Advocacy

The Advocacy Subcommittee of CUPS serves as an open line of communication between the postdocs at Columbia and the University administration. We work with the subcommittees of the University Senate, including the Research Officers Committee, Housing Policy Committee and Commission on the Status of Women to help inform Columbia’s policy decisions. The Postdoctoral Senator is an active member of CUPS.

Our goal is to raise awareness of issues affecting postdocs at Columbia, such as well-being (report January 2018), housing and benefits, so that the University can implement policies that promote a healthy research community at Columbia. To do this, we need feedback from the community! Tell us what issues you would like the University to address! What policy changes would you like to see implemented? What bothers you? Would you like to get involved?

You can contact us by sending an email to advoCUPS@columbia.edu.

What are we doing?

Check out our event schedule for more details.

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Having Candid Conversations

Providing opportunities for you to stop by, speak your mind, and eat some cookies.

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Voicing Your Concerns

Presenting the postdoctoral perspective at university-wide meetings.

Subcommittee Members

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Institute for Cancer Genetics

  • Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Civil Engineering & Engineering Mechanics, Dept Civil Eng & Eng Mechanics

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering; Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Chemical Engineering

  •  Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Biological Sciences

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Chemical Engineering

  • Upasana Roy holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stony Brook University. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, where she studies how DNA damage is repaired. She uses microscopy techniques to visualize in real-time how DNA repair complexes are assembled and regulated. She is currently the vice-chair of the Research & Professional Development Committee at CUPS.
     

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Dept Microbiology & Immunology

  • Student, College of Dental Medicine: Post-Graduate Dental

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Genetics and Development

  • Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Medicine

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Neurology

  • Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology

  • CUPS Research and Professional Development Alumni

  • Chemistry, Barnard College

  • Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Biological Sciences

  • Sandra has a PhD in Neuroscience from UAB (Barcelona). She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology at Columbia University. Her research is focused on understanding the role of mitochondria-endoplasmic reticulum interactions in the pathophysiology of muscular dystrophy.

    Sandra is Co-Founder and currently Vice-chair of the Outreach & Communications Committee (created Jan 1, 2019).

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Institute for Cancer Genetics

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Medicine, Dept of Medicine Cardiology

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Ophthalmology

  • Obtained BS (2008) and MA (2010) from the University at Buffalo and PhD (2015) from University of Florida.

    Currently Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, Dept of Pathology&Cell Biology.

    The Columbia University Postdoctoral Senator - the Columbia postdoctoral community is welcome to contact by email with any issues related to their professional experience. Any communications are confidential.

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Biological Sciences, Dept of Biological Sciences

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Biological Sciences, Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Biological Sciences

  •  Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Systems Biology

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Biological Sciences

  • Olaya obtained her PhD in Neuroscience from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain). She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Pediatrics. Her research focuses on describing the neuronal circuits implicated in anorexia nervosa, especially those related to brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) signaling.

    Through CUPS and the Networking and Community Building sub-committee she is dedicated to bringing postdocs together in discovering live and people outside of their labs and venturing further than the end of their benches.

    Besides science, she enjoys musicals, cooking/baking, obstacle races, hiking and talking (very loudly!).

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Medicine

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Neuroscience, Department of Neuroscience

    The editor-at-large and chairman of the CUPS newsletter

  • Adjunct Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics

  • Micaela holds a PhD in Medical Physics, with a focus on Radiobiology, from Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University (France). She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Radiological Research and her project is funded by NASA through the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH). She is currently developing a mechanistic model to assess the risk of carcinogenesis induced by space radiation and, more particularly, to address the need for radioprotective chemical agents that will protect astronauts from developing cancer later in life.

  • Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, Dept of Pathology&Cell Biology

  • Marie holds a PhD in Neuroscience from ETH Zurich (Switzerland). She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Columbia University in the Department of Psychiatry. In her work she uses in vivo methods and genetic tools to understand the neural circuits that regulate motor function.

    Marie is Co-Founder and currently Chair of the Outreach & Communications Committee (created Jan 1, 2019).

  •  Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Taub Institute

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology

  • Adjunct Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Dermatology

  • Lecturer in the Discipline of Biological Science

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Systems Biology

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Medicine

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Physics

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology; Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory

  • Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Radiation Oncology

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Chemistry

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute

  • Associate Research Scientist in the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

  • Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering

  • Adjunct Associate Research Scientist in the Taub Institute

  • Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Neurology

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Biomedical Engineering; Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Dept of Biomedical Engineering

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Dept Biochemistry/MolBiophyscs

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Systems Biology

  • Assistant Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology at the Columbia University Medical Center

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Systems Biology, Department of Systems Biology

  • Dhru obtained a PhD is Cancer Biology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, TX. Currently he is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Department of Biomedical Engineering where he studies the effect of bacterial toxins on lung cancer.

    Having a strong interest in visual art and being an extroverted, people-oriented person, Dhru is involved with the social media management for CUPS and organizing a series of art events, named "CUPS HEART" as part of the networking committee.

  • CUPS Research and Professional Development Alumni

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology; Lecturer in Ecology Evolution and Environmental Biology

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Neurology

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Pathology and cell Biology

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, Dept of Pathology&Cell Biology

  •  Adjunct Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology

  • Carlos B. Rueda Diez holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and a M.Sc. in Molecular Biomedicine from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain). He is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Neurology at Columbia University, New York.

    His research is focused on uncovering the molecular mechanisms of Glut1 deficiency, a pediatric neurodegenerative disease. His research interests are mitochondria, neurobiology and metabolism. Carlos is involved in STEM teaching and volunteers for educative purposes and is also interested in scientific divulgation, in order to bring research advances to public awareness.

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Neuroscience, Department of Neuroscience

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Dermatology

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Neurology, Department of Neurology

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Chemistry

  •  Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Dental Medicine

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry

  • Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Medicine

  • Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Medicine

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Chemistry