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:

President

 

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

 

Fadi El-Rami, Ph.D., Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Fadi joined the OSU at 2017 was recently elected for VP position in the OPA Board of Directors.  He will be focused on empowering the OPA community and involving postdocs in productive activities that will contribute to their development and growth. He is looking forward to a great year of events for OPA and OSU community.

 

Secretary

 

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).

Treasurer

Nicolas Martin 

 

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.

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.

 

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.