The Outreach Committee promotes the mission, values, goals, and business objectives of the NPA.
Interested in promoting the public image of the NPA while increasing your own personal network? This committee is always seeking outgoing, fun, and dependable individuals to increase the influence and visibility of the NPA through contacts with the media and professional societies.This committee is perfect for a “people-person.”
Meet Our Outreach Committee Leaders
Darwin Operario, Ph.D.
Darwin J. Operario, Ph.D., MPH, received his bachelor's degree from the University of California at Davis before going on to complete both a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Rochester, in Rochester, N.Y. In 2008, he accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the Wadsworth Center/New York State Department of Health under the NIH BioDefense-Emerging Infectious Diseases Training Grant. He was subsequently a New York State Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellow and principal investigator on a state-funded epidemiology pilot project studying anti-influenza prophylaxis at long-term care facilities. While at the Wadsworth Center, he served as an executive committee member for the NY Capital Region Postdoctoral Association, and has served on the NPA Outreach Committee since Spring 2010. Darwin is currently a research associate in the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health at the University of Virginia where he is developing enteropathgen molecular diagnostics for deployment overseas.
Majda Haznadar, Ph.D., received her bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN in 2005 before she received a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Minnesota in 2010. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Laboratory of Human Carcinogenesis (LHC) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) under the mentorship of Dr. Curtis C. Harris. Her current areas of research include elucidating risk and prognostic metabolomic biomarkers for early detection and guiding therapy decisions in lung cancer utilizing various un-invasively obtained biospecimens. Her other research focus pertains to vitamin D metabolism and its impact on lung cancer risk and prognosis. She is a grant recipient from the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) for her vitamin D-related research. At the NCI Center for Cancer Research, Haznadar was elected to serve as a Secretary on the Fellows and Young Investigators (FYI) Committee during 2011 - 2012, as a Co-Chair during 2012 - 2013, and has served on the NPA Outreach Committee since December 2010.
Barbara Natalizio, Ph.D.
Barbara J. Natalizio, Ph.D., earned her bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and History from Montclair State University and her Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology from Duke University. Upon completion of her graduate studies, she taught for two years as adjunct faculty and it was during this time that she developed an appreciation for the critical importance of effective communication and science outreach. In 2010, she accepted a postdoctoral position at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee where her current research investigates messenger RNA export regulation and its effects on eukaryotic gene expression. At Vanderbilt University, she successfully advocated for postdoctoral fellows by becoming actively involved with the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Postdoctoral Association leading the organization as Senior Co-Chair and serving on the Board of Directors of the Vanderbilt Medical Alumni Association. Natalizio continues to promote the enrichment of the postdoctoral experience at Vanderbilt by contributing to the planning and development of several initiatives focused on professional career development for postdoctoral scholars. As Vice Chair of the Outreach Committee, she looks forward to establishing new outreach initiatives on the national level to empower postdoctoral fellows and encourage them to seize every opportunity to reach their full potential.