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 of Science 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.
Daniel Zwilling, Ph.D.
Daniel Zwilling, Ph.D., received his Ph.D. from the Max Planck Research School for Molecular Biology. During graduate school, he worked on membrane and organelle fusion in Reinhard Jahn's lab Max Planck Institute for biophysical chemistry, Goettingen, Germany. He then accepted a postdoctoral position at the J. David Gladstone Institutes, San Francisco, Calif. In Paul Muchowski's lab, he investigated the role of the tryptophan degrading Kynurenine Pathway in Alzheimer's Disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.
During his time at Gladstone, he was heavily involved in improving postdoctoral work conditions as a member Gladstone Postdoctoral Advisory Committee (GPAC). As the chair of GPAC, his work was instrumental in designing and implementing the first Mentoring Survey at Gladstone. He has been involved with the NPA since 2010.