Past Members

  • Marieke Toffolo, Ph.D.

    Marieke Toffolo, Ph.D.

    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.

    Lauren Nadler, Ph.D.

    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)
  • Sudipta Das, Ph.D.

    Sudipta Das, Ph.D.

    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)
  • Peter Ramirez, Ph.D.

    Peter Ramirez, Ph.D.

    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.

    Jessica Sowa, Ph.D.

    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)

  • Inge R. Holtman, Ph.D.

    Inge R. Holtman, Ph.D.

    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)
  • Henrike Niederholtmeyer, Ph.D.

    Henrike Niederholtmeyer, Ph.D.

    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
  • Pam Bhattacharya, Ph.D.

    Pam Bhattacharya, Ph.D.

    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)

  • Elisa Lazzari, Ph.D.

    Elisa Lazzari, Ph.D.

     

    Transitioned to Postdoctoral Researcher at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York (2017).

     

  • Patrick Desmond

    Patrick Desmond

    pdesmond@ucsd.edu
    Department: School of Medicine (Cardiology)
    My research in 12 words or less: Studying transcriptional changes involved in heart failure progression using mouse models.
    Favorite thing about the PDA: Exposure to industry program and other networking opportunities. 
    Favorite quote: “Don't talk about it, be about it.”
  • Simone Tosi, Ph.D.

    Simone Tosi, Ph.D.

    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)
  • Josh Wollam, Ph.D.

    Josh Wollam, Ph.D.

    Transitioned to Study Director at Crown Bioscience Inc., San Diego (2018).
  • Eileen Collyer, Ph.D.

    Eileen Collyer, Ph.D.

    Transitioned to Postdoctoral Fellow at Drexel University, Philadelphia (2017).
  • Dalila El Ouarrat, Ph.D.

    Dalila El Ouarrat, Ph.D.

    Transitioned to Consultant at Catalyze, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2017).
  • Alessandra Castaldi, Ph.D - Co-Vice Chair of Communications (2015-2016)

    Alessandra Castaldi, Ph.D - Co-Vice Chair of Communications (2015-2016)

    Transitioned to Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Angeles (2017).
  • Amanda Moore, PhD - Chair of the Postdoctoral Association (2016)

    Amanda Moore, PhD - Chair of the Postdoctoral Association (2016)

    Transitioned to Sr Scientist at Genia Technologies, Santa Clara (2017).
  • Yaping Zhang, PhD - Vice Chair of Exposure to Industry Program (2016)

    Yaping Zhang, PhD - Vice Chair of Exposure to Industry Program (2016)

  • Gizelle Anzures, PhD - Campus-wide Committee Representative for Child Care Oversight Committee (2014-2015)

    Gizelle Anzures, PhD - Campus-wide Committee Representative for Child Care Oversight Committee (2014-2015)

    Transitioned to Faculty at Florida Atlantic University (2017).
  • Peter Tufar, Ph.D. - Science Sustainability Postdoc Representative (2014-2016)

    Peter Tufar, Ph.D. - Science Sustainability Postdoc Representative (2014-2016)

    Transitioned to Process Specialist at GSK Vaccines, Marburg, Germany (2016).
  • Evelyn Walenta, PhD - Vice Chair of Career Development Programs (2015-2016)

    Evelyn Walenta, PhD - Vice Chair of Career Development Programs (2015-2016)

    Transitioned to Clinical Research Associate at QuintilesIMS, San Diego (2016).
  • Lucile Ryckebusch, PhD - Vice Chair of Exposure to Industry Program (2015)

    Lucile Ryckebusch, PhD - Vice Chair of Exposure to Industry Program (2015)

    Transitioned to Scientist, Translational Genetics at Millennium Health, San Diego (2016).
  • Matthew Riopel, PhD - Co-Vice Chair of Community Engagement (2015)

    Matthew Riopel, PhD - Co-Vice Chair of Community Engagement (2015)

  • Nimish Khanna, PhD - Co-Vice Chair of Community Engagement (2015)

    Nimish Khanna, PhD - Co-Vice Chair of Community Engagement (2015)

    Transitioned to Synthetic Biologist at Asimov Inc., Boston (2018).
  • Marianna Zipeto, Ph.D - Vice Chair of External Relations and Finance (2014-2015)

    Marianna Zipeto, Ph.D - Vice Chair of External Relations and Finance (2014-2015)

    Transitioned to Study Director at Crown Bioscience, Inc., San Diego (2016).
  • Berenice Aguilar, Ph.D

    Berenice Aguilar, Ph.D

    Transitioned to Postdoctoral Scholar at Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles (2016).
  • Swati Naphade, Ph.D

    Swati Naphade, Ph.D

    Transitioned to Postdoctoral Scholar at The Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Novato (2016).
  • Xiong (Sean) Zhang, Ph.D. - Vice Chair of EIP Program (2014-2015)

    Xiong (Sean) Zhang, Ph.D. - Vice Chair of EIP Program (2014-2015)

    Transitioned to Allele Biosciences, San Diego (2016) and McKinsey & Associates, San Francisco (2017).
  • Renee Killins, Ph.D. - Departmental Rep, Biological Sciences (2015)

    Renee Killins, Ph.D. - Departmental Rep, Biological Sciences (2015)

    Transitioned to Scientist at Epic Sciences, San Diego (2015).
  • Fred Beasley, Ph.D. - Event Coordinator (2014)

    Fred Beasley, Ph.D. - Event Coordinator (2014)

    Transitioned to Postdoctoral Scholar at California Institute for Biomedical Research (Calibr), San Diego (2014).
  • Anjana Chandrasekhar, Ph.D. - Website Content Contributor (2014)

    Anjana Chandrasekhar, Ph.D. - Website Content Contributor (2014)

    Transitioned to Scientist at Millennium Health, San Diego (2014).
  • Ginny (Xindao) Hu, Ph.D. - Chair (2014)

    Ginny (Xindao) Hu, Ph.D. - Chair (2014)

    Transitioned to Regulatory Affairs Coordinator at Volcano Corporation, San Diego (2014).
  • Danielle John, Ph.D. (2014)

    Danielle John, Ph.D. (2014)

    Transitioned to Postdoctoral Scholar at University of California, Davis (2016).
  • Milos Lazic, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Social Programs & Co-Founder of UCSD Exposure to Industry Program

    Milos Lazic, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Social Programs & Co-Founder of UCSD Exposure to Industry Program

    Transitioned to Scientist at Jecure Therapeutics (2016)
  • Devendra Mistry, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Communications (2013)

    Devendra Mistry, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Communications (2013)

    Transitioned to Postdoctoral Scholar at Celgene, San Diego (2014).
  • Alejandra Nieto, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Career Development Programs & Corporate Relations Officer of EIP Program (2013-2014)

    Transitioned to Scientist at F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., Switzerland (2014).
  • Maria Noutsou, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of External Relations & Finance (2014)

    Maria Noutsou, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of External Relations & Finance (2014)

    Transitioned to Product Development/Technical Support Specialist at GenWay Biotech, San Diego (2015).
  • Aarti Ruparelia, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Finance (2013-2014)

    Aarti Ruparelia, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Finance (2013-2014)

    Transitioned to Associate Consultant at Deallus Consulting, London, England (2014).
  • Sheila Semaan, Ph.D. - Chair of Communication & Co-Founder of EIP Program (2012-2013)

    Sheila Semaan, Ph.D. - Chair of Communication & Co-Founder of EIP Program (2012-2013)

    Transitioned to Associate Product Manager at Biosearch Technologies, San Francisco (2013).
  • Astrid Karen Stoker, Ph.D. - Chair (2013-2014)

    Astrid Karen Stoker, Ph.D. - Chair (2013-2014)

    Transitioned to Postdoctoral Scholar at Mount Sinai, New York City (2014).
  • Kristen P. Tolson, Ph.D. - Chair of Networking and Outreach (2011-2013) & Vice-Chair of External Relations and Finance (2013-2014)

    Kristen P. Tolson, Ph.D. - Chair of Networking and Outreach (2011-2013) & Vice-Chair of External Relations and Finance (2013-2014)

    Transitioned to Regulatory Writer at Synchrogenix, a Certara company (2016)
  • Payam Aghsaee, Ph.D. - Departmental Rep, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (2014 – 2015)

    Payam Aghsaee, Ph.D. - Departmental Rep, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (2014 – 2015)

    Transitioned to Postdoctoral Fellow at IIHR, University of Iowa, Iowa City (2015).
  • Alexandra Bortnick, Ph.D. - Chair (2014-2015), Co-Chair of Communication (2013-2014)

    Alexandra Bortnick, Ph.D. - Chair (2014-2015), Co-Chair of Communication (2013-2014)

  • Davide Povero, Ph.D., Co-Vice Chair of Social Programs (2014)

    Davide Povero, Ph.D., Co-Vice Chair of Social Programs (2014)

    Transitioned to Scientist II at Jecure Therapeutics (2016)
  • Ann E. Lin, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of External Relations & Finance (2014)

    Ann E. Lin, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of External Relations & Finance (2014)

    Transitioned to Senior Scientist, Immunology, at BPS Bioscience Inc., San Diego (2015) 
  • Joana Galvao, Ph.D. - Vice Chair of Career Development Programs (2015)

    Joana Galvao, Ph.D. - Vice Chair of Career Development Programs (2015)

    Transitioned to Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University, Palo Alto (2016)
  • Kristen Dorsey, Ph.D. - Departmental Rep, Electrical and Computer Engineering (2014-2015)

    Kristen Dorsey, Ph.D. - Departmental Rep, Electrical and Computer Engineering (2014-2015)

    Transitioned to Assistant Professor of Engineering at Smith College, Boston (2015)

  • Conrad Rizal, Ph.D. - Departmental Rep, Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (2014-2015)

    Conrad Rizal, Ph.D. - Departmental Rep, Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (2014-2015)

     Transitioned to Research Scientist, Department of Physics at Baylor University, Texas (2016) 

  • Jamie Joseph, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Communication (2014-2015)

    Jamie Joseph, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Communication (2014-2015)

     

  • Sean Zeng, Ph.D. - Marketing Director (2014-2015)

    Sean Zeng, Ph.D. - Marketing Director (2014-2015)

    Transitioned to Consultant at WuXi AppTec, San Diego (2016).
  • Asma Khan, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Communication (2014-2015)

    Asma Khan, Ph.D. - Co-Vice Chair of Communication (2014-2015)

    Transitioned to Scientist at Neuropore Therapies Inc., San Diego (2015).
  • Yvonne Hoang, Ph.D. - Co-Chair

    Yvonne Hoang, Ph.D. - Co-Chair

    Transitioned to Science Writer at Natera, San Francisco (2008).
  • Kirsten (McTavish) Curnow, Ph.D. - Co-Chair

    Kirsten (McTavish) Curnow, Ph.D. - Co-Chair

    Transitioned to Toxocologist, Givaudan, Cincinnati (2008).