About Us

The USPA focuses on career development and networking for UCSC postdoctoral scholars. Our officers organize several workshops and events throughout the year, all on a volunteer basis.  We always need more postdoc (and senior graduate student) volunteers to help organize events.  Please contact uspa@ucsc.edu if you would be interested in joining.  Serving as a board member is likely to help for fellowship and faculty job applications, and provide an opportunity to grow your professional network.

If you are not on our email list please visit and join this google group  in order to receive notification of all our events.

The USPA is sponsored by the following departments, divisions and institutes:

Division of Physical & Biological Sciences

Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology

Contact us at uspa@ucsc.edu

Officers 2018-2019

Shelbi Russell, PhD, Chair

Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB)

Shelbi is a postdoc in the Sullivan lab.

 

 

Jason Fernandes, PhD
Biomolecular Engineering (BME)

Jason is a postdoctoral scholar in David Haussler’s lab in the Genomics Institute where he studies the genetic differences that separate humans from other animals. He hopes to help make the USPA a vibrant organization that can help postdocs connect with and support one another.

Hanh Lam, PhD 
Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology Department (METX)

Hanh is a postdoctoral researcher in the Auerbuch Stone lab in Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology. She is interested in host-pathogen interaction, genomics and antibiotics and drug discovery. Recently, she has been focusing on searching for bacterial Type III secretion system inhibitors as novel antimicrobials. Hanh is passionate about education. She has been mentoring many undergraduate students at Nong Lam University, Cornell University and UC-Santa Cruz, and is an active member of the operations committee of Vietnam Young Academy, a non-profit organization aiming at promoting science, technology, education and knowledge exchange for Vietnamese scholars.

Efrain Ceh Pavia, PhD
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Efrain is a postdoc in the Partch Lab.

Sergio Covarrubias, PhD
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB)

Sergio is a postdoctoral scholar in the Carpenter Lab where he studies the role of long noncoding RNAs in the regulation of the immune system. He also runs two successful journal clubs at UCSC: CRISPR Club and Immunology Club. He previously served as Symposium Chair for the 2018 Postdoc Symposium.

Skander Hathroubi, PhD
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Skander is a postdoc in the Ottemann lab.

Aadhar Jain, PhD
Electrical Engineering (EE)

Aadhar is a postdoc in the Schmidt Lab.

 

Faculty Mentors

Department of Biomolecular Engineering
 
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
 
Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology Department (MCDB)
 
Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology Department (METX)
 
Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology Department (MCDB)
 
Past boards: