MSU PDA - Steering Committee

PDA Advisor

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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, working for the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC). For this project, Anne-Sophie’s work focuses on the metabolic profiling of switchgrass, a bioenergy crop of interest for the sustainable production of biofuels. 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

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David Olson (olsond12@msu.edu) - Chair

David received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University. He is currently a research associate in the Turbulent Mixing and Unsteady Aerodynamics Laboratory and the Flow Physics and Control Laboratory. His research is focused the development of novel experimental diagnostic techniques for a broad range of thermodynamic and fluid dynamic problems. His research also entails fundamental research on low-speed and unsteady aerodynamics.
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.

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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.

Yongliang Yang

Yongliang Yang (ylyang@msu.edu)

Yongliang is a research associate in Biomedical Engineering.

Award Committee

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Naresh Loganathan  (naresh20@msu.edu) - Chair

Naresh is a research associate in the Department of Chemistry. 

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Nandan Tandon (tandonna@msu.edu)

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

Social Committee

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Dafna Groeneveld (groene12@msu.edu) - Chair

Dafna received her Ph.D. in Medicine from the Leiden University (The Netherlands). She started as a postdoctoral research associate in Dr. Luyendyk’s lab in the Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation in Fall 2017. Her research is focused on identifying the mechanisms whereby the blood clotting system contributes to liver diseases and liver regeneration in order to identify new therapeutic targets. This is Dafna’s second year as member of the MSU-PDA Steering Committee.

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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.

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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. 

Communications & Digital Presence Committee

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Kelsey Graham  (graha252@msu.edu) - Co-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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Sandra Hammer  (shammer@msu.edu) - Co-Chair; Steering Committee 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.

CJReppucci

Christina Reppucci  (reppucci@msu.edu)

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 third year as a memeber of the MSU-PDA Steering Committee.

Members-at-Large

SarahDoore

Sarah Doore (sdoore@msu.edu)

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

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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. 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.

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).

JaieWoodard

Jaie Woodard (woodar68@msu.edu)

Jaie is a postdoc in Communications Science.