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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.
 Ken Dutton-Regester, Ph.D.
International Officer
Ken Dutton-Regester, Ph.D., completed his studies in Brisbane, Australia at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, and obtained his doctorate with a focus on melanoma genetics from the Queensland University of Technology in 2012. In 2013, he was awarded a National Health and Medical Research Early Career fellowship to explore mechanisms of drug resistance in melanoma under the mentorship of Levi Garraway at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. He is a strong advocate for the professional advancement of his fellow early career researchers, and has been actively involved at his local institution by being a representative on the higher degrees committee, co-leading the Student Society, organizing the annual student retreat, and was instrumental in establishing an annual student symposium program. Dutton-Regester is also currently completing a three-year term on the Associate Member Council of the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR), a leadership body representing the interests of 13,000 early career researchers whose main role is to develop professional advancement content at the AACR Annual Meeting. Being a fellow expatriate, he looks forward to representing the interests and advocating on the behalf of the international postdoctoral community residing in the United States. 
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