NPA Welcomes New International Officers
Friday, June 5, 2020
May 5, 2020
The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) Board of Directors has appointed Rakesh Chatrikhi, Ph.D., and Andrea Pereyra, M.D., Ph.D., as International Officers. The International Officers are the primary resource and expert advisor for the NPA Board of Directors, the staff, and committees. They take over the duties of Sudha Krishnamurthy, B.D.S., Ph.D., and Juliana Vasco-Correa, Ph.D. The NPA thanks them for their service as International Officers.
Chatrikhi is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is originally from India, where he obtained a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in biotechnology. Chatrikhi received his doctoral degree in biophysics from the University of Rochester, NY. Before being appointed as an International Officer, Chatrikhi worked as an associate editor for The POSTDOCket, the NPA's monthly newsletter. Chatrikhi is passionate about the global reality of science and academia, and as one of NPA's International Officers, he hopes to help international postdocs who are traversing the roads that he has already traveled. He also enjoys cooking, traveling and hiking in his free time.
Pereyra is a postdoctoral scholar at East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, North Carolina investigating how defects in skeletal muscle lipid metabolism can impact both, tissue and whole-body metabolic homeostasis. She received her medical doctor and doctoral degrees from the National University of La Plata School of Medicine in Argentina were she also taught molecular and cellular biology courses for over a decade. Before her current role as International Officer at the NPA, Pereyra served the postdoctoral communities of Purdue University, Indiana and ECU, North Carolina as an active member of the postdoctoral association executive council, especially advocating for the international fellows. Pereyra has a great interest in outreach and mentoring activities that can spark curiosity and passion about STEM as well as allow students at any and every educational level to explore different career paths while fostering collaborations with peers and institutions.