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 2018-2019 Board members are:



Cheng Li, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Associate, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. "I am a microbial engineer that is trying to utilize extracellular electron transferring bacteria to contribute various engineering important aspects, including bioenergy production and waste management."

Vice President


Manuel G. Jaramillo, Ph.D., I am currently a NIFA Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Forage Seed Production Research Center, located on the Oregon State University Campus. My research is aimed to prevent and minimize the negative impacts of intensive agricultural practices (environmental degradation, cross contamination of pesticides, food safety). Additionally, I work as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Nutrition and Chemistry Departments at Oregon State University.



Rachele Nieri. Rachele’s main interest is to broaden the knowledge about insects’ behavior. Before joining Wiman lab, she specialized in the study of vibrational communication, a widely spread and overlooked kind of communication among insects. She decoded and manipulated leafhoppers’ intraspecific communication to develop an environmentally friendly pest control method. In Wiman lab, Rachele focuses on the behavior of the spotted-wing drosophila to improve management strategies.  Rachele has a Ph.D. in Ethology and Ecology and MS and BS in biology from the University of Florence (Italy).




Nicolas Martin, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Scholar, Department of Chemistry. My research focuses on synthesizing and analyzing new polyoxometallate compounds (POM). My main objective is to obtain crystals of such product to determine their atomic structure thanks to single crystal X-ray diffraction. These POMs can be used as a catalyst, piezoelectric materials… I obtained my Ph.D. in the University of Lille (France) working on X-ray diffraction of radioactive oxo-clusters.

Professional Development Coordinator


James Fox, Ph.D., Research Associate (Post Doc), Department of Microbiology. "My research investigates how the physiology and composition of marine plankton communities are linked to variability in carbon export efficiencies.  Through ship-based observations and experimental approaches, my work will (i) shed light on how bulk photic layer plankton properties can be linked to optical properties retrievable from remote sensing and (ii) explore the potential of active sensor-based technologies."

Industry Exploration Program Coordinator


Susanna Kerio. Susanna is a forest pathologist who joined the OSU community in February 2017, and is excited to engage her fellow postdocs in exploring career and networking opportunities in the industry and startup scene. Susanna got her doctoral degree from the Department of Forest Sciences at the University of Helsinki, where she studied the resistance of conifers to root rot caused by the Heterobasidion species complex. At OSU, Susanna studies tree-pathogen interactions in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. The main focus of her research at OSU is Sphaerulina musiva, an ascomycete that causes Septoria stem canker and leaf spot on poplars. The goal of her research is to discover genetic markers associated with host resistance and pathogen virulence. 

Membership Coordinator


Priyadarshini Chakrabarti (Basu), Ph.D., Research Associate (Post Doc), College of Agriculture Science. "I am an entomologist working on honey bee nutrition, impacts of pesticides on honey bees and honey bee behavior and biology. I work on research related to pollination, insect nutrition, molecular ecology, neuroethology, insect ecotoxicology, insect physiology, chemical ecology etc. I am also interested in extending my expertise to studying pests."

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.


Web administrator and Public Relations Coordinator


Neta Shaby, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Scholar, College of Education.

I am a science education researcher and practitioner. My research group at OSU explores youth Science Learning Ecosystem, and the ways to sustain STEM Interest and participation pathways. My PhD research focused on school students' interactions in Science Museums, done at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.