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Postdoctoral Association (UCD-PDA)

UCD-PDA Executive Council 2013-2014


PRESIDENT

Vanessa Sherk, PhD

Department of Pediatrics, Section of Nutrition
& Division of Geriatrics
University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus

Dr. Sherk earned her PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Oklahoma in 2011 and is working as a research fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Wendy Kohrt. Dr. Sherk brings to the IMAGE group her expertise on the pQCT, a machine that measures bone mineral density and bone strength. Drs. Sherk and Kohrt will work together on bone health studies, specifically examining the effects of exercise, hormones, calcium homeostasis, and NSAID use on bone health.

VICE PRESIDENT

Jessica Finlay-Schultz, PhD

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

Dr. Finlay-Schultz earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 2010. She is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Carol Sartorius on a project investigating the role of progesterone-regulated microRNAs in hormone dependent breast cancer and the induction of stem-like breast cancer cells within human breast tumor xenografts.

SECRETARY
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Emily K Meredith, PhD

University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus

About Dr. Meredith (coming soon)

TREASURER
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Tullia Bruno, PhD

Integrated Department of Immunology
School of Medicine
University of Colorado
National Jewish Health

Dr. Bruno’s specialty is determining what lymphocytes are doing in human tumors. She joined the lab after she received her graduate training in tumor immunology at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. The goal of her current project is determining the function of tumor infiltrating B cells (TIL-Bs) in lung cancer patients. Specifically, she obtains tumor and tumor-adjacent tissue from lung cancer patients through the SPORE lung group at the University of Colorado Anschutz medical campus in order to isolate and study these TIL-Bs. Preliminary data suggest that these TIL-Bs are anti-tumor cells that aid in eliminating tumor cells. Further studies are underway to analyze the mechanism of this anti-tumor response.

WEBMASTER
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A Ranjitha Dhanasekaran, PhD

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

Dr. Dhanasekaran earned her PhD in Computer Science with an emphasis in Bioinformatics from Utah State University in 2011. She is working as a postdoctoral fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Katheleen Gardiner. Dr. Gardiner's lab focuses on intellectual disability (ID) in Down syndrome (DS). Dr. Dhanasekaran employs her bioinformatics skills to unlock pathway mechanisms that cause ID in DS using Knowledge Discovery in Databases.
     
SUB-COMMITTEES:

 

COMMUNICATION

Emily K Meredith, PhD (Chair)

 

SOCIAL

Bridget E. Young,PhD, CLC (Chair)



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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

A Ranjitha Dhanasekaran, PhD (Chair)

Dasiy Dai, PhD



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OUTREACH

Tullia Bruno, PhD (Chair)



APPRECIATION BREAKFAST

A Ranjitha Dhanasekaran, PhD (Chair)



Executive Council 2012-2013

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