MSU-PDA Steering Committee

MSU-PDA Steering Committee

Public monthly meetings

On the last Tuesday of the month, from 9am to 10am, members of the MSU-PDA Steering Committee meet:

  • To discuss areas of concern to the MSU postdoc community
  • To plan MSU-PDA events
  • To provide Sub-Committee updates
  • To provide information relevant and useful to the MSU postdoc community

All members of the MSU postdoc community are welcome attend these meetings via Zoom (link here).

Meeting agendas can found in the MSU Postdocs Teams.

Meeting dates for 2021-2022 are:

  • Jun 29, 2021
  • Jul 27, 2021
  • Aug 31, 2021
  • Sep 28, 2021
  • Oct 26, 2021
  • Nov 30, 2021
  • Dec 28, 2021
  • Jan 25, 2022
  • Feb 22, 2022
  • Mar 29, 2022
  • Apr 26, 2022
  • May 31, 2022

Co-Chairs

Yu-Ya Liang

Yu-Ya Liang

Senior Co-Chair

Yu-Ya received her Ph.D. in Plant Breeding from Texas A&M University. She is currently a research associate in the Department of Plant Biology under Dr. Kevin Childs. Her research focuses on comparative genomics, such as solving the puzzle of codon usage bias in grasses and how gene GC content affects transcription and translation.

open position

open position

Junior Co-Chair

Professional Development Sub-Committee

Robert Hipple, PhD

Robert Hipple, PhD

Member

Robert is an Accelerator Physicist for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). His focus is on the beam dynamics aspect of the reaccelerator (ReA) which takes rare nuclear products from the main accelerator and re-accelerates them for controlled experiments. He joined FRIB in August 2021 and joined the PDA steering committee shortly thereafter.

open position available!

open position available!

Find out more information, email us: pda@grd.msu.edu.

open position available!

open position available!

Find out more information, email us: pda@grd.msu.edu.

Social Sub-Committee

Secil Caskurlu

Secil Caskurlu

Member

Secil is a postdoc in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology

Babatope Akinyemi, PhD

Babatope Akinyemi, PhD

Member

Babatope earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from University of Fort Hare, South Africa. He is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Animal Science and works with Dr. Janice Siegford. His research is examining the needs, perceptions, and willingness-to-pay for precision livestock farming technologies in the US swine industry.

Ardaman Kaur, PhD

Ardaman Kaur, PhD

Member

Ardaman completed her Ph.D. in Applied Physics jointly from Delhi Technological University and INMAS, DRDO, India. She is currently a postdoctoral research scholar in Dr. Dar Meshi’s Social & Media Neuroscience lab in the Department of Advertising+Public relations, working toward understanding the neural mechanisms of socially motivated human behavior.

open position available!

open position available!

Find out more information, email us: pda@grd.msu.edu.

open position available!

open position available!

Find out more information, email us: pda@grd.msu.edu.

open position available!

open position available!

Find out more information, email us: pda@grd.msu.edu.

Communications & Digital Presence Sub-Committee

Katie Yoest

Katie Yoest

Chair

Katie received her Ph.D. in Psychology (Biopsychology) from University of Michigan. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience program working with Dr. Alexa Veenema to explore sex differences in the neural circuitry underlying juvenile social behaviors.

Anne-Sophie Bohrer

Anne-Sophie Bohrer

Member

Anne-Sophie received her Ph.D. in Plant Biochemistry from the Paris-Sud University (France). She is currently a senior research associate in Dr. Hideki Takahashi’s lab in the BMB Department, working for the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC). For this project, Anne-Sophie’s work focuses on the metabolic profiling of switchgrass, a bioenergy crop of interest for the sustainable production of biofuels.

open position available!

open position available!

Find out more information, email us: pda@grd.msu.edu.

Advocacy Sub-Committee

Jenna Lee

Jenna Lee

Member

Jenna received her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Missouri. She is presently a post-doc in department of Psychology with Dr. Alex Johnson examining the neurobiology of how learning influences feeding behavior.

Rebeka Lubna, PhD

Rebeka Lubna, PhD

Rebeka received her PhD from Florida State University in Nuclear Physics. Currently she is a Research Associate in Facility of Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) in Michigan State University. Her experimental and theoretical efforts focus on the structure of atomic nuclei and their evolution with the increasing asymmetry of proton and neutron numbers, which eventually enhances our knowledge to answer the fundamental questions in the Universe including but not limited to the nature of the fundamental strong force, formation of the elements etc.

open position available!

open position available!

Find out more information, email us: pda@grd.msu.edu.

Members-at-Large

Sandra Hammer

Sandra Hammer

Member

Sandra received her Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from Vanderbilt University. Currently, she is a research fellow in the Department of Physiology under the mentorship of Dr. Julia Busik. Sandra’s research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms that cause dysregulation of cholesterol metabolism in diabetic retinopathy.

Nabin Rijal

Nabin Rijal

Member

Nabin received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics & Nuclear Astrophysics from Florida State University. He is currently a postdoctoral research associate in JINA-Center for Evolution of Elements at NSCL/FRIB, Michigan State University. He experimentally investigates how and where the elements in the universe were/are synthesized including big bang, x-ray burst, supernova explosions, neutron star mergers, magnetars, etc. He utilizes exotic short-lived radioactive ion beams in conjunction with the state-of-the-art radiation detection systems and data analysis framework to determine the reaction rates of different nuclei and their properties.

open position available!

open position available!

Find out more information, email us: pda@grd.msu.edu.

open position available!

open position available!

Find out more information, email us: pda@grd.msu.edu.

open position available!

open position available!

Find out more information, email us: pda@grd.msu.edu.

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