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Office of Postdoctoral Education

Postdoc Advisory Committee (PAC)

  • The PAC consists of postdocs from MCW and the BRI.
  • The PAC assists the Office of Postdoctoral Education in identifying the needs of postdoctoral fellows by starting initiatives to create a better fellowship experience while at MCW. They plan and execute yearly activities that support postdoc networking and career building. They also draft new policies that enhance the life experience of MCW postdocs.
  • The PAC meets once per month.
  • If you are interested in joining, please contact Amanda Booker (

Postdoc Advisory Committee (PAC) Members


Julie E. Tetzlaff, PhD

Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs and Graduate Career Development; Associate Professor of Pediatric Pathology; Catalyst BioConsulting (formerly PICO) Faculty Advisor


Jennifer Stancill, PhD

Mentor: John Corbett, PhD

Research Interests: Pancreatic beta-cells, Diabetes, Oxidative stress, Inflammatory cytokines, Nitric oxide | PAC designation: PAC Co-chair, Postdoc research symposium


Rachel A. Jones Lipinski, PhD

Mentor: Brian C. Smith, PhD

Research Interests: Design and synthesis of small molecules to study biological systems, Molecular modeling and bioinformatics, Mass spectrometry


Akankshya Shradhanjali, PhD

Mentor: Brandon J. Tefft, PhD

Research Interests: Cardiovascular Devices, Vascular Graft, Heart Valves, Biomedical Nanotechnology, Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Cardiomyocyte regeneration, 3D bioprinting | PAC subcommittee: Website design (Chair), Awards, Slack


Ankan Gupta, PhD

Mentor: Ramani Ramchandran, PhD

Research Interests: Cerebrovascular inflammation, T cell immunology, Tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte, Autoimmunity, Infectious diseases | PAC subcommittee: Awards (Chair)


Barbara Palkovic, MD

Mentor: Astrid G. Stucke, MD

Research Interests: Anesthesiology, Neurophysiology and Respiratory physiology | PAC subcommittees: Onboarding, Mentoring


Boran Katunaric, MD

Mentor: Julie Freed, MD, PhD

Research Interests: Microcirculation, Sphingolipids, Cardiovascular Disease


Chuck Hay, PhD

Mentor: Jeffrey Medin, PhD

Research Interests: Tinkering with nature's toolbox in order to develop protein therapeutics and gene therapies | PAC subcommittee: Onboarding


Daria Golosova, MD, PhD

Mentor: Curt D. Sigmund, PhD

Research Interests: Renal physiology, Hypertension, Opioid-induced kidney damage | PAC designation: PAC Co-chair


Deepak Parashar, PhD

Mentor: Pradeep Chaluvally-Raghavan, PhD

Research Interests: Cancer Biology and Therapeutics | PAC subcommittee: Awards


Ernest Kwesi Ofori, PhD

Mentor: Jacquelyn Kulinski, PhD

Research Interests: Interventions to improve cardiovascular health and physical fitness


Haidy Nasief, PhD

Mentor: Allen Li, PhD, DABMP, FAAPM

Research Interests: Biomarkers for treatment response predictions using radiomics and machine learning | PAC subcommittees: Mentoring (Co-chair), Timeline, Onboarding, Social Media


Kaitlin Johnson, PhD

Mentor: Nita Salzman, PhD

Research Interests: Gut Mucosal Immunity, Microbial Infection


Kate Sadler, PhD

Mentor: Cheryl Stucky, PhD

Research Interests: Neuroscience, Chronic pain, Somatosensation | PAC Subcommittee: Postdoc research day


Kirthikaa Balapattabi, PhD

Mentor: Justin L. Grobe, PhD

Research Interests: Neurophysiology, G protein signaling mechanisms and its contribution to prolonged obesity | PAC subcommittee: Awards


Luisa Bohorquez , PhD

Mentor: Josepth S. Goveas, MD

Research Interests: Task dependent functional MRI, Cerebral blow flow, Diffusion Tensor Imaging


Michael Flinn, PhD

Mentor: Caitlin O’Meara, PhD

Research Interests: Heart failure, Fibrosis, and Cardiac Regeneration | PAC subcommittee: CVC representative


Mohammad Zarenia, PhD

Mentor: Kevin M. Koch, PhD

Research Interests: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Image Processing, Condensed Matter Physics


Nikola Sekulovski, PhD

Mentor: Kenichiro Taniguchi, PhD

Research Interests: Use of stem cells to investigate molecular and cellular mechanisms of amnion development


Ryan J. Adam, PhD

Mentor: Alison J. Kriegel, PhD

Research Interests: Renal Pathology, Imaging | PAC subcommittees: National Postdoctoral Association Representative for MCW, Awards, Postdoc Research Symposium


Gaurav Kumar, PhD

Mentor: Curt D. Sigmund, PhD

Research Interests: Cardiovascular Biology, Physiology, Hypertension


Janée Terwoord, PhD

Mentors: David Gutterman, MD and Andreas Beyer, PhD

Research Interests: Cardiovascular Physiology, Vascular Signaling Mechanisms


Milad Rouhimoghadam, PhD

Mentor: . Michael W. Deininger, MD, PhD

Research Interests: To develop novel strategies to target BCR-ABL1 compound mutants in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia and Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Former PAC Members

Javier A. Gomez Vargas, PhD

Christine A. Klemens, PhD

John Bukowy | View LinkedIn Profile
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Assistant Professor

John Dasinger | View LinkedIn Profile
Augusta University
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dusanka Djoric | View LinkedIn Profile
Medical College of Wisconsin
Postdoctoral Fellow, Director of Training for SUPREMES

Lisa Frazer | View LinkedIn Profile
Medical College of Wisconsin
Postdoctoral Fellow

Francie Moehring | View LinkedIn Profile
Boston Strategic Partners
Medical Communications Consultant

Emily Siebers | View LinkedIn Profile
GE Healthcare
Global Modality Research Manager, X-ray

Moua Yang | View LinkedIn Profile
Harvard University
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dan Bretl | View LinkedIn Profile
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Assistant Professor

Daria Ilatovskaya | View LinkedIn Profile
Medical University of South Carolina
Assistant Professor, Division of Nephrology

Savitha Sethumadhaven | View LinkedIn Profile
Inventory Manager

Yilang Chen
Medical College of Wisconsin
Assistant Professor

Katarzyna Bronoiwska
StrideBio, Inc.
Senior Scientific Project Manager at Preclinical

Vidhya Arumugam
Senior Manager-Group Lead

Devi Ramakrishnan
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Kala Schilter | View LinkedIn Profile
Medical College of Wisconsin
Senior Clinical Genomics Analyst

Greg Blass | View LinkedIn Profile
Western Kentucky University

Sushma Kommineni | View LinkedIn Profile
Merck Research Labs-Exploratory Science Center
Associate Principal Scientist

Pui Kei Wu | View LinkedIn Profile
Medical College of Wisconsin

Gang Xin | View LinkedIn Profile
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Assistant Professor

Justine Abais-Battad
Medical College of Georgia

Vindhya Udhane | View LinkedIn Profile
Medical College of Wisconsin
Research Scientist I

Karima Ait Aissa | View LinkedIn Profile
University of Iowa
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine

Audrey Torcaso | View LinkedIn Profile
Astellas Pharma
Associate Medical Writing Program Manager

Savo Bou Zein Eddine | View LinkedIn Profile
Massachusetts General Hospital
Surgery Resident

Ujala Rana | View LinkedIn Profile

Sarah Schmitt | View LinkedIn Profile

Katie Litts