MSU-PDA Steering Committee

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 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 Committee

Secil Caskurlu

Secil Caskurlu

Member

Secil is a postdoc in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology

Shatadru Chakravarty

Shatadru Chakravarty

Member

Shatadru Chakravarty (PhD-2013-Chemistry; Univ. of Missouri; Advisor-Prof. M. F. Hawthorne) is presently a Research Associate with Prof. Erik Shapiro at Michigan State University focusing on using nanomaterials for targeted drug delivery/imaging. He has developed novel bismuth and tantalum based nanoparticles as contrast agents for X-ray computed tomography. In addition, he is also deeply interested in the design of novel nanoparticle platforms for targeted imaging and drug delivery. Dr. Chakravarty has published 10 papers in peer reviewed journals and has number of presentations and posters at international conferences to his credit.

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 positions available!

open positions available!

Find out more information: https://postdocs.msu.edu/2020/05/open-positions/

Or email us: pda@grd.msu.edu.

Md Nafiujjaman

Md Nafiujjaman

Member

I am Md Nafiujjaman, currently working as a Research Associate in Dr. Taeho Kim’s Lab at Biomedical Engineering, Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering, Michigan State University. I have worked at Houston Methodist Research Institute, Houston, Texas during 2017 to 2018. I received my M.Eng and Ph.D. from Korea National University of Transportation, South Korea at Chemical & Biological Engineering and Green Bioengineering, respectively.

My research focuses on developing nanoscale inorganic materials as novel contrast agents and therapeutics for biomedical applications. My expertise on synthesis and surface engineering of inorganic nanoparticle to develop biocompatible and biomimetic tools for targeted drug delivery, cell tracking, and molecular therapeutics in various disease states. Recently, I am trying to develop nanomaterials as contrast agents for magnetic particle imaging and photoacoustic imaging.

open positions available!

open positions available!

Find out more information: https://postdocs.msu.edu/2020/05/open-positions/

Or email us: pda@grd.msu.edu.

Communications & Digital Presence 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.

Members-at-Large

Sarah Doore

Sarah Doore

Sarah is a research associate in Bio/computational Evolution In Action.

Sarah Goodwin

Sarah Goodwin

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.

Kelsey Graham

Kelsey Graham

Kelsey received her Ph.D. from Tufts University in Medford, MA, and now works in Dr. Rufus Isaacs’ lab in the Department of Entomology researching pollinator health in Michigan. With this focus, she is interested in how wild bee populations have changed over time, and how landscape impacts diversity and abundance. She also works in blueberry to improve managed bee health by minimizing pesticide risk.

Philipp Grete

Philipp Grete

After receiving a B.Sc. in Computer Science in 2008 from the University of Cooperative Education in Stuttgart, Germany, Philipp Grete worked for Hewlett-Packard before studying Physics (B.Sc.) and Computer Science (M.Sc.) at the University of Göttingen, Germany, from 2010 to 2013. In his Ph.D. thesis (2014-2016, University of Göttingen, Germany) he worked on small scale modeling of compressible magnetized turbulence. Since October 2016, he is a postdoctoral research associate at Michigan State University working on modeling astrophysical plasmas.

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.

Johannes Weber

Johannes Weber

Johannes received his Ph.D. in Theoretical (Particle and Nuclear) Physics from Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz (Germany). He is a research associate in the group of Prof. Alexei Bazavov at the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (CMSE) since early 2018. Johannes’ research focuses on nuclear matter under extreme conditions (i.e. more than a million times hotter than the sun’s core) using high performance computing methods (Lattice QCD).

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