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Advocacy Committee
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The Advocacy Committee addresses advocacy and policy issues relating to and affecting the postdoctoral community.

Joining the Advocacy Committee is a fantastic way to learn about the policies that affect postdoctorates on an institutional and federal level, to have a direct impact on the advocacy work of the NPA, and to network with others with similar interests at institutions and organizations across the country. The Advocacy Committee provides a great opportunity to develop and showcase your writing and organizational skills, and, due to the scope of the tasks that we tackle, the opportunities for leadership are boundless. We work cross-functionally with the other Committees of the Membership, and also with the Diversity Officers and International Officers, providing you with exposure to all facets of postdoctoral policy and advocacy work.


Interested in volunteering?

Meet the Advocacy Committee Leaders

Megan Sampley Bohn, Ph.D.
Advocacy Committee Co-Chair

Megan Sampley Bohn, Ph.D., 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.

Catherine B. Zander, Ph.D.
Advocacy Committee Co-Chair

Catherine B. Zander, Ph.D., is an American Society of Hematology/American Association for the Advancement of Science 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 UAB postdoctoral association. She has been a part of NPA since 2015.