|Resource Development Committee|
The Resource Development Committee develops tools and resources for the postdoctoral community including content and publications on the NPA website and POSTDOCket.
Are you interested in resources for international postdocs and efforts towards diversity? Do you want to gain experience in writing and editing or website development? Are you interested in communicating with the membership of the NPA about important policies, articles and initiatives? The Resource Development Committee interfaces with many of the NPA’s committees, goals, and projects as it provides relevant information and resources to the postdoc population. This committee can provide you with many chances to be effective in postdoc affairs while adding to your own skill set.
Meet Our Resource Development Committee Leaders
Sanjukta Chakraborty, Ph.D.
Sanjukta Chakraborty Ph.D., is presently a postdoctoral research associate at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, College Station, Texas. Her research interests are in investigating the molecular mechanisms of signal transduction underlying the lymphatic system contractile dysfunction and she is keenly interested in delineating the role of lymphatic inflammation in cancer and other pathological conditions. She has been the recipient of the American Heart Association postdoctoral fellowship. She obtained her Ph.D in human molecular genetics from the Indian Institute of Science, India in 2007 and was awarded the best Ph.D. thesis of the year award by the council of her institute. Currently, she serves as the founding chair of the postdoctoral association of her department and has been actively involved with various initiatives to enrich postdoctoral training across the Texas A&M Health Science Center. She has been associated with the NPA since 2009 and served as the vice chair of the Resource Development Committee from 2010-2012.
Chantelle Ferland, Ph.D.
Chantelle Ferland, Ph.D., earned her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and ssychology from Tulane University in 2007, and her doctoral degree in neuroscience from Tulane University in 2011. Upon completion of her graduate studies, she accepted a postdoctoral position in the Department of Neurosciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), where she was awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Service Award (T32) from the National Institute of Drug Addiction under the mentorship of Jacqueline McGinty, Ph.D. Her current areas of research include investigating the role of the endogenous oxytocin system in methamphetamine addiction in a preclinical model of post-traumatic stress disorder. While at the MUSC, she has become actively involved in MUSC’s postdoctoral association, and is the postdoc member at-large on the Postdoctoral Affairs Advisory Committee. In addition to her professional activities, she is involved in several non-profit outreach organizations in her community and is an accomplished Ironman triathlete and marathoner.
Molly Starback, MSLS, is the founding director of the Duke Office of Postdoctoral Services. Opened in 2006, Duke Postdoc Services is the central resource for over 700 postdocs, serving both Arts and Sciences and School of Medicine appointees. Duke Postdoctoral Services promotes postdocs as a key part of the Duke research enterprise and strives to integrate postdocs into University life. As director, Starback oversees postdoctoral policy and serves as the career advisor for postdoctoral appointees in the life sciences, natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences. She develops and oversees programs including the annual Postdoctoral Responsible Conduct of Research Forum and career development seminars on topics including the academic job search, the non-academic job search, lab management, and grantsmanship. In 2006, she created Postdoctoberfest, a yearly appreciation event at which awards are presented to Duke’s Outstanding Postdoc and Outstanding Postdoc Mentor. She also established annual professional development awards and helped create the Provost's Postdoctoral Scholars for Diversity Program.
In addition to working with postdocs, Starback is an academic adviser for first- and second-year Duke undergraduates. She is a past member of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Graduate Research, Education, and Training (GREAT) Group Postdoctorate Leaders Steering Committee, NPA Membership Committee and NPA Website Taskforce. In 2008, she received the Duke Meritorious Service Presidential Award in recognition of her work on behalf of postdocs.