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  • Mauricio Caraballo, Ph.D.

    Mauricio Caraballo, Ph.D.

    amcaraballor@ucsd.edu
    Department: Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 
    My research in 12 words or less: I love finding molecules and revealing what they actually do in nature.
    Favorite thing about the PDA: It is a fenomenal environment for networking, establishing research collaborations, acquiring management skills and making friends.
    Favorite quote: “Never pass up new experiences, (...). They enrich the mind.” - Rhett Butler. [Mitchell, M. Gone with the wind]
  • Stephanie Agtarap, Ph.D.

    Stephanie Agtarap, Ph.D.

    sagtarap@gmail.com 
    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
  • Divya Sahu, Ph.D.

    Divya Sahu, Ph.D.

    disahu@ucsd.edu
    Department: Pathology
  • Ellen Lee, M.D.

    Ellen Lee, M.D.

    eel013@ucsd.edu
    Department: Psychiatry
    My research in 12 words or less: Inflammaging and health in persons with serious mental illnesses; successful biological, psychological, and psychosocial aging.
    Favorite thing about the PDA: The opportunity to work with and learn from postdocs across campus!
    Favorite quote: “We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.” – Sheryl Sandberg
  • Karen Tonsfeldt, Ph.D.

    Karen Tonsfeldt, Ph.D.

    ktonsfeldt@ucsd.edu
    Department: Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
    My research in 12 words or less: I study how our brains control reproduction.
    Favorite thing about the PDA: Meeting new people from around UC San Diego and working to improve the postdoc experience here.
    Favorite quote: "What are dreams for anyway without the guts to live your life that way?" - The Bouncing Souls
  • Ariane Pessentheiner, Ph.D.

    Ariane Pessentheiner, Ph.D.

    apessentheiner@ucsd.edu
    Department: Medicine
    My research in 12 words or less: The role of glycans in metabolic diseases including obesity, diabetes and atherosclerosis.
    Favorite thing about the PDA: The possibility to connect with postdocs on a campus wide basis and to form an interdisciplinary network. Especially, because it is done in such a friendly environment without any pressure.
    Favorite quote: "Even if there are stones placed in your way, you can build something beautiful" - Erich Kaestner (German author).
  • Jacek Cyranka, Ph.D.

    Jacek Cyranka, Ph.D.

    jcyranka@ucsd.edu 
    Department: Computer Science and Engineering
    My research in 12 words or less: To understand the principles beyond Artificial Intelligence, for example to make neural networks more robust.
    Favorite thing about the PDA: Meeting great people in multi-cultural and and interdisciplinary environment, providing UCSD postdoc society with various social and professional activities.
    Favorite quote: “Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.” ― Richard Feynman
  • Sunayan S Ray, Ph.D.

    Sunayan S Ray, Ph.D.

    sray@g.clemson.edu
    Department: Opthalmology 
    My research in 12 words or less: Growing eyes on a dish using stem cells .
    Favorite thing about the PDA: I love meeting new postdocs. Taking initiatives, mostly helping new postdocs transition and learning new things from new people is my fav thing to do. 
    Favorite quote: "I was drawn to science out of curiosity. Any questions I had, the answers were already there, but even science is never certain, even the soundest of theories is subject to new data. And there are some things even science can’t explain. And while I don’t believe in an unseen hand creating his own tableau, I do believe I don’t have all the answers.”
  • 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.”

  • Virginia (Ginger) Hazen , Ph.D.

    Virginia (Ginger) Hazen , Ph.D.

    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)

  • 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).