The OPA Board of Directors is an elected, volunteer group consisting of executive members and committee chairs.

We meet once a month to discuss various updates and needs related to our mission. All meetings are open to the postdoctoral community. Please email us for more information on the meeting schedule!

Our 2017-2018 Board members are:



Cassandra Glaspie, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, College of Agricultural Sciences.

Cassie’s research integrates modeling, laboratory, and field approaches to address the question: How do anthropogenic changes to marine environments alter interactions between members of an ecological community, and what are the implications for humanity? She is currently examining habitat loss for fish in the Gulf of Mexico using bioenergetic models. She earned her Ph.D. in Marine Science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, part of the College of William and Mary. She is excited to work towards making the postdoctoral experience at OSU even more productive and supportive for all members.


Vice President



Cheng Li, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Associate, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.




Johana Revel, Ph.D.

Johana is excited to be a part of the OPA Board and help document and organize a great year of events for the postdoc community.


Ying Cao


Ying Cao,  Ph.D. Postdoctoral Scholar, School of Chemical, Biological, and environmental Engineering, College of Engineering.

Ying does educational research in STEM disciplines. She is interested in student learning and teaching professional development. Lately, organizational change studies were added to her interests. Qualitative research methods are her favorite. Currently, Ying is working on three projects at OSU: ESTEME@OSU, the Concept Warehouse, and Interactive Virtual Laboratories. She looks forward to keeping OPP financially sound while still offering services and support to the community.

Professional Development Coordinator


Armando Alcazar Magana, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar, Mass Spectrometry Center, Department of Chemistry.

Armando earned his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry in an international collaboration between universities from Japan-Mexico-Australia. He is conducting research centered on the quantitative analysis of biomolecules, including proteins and metabolites, using advance mass spectrometry techniques. Armando is excited to be a part of the OPA Board and help postdocs to find professional development opportunities.

Industry Exploration Program Coordinator



Daniel Montezano, Ph.D., Research Associate (Post Doc), Sch Elect Engr/Comp Sci.

Daniel is excited to foster industry-academic connections for research and career opportunities for himself and his fellow postdocs.

Membership Coordinator



Sara Galbraith, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Reseach Associate, Forest Ecosystems and Society Dept. within the College of Forestry.

Sara is a postdoctoral research associate in the Forest Ecosystems and Society Dept. within the College of Forestry She is currently serving as the OPA membership coordinator, so she works with the Graduate School to maintain the postdoc listserv, then communicate important activities, events, and deadlines to the postdoc community. If you aren’t receiving OPA-related emails from Sara, send her a message and she will make sure you are on the OPA emailing list! Website:

Networking and Social Events Coordinator

Courtney Roper


Courtney Roper, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, College of Agricultural Sciences.

Courtney’s research incorporates environmental chemistry, toxicology, and epidemiology in order to better understand the associations between human health effects and air pollution. Specifically, she is investigating the health effects of components of ambient fine particulate matter (PM2.5) using zebrafish embryos as a model organism. She is new to the West Coast and is excited to get to know more members of the OPA to ensure that appropriate professional development opportunities are available.


Webmaster and Public Relations Coordinator


Julie Alexander, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Associate, Microbiology.

Julie is an ecologist who specializes in the study of invertebrates, specifically those that serve as hosts for a class of salmonid parasites; the myxosporea. As a research associate in the department of Microbiology, she is heading up projects that relate to describing and predicting the distribution of invertebrate hosts, examining how climate (change) interacts with disease dynamics, and is involved in various outreach projects related to salmon disease. She has a Ph.D. from Montana State University and is excited to facilitate the visibility and interactive potential of the OPA with the OSU community through social media and web-based tools. She previously served on the board while she worked as a post doctoral scholar at OSU as membership coordinator.