About the PDA

The mission of the Tufts Postdoctoral Association is to enrich and improve the Postdoctoral experience at Tufts. We host career development events to give opportunities for postdocs to grow both professionally and personally and advocate on a faculty and administrative levels for all postdocs. We are generously funded by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research: Postdoctoral Office.

2015 Tufts Postdoctoral Association Executive

President – Ania Wronski

I am a postdoctoral scholar in the Kuperwasser Lab on the Boston Campus. I am particularly interested in identifying how normal mammary epithelia becomes transformed with particular interest to the luminal progenitor population. I am also very passionate about science communication and improving scientific literacy.
LinkedIn address: https://www.linkedin.com/in/awronski
Email: Anna.Wronski@tufts.edu
Website: www.AdageOfAnia.com
Twitter: @ania_wronski

Vice President – Sarah Dykstra

I’m a postdoctoral fellow in the McVey lab on the Medford Campus. My research focuses on the mechanisms by which mutations can arise through homologous recombination repair of DNA double-strand breaks in Drosophila. I’m investigating the genetic requirements for mutagenesis and the effects that repeated sequences, such as CAG trinucleotide repeats, can have on mutagenic repair processes.
LinkedIn address: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahdykstra
Email: Sarah.Dykstra@tufts.edu

General Chair – Erika Pearson

I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Moore Lab on the Boston campus.  My work focuses on understanding how proper gene expression is maintained during RNA polymerase II (Pol II) transcription.  I use the model eukaryotic organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae to dissect the molecular mechanisms governing Pol II elongation kinetics, within the context of dynamic chromatin modifications, as well as the molecular signals that facilitate timely and efficient Pol II termination.  In addition to my own work, I am actively involved in training and mentoring undergraduate students at the research bench.
Email: Erika.Pearson@tufts.edu

External – Gary McDowell

I am a postdoctoral scholar in the Levin Lab on the Medford campus. I am currently working on developmental biology of Xenopus laevis, looking at symmetry-breaking in the early Xenopus embryo by loss/gain-of-function analyses and microscopy. I have also been involved with the Future of Research (http://futureofresearch.org/) organization.
LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/gary-mcdowell/1a/113/455
Email: Gary.McDowell@tufts.edu
Twitter: @biophysical_frog

Budget – Vaibhav Pai

I am currently a Research Associate at Tufts University’s Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology, under the directorship of Dr. Michael Levin on the Medford campus. My current work at Tufts focuses on studying endogenous bioelectrical signals as patterning information conduits during embryogenesis towards formation of various organ systems particularly neural systems (eye and brain).
LinkedIn address: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paivaibhav
Email: Vaibhav.Pai@tufts.edu
Website: http://sites.tufts.edu/vaibhavpai/
Twitter: @pai_vaibhav

 Research Chair – Jodi Benenson

I am on the Medford campus at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. My research here focuses on the intersection between civic engagement, inequality, and public policy. In my postdoc I lead quantitative research on a range of civic and political engagement and higher education initiatives, specifically the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE).
LinkedIn address: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jodibenenson
Email: Jodi.Benenson@tufts.edu

Outreach Chair – Lisa Hawver

I am on the Boston campus, in the lab of Wai-Leung Ng.
Vibrio cholerae, the causative agent of the disease cholera, regulates virulence factor production through quorum sensing (QS). My research focuses on the functions of Qrr small RNAs, which are the central regulatory components in the V. cholerae QS circuit. Specifically, I aim to understand how these small RNAs regulate metabolic stress response.
LinkedIn address: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisahawver
Email: lisa.hawver@tufts.edu


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