The Rockefeller University Postdoctoral Association


The RU PDA was started in 2001 as the brainchild of the Dean's Office, with a mandate to foster social interactions among postdocs at Rockefeller. Since then, of course, it has grown in both scope and formalization. While our major agenda continues to be to promote both social and scientific interactions among postdocs, we also strive to be an effective organized voice of the collective postdoc community to the Rockefeller administration.

Each member of the PDA executive committee is a current postdoc or research associate at Rockefeller. The average term for each member on the board is two years. The committee has six to eight members at any given time, who organize PDA events an activities as a collective enterprise. There are no set portfolios or designations. All PDA activities are in accord with our by-laws, which were adopted in 2006. As of 2018, there are more than fifty Rockefeller PDA alumni, who have gone on to various careers in both academic and non-academic tracks.

We always look forward to hearing from you at And of course, we welcome you to join in anytime - if not as an elected member, then as an ad hoc volunteer!

The PDA operates on an annual budget from the Dean's Office, and helps support many initiatives on campus.

Our biggest event is the two-day PDA retreat, usually held in fall. We also organize social, scientific, and career development events for RU postdocs/RA's. These are all listed on the following tabs. Do write in to us if you have any ideas that you would like your PDA to take up!

An important part of our work is to serve as a collective voice for RU postdocs/RA's to the RU Administration, where we regularly discuss some of the most important issues that we face here on campus. Some of our recent meetings are listed in our last section.

We also co-sponsor a number of other RU organizations including Natural Selections, RU's Student and Postdoc run monthly newsletter, and social events such as the annual Halloween Party organized by our students.

The postdoc alumni database is currently administered by the PDA and IT, and was co-designed by HR and PDA.

Do browse around to know more about our past and upcoming activities.

Anja Armache (2016-present) | | x7872 | Allis Lab

Douglas Barrows (2018-present) | | x7872 | Allis Lab
Sally Dewhurst (2017-present | | x8148 | de Lange Lab
Vincent Fiore (2018-present) | | x4781 | Fuchs Lab
Aarthi Maganti-Vijaykumar (2016-present) |

Dan Simon (2014-present) | | x8136 | Rout Lab
Subbulakshmi Suresh (2018-present) | | x8173 | Kapoor Lab
Charlotte Viant (2018-present) | | x7854 | Nussenzweig Lab








Academic Research:
Ruisi Wang (Postdoc, Rice lab, RU)
Xuhang Liu (Postdoc, Tavazoie lab, RU)
Shengdong Ke (Jackson Laboratory)
Steven Josefowicz (Weill Cornell Medical College)
Corstiaen Versteegh (Postdoc, Hudspeth lab, RU)
Aurelia Delaune
Claudia Scheckel (Postdoc, University Hospital Zurich)
Dusan Bogunovic (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
Asma Hatoum (University of Alabama)
Valerie Horsley (Yale University)
Sean Taverna (John Hopkins School of Medicine)
Valentina Greco (Yale University)
Matthew Rodeheffer (Yale University)
Aakanksha Singhvi (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center)
Luke Simmons (Saarland University)
Patrick Lusk (Yale University)
Marlene Oeffinger (Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal)
Herman Wijnen (University of Virginia School of Medicine)
Daniel Nelson (University of Maryland)
Alok Shah (‎University of Chicago Medicine)

Kipchirchir Bitok (Chardan Capital Markets)
Alessia Deglincerti (Bionest Partners)
Lishi Li (McKinsey & Company)
Ismail Ismailoglu (CBPartners)
James Miller (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
Huidong Wang (Barclays)
William Kim (WilmerHale)

Science Writing:
Linda Feighery (UCB Publications)
Ben Short (JCB)
Allan Coop (Three Way Street)

Clinical Practice:
Jutta Loeffler (University of Geneva)

Biotech/Pharma/Non-Academia Research:
Bryan Utter (Cellectis)
Paul D'Agostino (Siemens)
Ruchi Gupta (Astra Zeneca)
Nadim Shohdy (Office of Industrial Liaison, NYU) 
Pallavi Sachdev (Eisai Co. Ltd) 
Asifa Haider (Novartis)
Daniel Besser (German Stem Cell Network)
Isabel Kurth (Rgenix)
William Netzer (Fisher Foundation) 
Niels Adams (Regeneron)
Susan Malenbaum (Boehringer Ingelheim)
Patricia Ryan (RU) 

Kevin O'Donovan (Cornell Medical Institute)
Andre Ragnauth (CUNY)
Kristine Nowak (Queens College)
Jose Morales (Columbia University)

Please be advised that the PDA cannot help you obtain a position at the Rockefeller University. Please contact PI's directly for positions in their lab.

Here are some links that incoming postdocs at RU may find useful. Of course, do feel free to contact us at for any additional questions/information. We look forward to seeing you here!

      Salary Structure

The PDA operates according to a set of bylaws that were ratified in 2006.

 History & MandateWhat We DoCurrent MembersAlumniInfo for New PostdocsBylawsThe RU PDA was started in 2001 as the brainchild of the Dean's Office, with a mandate to f