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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 (abooker@mcw.edu)

Postdoc Advisory Committee (PAC) Members

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Julie E. Tetzlaff, PhD

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

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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

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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 | PAC designation: PAC Co-chair

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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

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Ankan Gupta, PhD

Mentor: Ramani Ramchandran, PhD

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

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Barbara Palkovic, MD

Mentor: Astrid G. Stucke, MD

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

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Boran Katunaric, MD

Mentor: Julie Freed, MD, PhD

Research Interests: Microcirculation, Sphingolipids, Cardiovascular Disease

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Christine A. Klemens, PhD

Mentor: Alexander Staruschenko, PhD

Research Interests: Renal ion transport in normal and pathological conditions, particularly hypertension, Diabetic kidney disease, Polycystic kidney disease

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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

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Daria Golosova, MD, PhD

Mentor: Alexander Staruschenko, PhD

Research Interests: Renal physiology, Hypertension, Opioid-induced kidney damage

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Deepak Parashar, PhD

Mentor: Pradeep Chaluvally-Raghavan, PhD

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

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Ernest Kwesi Ofori, PhD

Mentor: Jacquelyn Kulinski, PhD

Research Interests: Interventions to improve cardiovascular health and physical fitness

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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

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Javier A. Gomez Vargas, PhD

Mentor: Curt D. Sigmund, PhD

Research Interests: Neurogenic Hypertension, Control of the Renin Angiotensin System in the brain | PAC subcommittee: Mentoring (Co-chair)

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Kaitlin Johnson, PhD

Mentor: Nita Salzman, PhD

Research Interests: Gut Mucosal Immunity, Microbial Infection

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Kate Sadler, PhD

Mentor: Cheryl Stucky, PhD

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

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Katie Litts, PhD

Mentor: Joseph Carroll, PhD

Research Interests: Retinal imaging | PAC subcommittees: Slack (Chair), DIAC (Representative), Awards, Postdoc research day

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Kirthikaa Balapattabi, PhD

Mentor: Justin L. Grobe, PhD

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

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Luisa Bohorquez , PhD

Mentor: Josepth S. Goveas, MD

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

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Michael Flinn, PhD

Mentor: Caitlin O’Meara, PhD

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

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Mohammad Zarenia, PhD

Mentor: Kevin M. Koch, PhD

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

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Nikola Sekulovski, PhD

Mentor: Kenichiro Taniguchi, PhD

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

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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

Former PAC Members

John Bukowy
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Assistant Professor

John Dasinger
Augusta University
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dusanka Djoric
Medical College of Wisconsin
Postdoctoral Fellow, Director of Training for SUPREMES

Lisa Frazer
Medical College of Wisconsin
Postdoctoral Fellow

Francie Moehring
Boston Strategic Partners
Medical Communications Consultant

Emily Siebers
GE Healthchare
Global Modality Research Manager, X-ray

Moua Yang
Harvard University
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dan Bretl
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Assistant Professor

Daria Ilatovskaya
Medical University of South Carolina
Assistant Professor, Division of Nephrology

Savitha Sethumadhaven
Clarios
Inventory Manager

Yilang Chen
Medical College of Wisconsin
Assistant Professor

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

Vidhya Arumugam
Genentech
Senior Manager-Group Lead

Devi Ramakrishnan
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Kala Schilter
Medical College of Wisconsin
Senior Clinical Genomics Analyst

Greg Blass
Western Kentucky University
Instructor

Sushma Kommineni
Merck Research Labs-Exploratory Science Center
Associate Principal Scientist

Pui Kei Wu
Medical College of Wisconsin
Instructor

Gang Xin
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Assistant Professor

Justine Abais-Battad
Medical College of Georgia
Instructor

Vindhya Udhane
Medical College of Wisconsin
Research Scientist I

Karima Ait Aissa
University of Iowa
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine

Audrey Torcaso
Astellas Pharma
Associate Medical Writing Program Manager

Savo Bou Zein Eddine
Massachusetts General Hospital
Surgery Resident

Ujala Rana

Sarah Schmitt