MSU PDA - Steering Committee

PDA Advisor

Nunez

Tony Nunez (nunez@msu.edu)

Dr. Nunez is currently serving as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Post-doctoral Training in the Graduate School. He is also Co-PI of the National Science Foundation grant that supports the Center for Academic and Future Faculty Excellence.

Co-Chairs

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Anne-Sophie Bohrer  (bohreras@msu.edu) - BMB liaison 

Anne-Sophie received her Ph.D. in Plant Biochemistry from the Paris-Sud University (France). She is currently a research associate in Dr. Hideki Takahashi’s lab in the BMB Department. Her research focusses on the regulation of sulfur metabolism and assimilation in the plant model Arabidopsis. She is also involved with the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) and works at optimizing the methods for the analysis of primary metabolism in Switchgrass. This is Anne-Sophie’s second year as co-chair of the MSU-PDA Steering Committee.

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Sandra Hammer  (shammer@msu.edu) - Physiology liaison 

Sandra received her Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from Vanderbilt University. Currently, she is a research fellow in the Department of Physiology under the mentorship of Dr. Julia Busik. Sandra’s research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms that cause dysregulation of cholesterol metabolism in diabetic retinopathy. This is Sandra’s second year as a co-chair of the MSU-PDA Steering Committee. 

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Natalia Martin  (nmartin@msu.edu) - MMG liaison 

Natalia received her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the National University of Rosario, Argentina. Currently, she is a research associate in the DiRita laboratory at the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Department, investigating the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis in nosocomial bacterial pathogens. She has been involved in the MSU PDA for over two years, initially as a Member-at-Large and then as Chair of the Professional Development Committee. This is Natalia’s first year as co-chair of the MSU-PDA Steering Committee.

Professional Development Committee

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Natalia Martin  (nmartin@msu.edu) - Chair, MMG liason

Natalia received her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the National University of Rosario, Argentina. Currently, she is a research associate in the DiRita laboratory at the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Department, investigating the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis in nosocomial bacterial pathogens. She has been involved in the MSU PDA for over two years, initially as a Member-at-Large and then as Chair of the Professional Development Committee. This is Natalia’s second year as chair of the Professional Development Committee.

NEmery

Nate Emery (emeryna1@msu.edu)

Nate is a research associate in the Department of Plant Biology. He is currently studying professional development of early-career biologists with regards to teaching practices. He is also a trained ecophysiologist investigating questions in plant water uptake.

AHunt

Alessandra Hunt  (alehunt@msu.edu)

Alessandra Hunt is a post-doctoral research associate at the Waters Lab in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Her research focuses on understanding the role of biofilms in diseases like cystic fibrosis and chronic wounds and developing novel antimicrobial drugs. Before coming to MSU, Dr. Hunt worked as a Research Scientist at the Center for Biofilm Engineering at Montana State University working on anti-biofilm strategies for a variety of medical and dental applications. She holds a D.D.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of São Paulo, Brazil and also specializes in infection control in health care settings. In addition to scientific research, Alessandra has a special interest in helping bridging the gap between discoveries in the lab and real world applications. For over four years she has been a part of the PDA Steering Committee working in the Social Committee and lately in the Professional Development Committee helping plan and organize events to advance the careers of the MSU postdoctoral community.

JPlegaria

Jeff Plegaria  (plegaria@msu.edu)

Jeff received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan. Currently, he is a research associate in the Kerfeld laboratory in the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory. He is bioengineering bacterial microcompartments for diverse applications. This is his first year in the PDA, serving in the Professional Development Committee.

Award Committee

Naresh

Naresh Loganathan  (naresh20@msu.edu) - Chair

Naresh is a research associate in the Department of Chemistry. 

SenemAykul

Senem Aykul (aykulsen@msu.edu)

Senem has been a research associate in Dr. Erik Martinez Hackert’s laboratory in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology department since 2017. She joined the graduate program in Biochemistry at Michigan State University in 2011 after completing dual bachelor degrees in Chemistry and Molecular Biology/Genetics at Bosphorus University in Istanbul, Turkey. Her postdoctoral research project is focused on investigating the extracellular regulation mechanisms of the Transforming Growth Factor-β (TGF-β) family ligands and defining the physiological consequences in different disease models including breast cancer and obesity.

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ReAnna S Roby  (robyrea1@msu.edu)

Mississippi native, ReAnna S. Roby, is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Teacher Education. She obtained a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from Washington State University, and a Bachelor's in Chemistry from Alcorn State University. Currently, she works with Drs. Angela Calabrese Barton and Kristen Bieda on separate NSF funded projects geared toward transformation in STEM Education. As a first-generation scholar, Roby’s background as a Black Southern woman in science greatly informs her service, research, and teaching—praxis. Roby’s scholarship employs Critical Race Feminism, Curriculum Theory, and Critical Qualitative methodologies to explore the ways in which the narratives of Black women and girls in science (formally and informally) could be used to reconceptualize science curriculum.

Communication & Outreach Committee

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Kelsey Graham  (graha252@msu.edu) - Chair

Kelsey received her Ph.D. from Tufts University in Medford, MA, and now works in Dr. Rufus Isaacs' lab in the Department of Entomology researching pollinator health in Michigan. With this focus, she is interested in how wild bee populations have changed over time, and how landscape impacts diversity and abundance. She also works in blueberry to improve managed bee health by minimizing pesticide risk. 

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Joshua Mike  (mikejosh@msu.edu

Joshua is a research associate in the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering.

Social Committee

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Philip Fanning  (fanning9@msu.edu)

Philip is a research associate in the Department of Entomology. 

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Dafna Groeneweld  (groene12@msu.edu)

Dafna received her Ph.D. in Medicine from the Leiden University (The Netherlands). She is currently a postdoctoral research associate in Dr. Luyendyk’s lab in the Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation. Her research is focused on identifying the mechanisms whereby VWF contributes to acute and chronic liver disease in order to identify new therapeutic targets. This is Dafna’s first year as member-at-large of the MSU-PDA Steering Committee.

AHunt

Alessandra Hunt  (alehunt@msu.edu)

Alessandra Hunt is a post-doctoral research associate at the Waters Lab in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Her research focuses on understanding the role of biofilms in diseases like cystic fibrosis and chronic wounds and developing novel antimicrobial drugs. Before coming to MSU, Dr. Hunt worked as a Research Scientist at the Center for Biofilm Engineering at Montana State University working on anti-biofilm strategies for a variety of medical and dental applications. She holds a D.D.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of São Paulo, Brazil and also specializes in infection control in health care settings. In addition to scientific research, Alessandra has a special interest in helping bridging the gap between discoveries in the lab and real world applications. For over four years she has been a part of the PDA Steering Committee working in the Social Committee and lately in the Professional Development Committee helping plan and organize events to advance the careers of the MSU postdoctoral community.

Digital Presence Committee

CReppucci

Christina Reppucci  (reppucci@msu.edu) - Chair

Christina received her Ph.D. in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience) from Boston College.  Currently, she is a research associate in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Program under the mentorship of Dr. Alexa Veenema. Christina’s research focuses on delineating the neural systems underlying social motivation, and assessing whether these systems are differentially recruited in males and females. 

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Nandan Tandon (tandonna@msu.edu)

Nandan is a research associate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Members-at-Large

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Wajid Waheed Bhat (bhatwaji@msu.edu)

Wajid is a Research Associate in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology.

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Jack Dragos  (dragosja@msu.edu) - FRIB liaison 

Jack received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics at the University of Adelaide, Australia. He currently works as a research associate in the theory department of the Facility for Rare Isotopes under the mentorship of Prof. Andrea Shindler. Jack primarily works on computing Lattice QCD observables to understand the structure of protons and neutrons from a subatomic level. 

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Sarah Goodwin (goodwi27@msu.edu) - Human Development and Family Studies liaison

Sarah works as a research associate in the Early Language and Literacy Investigations Laboratory (ELLI Lab; www.ellilab.com; PIs Dr. Ryan Bowles, Dr. Hope Gerde, and Dr. Lori Skibbe) in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, and has over 12 years’ experience in the testing and teaching of English as an additional language. In her work, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), she conducts psychometric analyses and assists in the development and validation of language assessments of preschool and early-elementary children’s preliteracy skills. The 2018-19 academic year is Sarah’s first year as an MSU-PDA representative.

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Philipp Grete  (gretephi@msu.edu)

After receiving a B.Sc. in Computer Science in 2008 from the University of Cooperative Education in Stuttgart, Germany, Philipp Grete worked for Hewlett-Packard before studying Physics (B.Sc.) and Computer Science (M.Sc.) at the University of Göttingen, Germany, from 2010 to 2013. In his Ph.D. thesis (2014-2016, University of Göttingen, Germany) he worked on small scale modeling of compressible magnetized turbulence. Since October 2016, he is a postdoctoral research associate at Michigan State University working on modeling astrophysical plasmas.

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Lauren Hardy  (hardylau@msu.edu)

Lauren received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY. Currently, she is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. James Luyendyk in the Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation. Lauren's research focuses on understanding the role of the blood coagulation factor fibrinogen in acute and chronic liver diseases.

JPlanta

Jose Planta (plantajo@msu.edu)

Jose obtained his PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Rutgers University in New Jersey. He is currently a postdoctoral associate with Dr. Kevin Childs from the Plant Biology department. His primary work is on elucidating/understanding the stress gene coregulatory networks in maize. 

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Amandine Roux (Amandine.Roux@hc.msu.edu) - Grand Rapids liaison 

Amandine is a research associate in the Department of Translation Science & Molecular Medicine.

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Petra Telgkamp (telgkamp@msu.ed) - BME liaison

Petra is a research associate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. 

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Johannes Weber  (weberjo8@msu.edu) - CMSE liaison 

Johannes received his Ph.D. in Theoretical (Particle and Nuclear) Physics from Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz (Germany). He is a research associate in the group of Prof. Alexei Bazavov at the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (CMSE) since early 2018. Johannes' research focuses on nuclear matter under extreme conditions (i.e. more than a million times hotter than the sun's core) using high performance computing methods (Lattice QCD).