’s a joy to work with excellent researchers from all around the world. Most rewarding experience is to make networking opportunities accessible for everyone.

     

     

  • Nirakar Rajbhandari, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Career Development Programs

    Nirakar Rajbhandari, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Career Development Programs

    nrajbhandari@ucsd.edu 
    Department: Pharmacology 
    My research in 12 words or less: Getting an inch closer to pancreatic cancer cure.
    Favorite thing about the PDA: It not only lets you meet diverse people with great minds, but also helps you grow along with them. It helps you set in a path to leadership.
    Motive to serve PDA: To enhance Postdoc engagement and participation to build a stronger Postdoc community for their mutual benefit, as well as to work for the welfare of Postdocs.
    Favorite quote: “To double your earning, triple your knowledge.” - Unknown

  • Heather Dillon, Career and Professional Development Program Manager

    Heather Dillon, Career and Professional Development Program Manager

    hadillon@ucsd.edu
    Department: Office of Postdoctoral and Research 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 2019-2020 Executive Board, it all starts by attending our monthly Postdoc Association Lunch. Find more about becoming a volunteer.