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 Webinar (register here).

Meeting agendas can found in the MSU Postdocs Teams.

 

Meeting dates for 2020-2021 are:

  • June 30, 2020
  • July 28, 2020
  • August 25, 2020
  • September 29, 2020
  • October 27, 2020
  • November 24, 2020
  • December 29, 2020 – CANCELLED
  • January 26, 2021
  • February 23, 2021
  • March 30, 2021
  • April 27, 2021
  • May 25, 2021

Co-Chairs

Christina Reppucci

Christina Reppucci

Senior Co-Chair

Christina received her Ph.D. in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience) from Boston College. Currently, she is a research associate in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Program under the mentorship of Dr. Alexa Veenema. Christina’s research focuses on delineating the neural systems underlying social motivation, and assessing whether these systems are differentially recruited in males and females. This is Christina’s second year as co-chair of the MSU-PDA Steering Committee.

open position

open position

Junior Co-Chair

Professional Development Sub-Committee

David Olson

David Olson

Chair

David received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University. He is currently a research associate in the Turbulent Mixing and Unsteady Aerodynamics Laboratory and the Flow Physics and Control Laboratory. His research is focused the development of novel experimental diagnostic techniques for a broad range of thermodynamic and fluid dynamic problems. His research also entails fundamental research on low-speed and unsteady aerodynamics.

Amber Bismack

Amber Bismack

Member

Amber is a postdoc in Teacher Education.

Nate Emery

Nate Emery

Member

Nate is a research associate in the Department of Plant Biology. He is currently studying professional development of early-career biologists with regards to teaching practices. He is also a trained ecophysiologist investigating questions in plant water uptake.

Social Sub-Committee

Secil Caskurlu

Secil Caskurlu

Member

Secil is a postdoc in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology

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.

Yu-Ya Liang

Yu-Ya Liang

Member

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 available!

open position available!

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

open position available!

open position available!

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open position available!

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Communications & Digital Presence Sub-Committee

Sandra Hammer

Sandra Hammer

Chair

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.

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.

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.

NEW: Advocacy Sub-Committee

Sarah Goodwin

Sarah Goodwin

Member

Sarah works as a research associate in the Early Language and Literacy Investigations Laboratory (ELLI Lab; www.ellilab.com; PIs Dr. Ryan Bowles, Dr. Hope Gerde, and Dr. Lori Skibbe) in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, and has over 12 years’ experience in the testing and teaching of English as an additional language. In her work, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), she conducts psychometric analyses and assists in the development and validation of language assessments of preschool and early-elementary children’s preliteracy skills. Sarah has been an MSU-PDA representative since 2018.

Christina Reppucci

Christina Reppucci

Member

Christina received her Ph.D. in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience) from Boston College. Currently, she is a research associate in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Program under the mentorship of Dr. Alexa Veenema. Christina’s research focuses on delineating the neural systems underlying social motivation, and assessing whether these systems are differentially recruited in males and females.

open position available!

open position available!

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

Members-at-Large

Dafna Groeneveld

Dafna Groeneveld

Dafna received her Ph.D. in Medicine from the Leiden University (The Netherlands). She started as a postdoctoral research associate in Dr. Luyendyk’s lab in the Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation in Fall 2017. Her research is focused on identifying the mechanisms whereby the blood clotting system contributes to liver diseases and liver regeneration in order to identify new therapeutic targets.

Lauren Hardy

Lauren Hardy

Lauren received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY. Currently, she is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. James Luyendyk in the Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation. Lauren’s research focuses on understanding the role of the blood coagulation factor fibrinogen in acute and chronic liver diseases.

Naresh Loganathan

Naresh Loganathan

Naresh is a research associate in the Department of Chemistry.

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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