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Postdoctoral Association (UCD-PDA)

UCD-PDA Executive Council 2014-2015


PRESIDENT

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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.

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

Dr. Emily Meredith earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Washington in 2012. She is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Aaron Johnson's Lab, where she studies the mechanism of long non-coding RNAs in heterochromatin formation.

TREASURER

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Maneesh Kumar, MD, PhD

Neuroscience Program
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus

Dr. Kumar received his PhD in Free Radical and Radiation Biology from the University of Iowa in 2012. He then received his MD from the University of Kansas in 2014. He currently works as a postdoctoral fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Manisha Patel. The overarching theme of the laboratory is to understand the role of reactive species and mitochondrial mechanisms in neuronal disorders.

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
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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
OUTREACH
Tullia Bruno, PhD (Chair)

SEMINAR SERIES
Jessica Finlay-Schultz, PhD (Chair)

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