Research and Professional Development

The Research and Professional Development (R&PD) Subcommittee of CUPS organizes events for the professional and personal development of Columbia postdocs. Our main goal is to provide resources that supports the postdoc community in their current roles, as well as prepare those ready to transition in their career. We have events exploring diverse career options for PhDs, networking opportunities with professionals, panel discussions on women in science, immigration info sessions, talks promoting mental health and many more!

In the past year (2017-2018) we have successfully organized a Biotech Career Panel & Networking Session, a Women in Science Panel and an Immigration Info Session. We are also looking forward to organizing Careers Beyond the Postdoc – an informational session on non-academic careers with over 20 PhD professionals from a variety of career sectors.

The committee meets on a monthly basis and is recruiting new members! By joining this subcommittee you can i) get experience in a leadership role, ii) shape the career development opportunities available to Columbia postdocs iii) get support in implementing your own ideas, iv) make new connections in various professional fields.

We recently made the decision to endorse JoLSJournal of Life Sciences, the first-ever peer-reviewed Open Access international publication run entirely by postdoc scientists. If you are interested in this initiative, please visit their website:  http://www.journalofLifeSciences.Org

What's happening?

Check out our event schedule and event highlights for more details.
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Postdoc Seminar Series

Present your research to a university wide-audience.

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Informational Talks

Listen to experts discuss topics from scientific publishing to immigration.

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Skills Workshops

Develop your capabilities beyond research.

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

  • I have been making stem cells from mouse skin in lab (University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China) during my PhD. I tried to answer very basic but extremely important question, why only some transcription factors can do this job while others can’t (mainly Oct4 vs Oct6). I used genomic techniques like ChIP-seq, RNA-seq, ATAC-seq and spiced it up with bioinformatics analysis to nail down molecular details of how these transcription factors read the grammar of genome and execute the transcriptional program.

    In my Post-Doc, I switched to human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) and try to be closer to translational research. I have been working on multiple projects where I study the underlying mechanism of intrinsic immunity of hESCs against viral infections. My other project is focused to understand how sleep restriction would affect regeneration potential of hESCs.

    I have a keen interest in bringing science to lay people. I have actively participated in yearly science communication programs like Science Slam Competition, Researchers Night etc. organized by EURAXESS, China. With CUPS, I plan to grow that interest further by participating in these events more frequently.

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

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Institute for Cancer Genetics

  • Rashmi Voleti is a postdoc in the Chemistry Department in Dr. Neel Shah's lab. Rashmi grew up in Hyderabad, India. Fascinated by proteins and wanting to learn more about protein structure and function, she decided to move to UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Texas for graduate school. She did her Ph.D. in Jose Rizo’s lab where she used various biophysical methods to study proteins involved in neurotransmitter release. In the Shah lab, she is interested in exploring phosphotyrosine signaling in immune cells. When she is not in lab, Rashmi enjoys cooking Indian food, trying out new restaurants, volunteering, yoga and indoor rock climbing among other things.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Molly Scott is a postdoctoral research scholar in the NEED Lab at Teachers College, Columbia University working with Dr. Kim Noble. She received her PhD in developmental psychology at Temple University working with Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek. In the NEED Lab, she works on the Baby's First Years project, studying the connection between income and young children's development. Molly is passionate about translating developmental science for parents, teachers, policy makers, and other stakeholders.

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

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

  • 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 also the Co-Founder and former member (& Chair; 2019) of the Outreach & Communications Committee (created Jan 1, 2019). She was the Founder and Editorial Manager of the CUPS Blog now run by the Outreach&Comms Committee. During her time in the O&C Committee, her top goal was to develop & expand some of its sections: Meet our Postdocs, Science Stories and Event Highlights as well as to engage in Outreach activities across NYC.

  •  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

  • After finishing her PhD in the Netherlands, Maaike Schilperoort joined the Tabas laboratory at the Department of Medicine of CUMC as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist. Her research focuses on mitochondrial dynamics and metabolic regulation of macrophages in the context of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Aside from being in the lab, she enjoys sports (fitness training, hiking, and biking), eating breakfast, and listening to podcasts.

    As co-chair of the Outreach and Communication Committee of CUPS, Maaike aspires to build bridges between scientists of various disciplines and facilitate their engagement with the general public.

  • 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

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

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

  • After obtaining the PhD in pharmacology at the University Clinic of Bonn (Germany), I joined Columbia University in January 2021 to study neuronal mechanisms of food intake in the Institute of Human Nutrition. Here I met other amazing postdocs actively involved in CUPS, so I decided to join this great team as secretary.

    In my free time I love to play board games, pen-and-paper RPG, and videogames, knit, complain about NY pizza, and volunteer for a cat rescue association.

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

    Within CUPS, Dhru serves as the chair of Research and Professional Development committee and as the section manager for the Art & Humanities on CUPS blog as part of the Outreach and Communication 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 Neurology

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

  • Chloé Pasin is a Postdoctoral Reseach Scientist in the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology at Columbia University. Her research focuses on identifying immunologic factors associated with the evolution of the clinical state of a patient after hematopoietic stem cell transplant.

    Chloé is a member of the Outreach & Communications Committee and hopes to help improving women’s representation in STEM fields.

  • I'm working in neuroendocrinology at CUMC. During the day, I study eating disorders in mice. Being a postdoc often feels lonely, so after some time just talking to my mice, I decided to be part of some more human community and joined CUPS. I got to meet great people with fascinating life experience and supportive advice. I am pleased to take the lead of our society for the next year, and cannot wait to welcome all your eccentric and brilliant ideas to build a friendly and rich environment in Columbia. Looking forward to meeting you soon.

  • 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