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The NPA is committed to addressing the issues and special needs of the international postdoc community. To assist in this effort, the NPA created the position of International Officer. The International Officer is the primary resource and expert advisor for the NPA Board of Directors, the staff, and committees. If you have interest in immigration policy, tax law, visa issues, or other matters affecting international postdocs, please contact the International Officers.


The specific responsibilities of the NPA International Officer include the following:

  • Assist in the development and maintenance of NPA resources for international postdocs.
  • Advocate for the interests of international postdocs training in the United States.
  • Maintain and expand relationships with federal agencies and national organizations that have an interest in international postdoctoral policies.
  • Monitor external policies and developments on international issues of concern to the postdoctoral community.
  • Address public inquiries about the NPA's policies and recommended practices for international postdocs.

Meet the International Officers


Amita Bansal, Ph.D.
International Officer

Amita Bansal, Ph.D., completed her Bachelor of Science (first class honours) at the University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland, and her doctorate degree from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. She has received a number of awards and distinctions for her work, and has been actively involved in trainee affairs at her current and previous positions. She has held various leadership positions, which includes international students' representative and vice president of the postgraduate student association of her faculty at the University of Auckland. For her active role in trainee representation, she has also been awarded the Liggins Institute Student Leadership award. Bansal is currently a trainee representative on the Council of the International Society of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, and also is the chair of the Foreign National Committee of the Biomedical Postdoctoral Council at the University of Pennsylvania.
 Anita Gopal, Ph.D.
International Officer
Anita Gopal, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research associate and adjunct lecturer at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to this appointment, she was a visiting scholar at the University of Toronto with the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education and the Comparative International Development Center at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Her research focuses on the retention and socialization of domestic and international graduate students studying in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines; visa and immigration regulations for international students from a comparative perspective; and the experiences of international students’ within higher education institutions. She serves as the program chair for the Association for the Study of Higher Education—Council for International Higher Education Pre-Conference.
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