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Meet your Postdoc Association Executive Council for 2019-2020!


President

Vice President

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Jennifer Major, PhD
Division of Cardiology
School of Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
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Josh Travers, PhD
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. Dr. Travers earned his PhD in Pharmacology from University of Cincinnati. He is currently continuing his postdoctoral training in Dr. Tim McKinsey's lab.
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Co-Chief Communications Officers

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Natalie Hohos, PhD
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
School of Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
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Kelsey Barcomb, PhD
Department of Pharmacology
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 lab of Dr. Malgorzata Skaznik-Wikiel. Her research focuses on understanding the negative impact of dietary fat on ovarian function, regardless of obesity. Dr. Barcomb earned her PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 2015. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Chris Ford, studying synaptic plasticity within the monoaminergic systems of the brain.

Chief Financial Officer

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Walter Knight, PhD
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, where he is using stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes to study cardiovascular disease.

Diversity and International Officer

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Marina Felisbino, PhD
Department of Cardiology
School of Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Dr. Felisbino earned her PhD in Biology from University of Campinas in 2016. She is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Tim McKinse​y investigating how cell senescence and epigenetic factors regulate cardiac fibrosis.
   
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Seminar Series Committee Chairs​

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Rushita Bagchi, PhD
Department of Cardiology
School of Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
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Frehiwet Hailu, PhD
Department of Pediatric Cardiology
School of Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
​Dr. Bagchi earned her PhD in Physiology and Pathophysiology from the University of Manitoba in Canada. She is currently pursuing her postdoctoral training in the lab of Dr. Tim McKinsey, investigating the role of epigenetic modulators in cardiometabolic disease. Dr. Hailu earned her MSc in Veterinary Pathology from Addis Ababa University, College of Veterinary and Animal Science Debrezeit, Ethiopia in 2014. Currently she is working as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Dr. Carmen Sucharov, investigating prognostic significance of microRNA expression in children with cardiomyopathy.

Travel Awards Committee Chairs

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Heather Bender, PhD
Department of Pharmacology 
School of Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
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Maureen Banach, PhD
Department of Immunology & Microbiology
School of Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Dr. Bender earned her PhD in Pathology from Colorado State University in December 2017. She is currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Joaquin Espinosa’s laboratory investigating the transcriptional mechanisms that control the hypoxia response in cancer, as well as studying the transcriptional regulatory mechanisms of CDK8 during transcription initiation.
Dr. Banach earned her PhD in Immunology from the University of Rochester Medical Center in 2018. She is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Dr. John Cambier investigating how receptors expressed by B cells contribute to type 1 diabetes.

Community Outreach Committee Chair

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Dylan Mori, PhD
Department of Craniofacial Biology
School of Dental Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Dr. Mori received his PhD from the University of Colorado Boulder in Chemistry in 2018. He currently works as a postdoc in the lab of Dr. Devatha Nair. His work involves developing new photoactive polymeric dental materials to inhibit oral bacteria colonization.​
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Postdoc Engagement Committee Ch​airs

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Julie Pires Da Silva, PhD*
Department of Pediatric Cardiology
School of Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
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Robert Klipp, PhD
Department of Physiology and Biophysics
School of Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Dr. Pires Da Silva earned her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Physiopathology from the University of Paris-Sud in 2018. She is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Carmen Sucharov, investigating new mechanisms invovled in cardiac dysfunction in the pediatric population. ​​Dr. Klipp earned his PhD in Applied Physics from Portland State University in 2017. He is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. John Bankston investigating structure-function regulatory mechanisms of the Acid-Sensing Ion Channels.
​​*Dr. Pires Da Silva is also the coordinator for the Postdoc-2-Postdoc Peer Support Group ​ ​ ​
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Postdoc Research Day Committee Chair

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Isik Can, PhD
Department of Pulmonary Sciences
School of Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Dr. Can earned her PhD from the University of Notre Dame. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Benam Lab,  designing and implementing microfluidic devices to mimic in vivo conditions for studying pulmonary diseases.

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