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

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








Academic Research:
Aarthi Maganti-Vijaykumar (Postdoc, Cohen Lab)
Ruisi Wang (Postdoc, Simon Lab, RU)
Shengdong Ke (Jackson Laboratory)
Steven Josefowicz (Weill Cornell Medical College)
Xuhang Liu (Postdoc, Tavazoie Lab, RU)
Corstiaen Versteegh (Postdoc, Hudspeth Lab, RU)
Claudia Scheckel (Postdoc, University Hospital Zurich)
Dusan Bogunovic (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
Asma Hatoum (University of Alabama)
Alok Shah (University of Chicago Medicine)
Ana Domingos (University of Oxford)
Peter Lewis (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Luke Simmons (Saarland University)
Aakanksha Singhvi (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center)
Marlene Oeffinger (Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal)
Patrick Lusk (Yale University)
Matthew Rodeheffer (Yale University)
Valentina Greco (Yale University)
Sean Taverna (John Hopkins School of Medicine)
Valerie Horsley (Yale University)
Tirtha Das (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
Daniel Nelson (University of Maryland)
Herman Wijnen (University of Virginia School of Medicine)
Patricia Ryan (Adjunct Faculty, Fischetti Lab, RU)

Bryan Utter (Cellectis)
Paul D'Agostino (Siemens)
Ruchi Gupta (Astra Zeneca)
Pallavi Sachdev (Eisai Co. Ltd)
Isabel Kurth (Rgenix)
Zhiying Li (Taconic Biosciences)
Allison Alcivar (Illumina)
Asifa Haider (Novartis)
Susan Malenbaum (Boehringer Ingelheim)
Daniel Besser (German Stem Cell Network)
Niels Adams (Regeneron)

Consulting & Finance:
J. Kipchirchir Bitok (Chardan Capital Markets)
Alessia Deglincerti (Bionest Partners)
Lishi Li (McKinsey & Company)
Ismail Ismailoglu (CBPartners)
Nidhi Gangadhar (Synapse Medical Communications)
James Miller (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
Huidong Wang (Barclays)
Andre Ragnauth (Unifi Biotechnologies)
William Kim (WilmerHale)

Science Writing:
Linda Feighery (UCB Publications)
Ben Short (Journal of Cell Biology)
Allan Coop (Three Way Street)

Nadim Shohdy (Office of Industrial Liaison, NYU)
William Netzer (Fisher Foundation)

Kristine Nowak (Queens College)
Andreas Keller (Columbia University)
Jose Morales (Columbia University)
Kevin O'Donovan (Cornell Medical Institute)

Clinical Practice:
Jutta Loeffler (University of Geneva)

Information Technology:
Aurelia Delaune (NEO-SOFT Groupe)

Eugene Martin

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