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2018 - 2019 Updated PDA Executive Council​

The Executive Council of the Postdoctoral Association serves the postdoctoral community and conducts and organizes PDA business and events.

​President

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Dominique Reed, PhD

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus


 
Dr. Reed earned her PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Louisville in May 2016. She is now working as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Rajesh Agarwal in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences investigating the molecular mechanisms involved in the efficacy of chemopreventative agent, Bitter Melon, in pancreatic cancer.


 

Vice President

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Josh Travers, PhD

Department of Medicine
Division of Cardiology
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus


Dr. Travers earned his PhD in Pharmacology from University of Cincinnati. He is currently continuing his postdoctoral training in Dr. McKinsey's lab in the Division of Cardiologu.

Chief Financial Officer


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Michael Dyle, PhD

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
School of Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
 
Dr. Dyle earned his PhD in Molecular Physiology from the University of Iowa in 2015. He is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics in the lab of Dr. Suja Jagannathan discovering novel factors that contribule to skeletal muscle deterioration in a severe form of adult-onset muscular dystrophy.

Chief Communication Officers

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Shawna Matthews, PhD

Department of Pathology
School of Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus


Dr. Matthews earned her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from Colorado State University in 2015. She is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Carol Sartorius in the Department of Pathology investigating how female sex steroid hormones affect mitochondrial function of breast cancer cells.


 


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Sophina Taitano, PhD

Department of Immunology
School of Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Dr. Taitano earned her PhD in Immunology from the University of Michigan in 2018. She is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Roberta Pelanda in the Department of Immunology investigating how B cells that express two different B cell receptors may contribute to development of autoimmunity.


Chief Diversity Officer


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Marina Felisbimo , PhD

Department of Cardiology
School of Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Dr. Felisbimo earned her PhD in Biology from University of Campinas in 2016. She is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. McKinsey in the Department of Cardiology investigating how cell senescence and epigenetic factors regulate cardiac fibrosis.

 

PDA Committees 



Outreach Committee

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Madeline Keleher, PhD (Chair)

Department of Pediatrics
School of Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Dr. Keleher earned her PhD from Washington University and is currently a postdoctoral fellow working under Dr. Kristen Boyle in the Nutrition Section of the Department of Pediatrics. She is studying how maternal obesity affects epigenetics and cell metabolism in mesenchymal stem cells cultured from infants' umbilical cords.
 


Travel Award Committee


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Sara Coleman, PhD (Co-Chair)

Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
School of Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Dr. Coleman earned her PhD in Human Physiology from Massey University/ The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research. She is currently doing her postdoctoral research in the lab of Dr. Brent Palmer in the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology studying the influence of the microbiome on HIV pathophysiology.



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Walter Knight, PhD (Co-Chair)

Division of Cardiology
School of Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Dr. Knight earned his Ph.D from the University of Rochester in 2016. He is now working as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Kunhua Song in the School of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology, where he is using stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes to study cardiovascular disease.



Seminar Series Committee


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Natalie Hohos, PhD (Chair)

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
School of Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Dr. Hohos earned her PhD in Foods and Nutrition from the University of Georgia in 2016. She is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Reproductive Science in the lab of Dr. Malgorzata Skaznik-Wikiel. Her research focuses on understanding the negative impact of dietary fat on ovarian function, regardless of obesity.



Postdoctoral Research Day (PDRD) Committee

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Jennifer Major, PhD (Chair)

Division of Cardiology
School of Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Dr. Major earned her PhD from the University of Ottawa in 2017. She is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Tim McKinsey's lab in the Division of Cardiology studying epigenetic regulation of heart failure.
 


Postdoc Engagement Committee (PDEC)​

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Jill Daigneault, PhD (Chair)

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
School of Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Dr. Daigneault earned her PhD from the Univ​ersity of Michigan. She is doing her postdoctoral research in the lab of Dr. Neelanjan Mukherjee in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics in the RNA Bioscience Initiative studying the role of long non-coding RNAs in steroidogenesis. 

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