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) - Senior Co-Chair - 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 third year as co-chair of the MSU-PDA Steering Committee.

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Christina Reppucci  (reppucci@msu.edu) - Junior Co-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. This is Christina's first year as co-chair of the MSU-PDA Steering Committee.

Professional Development Committee

NEmery

Nate Emery (emeryna1@msu.edu) - Chair

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.

ElizabethDay

Elizabeth Day (dayeliz2@msu.edu) - Chemistry; Chemistry Education liaison

Elizabeth received her Ph.D. in Chemistry (Chemistry Education) from the University of Georgia. She is a research associate in the Department of Chemistry under the mentorship of Dr. Melanie Cooper. Her HHMI-funded research is transforming the non-majors organic chemistry laboratory to reflect theories of how people learn, and this design-based research effort will produce a laboratory curriculum in which students work in collaborative teams to engage in scientific practices and explore phenomena in the context of green & sustainable organic chemistry.

NabinRijal

Nabin Rijal (rijalnab@msu.edu)

Nabin is a research associate in the Nat'l Superconducting Cyclotron Lab. 

DavidOlson

David Olson (olsond12@msu.edu)

David is a research associate in Mechanical Engineering.

Yongliang Yang

Yongliang Yang (ylyang@msu.edu)

Yongliang is a research associate in Biomedical Engineering.

Award Committee

Naresh

Naresh Loganathan  (naresh20@msu.edu) - Chair

Naresh is a research associate in the Department of Chemistry. 

SarahDoore

Sarah Doore (sdoore@msu.edu)

Sarah is a research associate in Bio/computational Evolution In Action.

N_Tandon

Nandan Tandon (tandonna@msu.edu)

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

Social Committee

DGroeneveld

Dafna Groeneveld  (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 of the MSU-PDA Steering Committee.

LHardy

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 Ph.D. 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. 

Digital Presence Committee

KDhusia

Kalyani Dhusia (dhusiaka@msu.edu) - Chair

Kalyani  is computational biologist specializing in structural bioinformatics. She received her doctorate degree from Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences.  Also, she is the first ranking student in her master’s degree with bioinformatics securing silver medal. She uses her knowledge of bioinformatics for development of predictive models of genomic binding by the nuclear receptors, aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) and nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2) with Bhattacharya’s lab. Outside of work she is very active in traveling, live street music and adventure sports.

SarahDoore

Sarah Doore (sdoore@msu.edu)

Sarah is a research associate in Bio/computational Evolution In Action.

KGraham

Kelsey Graham  (graha252@msu.edu)

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. 

CReppucci

Christina Reppucci  (reppucci@msu.edu) - Chair Emeritus

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. 

Members-at-Large

MurielleAlund

Murielle Ålund (aalundmu@msu.edu) - IBIO liaison

Postdoc at MSU since March 2018, Murielle is studying Icelandic sticklebacks and their impressive capacity to adapt to extreme and rapidly changing aquatic environments. In the Boughman Lab,  she is studying the consequences of adaptation to highly diverging lake ecology in Iceland on the evolution of sensory systems (vision, smell and mechano-sensory systems) and brain functions. She has a background studying sperm and egg interactions in hybridizing flycatchers in Sweden during her PhD and just started on a Swiss NSF fellowship studying the impact of the external environment on interactions between stickleback male and female gametes (sperm competition, cryptic female choice and fertilization success). Find out more about her research on her website and on Twitter (@MurielleAlund).

Wajid

Wajid Waheed Bhat (bhatwaji@msu.edu)

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

PreetiChauhan

Preeti Chauhan (chauhanp@msu.edu)

Preeti is a research associate in Food Science and Human Nutrition.

SGoodwin

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. Sarah has been an MSU-PDA representative since 2018.

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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.

SHammer

Sandra Hammer  (shammer@msu.edu) - Co-Chair Emeritus, 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.

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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.

DenaIzadi

Dena Izadi (izadiden@msu.edu)

Dena is a research associate in Physics and Astronomy. 

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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.

JWeber

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).

ChelseaWentworth

Chelsea Wentworth (wentwo21@msu.edu) - CSUS liaison

Chelsea is a research associate in the Department Of Community Sustainability.

JaieWoodard

Jaie Woodard (woodar68@msu.edu)

Jaie is a postdoc in Communications Science.