- Career Center
Board of Directors
Barbara J. Natalizio, Ph.D.
Chair and Interim Executive Director
Natalizio recently joined the Rita Allen Foundation with a focus on communications and science engagement. Most recently, she was a program officer with the board on higher education and workforce at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Prior to joining the Academies, she was an AAAS science and technology policy fellow serving in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources, Division of Graduate Education at the National Science Foundation. Natalizio is formally trained as a biomedical research scientist with a background in cell and developmental biology, having completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. There, she became very interested in career and professional development for early career scientists that led to her active involvement with the NPA as a member of the Board of Directors. These collective experiences have provided her with a comprehensive understanding of effective evaluation, assessment, and policy that enables her continued support of science communication and civic engagement initiatives. Natalizio earned her Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and history from Montclair State University and her doctorate in molecular genetics and microbiology from Duke University.
Stephanie Eberle, M.Ed.
Eberle is assistant dean of BioSci Careers at Stanford University where they and their team support the academic, personal, career, and profession needs of med/doctoral students and postdoctoral trainees in the biosciences and technology fields. Within this position, they teach immersive, sector-specific courses, oversee the graduate IDP program, serve on the dean’s gender and sexual minorities taskforce, and build individualized connection opportunities between the Stanford community and alumni and employer partners.
Eberle began their tenure at the Stanford School of Medicine in 2008. In this role, they created new curriculum and resources for all biosciences trainees to explore and define paths toward their preferred careers of choice. Prior to that, they were part of Stanford’s central Career Development Center, counseling and developing career programming for graduate students and postdocs from various disciplines across campus. They previously held adjunct faculty positions within the University of San Francisco’s marriage and family counseling program and the Stanford Graduate School of Education.
Eberle writes for Inside Higher Education, including essays on passion, managing career advice overload, and activism in the workplace. Additional contributions include: co-writing a text book chapter, presenting at national/international conferences, membership on the Graduate Career Consortium’s diversity committee, and holding the elected position of vice chair of the NPA’s Board of Directors. They consult within companies and organizations throughout the country and is a certified Strengths coach. They hold a Master of Education in community agency counseling, and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology, both from Ohio University.
Josh Henkin, Ph.D.
After years of successfully mentoring science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) job seekers, Henkin founded STEM Career Services, a career coaching company aimed at helping STEM graduates launch and sustain careers outside of academia. He is a speaker and conducts workshops at conferences, universities, and institutes across the country and provides career coaching to STEM graduates at all career levels. These efforts earned him the role as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Career Development Center (CDC) and AAAS Science Careers subject matter expert. He has created several online courses for the CDC, delivers workshops, and panel discussions to standing room only audiences at AAAS events.
Concurrent with his work at STEM Career Services, Henkin is a program manager with hiring authority at The Tauri Group, a science and technology consulting company. At The Tauri Group, he builds and leads teams that provide technical and programmatic support to Federal government vaccine and therapeutic development programs.
Prior to these roles, he worked at Medtronic as a field scientist where he managed a portfolio of clinical trials to promote innovative research with implantable cardiac devices. As an AAAS science and technology policy fellow, he worked for the Undersecretary of Defense for Laboratories and Basic Sciences, creating policies, and managing science programs.
A lifelong athlete, Henkin played rugby for 20 years at the collegiate, national, and international levels, is a certified strength and conditioning expert, and has started several companies in the exercise/fitness space. He holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration, a Master of Science in nutritional sciences, and a doctorate in cell and molecular biology, all from the University of Vermont.
Tracy Costello, Ph.D.
Oversight Officer and POSTDOCket Committee Liaison
As director of postdoctoral affairs at Moffitt Cancer Center, Costello is creating brand new programs to enhance the postdoc experience beginning with postdoc recruitment, implementation career and professional development training through one on one career exploration and coaching. As the current chair of the Board of Directors of the NPA, she leads the organization’s efforts to enhance the postdoctoral experience at both the local and national level and provide a national voice for postdoctoral scholars. She has served at the National Science Foundation on both postdoc fellowship study sections and a committee of visitors and began serving on a National Institutes of Health study section this year.
Costello earned a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, in mathematics and physics from The University of Southern Mississippi before going to The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in biostatistics and genetics, where she earned her doctorate degree in biomathematics & biostatistics and human & molecular genetics in 2004.
She received both predoctoral and postdoctoral R25 fellowships in cancer prevention during her graduate school and postdoctoral training before becoming a senior statistical analyst in health disparities research. Her research interests, though varied, have resulted in over 25 publications, have basis in the development of statistical methodology and have focused on data mining and meta-analysis methodologies with applications in genetics, extensions to regressive logistic statistical theory applied to genetic anticipation, epidemiological analyses in a variety of disorders, longitudinal, mixed model analyses of smoking cessation clinical trial data in underserved and minority populations and factor analysis of psychological questionnaire data. She left the University of Texas MD Anderson to pursue an opportunity with Exagen Diagnostics in 2010 which resulted in a patent application for a diagnostic and prognostic test for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. She returned to MD Anderson to expand the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs between 2012-2016 and was recruited to Moffitt Cancer Center in 2017 to create a brand new office as the director of postdoctoral affairs.
Tullia Bruno, Ph.D.
Strategic Planning Chair
Bruno is currently a research assistant professor in the Department of Immunology at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to her appointment there, she completed her graduate work at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado. Her research interests are focused on the interplay of the immune system and cancer. As a postdoc, she was actively involved in her postdoctoral association and was president during the last year of her fellowship. Bruno is an active member of the NPA. Specifically, she has been the Innovation in Action subcommittee chair for the past two Annual Meetings. She was also an American Association of Immunologists public policy fellow, and is currently part of the cancer biology training consortium executive board and the faculty advisory board for the University of Pittsburgh PDA.
William Mahoney, Jr., Ph.D.
Outreach Committee Liaison
Mahoney has a long-standing interest in professional development, focusing on graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty at the University of Washington (UW). As associate dean, he provides leadership to both the Office of Graduate Student Affairs and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs to support inclusive learning environments across the UW educational ecosystem. He leads efforts related to graduate student and postdoctoral fellow recruitment and support, holistic mentorship, and career exploration and guidance.
Mahoney is an associate professor of pathology in the School of Medicine. He came to UW as a postdoctoral fellow in 2004 and has followed the academic tract to associate professor in the Department of Pathology. After establishing his independent lab in cardiovascular development & regeneration, he transitioned to focusing on mentoring graduate students by co-directing the interdepartmental Molecular Medicine and Mechanisms of Disease (M3D) doctoral program. This led to a more holistic attention to professional development towards careers in STEM by working with URM pipeline programs and by co-directing the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) in the UW Graduate School.
Natalia Martin, Ph.D.
Resource Development Committee and International Officers Liaison
Martin is a senior research associate in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Department at Michigan State University (MSU), investigating the molecular mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis in nosocomial bacterial pathogens. Martin has served several leadership positions at the MSU PDA and is currently the co-chair of the MSU-PDA, as well as the chair of the professional development committee. She also co-advises the MSU chapter of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science. She is an active member of the NPA and is currently serving in the Advocacy Committee. Martin transitioned to MSU from Duke University, where she was a Pew Latin American postdoctoral fellow in biomedical sciences. She obtained her doctorate degree in biological sciences from the National University of Rosario, Argentina. Martin has over 12 years of experience in STEM research as well as experience mentoring and advising undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs. Martin has a great interest in career choices and professional development programs for junior scholars and provides career exploration through mentoring and advising undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.
Caleb McKinney, Ph.D.
Diversity Officers Liaison
McKinney is assistant dean of graduate and postdoctoral training & development for Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE) at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC), and is completing his term as Diversity Officer for the NPA. McKinney is committed to graduate student and postdoctoral scholar advocacy and career formation. He graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in biology and a minor in applied economics and management. He then completed his doctoral degree in microbiology from New York University, and he is currently enrolled in a master’s in professional studies program in design management and communications at Georgetown University. At GUMC, McKinney leads the graduate and postdoctoral training and development portfolio for Biomedical Graduate Education, which includes the Office of Career Strategy and Professional Development, a biomedical graduate career center that provides career advising and professional development programming for master's students, doctoral students, and postdoctoral scholars. Furthermore, his portfolio includes training grant support for institutional external funding mechanisms, and biomedical graduate student recruitment and external partnerships for strategic enrollment. Lastly, he is a steadfast advocate for student and trainee led initiatives. He mentors and provides administrative support to the Georgetown University PDA, and the Women in Science Education and Medical Center Graduate Student Organization student groups.
Shakira Nelson, Ph.D.
Nelson earned her doctorate degree in immunology and infectious diseases from The Pennsylvania State University, and Master of Public Health in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. For four years, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, MD, in the cancer prevention fellowship program. There, she utilized novel methods and technologies to identify biomarkers and mechanisms for the prevention of prostate cancer, with a focus on prevention in Black men.
Since August 2017, Nelson has worked at the American Association for Cancer Research, a nonprofit organization located in Philadelphia, as a senior scientific program administrator. Her work focuses on the programming and development of meetings, conferences, and workshops that center on epidemiology, health disparities, basic science, immunology, and other fields related to cancer research. Through these programs, Nelson works to build relationships with the next generation of cancer researcher, helping to design new programs, and guide the field of cancer research into new directions.
Nelson has been with the NPA for many years, serving as both chair and vice chair of the Outreach Committee. In her current role on the Board, she serves as the chair of the Development Committee, and the Board liaison to the Diversity Officers. Her work with the NPA includes leading the planning and execution of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, working to build novel resources for the NPA membership, helping to develop various task forces, and playing a vital role in the development of the raffle and silent auction during the Annual Conference.
Chris Smith, Ph.D.
Advocacy Committee Liaison and POSTDOCket Committee Liaison
Smith received his doctoral degree in neurobiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014, after which he served as a postdoc in the Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University. While at Vanderbilt, he served in various roles within the Vanderbilt postdoctoral association including webmaster, treasurer, and junior co-chair. Since January 2019, he has served as the postdoctoral affairs program manager within the Graduate School at North Carolina State University. There he assists NC State’s 400+ postdoctoral scholars with their current training roles at the university, in addition to helping them discover their unique set of skills and interests that can be translated to a variety of meaningful careers. He has been actively involved with the NPA since 2017, including writing for The POSTDOCket newsletter and serving on the Meetings and Resource Development Committees.
Claudia B. Späni, Ph.D.
Meetings Committee Liaison
Späni is currently a postdoctoral researcher & study coordinator in the Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich of the University of Zurich. She is originally from Switzerland, where she obtained her doctorate degree from the University of Zurich in 2015, showing that the adaptive immune system plays an important role in Alzheimer’s Disease pathogenesis. She already completed a two-year postdoctoral training period at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky, studying the influence of neuroinflammation on traumatic brain injury. Additionally, she is an active member of the “Women’s Brain Project,” an international organization advocating for women’s brain and mental health, and a committee member of “The Chicago Women in STEM Initiative." In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and scuba diving.
Aguirre is the director of postdoctoral affairs, graduate recruitment, and diversity initiatives for the Graduate School at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is responsible for designing and implementing Graduate School initiatives such as professional development for postdoctoral scholars and graduate students, graduate student recruitment, and diversity. He provides strategic direction to identify, recruit, and support diverse graduate students. He works alongside the graduate student association to further provide resources and support for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Before his position with the Graduate School, he worked in the Office of Diversity Initiatives as a graduate assistant and was a lecturer for the College of Education. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in education with an emphasis in equity and diversity.
Chanelle Case Borden , Ph.D.
Case Borden received her doctoral degree in molecular medicine from George Washington University in partnership with the National Institutes of Health - Graduate Partnership Program in 2012. She completed her dissertation under Thomas Ried, M.D., in the Genetics Branch (National Cancer Institute) where she studied the molecular mechanisms of potential biomarkers of colorectal cancer. Case Borden completed a postdoc at NCI with Dinah Singer, Ph.D., where she investigated the function of a bromodomain-containing protein 4 (BRD4) enzyme activity in cell cycle progression.
Her passion for science education and outreach led her to join the Center for Cancer Training as an administrative postdoctoral fellow in 2016, where she became a scientific program specialist in 2018. In this role, she serves as a program manager for graduate student recruiting program, manages the onboarding for several partnership programs, and works diligently to improve the training experience at NCI. Case Borden also founded the volunteer science outreach organization, NCI Scientists in the Community, where she partners with schools across Montgomery County to bring the excitement of biomedical science to the classroom.
Dolonchapa Chakraborty, Ph.D.
Chakraborty is currently a postdoctoral fellow at NYU Langone, where she is working on infectious disease with a focus on cell wall metabolism while identifying new targets for therapeutic attacks by Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a common opportunistic human pathogen. Prior to this she studied food poisoning viruses during her doctorate studies at SUNY Buffalo. She was born and brought up in India where she had her first tryst with science studying COPD (a chronic lung disease). She believes in three things: First, viruses are (and will) take over the world; second, postdocs are superheroes without capes; third, living a great life is our first job. When her lab experiments give trouble, she turns to her kitchen. She is currently experimenting with vegan India-inspired desserts.
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.
Heckler is the director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Delaware and did her postdoctoral work at Rutgers University - New Jersey Medical School. During this time, she served as executive officer of the campus’ PDA and as a founding member and vice president of postdoc affairs for the Alliance for Career Advancement, providing career development for postdocs and grad students. This work led her to a career in postdoctoral affairs advocating for postdocs and working to improve their experiences. From 2015-2018, she worked in the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, Biological Sciences Division at the University of Chicago. While at UChicago, she implemented an “Entering Mentoring” certificate program for postdocs, organized the Future of Research Chicago 2015 and the 2016 national postdoctoral survey, working closely with the UChicago PDA.
Mustachio received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Drew University in New Jersey. In 2016, she earned her doctorate degree in experimental and molecular medicine from Dartmouth College where she trained under Ethan Dmitrovsky, M.D., Ph.D., studying post-translational modifications in non-small cell lung cancer. She is completing her postdoctoral studies under the mentorship of Sharon Dent, Ph.D., at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Department of Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis, where her research focuses on targeting potential oncoproteins in the SAGA coactivator complex in lung cancer. Currently, she is serving as the chair of the annual postdoctoral science symposium committee at MD Anderson Cancer Center. This symposium consists of selected talks from postdoctoral fellows from different departments at MD Anderson and the neighboring institutions in the Texas Medical Center, together with talks from invited faculty from the Medical Center in Houston. On her free time, she enjoys to travel and volunteers for various organizations within the Houston area.
Otto received her doctorate degree in neuroscience from the University of Vermont in 2013, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Environmental Health Science, focusing on adult neurogenesis. Otto contributed to the award-winning Environmental Factor, an online news publication, and has served on the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences PDA for several years. Her commitment to a career in science communication led her to serve on the career symposium planning committee, including organizing panel discussions, updating a website and producing a publication for the symposium. In addition, Otto, who is devoted to change, has frequently sought out opportunities to mentor non-traditional students.
Otto's involvement with The POSTDOCket and the NPA are personal, and do not represent any endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or National Institutes of Health.
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.
Bohn is the academic program manager for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. A native Tennessean, she earned her Bachelor of Science in biology from Middle Tennessee State University and her doctorate degree in biochemistry from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. As a researcher of the molecular mechanisms of gene transcription, Sampley Bohn conducted her postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Health in the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. During her time as a graduate student and postdoctoral fellow, she became interested in science education and in the training of young scientists for the biomedical workforce of the future. As such, she has worked as adjunct professor at Bluegrass Community and Technical College and Georgetown University. She was also a teaching fellow at the University of Maryland, where she studied and implemented uses of active learning and the “flipped classroom” to teach honors students about cell biology. In January 2016, she joined the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine postdoc office, where she works to design and implement policies and training programs that meet the needs of postdoctoral fellows in training.
Sharma is a staff scientist at Washington University in St. Louis. He received his doctoral degree in cardiovascular developmental genetics from the Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University, UK and did his postdoctoral work in Washington University in St. Louis. He is interested in understanding heart development and how it relates to congenital heart defects or cardiovascular diseases. During his postdoc he served as outreach director and executive council member of the campus’ PDA. He also collaborated with the university’ Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office on projects championing postdocs. He is passionate about graduate and postdoctoral affairs like mentorship, advocacy, policy making, and increasing representation and diversity. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his cats.
Street has a doctorate degree in plant biology from Washington University and was a postdoc in the Schaller lab at Dartmouth College. He is currently a virtual lab manager at HappiLabs. He writes and edits at his science blog, The Quiet Branches, as well as Botany One, and The POSTDOCket. He is also a cohost of The Recovering Academic podcast.
Vasquez received a doctoral degree in higher, adult, & lifelong education (HALE) at Michigan State University (MSU). Vasquez’s research focuses on career and professional development in graduate education; specifically, the effect of advising and mentoring relationships on self-esteem and self-efficacy of postdoctoral women’s career orientation and the psychosocial and environmental factors affecting their decision to stay in academia. The goal of Vasquez’s research is to help higher education institutions develop student-centered experiences for trainees.
Prior to returning to school to pursue a doctorate degree, Vasquez worked in higher education for over 20 years in both academic and student affairs. Much of his previous work at the University of Michigan involved helping to get more under-represented and minoritized students get into and through doctoral programs and help prepare them for careers in the professoriate. More recently, at MSU, Vasquez has focused on assisting postdocs and other doctorate recipients find passion in work outside the academy, including industry, government and the non-profit sector. Recently, Vasquez was one of only three doctoral candidates selected to hold the prestigious King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship for the 2019-2020 academic year for his dedication to diversifying academia and the scientific workforce.
Wyllie is a newly promoted associate research scientist in the Weinberger Lab in the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at Yale School of Public Health. After completing her MSc (Medical Science) in her hometown of Auckland, New Zealand, she moved to the Netherlands (via the UK) where she completed her doctoral degree in medical microbiology at the UMC Utrecht. Her research focuses on the important upper respiratory tract commensal (and potential pathogen) Streptococcus pneumoniae, primarily in regards to determining its true presence in the healthy population and the implications this has for vaccine policy and development.
Since her arrival as a postdoc at Yale, she has been a very active member of the Yale PDA, with her involvement including co-founding the Annual Yale postdoc symposium, co-chairing committees for professional development, symposium planning and individual development plan (IDP), and improving cohesion between YPA sub-committees thereby increasing efficiency and collaboration across the board. While passionate about advocating for postdocs, she also takes a strong interest in mentoring, with a strong track record in producing high quality graduates who have interned under her supervision.
Zander is an American Society of Hematology/AAA science and technology Congressional fellow. In this position she is using her research expertise in biomedical and biophysical chemistry and her analytical skills to help address the nation’s problems while learning about federal policy making. She is currently working in the Energy and Commerce Committee (Democrats). Before her current fellowship she was performing thrombosis research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and was an active member and secretary of the University of Alabama at Birmingham PDA. She has been a part of NPA since 2015.
Kryste Ferguson, M.Ed.
Manager of Membership & Special Projects
Ferguson has enjoyed working with the postdoc population since 2003. Currently she is the manager of membership & special projects for the NPA. Her responsibilities include active engagement with the NPA membership, leader of the NPA institutional policy survey and report, and working with NPA partners on various projects. Previously, Ferguson worked at the University of Pennsylvania biomedical postdoctoral programs office as their academic coordinator for seven years. While there she tripled the number of career and professional development programs offered to Penn's postdoc population.
She holds a master's degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree from Westminster College. When not helping postdocs she keeps busy with her family and enjoying the great outdoors in western New York state where they reside.
Kibler holds the position of project coordinator for the NPA, assisting with various administrative tasks. Prior to joining the NPA team, Kibler worked at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine as the continuing educator coordinator, and was responsible for planning annual courses and managing external partnerships who used the campus’ facilities for their continued learning. She holds a bachelor's degree in merchandising from Illinois State University.
Office & Marketing Manager
Wilson holds the position of office & marketing manager at the NPA, developing marketing strategies to increase the visibility of the NPA, along with performing daily administrative tasks. Prior to moving to the area, she worked in state government as both an administrative assistant and a social service analyst with the Department of Children & Family Services in Baton Rouge, LA. In 2005, she received a bachelor's degree in mass communication with a concentration in public relations from Louisiana State University.
Diane Klotz, Ph.D.
Klotz is the director of the Office of Training & Academic Services at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute. In this position she oversees scientific career education and training programs for Sanford-Burnham's scientists-in-training. In addition to her program development role, she participates in institute-wide efforts in strategic planning with respect to education and training initiatives, serves as an advisor to executive leadership on education and training issues, and collaborates with institute leaders to develop training policies. She received her doctorate degree in molecular and cellular biology from Tulane University. Klotz was a member and the chair of the NPA Policy Committee, and she subsequently served as a member and chair of the NPA Board of Directors. She remains active with the NPA as a member of the NPA Advisors. Prior to accepting her current position, she was the director of the Office of Fellows' Career Development at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Sibby Anderson-Thompkins, Ph.D.
Anderson-Thompkins serves as the special assistant to the vice chancellor for research and the director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Additionally, she leads the Carolina postdoctoral program for faculty diversity and diversity-related initiatives for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. She has been an active member of the NPA having served as the NPA’s first Diversity Officer and a past member of the NPA Advisory Group for a National Science Foundation Paid ADVANCE project and subsequent book, From PhD to Professoriate: The role of institutions in fostering the advancement of postdoc women (2013). She has served on several national committees including the National Academy of Sciences that authored report, State of the postdoctoral experience for scientists and engineers revisited (2014) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities that issued the 2016 report, Increasing diversity in the biomedical research workforce.
Brendan Delaney, Esq.
Delaney is a partner at the law firm of Frank & Delaney Immigration Law, LLC, an immigration law firm based in Bethesda, MD. A native of Northern Ireland, he joined the firm in December 2000. He went on to receive his Juris Doctor at The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., and became a partner in January 2009. He has been invited to speak at the Annual Meeting of the NPA, and NAFSA, as well as conducting legal seminars at numerous universities and institutions across the United States on visa issues for postdocs. Delaney has co-authored numerous articles related to postdoctoral issues for The POSTDOCket, and currently serves as a NPA Advisor.
Shilpa Gadwal, Ph.D.
Gadwal has been with the American Society for Microbiology since March 2015 in her role as a career advancement fellow. She took her passion of career development in trainees and created an online hub for American Society for Microbiology’s career resources and articles. She received her Bachelor of Science in the biological sciences from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and a doctorate degree in microbiology and immunology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Lisa Kozlowski, Ph.D.
Kozlowski is the associate dean for student and postdoctoral affairs at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She received her doctorate degree in immunology from the University of Pennsylvania and did a postdoc at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she was an officer in their PDA. She then worked at Science’s Next Wave as their program director. She moved on to become a consultant, helping disciplinary societies and universities provide career workshops to students and postdocs. Locally, she is a former president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS-PHL). In May 2015, Kozlowski was recognized for her mentoring of female graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and received AWIS-PHL’s Elizabeth W. Bingham Award. Nationally, she has served on committees of the NPA and the Association of American Medical Colleges’s Graduate Research Education And Training Group and is an editor for American Society for Microbiology’s Microbe Mentor.
Ed Krug, Ph.D.
Krug is the associate dean for postdoctoral affairs at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) with administrative oversight of over 200 postdoctoral scholars, fellows, and staff scientists. He is past co-director of the MUSC-Claflin Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards, and founding director of the South Carolina IDeA Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence Postdoctoral Academic Career Development Program. He served as a coach in the Academy for Future Science Faculty Program, an National Institute of General Medical Sciences-funded Pathfinder Award (Rick McGee, principal investigator) that tests a coaching-based, sociological model for promoting diversity in the STEM fields. He is currently a professional development coach in the National Institutes of Health-funded National Research Mentoring Network Steps Towards Academic Research Program. He is a member of the advisory boards of Diverse Scholar and MinorityPostdoc.org, and a regular attendee of diversity focused conferences including Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, and Understanding Interventions that Broaden Participation in Research Careers.
Rafael E. Luna, Ph.D.
Luna is the executive director of National Research Mentoring Network and the principal investigator of the Administrative Core of National Research Mentoring Network located at Boston College. Luna utilizes data analytics to strategically grow National Research Mentoring Network and effectively reach all 50 states, including Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico. In addition to doing biomedical research, he is a dynamic speaker and has led lectures and workshops throughout the United States and Europe. Luna also believes in giving back to the community by serving as a little league coach for 10 years in inner-city Boston, and four years ago was elected as the president of Mission Hill Little League.
Victoria P. McGovern, Ph.D.
McGovern is a senior program officer at the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund where she runs the program in infectious disease and a new multidisciplinary program bringing together population and bench based approaches in the life sciences. The Burroughs-Wellcome Fund is a private foundation dedicated to advancing biomedical sciences through its support of research and other scientific activities. McGovern is a charter member of the NPA and has been on the NPA Advisors since 2007. She has been involved in writing and producing career development materials for early career scientists since she was a postdoc herself, first with Science's Next Wave (now Science Careers), and later with resources like the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund/Howard Hughes Medical Institute manual Making the Right Moves and the recently released Excellence Everywhere-- a resource for scientists launching research careers in emerging science centers.
Karen Peterson, Ph.D.
Peterson is the director of the Office of Scientific Career Development and scientific ombuds at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. She is also a career consultant for Life Science Washington. She is the author of the Nature Guide to Life Science Careers and a former member of the Board of Directors for the NPA. In addition, she is a member of board of directors for the California caucus of college and university ombuds and a member of the advisory committee for the northwest ombuds group. At the Fred Hutch, Peterson is the advisor to the student-postdoc advisory committee, which provides professional development for scientists-in-training and a member of the advisory committee to Hutch United, which facilitates mentoring for underrepresented minorities in science. She is also a member of the Fred Hutch diversity council and research ethics education committee.
Cynthia L. Simpson, M.Ed., CAE
Simpson is the chief business development officer at the Association for Women in Science. Simpson joined the association in 2009 and is responsible for developing and overseeing all business development aspects for the association, with particular emphasis on institution partnerships. She has developed and presented over 150 workshops on the topics of importance to women in STEM. Simpson has co-authored various publications including the chapter titled “Mentoring Postdoc Women from an Institutional Perspective” in the From PhD to Professoriate, and the chapter titled “Work-Life and Childcare Resources for Postdoc Women” in the Advancing Postdoc Women Guidebook, both published by the NPA. She is a member of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives, the International Mentoring Association, and currently serves as vice chair of the professional development section council’s speaker and content selection subcommittee for the American Society of Association Executives.
Molly Starback, M.S.L.S.
Starback is the founding director of the Duke Office of Postdoctoral Services. Opened in 2006, Duke Postdoctoral Services is the central resource for over 600 postdocs, serving arts and sciences, medicine, and engineering appointees. As director, Starback oversees postdoctoral policy and serves as the career advisor for postdoctoral appointees in the life sciences, natural sciences, engineering, humanities, and social sciences. She develops and oversees programs including the annual day-long postdoctoral responsible conduct of research orientation and career seminars on topics including the academic job search, careers beyond academia, lab management, and grantsmanship. She is former co-chair of the NPA Resource Development Committee and past member of the Association of American Medical Colleges Graduate Research Education And Training Group postdoctorate leaders steering committee, NPA Membership Committee, and NPA website taskforce. In 2008 Starback received the Duke Meritorious Service Presidential Award in recognition of her work on behalf of postdocs.
Mary Anne Timmins, M.Ed.
Timmins is the administrative director of biomedical postdoctoral programs at the University of Pennsylvania. In this capacity she works with the director in overseeing the appointments, education, and training of 800 postdoctoral appointees in four schools within the university as well as four affiliate institutions. She has served on the Association of American Medical Colleges’s Graduate Research Education And Training Group postdoctorate section steering committee and as a member of the postdoc section resources committee. Timmins is also an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators having served on both regional and national teams and committees, formerly serving as the chair of NAFSA Region VIII. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers, the State University and her master’s in education from Temple University.